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The Governor and First Lady Officially Begin Celebrating the Christmas Season at the Governor's Mansion

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“Like all families, we are celebrating the holidays differently this year in order to protect the safety of everyone”

Posted: Dec 4, 2020 11:26 AM

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards kickoff the official start of the Christmas and holiday season at the Governor’s Mansion. This year, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Christmas lights and decorations are limited to outside making it safe for families to enjoy the beautiful displays from inside their vehicles.

“Like all families, we are celebrating the holidays differently this year in order to protect the safety of everyone,” said Gov. Edwards. “Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate, and Donna and her staff have done an excellent job in coming up with creative ways to spread Christmas cheer this year. They have expanded the number of lights and displays outside the mansion and along the Capitol Lake. Our hope is that as many people as possible will take some time to ride by and see the beautiful decorations. There’s nothing like a Louisiana Christmas, but we need to take every precaution now to maintain our safety so that we can come back together once again, which I have no doubt that we will.”

“We are excited to share the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season and certainly hope this alternative celebration will be a fun experience for everyone,” said First Lady Donna Edwards. “I’m so proud of my staff who worked hard to make the mansion even more festive by incorporating new decorations and thousands of new lights. We look forward to having our traditional lighting of the Christmas tree next year, but in the meantime, we want everyone to stay safe and come by and enjoy the beautiful decorations.”

The displays include: Cajun Santa and his eight alligators pulling his sleigh, the Louisiana Black Bear, Louisiana Brown Pelican, candy canes and a host of others.

New features include:

Two trees, each 20 feet tall, made up of thousands of lights
Lighted garland with handmade red velvet bows and two beautifully decorated trees outside the entrance
Illuminated snowflakes
New door decor featuring this year’s theme, All Things Silver and Gold.

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