Holiday Open House at North Carolina Governor’s Mansion the Second Weekend of December

[This post is a Department of Cultural Resources press release. To learn more about news and events related to cultural resources, visit the department website.]

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s Executive Mansion– the “people’s house” — will open its historic doors once again for the beloved annual Holiday Open House to be held Dec. 12 to 15.

Visitors are invited to tour the home, take in the decorations, and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local performing groups. The first floor of the Mansion will be decorated with North Carolina-grown Christmas trees, floral and mixed evergreen arrangements, a whimsical gingerbread house, and ornate mantel displays.

The hours of the Open House are: Thursday, Dec. 12, noon-8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are not needed or accepted. Visitors should enter at the main gates on Blount Street.

Tour through the North Carolina Executive Mansion, ca. 1990s

Tour through the North Carolina Executive Mansion, ca. 1990s. This image is part of the Carolina Christmas Collection in the NC Digital Collections.

The fine Victorian-style mansion, home to North Carolina governors since 1891, was once described by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “the most beautiful governor’s residence interior in America.”  Built from native materials, the Executive Mansion has been occupied by 29 governors’ families.

The Executive Mansion is located at 200 North Blount St. in Raleigh. Gov. Pat McCrory is the 29th governor to live in the Mansion. He is the 74th governor of North Carolina since statehood.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to enrich lives and communities by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit