Public can tour decorated Governor’s Residence this weekend

The annual holiday season open house and tour of the Governor’s Residence in Hartford will take place Dec. 6 to 8.

There is no fee, tickets are not needed, and the residence is ADA accessible. Tours will be conducted by about 30 volunteer docents, some of whom have volunteered for more than two decades.

Four decorated Christmas trees will be on display and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will greet children throughout the weekend. There also is live entertainment, with choirs and choruses performing at most times.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, which will be collected by members of the U.S. Marines for the Toys for Tots program.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Governor’s Residence is at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford. Open house hours are:

This year’s open house will be held:

Friday, Dec. 6 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7  — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8 — Noon to 4 p.m.

Annual ornament will be available

While at the open house, guests can also purchase the governor’s annual holiday ornament, which this year features the Governor’s Residence Guest Cottage, located on the east side of the property.

The ornament costs $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Governor’s Residence Conservancy, a nonprofit organization responsible for planning and supervising the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the Governor’s Residence and its grounds.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy said they hope the public will visit. “My wife Cathy and I look forward to opening the Governor’s Residence each year, continuing a long-standing Connecticut tradition and sharing in everyone’s holiday spirit,” the governor said.

Those with additional questions about the open house should email or call 860-524-7355. Information about the history of the Governor’s Residence can be found on the Governor’s website (click on “CT’s Official Residence”):

Private sector assistance

This is the 23rd year that the holiday decorations, including wreaths, Christmas trees and seasonal plants, have been donated to the Governor’s Residence at no cost to the state.

This year, those donations come from the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association, the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association, the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association, Christmas Northeast Inc. (GE Holiday lighting of Trumbull), and the UConn Horticultural and Agricultural Department.

In addition, decorations this year will include gingerbread houses of historic sites made by Sweet Maria’s (Waterbury), Café Louise and Classic Cakes (West Hartford), Max Downtown (Hartford) and Spellbound (Avon).

Live entertainment schedule

Live entertainment will be performed by the following:

Friday, Dec. 6 —

10-11 a.m., Coast Guard Choir (Bob Newtown, director)

1-2 p.m., Travelers Choir

Saturday, Dec. 7 —

10-11 a.m., Emmanuel Christian Academy bell ringers (Glen Mason, director)

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., On the List (flute ensemble) (Erin Vivero, director)

12:30-1:30 p.m., Choraliers (Hall High School, West Hartford)

2-3 p.m., Manchester Symphony Chorale

Sunday, Dec. 8 —

Noon-1 p.m., Sweet Harmony (Nicole Raposo, director) and Densonians (Tim Rhone, director)

1-2 p.m., Charter Pal Flutes (Virginia Church, director)

2-3 p.m., Solo Choir (Conard High School, West Hartford) (Sam Eurich, director)

3-4 p.m., CONN Men (UConn, Storrs)