New governor to hold annual Holiday Open House

The Governor’s annual Holiday Open House will take place Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Governor’s House.

It will be the first event that Gov. Bill Walker and his wife Donna will hold at the residence after being sworn into office. The Walkers are the 13th family to live in the house since statehood.

“Donna and I look forward to celebrating the holiday season with our new Juneau neighbors,” Gov. Walker said in a press release. “This is a very special time for our family and we are blessed to take part in this wonderful tradition.”

The Governor’s House was built in 1912 and the traditional event has been held every year, with the exception of two years during World War II.

More than 20,000 cookies and 100 pounds of fudge and chocolate candies are being made in preparation of the event. Members of Gov. Walker’s cabinet will serve hot apple cider and treats to guests waiting in line outside. The event will last from 3 to 6 p.m.

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