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‘Tis the Season: See Governor’s Residence at Holiday Open House


Students at Capital Area School for the Arts made decorations for the children’s tree.

Stockings have been hung, trees decorated and halls decked in one of Pennsylvania’s most notable homes–and you’re invited to drop by.

This Sunday, Gov. Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf will welcome visitors to the Governor’s Residence, which will be open to the public from 1 to 6 p.m. for an open house held in conjunction with Historic Harrisburg Association’s Annual Candlelight House Tour.

A nature theme inspired Pennsylvania artists, students and the Wolf family to decorate six Fraser firs found in the house.

“I like the way different people interpreted the theme,” Frances Wolf said.

The Wolfs invited their extended relatives to decorate the tree with colonial-inspired decorations such as dried oranges and apples.


Staff from Governor Tom Wolf’s office decorated his study.

Staffers from Wolf’s office “shopped the attic” to find the stockings and other decorations for his study, Frances Wolf said.


Debra Eberly from d.w. designs in Harrisburg decorated the Mellon Parlor.

Students from the Capital Area School for the Arts and a Highland Park elementary school created decorations for the children’s tree, which is circled by a toy train. Debra Eberly from d.w. designs in Harrisburg designed and decorated the Mellon Parlor.

Local groups will be performing at this year’s open house, including the Camp Hill United Methodist Bell Choir, Lemoyne Trinity Lutheran Bell Choir and the Mechanicsburg Area Senior High Wildcat Singers.

Visitors will have the opportunity to donate new, unwrapped toys to Toys for Tots and write cards for The American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program.

The Governor’s Residence is located at 2035 N. Front St. in Harrisburg. Click here for for more information about Historic Harrisburg Association’s candlelight tour.

Author: Danielle Roth


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