Gov. Nikki Haley, her husband, Michael, and daughter, Rena, welcomed visitors to the Governor's Mansion on Monday during the annual Christmas Open House.
The Columbia Garden Club, which has decorated the Governor's Mansion for Christmas every year since 1981, began decorating on December 1, when the Governor's Mansion received a live Christmas tree from the S.C. Christmas Tree Growers Association and poinsettias grown by the Future Farmers of America from Lexington Technology Center.
Governor's Mansion executive chef Steven Jankowski built a classic gingerbread house, and wreaths within the Mansion Complex were made and hung by the horticulture division of the Department of Corrections. The Carillon Carolers of Columbia performed for guests, along with the White Knoll High School band and storyteller, Michelle Langdon.