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It’s Time To Celebrate The Festive Season At Government House!

Released on November 22, 2019

Celebrate this Christmas Victorian-style, while enjoying classic holiday traditions, sweet treats and special guests form the North Pole.

This year, we are also proud to launch our Accessible Holiday Initiative with Santa.  This initiative will be sensory-sensitive for children who require more time to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas:

Kick-off the holiday season and join in the fun as Government House hosts the 10th annual Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.  The festivities take place on Friday, November 22 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Government House.

“Government House will be adorned with its finest holiday décor, to welcome visitors of all ages,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Lori Carr said.  “This is a fun family event that provides a glimpse back in time and allows everyone to share in the wholesome traditions practiced in days of Christmas past, while also celebrating our shared Saskatchewan history.”

Everyone is invited to attend this free family event and enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, Victorian Christmas crafts, caroling, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.  This event is a great opportunity to explore the Amédée Forget Museum and try to complete the 12 days of Christmas scavenger hunt!

Accessible holiday initiative with Santa:

This Saturday, November 23, Government House will be hosting their inaugural Accessible Holiday Initiative with Santa.  The event provides a sensory-sensitive event for children who require more time to speak with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  The house will have limited lighting and sound, in addition to being closed to the public.

Families will be allotted 15 minutes each to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with a photo opportunity to capture the special moment.  Representatives from the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Autism Centre will be available to assist families and answer any questions.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Our Old-fashion Victorian Christmas at Government House is extremely popular, however, we understand it’s not for everyone,” Carr said.  “The accessible holiday initiative provides an opportunity for families to visit Government House and experience its finest holiday décor, while visiting with Santa in a more inclusive, calm environment.”

Information about these events and other Government House programming can be found at www.governmenthouse.gov.sk.ca, on Facebook, or by calling 306-787-5773.

About Government House and the Edwardian Gardens:

Government House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site and is bursting with over 125 years’ worth of stories and history.  Government House provides visitors an accessible historic place to preserve, promote and celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.

Government House is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.  Admission is free.


For more information, contact:

Luke Halyk 
Provincial Capital Commission
Phone: 306-787-4340
Email: luke.halyk@gov.sk.ca

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