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Released on November 20, 2020
Government House Is Welcoming Visitors This Holiday Season With Special Safety Measures In Place To Ensure Everyone’s Continued Good Health
Santa’s elves have been busy decking the halls with boughs of holly at Government House and now it’s time to come see the splendor of the season for yourself.
“Government House is all dressed up in its finest holiday apparel to welcome visitors,” Government Relations Minister Don McMorris said. “Touring this historic treasure is an opportunity to get a feel for life in the early days of our province and learn a few fun things about Christmas traditions in Victorian times.”
Due to COVID-19, Government House will not be able to offer its annual Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas, event however personal Festive-Themed Tours of the beautiful building are available. Private tours for groups of six or less people can be pre-booked for Friday evenings on December 11 and 18, or Saturday and Sunday afternoons on December 12, 13, 19 and 20.
During private tours, a period-costumed guide will lead visitors through the museum with a Victorian-styled Christmas in mind. Visitors will enjoy gorgeously decorated displays featuring the breath-taking ten-foot high Christmas tree in front of the grand staircase, always a favorite spot for holiday photos. Restored to the period of Lieutenant Governor Amédée Forget (1898-1910), the museum gives you a glimpse of life at Government House in the early 1900s. Each group will also be welcome to view the other exhibits at Government House.
“Visiting Government House has become a holiday tradition for many families,” Provincial Capital Commission CEO Monique Goffinet Miller said. “Even though this year is different, Government House is still splendidly adorned and families can experience the House’s Christmas magic in a safe environment. In fact, it will be even better, as they will get a private tour and may see little details they may have missed before!”
In addition to the special Festive-Themed Tours, Government House is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for private tours of the facility free of charge. To protect the health and safety of everyone, visitors must pre-book their tour in advance online at https://governmenthousesk.ca/visit-us/admission or by phone at 306-526-7090. Walk-up bookings are not available. Information about these events, and other Government House programming, can be found at www.governmenthouse.gov.sk.ca, on www.facebook.com/governmenthouse/ or by calling 306-787-5773.
Administered by the Provincial Capital Commission, Government House is a Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site providing visitors an accessible, attractive and entertaining location to celebrate Saskatchewan’s living heritage.
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