Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion

Columbia Garden Club began decorating the Governor’s Mansion Open House in 1981, when Mrs. Richard “Tunky” Riley was First Lady, and has continued that tradition since.

In 2001, the Columbia Garden Club began the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree at the Governor’s Mansion featuring ornaments designed by South Carolina artists, and in 2003, the club assisted with decorating for the Governor’s Inaugural Celebration.

Public tours and the Club’s Christmas Tea are held in the beautifully decorated Christmas surroundings. The Club also provides hostesses during the Mansion’s public Christmas open house.