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Tour Schedule

Holiday Tours

The Minnesota Governor’s Residence will be open to the public for holiday tours beginning Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Following tours will be held on Tuesday, December 9 and 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. No reservations are required; tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Holiday Tour

The interior of the Beaux Arts Revival home, designed by Minneapolis architect William Channing Whitney, will be expertly decorated by six local design studios. The holiday tour features signature looks for each of the public spaces at the Residence. The designers, from Holiday Bliss, Scussi, Studio Emme, Fox Glove Market, Mama’s Happy and Quince on Grand, have donated the design, materials and installation of the holiday decorations.

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. Choirs and musicians will offer live music performances during each of the holiday tours, featuring pianist Paulette Day on December 2, the Robbinsdale Armstrong Chamber Singers on December 9, and the Concordia Academy Choir on December 16.

A 20-foot white spruce will be on display on the front lawn of the Residence. The tree is harvested from a State Forest by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and members of Conservation Corps Minnesota. Rocket Crane Company donates its services to help with the installation of the tree. The tree will be decorated by Timberland Outdoor Services, and will be lit for the first time on the evening of December 1. The gates outside the Residence will be decorated with fresh garland and multicolored lights, and wreaths will be hung on the front doorway, all donated by Mickman Brothers. Four holiday baskets will be hung under the porte-cochere, donated by Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden. The interior trees are donated by Jan’s Christmas Trees of Clear Lake, Minnesota.

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

For more information on the tours, please call 651-201-3464 or email residence.gov@state.mn.us.