COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley and the First Family will hold a free Christmas Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Governor’s Mansion. No reservations are required.
The First Family asks that guests bring canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank as well as school supplies for the Original Six Foundation to donate to public school students. Canned goods and school supply donations will be accepted at the entrance to the Governor’s Mansion.
The Columbia Garden Club, which has decorated the Governor’s Mansion for Christmas every year since 1981, began decorating Dec. 2, when the Governor’s Mansion received five live Christmas trees from the South Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association and poinsettias grown by Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center.
This year’s open house will also include tours of the Lace House, which will be decorated by the Iris Garden Club with gingerbread houses made by the Lake Murray Elementary School Special Education classes. Story Teller Michelle Langdon will perform on the first floor of the Lace House and Pianist Susan Buckley-Cumbie will play Christmas Music.
Guided Christmas tours will be held at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 10 through Dec. 12 and Dec. 17 through Dec. 19. They are free but are by reservation only. Anyone interested in scheduling a tour should call Nancy Bunch at 803-737-1710.