Governors Christmas Trees

To mark the beginning of the holiday season, the 2015 Missouri Christmas trees will arrive at the Governor’s Mansion this morning. Julius White has more.

The outside tree and the tree for the grand staircase are expected to be delivered between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and will be set up shortly after they arrive. The outside tree is a 30-foot Norway Spruce that was donated by Angelita Highfill, of Washington, from her yard. The indoor tree, a Colorado Blue Spruce donated by John Watson, of Fulton, will be situated near the grand staircase of the Mansion and decorated in classic gold and red. In addition, four seven-foot Eastern White Pines will be delivered later in the day to be decorated in the double parlor and the library on the Mansion’s first floor. Those trees are coming from Pea Ridge Nursery, near Hermann. The nursery is owned by Leroy Rood.

A tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Visitors also will have the opportunity to see the indoor Christmas trees during tours given on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5. Additional information about those tours will be made available next week.