Missouri Governor’s Mansion Lawn With Giant Christmas Tree


Missouri Governor’s Mansion gets into the holiday spirit. A 30-foot Christmas tree will travel to Jefferson City very early Monday morning and be placed on the mansion’s lawn.

Holly Dentner, from the Missouri Department of Conservation, said Steve and Carla Lieble from Columbia donated the oversized Norway spruce.

Missouri Governor’s Mansion (Photo courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation)

“It’s a big deal and that’s what we’re looking for. We need a beautiful big tree for the mansion lawn and luckily or unfortunately, whichever way you look at it, the Liebles had this beautiful tree in front of their front yard. But their front yard is not very large, ”explains Dentner. “Over the past two or three decades, this tree has grown far too big for the front yard. He approaches the house. It’s sort of invading the lawn. It is therefore at the end of its natural life. It’s time to move on with this tree so that it will die out in a blaze of glory on the mansion lawn.

Dentner says the staff at Mansion have found the perfect tree for the lawn.

“From a Missouri Conservation perspective, trees don’t last forever. So if we can find a nice looking one that someone is going to have to take off anyway and put it on the lawn for thousands and thousands to see during the holiday season, that’s just a nice way to recognize a beautiful, living Christmas tree and start this celebration for the holidays, ”she says.

Dentner says the Christmas tree is offered annually and is sourced from across the state.

“We had one near the Iowa border a few years ago, and then last year it was from Desloge in St Francis County. The last seven years I’ve been doing this we’ve had them from Springfield, Southeast Missouri. We had a couple from St Louis, one from Canton. I don’t know if we’ve had one this close to home for a long time, ”she says.

The annual tree lighting ceremony and guided candlelight tours take place at the Governor’s Residence on Friday, December 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

During the tours, visitors will be able to stroll through the festively decorated ground floor of the mansion. Tours will also be available on Monday, December 6, 2021, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Since Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will be on a trade mission to Israel and Greece, Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Second Lady Claudia Kehoe will light the 2021 Mansion Christmas tree at 6 p.m. Friday.

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