Gov. Walker: Governor and first lady will kick off the holiday season by lighting the Christmas tree at the Wisconsin executive residence on Sunday

Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker are inviting families to attend the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Wisconsin Executive Residence on Sunday, November 25, 2018.
“There is no better way to celebrate the start of the holiday season than to spend it with your family and friends,” said Governor Walker. “It is a blessing to be able to share our holiday traditions with so many Wisconsin families.”

The public is invited to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the residence. Those attending should RSVP by clicking here. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. Families and individuals attending should bring a non-perishable food item or a winter clothing item in support of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up Campaign.

“We love to share these traditions with our community and we look forward to having more families tour the residence this holiday season to see the beautiful decorations created by florists from throughout the state,” said Mrs. Walker.

Six florists and decorators from different areas of Wisconsin each decorated a different room within the residence. The 2018 florists and decorators are:

*JJ’s Acres, Woodruff
*Impressions by Esther Fleming, Milwaukee
*Avalon Floral, Eau Claire
*Buds ‘n Blooms Design Studio, De Pere
*The Bruce Company, Middleton
*Edgewater Greenhouse, Portage

Throughout the holiday season, the residence opens for public tours. Tour information is available below:

*December 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
*December 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
*December 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Visitors do not need to make a reservation, but tours are first come first serve. Groups larger than 20 should call (608) 246-5501 to make arrangements.

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