The 2014 Holiday Season at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence will kick-off on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. The Residence will be open for public tours on December 2, 9 and 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. each day. No reservations are required; the tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is no fee for the tour, but please consider bringing with you a non-perishable food item, as the Governor's Residence is a drop site for Second Harvest Heartland.
The interior of the home is expertly decorated by six local designers, who have created signature looks for the public spaces at the Residence. These designers, from Studio Emme, Holiday Bliss, Mama’s Happy, Scussi, Foxglove Market and Quince, have generously donated the design, materials and installation of the holiday decorations. In the Solarium, there will be a live 10-foot tree, donated by Jan’s Christmas Trees of Clear Lake, Minnesota. The tree is decorated with ornaments created by patients at Children’s Hospital.
During the tours, volunteer docents from the Women’s Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be on hand to answer questions in each room on the First Floor and Lower Level of the Residence. The 1006 Summit Avenue Society will be offering a selection of merchandise available for purchase at each tour. Proceeds from the sale will help to support the historic Residence. The following performers will be volunteering at the holiday tours: - Paulette Day, Pianist - December 2; Robbinsdale Armstrong Chamber Singers - December 9; Concordia Academy Choir - December 16
A 20-foot balsam fir is on display on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree was harvested from the Nemadji State Forest by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and members of Conservation Corps Minnesota. Rocket Crane Company donated services to help with the installation of the tree, and it is decorated by Rainbow Holiday Lighting with over 14,000 LED lights. It will be lit for the first time on the evening of December 1. The gates outside the Residence are decorated with fresh spruce garland and LED lights, and wreaths are hung on the front doorway, all donated by Mickman Brothers. Four holiday baskets are hung under the porte-cochere, donated by Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden. The Summit Avenue entrance is decorated by Heidi’s Lifestyle Gardens from Corcoran, Minnesota.
For more information on the tours, please call 651-201-3464 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.