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Christmas Tours at the Governor's Mansion
December 11, 2012
Christmas at the Georgia Governor's Mansion kicked off December 2 with the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Last week GeorgiaGov got an inside look at this year's Christmas Tour, "Songs of Christmas."
First Lady Deal enthusiastically greets every visitor to the mansion - as many as 1,000 visitors a day tour the home. Each room is lavishly decorated with arrangements donated by local florists and citizens, and volunteers guide you through the mansion. The tour features 32 trees sourced from Georgia distributors and farmers. Popular holiday songs inspire each room's decor, and orchestras and choruses from across the state perform in the State Drawing Room and the State Ballroom.
The Georgia Governor's Mansion is also an official collection site for both the Salvation Army Red Kettle and Toys for Tots, a program sponsored by the United States Marine Corp.
The tours are free and open to the public through December 18. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. You can visit the Tour's website for glimpses and photos of the mansion as well as tour information and reservations.
Check out the photo gallery below for pictures of the decorations at the Governor's Mansion!
The Governor's Mansion decorated for Christmas.
Decorations in the Mansion Foyer. The theme for this part of the house is "I am Dreaming of a White Christmas."
Cabbage Patch dolls created in the likeness of Governor and First Lady Deal adorn the tree in the State Dining Room.
These reindeer decorations in the Mansion Foyer will have you dreaming of a white Christmas.
The theme in the State Drawing Room is based on two popular Christmas songs, "Angels We Have Heard on High" and "Away in a Manger." The design on the red curtains can also be found in the Red Room at the White House.
Chef Holly Chute made this gingerbread house from scratch. You can find it in the Family Sitting Room.
In Cross Hall, this festive Hanukkah display is full of bright colors.
First Lady Deal's prayer group decorated the Ballroom, inspired by the song, "O Christmas Tree."
Choruses like this one perform in the Ballroom daily.
Christmas Tours at the Governor's Mansion will run through December 18th.