Tour of Fanningbank Decorated for Christmas

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Government House
“Fanningbank”, Official Residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island

Fanningbank is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. Government House, as it is often called, is a large residence with Georgian influence. Its location in Charlottetown offers a commanding view of the waterfront.  Beautiful any time of the year, Fanningbank is stunning at Christmas.

I toured Government House today and am sharing some of the photos of the beautiful Christmas decorations. The current Lieutenant Governor, H. Frank Lewis and his wife, Dorothy Lewis, personally greeted each visitor to the annual Christmas open house held on December 6, 2016. The public rooms of the residence were open for visitors to view the beautifully decorated home.

Decorating of Fanningbank this year was completed under the direction of Shelly Campbell, curator of the Bideford Parsonage Museum, and she did a splendid job!  The photo below shows large decorated trees flanking each side of the wood-burning fireplace in the drawing room.  This is the room where their Honours receive visitors on formal occasions.

Government House
Formal Drawing Room at Fanningbank

The mahogany table in the formal dining room was formally set with the Lieutenant-Governor’s china.

Beautiful table!

Government House
Formal Dining Room at Fanningbank

A large traditionally decorated tree adorns the corner of the dining room.

Fanningbank Dining Room
Fanningbank Dining Room

Choir music added to the ambiance of the tour of Fanningbank and strains of their seasonal music could be heard as one toured the various rooms.

The Canada Remembers Choir Performs at the Fanningbank Christmas Open House
The Canada Remembers Choir Performs at the Fanningbank Christmas Open House

A festive Christmas tree adorns the sitting room at Fanningbank. The sitting room was originally the Lieutenant Governor’s office.

Tree in Sitting Room at Fanningbank
Tree in Sitting Room at Fanningbank

Fanningbank has several working fireplaces and each was individually decorated in style.

A little closer up look at the mantle of the sitting room fireplace.

Beautiful arrangements throughout the home.

Elegant touches.

Fanningbank is open for tours during regular scheduled hours in the summer. If you ever get a chance to visit Fanningbank, it is worth it. The residence is located at 1 Terry Fox Drive in Charlottetown, PEI.

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