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Self-Guided Open House Tours are Now Available for Sign-Up at Drumthwacket
photoAlt Trenton, NJ – With the arrival of the festive season, the Drumthwacket Foundation in partnership with New Jersey Garden Clubs is continuing its annual tradition, The Holidays at Drumthwacket, First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today. Each of the public rooms of the Governor’s OffIcial Residence in Princeton are decorated using fresh arrangements and greenery to complement the architecture and décor of the historic Greek Revival building.

“Over the past eight years, the Governor and I have cherished our time celebrating the holidays at Drumthwacket,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie.  “It’s always such a magical experience to see how the dedication and enthusiasm of the New Jersey Garden Clubs transform the residence into an exquisite wonderland and this year is no different. Our hope is that visitors will discover the true beauty of Drumthwacket during this holiday season and recognize it for the historic treasure that it is.”

Self-guided Open House tours are available on select days in December. While reservations are required, admission and parking on site are free of charge. To make your tour arrangements, visit. In addition, Drumthwacket is wheelchair accessible.

Open House tours are available on these days:

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 11:00 – 1:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017 11:00 – 1:30 PM    
  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 11:00 – 1:30 PM           
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 11:00 – 1:30 PM

The Holidays at Drumthwacket includes the following display presentations located throughout the first floor of the residence:

Foyer: (Garden Club of Mountain Lakes)  
The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes has decorated the foyer with resplendent elements of the season, festive greens and traditional fruits.  Holiday hues of tangerine, cherry and apple green set the tone from the magnificent staircase to the glittering Christmas tree.  In addition, the display honors New Jersey symbols such as the state bird, the Eastern Goldfinch, the state insect, the honeybee and, of course, New Jersey’s state fruit, the blueberry!  

Dining Room: (Garden Club of Stony Brook)
The Garden Club of Stony Brook has adorned the dining room in traditional elegance with a woodland twist. The tree is decorated with glass ornaments representing the woodlands of New Jersey: white tail deer, squirrels, birds and raccoons.  Salmon ribbon, grapevine bird nests sprinkled with seed pearls, and gold-dusted pinecones complete the theme. Beautiful floral arrangements of holiday amaryllis, winterberries, and greenery decorate the table set with silver julep cups with greens and winterberries.  The two sideboards host an arrangement of white orchids while the fireplaces have faux greenery with festive fruit and ribbon throughout.

Parlor: (Garden Club of West Trenton)
The West Trenton Garden Club has transformed the Parlor into a glittering, white wonderland that envelops the room with a sparkling elegance of white and silver decorations accented with touches of blue and gold.  The perfect setting for a festive holiday party!

Music Room: (Garden Club of Keyport)
The Garden Club of Keyport has turned the beautiful Music Room into “A Victorian Tea at Christmas.”  The table placed by the magnificent fireplace is set for tea, cakes, and scones; a small mid-afternoon repast.  The mantle is decorated with seasonal greens, twigs, and hydrangeas in varying colors from deep purple to palest blue, Fireworks gomphera in hot pink, sedum, celosia, as well as yellow asters.  The decor is enhanced throughout with peacock feathers, a Victorian favorite.  The cream, silver, blue, and peacock ribbons are threaded through the garlands to bring unity to the room. Blue and silver Christmas balls and Victorian-style ornaments provide an elegant addition.  The beautiful piano and small tables have coordinating displays.  Matching tear-drop garlands welcome visitors at the staircase and entryways.  

Library: (Garden Club of Essex Fells)

The Garden Club of Essex Fells pays tribute to Drumthwacket’s Scottish-Gaelic heritage by adorning the magnificent neo-gothic Library to celebrate a warm S