Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry have announced the Texas Governor's Mansion will open again this year for a special holiday tour. Candlelight walk-through tours will be given at the mansion on Tuesday, December 26, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. All visitors must be in line prior to 8:30 p.m. for admission.
First Lady Anita Perry selected the theme, A Vintage Christmas, for the 2006 decorations at the Texas Governor's Mansion which is especially appropriate as this year marks the 150th anniversary of the mansion.
Built in 1856, the Texas Governor's Mansion has been the official home of every Texas governor since its construction. It is the oldest executive residence west of the Mississippi River and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
The mansion is filled with floral arrangements donated by local florists, sweeping garland on the mantels and staircase, festive ribbons, and an assortment of Santas and decorative ornaments. The holiday decorations are sponsored by Friends of the Governor's Mansion, a Texas non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the historic collections in the home and educating the public about its history, and the Docents of the Governor's Mansion provide assistance in preparing and installing the decorations.
The tours are free to the public. Parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Garage at the corner of 12th and San Jacinto streets. Visitors will not be allowed to bring cameras, bags, backpacks or purses on the tour. For more information regarding the tours, call 512-463-5516.
The Governor's Mansion is located at 1010 Colorado Street.