Thanksgiving weekend heralds the holiday celebration at the Grove Park Inn. The Gingerbread House Competition is over and the place is bustling with holiday activity. On the Friday after Thanksgiving they light the Christmas Tree in the Great Hall with festive celebrations. Crowds gather around, listening to the music or relax watching the roaring fire in the massive fireplace. At about 8 o'clock the tree is lit with lots of fun and fanfare much to the delight of the kids in attendance.
The tree this year is covered in lovely re, gold and white balls, butterflies and sprigs of glittery branches. The hotel design staff works all night on Thursday to get it ready for the tree lighting ceremony on Friday.
Like Christmas elves, they have been busy decorating the rest of the hotel. The second fireplace in the Great Hall has been set up for photo opportunities either by the house photographer or for anyone else who wants a great holiday shot of the family.
Each wing off the main building is lined with Christmas trees decorated beautifully. They each have a specific theme - peacocks, gingerbread, sports etc. Many of the ornaments are sold in the Christmas Shop on the Vanderbilt Wing.
In the Sammons Wing another huge tree graces the hall there covered in white birds with flowing feathers, pine cones, hydrangeas and silver ornaments of all sizes.This one is my favorite. I also like this table piece with drift wood penguins playing with a red bow.
There are plenty more trees to feature on other posts. On the tree note, I will be cutting down my tree this week and will post about that. Christmas tree farms are one of the main businesses in our area and getting a real tree is a must.
I have been working extra shifts this week for someone who was out and did 8 days straight over Thanksgiving so I hope to catch up on return visits this week. High winds knocked our phone lines out plus the Internet over the weekend too. I am hoping for a quieter week this week! Have a good one!