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2022 Holiday Tours

Join us for the 2022 Holiday Tour Season at the Minnesota Governor's Residence!

Holiday Tour Dates and Times

  • Friday, December 16: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Reservations are required and only accepted through the reservation website. Tours are every 10 minutes and limited to 25 people. Space is limited. Tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Tour Update – All Tour Times are Fully Booked

        Unfortunately, all Holiday Tours of the Governor's Residence are fully booked at this time. For questions or more information, please
        contact us at (Updated on 12/16/2022)

About the Tour

Live Performances

  • December 16: Armstrong Chamber Singers
  • December 17: Paulette Day, Pianist

Self-guided tours explore the First Floor and Lower Level of the 110-year old Residence showcasing the holiday decorations completed by First Lady Walz and Residence staff. Volunteer docents from the Women's Organization 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 self-guided tour takes roughly 20 minutes.

Happy Land Tree Farms in Sandstone, MN have donated three Reserve Grand Champion trees from the Minnesota State Fair. In the Solarium, there is a 10-foot Fraser Fir tree, 8-foot Balsam Fir in the Drawing Room, and on the Terrace are two 8-foot Balsam Fir trees. An 18-foot Fir is centered in the middle of the backyard garden fountain.

The Summit Avenue entrance planters and décor are by Katrina Gardens from Buffalo, MN.

The gates outside the Residence are decorated with fresh spruce garland and wreath on the front gate are donated by Mickman Brothers from Ham Lake, Minnesota. The garland and 10-foot wreath above the front door are decorated by Rainbow Holiday Design with over 15,000 LED color lights. Four holiday baskets hung under the porte-cochere are donated by Bachman's Floral Gift and Garden from South Minneapolis.

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

For Your Information Before Your Tour

  • Photo identification and reservation are required for entry.
  • Tours of the Residence are always free, and groups may not charge for them.
  • Please leave backpacks, bags, and strollers at home or will be subject to screening.
  • Visitors should dress according to weather, as there may be a wait outdoors, as well as outdoor portions of the tour.
  • Free street parking is available on Summit Avenue and local side streets.
  • Photos and video are allowed in the public spaces.
  • All ages are welcome.

Accessibility and Visitors Needing Assistance

The Governor's Residence is wheelchair accessible but has restrictions as a historic home. There is an elevator in the Residence for transportation to and from main level to the lower level. To ensure that your tour is enjoyable as possible, we ask that you call the Residence staff at (651) 201-3464 to discuss your group's needs. We will need to know the number of people in your group, as well as how many will require assistance so that we can properly accommodate your needs.

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