UPDATE: Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that because the City of Hartford and the Town of West Hartford have implemented parking bans on all municipal streets beginning on the morning of Saturday, December 9, and lasting throughout the day, the previously scheduled Holiday Open House at the Governor’s Residence that was to be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. that day has been canceled due to lack of available parking.
At the present moment, the event is still set to proceed as scheduled on Sunday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. However, those planning to attend on Sunday are advised to stay alert for any potential updates should the situation change.
Connecticut residents will have a chance to visit the Governor's Residence this weekend as part of the annual holiday open house, hosted by Governor Dannel Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy.
The Governor's Residence is decorated for the holiday season with decorations donated at no cost to the state from the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association.
Residents can visit the house without a fee or tickets, though donations will be accepted for Operation E.L.F. The initiative is part of the Connecticut Military Department and helps military families throughout the years. The organization will be accepting monetary contributions as well as gift cards for everything from groceries to gas to department stores.
The open house will take place Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The residence has six Christmas trees, which are decorated with ornaments from the governor's family and personal collection. The governor and first lady often greet residents during the open house to thank them for visiting. Santa will also be there to meet young visitors.
Live entertainment will be performed throughout the weekend from local musical groups.
The Governor's Residence was built in 1909 and became the home of the state's chief executive in 1945, after the state paid $39,500 for the estate, according to the residence's website.
For more information on the history of the Governor's Residence, click here.