Christmas Memories at the Governor’s Mansion


There was a time when the state’s governors and their families actually resided in the Governor’s Mansion. From 1903 to 1967, 13 of California’s early governors—including former President Ronald Reagan and former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Earl Warren—lived in the mansion, located at 1526 H St. On Saturday, Dec. 18, get a glimpse of what Christmas was like at the mansion back in the day. Live music, storytellers and docents dressed in period attire will add to the festive spirit. Also on hand for part of the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. time period: Mr. and Mrs. Claus. (They’ll duck out for a bite around lunchtime; Santa has to maintain his weight, you know.) The cost is $6 adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and younger. Pictures with the Big Guy are $3. For more information, log onto or call (916) 323-5916.

A bit of trivia: Gov.-elect Jerry Brown’s father, former Governor Edmund G. Brown, was the last governor to reside in the mansion. No, Gov.-elect Jerry Brown never lived in the mansion himself. He was in seminary during his father’s first term; in law school during his second. However, we’re told that he did come home on holidays to visit.