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Christmas with the Deals

December 10, 2013
Carolers singing at the Governor's Mansion

It is officially Christmas in Georgia. The 42-foot tall tree outside of the Governor’s mansion was lit Sunday evening with thousands of Christmas lights, signaling the beginning of the season.

Agencies all over Georgia came together to decorate the Governor’s Mansion in Atlanta. Pinecones collected by the Department of Natural Resources covered multiple surfaces throughout the house while the Department of Agriculture added fruits and vegetables to decorate banisters, countertops, nooks and crannies.

But the spectacular sights are just half of the wonder.

The Governor’s Mansion hosts performers — musicians and colonial reenactors — every day that they are open to coincide with the theme of “An Early Georgia Christmas.”

Each room in the Mansion is decorated to resemble an early Georgia, with old-fashioned strollers, dolls and decorations. Rather than having a string of Christmas lights circling the trees, each tree in the Governor’s Mansion lights up with safe candles.

While you’re at the Governor’s Mansion, don’t forget to drop off your toys. They have Toys for Tots collection boxes outside of the front door. As Governor Deal said, “The season is one of giving and not receiving.”

The Governor’s Mansion Christmas Tours started on Dec. 9 and run until Dec. 20. They are open every day at different times, so make sure you check what time it is before going!

  • Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

To see last year's theme and pictures, check out's last blog about the Christmas Tours.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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