Events at Government House

Government House welcomes the public for tours and special events, including traditional Christmas Tea and a New Year’s Day Levee.

Public tours

February 19 to November 26, 2017

  • all tours are free
  • visiting hours are from 11 am–4 pm
  • tours are offered on Sundays and holiday Mondays
  • no appointments are necessary
  • tours generally begin on the hour and the half hour, and last 30–45 minutes

Tour highlights

Visitors can view Government House’s historic architectural details, numerous original artifacts and furnishings, and an extensive art collection showcasing historic and contemporary Canadian artists.

View more information on planning your visit.

Christmas Tea

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Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 2–4 pm

Tickets are on sale starting November 6, 2017.

Government House is hosting its annual Christmas Tea. Please join us for an afternoon of light refreshments, entertainment, guided tours and seasonal cheer in this elegant historic mansion.

A longstanding tradition

From 1913 through 1938, Government House was a centre of social life in Alberta. The Lieutenant Governor and his wife, the châtelaine of the house, were renowned for their gracious hospitality. From a January 16, 1914 Edmonton Journal article:

“The tea table in the handsome Georgian dining room was set out with a Cluny lace centerpiece and doilies, broad streamers of pink moiré ribbon running diagonally across the table, and centred with a tall, silver candelabra shaded in pink and baskets of pink roses and white hyacinths at either end.”

Event tickets

  • $50 per person
  • includes GST
  • cash or cheque only
  • cheques payable to "Government of Alberta"

Seating is limited, so order your tickets in advance. To buy tickets:

Call 780-427-2281


Drop by Government House – call first to arrange for ticket pick up at:

12845 102 Avenue, Edmonton
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Year’s Day Levee

Monday, January 1, 2018 | 1:30–3:30 pm

Each year, the Lieutenant Governor and spouse host the popular New Year’s Day Levee at Government House.

The levee is a tradition in Canada dating back to the 1600s. It’s based on an older tradition in Europe that saw subjects visit the monarch to pay their respects and pledge allegiance. Today, the Levee at Government House is a chance for Albertans of all ages to meet the Queen’s representative in a relaxed social setting.

Levee guests can enjoy light refreshments, tour Government House, send a postcard to Canadian troops serving overseas, and join in celebrating the start of a new year.

The event is free of charge and advance booking isn’t required.

For details about the Levee event, contact 780-427-7243.

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