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      Celebrating the Holiday Season at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence

      Posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Holiday's at the Governor's Residence
      The Governor's residence will have decked halls from November 27th through December 18th.

      The Minnesota Governor’s Residence, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, will be open to the public for Holiday tours beginning November 27th. Following tours will be held December 4, 11 and 18 from the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each day.  No reservations are required; tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

      The interior of the Beaux Arts Revival home, designed by Minneapolis architect William Channing Whitney, has been expertly decorated by seven local design studios. The holiday tour features signature looks for each of the public spaces at the Residence. The designers, from Digs Studio, Kate and Company, Linder’s, Pomegranate Design Ltd, Studio Emme, Ten Thousand Villages and Twiggs, have donated the design, materials and installation of the holiday decorations. In the Drawing Room, the live 8-foot tree was donated by Happyland Tree Farm of Sandstone, Minnesota.

      During the tours, volunteer docents from the Women’s Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society are 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. Choirs and musicians offer live music performed during each of the holiday tours. Pianist Paulette Day - November 27; Robbinsdale Armstrong Chamber Singers - December 4; Cecilia Chamber Singers - December 11; Partners in Praise Choir - December 18

      A 25-foot white spruce is on display on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree was harvested from the Chengwatana 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 Warner’s Outdoor Solutions with over 6,000 LED lights, which will be lit for the first time on the evening of November 27th. 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 main entrance is decorated by Linder’s Home and Garden, with selections from their garden center.

      The Governor’s Residence is on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Saint Paul Historic Sites Register.

      You can view a photo tour of the residence on the Governor's Flickr page here.

      For more information on the tours, please call 651-201-3464 or email

      Additional details on the holiday season at the Residence can be found here