The governor’s annual holiday open house returns this week, beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday and continuing through 6 p.m.
The governor’s mansion on Calhoun Avenue was built in 1912 and held its first open house on New Year’s Day 1913 when Territorial Gov. Eli Clark and his family opened the house’s doors. Open houses have been held every year — except two years during World War II — making this the 100th holiday open house at the mansion.
According to information from the governor’s office, more than 25,000 cookies are being prepared for the event and will be served alongside more than 250 pounds of fudge and chocolate. Members of Gov. Bill Walker’s cabinet will serve hot cider and treats to people waiting in line to enter the open house, which traditionally attracts thousands of people.
Visitors are advised to arrive early and prepare for long waits.
The Juneau Police Department will close Indian Street between 7th Street and 8th Street to accommodate the event. Drivers using Calhoun Avenue are advised to exercise extreme caution, as large numbers of pedestrians will be present in darkness.