For over 20 years, the Governor's Residence Christmas tree is harvested from one of Minnesota's 59 state forest. The 2019 tree for the Governor's Residence is an approximately 40 years old Balsam Fir from the General C.C. Andrews State Forest.
Watch a great video of the process of selecting and delivering the Governor’s Christmas tree.
Each year, DNR staff selects and harvests a special tree and transports it to St. Paul. But the search for the right tree begins months before. DNR foresters look for a tall tree that's nicely shaped and well filled out. And the tree needs to be located in a place where it can be dropped without damage and easily pulled out for loading onto a long trailer.
The 25-foot tree is set up on the front lawn of the Governor's residence the day after it is harvested and will remain up through the holiday season. The Governor’s residence will light the tree on Thursday, December 5, at sunset.
While the outdoor holiday tree and decorations can easily be viewed from the sidewalk and street anytime, there are a few up-close tours in December.
Governor's Residence Christmas tree
Minnesota Governor's Residence will be open for public tours:
- Tuesday, December 10: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Friday, December 13: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 17: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Governor's residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Each holiday season, half a million Christmas trees are harvested from private tree farms in Minnesota, contributing about $30 million to the state's economy. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are planted. Real Christmas trees store carbon during their lifespan, and they can be chipped and used for mulch when the season is over, making them an environmentally friendly choice.
Visit the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association for more information about Christmas trees in Minnesota.