Get an Inside Look at the White House at Christmas

Each year HGTV takes viewers on an exclusive tour of the White House during the holidays. This year is no exception, and the 2015 festivities offer one of the most visually impressive examples to date of this ambitious and multifaceted holiday tradition.

Home makeovers are nothing new to HGTV viewers, but in the holiday special White House Christmas 2015, celebrity designer and HGTV host Genevieve Gorder takes viewers along on a VIP tour of one very extraordinary holiday home transformation — the home of America's first family.

Host Genevieve Gorder inspects tree decorations in this year's "Forest of Reading" in the White House Library.

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Host Genevieve Gorder inspects tree decorations in this year's "Forest of Reading" in the White House Library.

In terms of the sheer scope and extent of the undertaking, and the efforts of a small army of volunteers and designers, this year is one of the grandest and most elaborate holiday transformations ever at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And in the HGTV special, viewers are treated not only to an up-close look at the beautifully styled rooms and decorations, but Genevieve also takes us behind the curtain, talking with the volunteers and White House staffers who make it all happen.

Genevieve talks with a White House volunteer about the decorations at the East Entrance.

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Genevieve talks with a White House volunteer about the decorations at the East Entrance.

Facts and Stats

This year's holiday decorations at the White House include more than 70,000 ornaments and no less than 62 Christmas trees. More than 95 volunteers from across the country converge to help in what amounts to a decorating marathon, a carefully choreographed holiday makeover of the residence and grounds. When it's all done, more than 68,000 will have toured the White House during the holidays.

In terms of the HGTV special itself, the groundwork and prep begins in May, and the Scripps Productions team that shoots and assembles the show typically arrives to begin work at the White House the day after Thanksgiving. The shoot itinerary must remain flexible given the sensitive location and ongoing activities, but production and post-production work from that time on is almost constant until the special airs in December. Often the hour-long special is delivered in its final and edited form less than a day before it's actual broadcast.

The HGTV crew films as Genevieve talks with artist/designer Sarah Anne Dinardo in the East Room.

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The HGTV crew films as Genevieve talks with artist/designer Sarah Anne Dinardo in the East Room.

Visual Highlights From Christmas 2015

The official White House Christmas tree, grown and harvested this year in Lansdale, Pa., is located in the oval-shaped Blue Room at the center of the State Floor. This year the tree is particularly striking at a height of 18.5 feet and with ornaments arranged to create a design of separate tiers of red, white and blue. The doors to the Blue Room, as well as a massive chandelier, have to be removed before the tree can be installed, and volunteers climb scaffolding in order to place the decorations.

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White House Christmas 2015

Take a peek of the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.

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Take a peek of the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room.

This year the East Colonnade has one of the most visually distinct decorating themes found throughout the residence. Around 2,000 handmade paper snowflakes are suspended to create an ethereal and cloud-like effect. Many of the snowflake ornaments are created by students in the D.C. area and hand-inscribed with messages about their hopes and aspirations. Others are specially handcrafted and designed to represent individual U.S. states and territories.

White House Christmas 2015

White House Christmas 2015

Suspended snowflakes decorate the East Colonnade.

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Suspended snowflakes decorate the East Colonnade.

The Green Room, which often serves as a setting for informal meetings with VIP guests, is typically one of the most visually striking rooms on the tour. With its rich green walls, the room is ready made for Christmas holiday themes, and this year's decor plays off of the room's palette with a peacock theme, utilizing decorations in the deep metallic blue, fuchsia and green found in the plumage of one of the world's most brilliantly colored birds.

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White House Christmas 2015

In the Green Room, vivid and vibrant mantel decorations are inspired by colors found in peacock feathers.

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In the Green Room, vivid and vibrant mantel decorations are inspired by colors found in peacock feathers.

The White House creche is the visual highlight of the East Room during the holiday season. The intricate nativity scene is made of terra cotta and carved wood. It was fashioned in Naples, Italy during the eighteenth century. Donated to the White House in the 1960s, this ornate and compelling piece has been featured in the East Room during the holidays for more than 45 years, spanning nine presidential administrations.

White House Christmas 2015

White House Christmas 2015

The White House creche is a holiday tradition in the East Room.

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The White House creche is a holiday tradition in the East Room.

This year's White House Christmas special re-airs on HGTV on the morning of December 23 at 7am|6c.

Take a Room-by-Room Tour of the White House at Christmas

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The Grand Foyer

This doorway in the White House Grand Foyer opens onto the Blue Room where the official White House Christmas Tree is located.

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The Blue Room

This year’s holiday theme at the White House is A Timeless Tradition, commemorating extraordinary moments in U.S. history and long-held traditions that are cherished across the nation.

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Host Genevieve Gorder

HGTV host Genevieve Gorder, seen here in the Library Room, hosts this years White House Christmas special, taking viewers on a special holiday tour of America's first home. 

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The Diplomatic Entrance

Evergreen, silver and earth tones decorate the mantel in the White House Diplomatic Entrance.

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The East Colonnade

As part of  First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, a collection of hand-cut paper snowflakes hang from the ceiling of the East Colonnade.

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The East Colonnade

Much of the holiday décor for this year's celebrations was was planned by Rafanelli Events and was executed by 89 volunteers from across the country.

