Governor's Manse Decked out for Holidays

If you are looking for some great holiday decorations this weekend, how about heading to the governor's residence at 990 Prospect Ave. in Hartford?

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has opened up the home, which is decorated "to the 9s" for Christmas.

All together, there are five Christmas trees and each was grown in Connecticut and is decorated in themes.

One of the more popular themes each year is a tree decorated with ornaments created by Kindergarteners from across the state.

The residence will be open for the public to view it Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 

Rell said she hopes to be there to greet visitors on Sunday.

Entertainment is planned.


  • 10-11 a.m. - U.S. Coast Guard Choral Group
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m. - Hand Bell Choir from Waterbury's Chase Collegiate School
  • 2-3 p.m. - Milford High School Brass Quintet


  • 10-11 a.m. - Glastonbury Bagpiper Pat Whelan
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m., 1-1:30 p.m., 2-2:30 p.m. - Connecticut Light Opera
  • 12:30-1 p.m., 1:30-2 p.m. - Studio E (flutist duet)


  • Noon to 1:50 p.m. and 2:30- 4 p.m. - Hartt School String and Woodwind Trios
  • 1:50 - 2:30 p.m. - The Bristow Bows from West Hartford's Bristow Middle School

Santa Claus will hand out candy canes to children on Friday and Saturday mornings and will also drop by for a visit on Sunday.

A holiday ornament will be on sale for $20 to benefit the Governor's Residence Conservancy. This year's ornament depicts The Genius of Connecticut, a statue currently on display in the State Capitol. The use of the word "genius" connotes that she is a protector figure or a symbol of the spirit of the people of Connecticut. The statue stood atop the Capitol dome from 1878 until 1938.

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