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Tour Schedule

Holiday Tours

The 2015 Holiday Season at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence will kick-off on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The Residence will be open for public tours from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the following days: 

  • Tuesday, December 1
  • Tuesday, December 8
  • Tuesday, December 15 

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 gently used coat for Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. The Governor's Residence is also a drop site of monetary donations or non-perishable food items for Second Harvest Heartland.

About the Holiday Tour

The interior of the home is expertly decorated by five local designers, who have created signature looks for the public spaces at the Residence. These designers, from Studio Emme, Mama’s Happy, Scusi, Robert Kramer, and Foxglove Market, 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 Happyland Tree Farm from Sandstone, Minnesota. 

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: 

  • Tuesday, December 1: Robbinsdale Armstrong Chamber Singers
  • Tuesday, December 8: Pianist Paulette Day
  • Tuesday, December 15: Concordia Academy Choir

A 20-foot White Spruce tree will be on display on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree was harvested from the Chengwatana State Forest, Sandstone Area in Pine County 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. 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 decorated with fresh spruce garland and wreaths hang on the front doorway are donated by Mickman Brothers from Ham Lake, Minnesota. Four holiday baskets are hung under the porte-cochere, donated by Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden. Two eight-foot trees donated from Happyland Tree Farm are on the backyard Terrace. 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

Accessibility and Visitors Needing Special Assistance

The Governor’s Residence is wheelchair accessible, but has the restrictions of a historic home. There is an elevator in the Residence for transportation to the lower level restrooms, if needed. To ensure that your tour is as enjoyable as possible, we ask that you call the Residence staff at 651-201-3464 to discuss your group’s special needs. We will need to know the number of people in your group, as well as how many will require special assistance so that we can properly accommodate your needs. If you have any questions, please let us know.

For Your Information Before Your Tour

  • Tours of the Residence are always free and groups may not charge for them but we encourage you to bring any non-perishable donations for Second Harvest Heartland or gently used coats for Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.
  • Cameras and video are allowed in the public spaces. 
  • Food, beverage, backpacks, and strollers are not permitted in the house and there is no place to store them during the tour. 
  • Street parking is available on Summit Avenue and local side streets.

For more information on tours, you can call 651-201-3464 or email