Glensheen Decks the Halls with 25 Trees

November 14, 2017 05:50 PM

Glensheen Mansion is closed through Friday for what is likely the biggest residential Christmas decorating effort in Duluth.

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When the mansion reopens for "A Glensheen Christmas" on Saturday, visitors will find 25 trees, hundreds of feet of garland, and hidden elves. The Congdon family's former home has always been decorated for Christmas, but spokesperson Lucie Amundsen said they have stepped it up in the past several years.

"There's going to be a new Christmas book for kids, and we even have a vintage sleigh. Not a historic one, so people can get on and take their pictures. And we even have Christmas cookies from Clara (Congdon)'s recipe," Amundsen said.

On Tuesday, Christmas music filled the air as students joined Glensheen staff, tour guides, and volunteers to unpack ornaments and trees. Each of the 39 rooms in the 27,000-square-foot mansion is being decorated.

Christmas tours begin Saturday, Nov. 18, at 9 a.m. and continue through Jan. 7. Guided tours are available on weekdays, and the mansion is open for self-guided tours on weekends.


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