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2018 Holiday Self-Guided Tours

Join us for the 2018 Holiday Tour Season at the Minnesota Governor's Residence.

Holiday Open House Tour Dates & Times

Tour Date Tour Time
Tuesday, December 4 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (evening tour)
Tuesday, December 18 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

No reservations are required. Tours will be filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Holiday Performances at the Residence

The following performers will be volunteering during the holiday tours:

Tour Date Holiday Performer
Tuesday, December 4 Armstrong Chamber Singers
Tuesday, December 11 Paulette Day, Pianist
Tuesday, December 18 South St. Paul Secondary Choir

There is no fee for the tour, however, please consider bringing a monetary donation or non-perishable food item for Second Harvest Heartland.

About the Holiday Self-Guided Tour

The interior of the home is expertly decorated by local designers, who have created signature looks for the public spaces at the Residence. The following designers have generously donated the design, materials, and installation of the holiday decorations.

In the Solarium, there will be a live 10-foot Fraser Fir tree and in the Terrace will be two 8-foot Balsam Fir Trees donated by Happy Land Tree Farms in Sandstone. The three are Reserve Grand Champion trees from the Minnesota State Fair.

During the tours, volunteers docents from the Women's Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be available 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 Summit Avenue entrance plants and decor are donated by Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens from Corcoran, Minnesota. A 25-foot tall balsam fir tree will be on display on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree was harvested by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and members of Conservation Corps Minnesota from the Nemadji State Forest. Rocket Crane Company donated services to help with the installation of the tree and it is decorated by Rainbow Holiday Design with over 14,000 LED lights. The gates outside the Residence are decorated with fresh spruce garland, and the wreaths that hang on the front doorway are donated by Mickman Brothers from Ham Lake, Minnesota. Four-holiday baskets are hung under the porte-cochere are donated by Bachman's Floral Gift and Garden from South Minneapolis.

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

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