St Paul (KROC AM News) - Gov. Mark Dayton will preside over the traditional start of Minnesota’s holiday season Thursday evening with the lighting of the outdoor garland and tree.

The festive event will take place at the Governor’s Residence in St Paul.

This year’s tree is a 45 year-old balsam fir from the Nemadji State Forest and it will be decorated with over 14,000 LED lights.

Minnesotans are invited to check out the tree and also tour the Governor’s Residence during the holiday season.  Public tours will be offered on December 6 and 20, from 11:00am to 1:00pm each day. There will also be an evening tour on Tuesday, December 13 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. No reservations are required as the tours will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holiday tours are open-house style, and typically last 20-30 minutes. During the tours, volunteer docents from the Women’s Auxiliary of the Minnesota Historical Society will be on-hand to answer questions in each room on the First Floor and Lower Level of the Residence. 

For more information on the tours, call 651-201-3464 or email  

The Residence is located at 1006 Summit Avenue, St. Paul.

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