The 2017 Missouri Christmas trees arrived at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday (Nov. 27).
The outside tree is a 30-foot Norway Spruce donated by Rock and Angela Schaller of Canton. The five 7-foot trees throughout the first floor of the mansion are all white pines, as is the 10-foot tree on the back porch. The 18-foot tree for the staircase is a Norway Spruce. All the indoor trees were sourced from Pea Ridge Forest, a Christmas tree farm and wholesale nursery near Hermann.
The annual lighting of the tree will take place at 6:15 p.m. Friday (Dec. 1).
Public tours of the decorated mansion will begin immediately following the lighting and last until 9 p.m. and will be held again from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday (Dec. 2). Choirs will provide music during the lighting ceremony and the tours.
On Friday, the Jefferson City High School Choir will sing outside the mansion before the lighting ceremony from 6 to 6:20 p.m. The Helias High School Choir will be performing inside the mansion on the Grand Staircase from 6:20 to 6:45 p.m. Other choirs include School of the Osage from 6:50 to 7:15 p.m., University of Missouri S&T from 7:20 to 7:50 p.m. and Missouri Valley College from 7:55 to 8:25 p.m.
On Saturday, the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson City will be performing inside the mansion on the Grand Staircase from 10 a.m. to noon.
During the tours, visitors will have the opportunity to view decorations in several rooms of the historic brick building, which has been the home of Missouri governors since 1871. Volunteer docents will be on hand to help describe historical features throughout the mansion. After the tours on Saturday, visitors can stay in downtown Jefferson City to enjoy the Jaycees’ annual Christmas parade.
The Missouri governor’s mansion is located at 100 Madison Street. For the candlelight tours, visitors will enter the mansion through the front gate on Madison Street.
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