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East Visitor Entrance

Visitors in the East Landing are greeted by a tree with decorations paying tribute to U.S. Armed Forces.

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The China Room

Decorations in the China Room include a table  wrapped in navy plaid and topped with this pine tree and vibrant red gift boxes.

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Blue Room and White House Christmas Tree

This year’s official White House Christmas Tree, located in the oval-shaped Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Fraser fir that was grown in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

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Blue Room, Tree Decorations

Messages to U.S. troops from their families are inscribed on a white and gold ribbon encircling the tree. At the end of the holiday season, each military family will receive their portion of the ribbon as a symbol of gratitud for their service.

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Grand Foyer

The iconic portrait of president John F. Kennedy as seen in the White House Grand Foyer

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The East Room

The East Room is the setting for along-standing holiday tradition – the White House crèche.

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The North Portico

The North Portico at the White House is used to greet guests and dignitaries before gala events.

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The North Portico

The entry at the North Portico are flanked by two Christmas trees decorated with large, gold stars and festive red ornaments.

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The North Portico

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Greetings from the First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama introduces the 2015 White House holiday theme before a group of children visitors in the State Dining Room. 

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Greetings from the First Lady

The first guests to see the fully decorated White House are the children and families of active service members.

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Greetings from the First Lady

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The children get to spend some quality time with the nation's "first pets" Sunny and Bo.

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Honored Guests

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Waiting in the Wings

In the Lower Cross Hall, first dogs Sunny and Bo take a short break from all the exhausting holiday festivities at the White House.

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East Visitor Entrance, Exterior

Visitors at the East Entrance are greeted by much-larger-than-life penguins.

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East Visitor Entrance, Exterior

Santa's Sleigh is another of the large outdoor decorations at the East Entrance.

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East Visitor Entrance, Exterior

The glittering red sleigh, with two baby penguins at the helm, is filled with holiday ornaments.

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East Visitor Entrance, Exterior

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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East Wing Hallway

Inside the Visitor Entrance, the railings, columns and doorways in this wood-paneled hall are draped in garlands of colorful ball ornaments 

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East Wing Hallway

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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East Wing Hallway

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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East Wing Hallway

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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East Colonnade

A myriad of handmade paper snowflakes create an ethereal effect in the East Colonnade.  

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East Colonnade

Trevor Smith of Arlington, MA is the White House holiday volunteer who was in charge of the East Colonnade decor.

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East Colonnade

Some of the snowflakes in the collection represent the 56 states and territories of the U.S. and feature state flags and seals.

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The East Colonnade

Some of the snowflakes were made by students from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and Horton’s Kid in Washington, D.C. and include hand-written messages.

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The East Colonnade

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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East Colonnade Garden

In the garden outside the East Colonnade, 56 "snow people" represent the number of states and territories in the United States.

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East Colonnade Garden

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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East Landing

Inside the Visitor Entrance, in the East Landing, is a Christmas tree that pays tribute to U.S. Armed Forces. The tree is hung with gold star ornaments added by families of soldiers who gave their lives in service to the country.

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East Landing

An installation of mailboxes and care packages symbolizes love sent to troops in service and overseas during the holiday season.

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East Landing

The holiday volunteer for this space is Elizabeth Schmidt of Delray Beach, Florida.

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East Landing

The tree in the East Landing is decorated in red, white and blue ornaments and garlands made from more than 5000 airmail envelopes.

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East Landing

In recent years, as part of the First Lady and Dr. Biden’s Joining Forces initiative, guests have been given the opportunity to share a note with service members. This year, rather than hand written notes, visitors can share digital messages using iPads set up in the East Landing.

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The Grand Foyer

In the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, oversized multi-colored ornaments are strung between the columns and over doorways, and wreaths of Ilex berry decorate the windows.

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The Grand Foyer

On either side of the door leading to the Blue Room are two holiday trees strung with garlands of jewel-toned ball ornaments. 

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The Grand Foyer

In the Grand Foyer, U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant and President's band member Christopher Schmitt plays the piano for White House guests.

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The Grand Foyer

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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White House Christmas 2015

The holiday volunteer for the Grand Foyer space was Candace Barrett Birk of St. Paul, MN.

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The Blue Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Blue Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Blue Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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Lower Cross Hall

The Lower Cross Hall leads to a series of roomsincluding the Diplomatic Reception Room, the Library and  China Room.

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Lower Cross Hall

The Lower Cross Hall features arched garlands containing nearly 4000 silver bells.

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Lower Cross Hall

This space features the work of White House holiday volunteer Ron Kline of Los Angeles, CA.

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The East Room

The East Room is the largest room in the White House and, this year, is decorated with four grand trees covered in iridescent pearls, frosty icicles and jewels. 

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The East Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room

Green trees and garland in the East Room are accented in white, silver, and champagne tones.

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The East Room, Tree Decorations

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room, Window Decor

The windows in the East Room are strung with strands of glass beads, orbs, and mirrors.

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The East Room, Window Decor

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room

The White House crèche is the visual highlight of the East Room during the holiday season.

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The East Room and White House Creche

The intricate nativity scene is made of terra cotta and carved wood. It was fashioned in Naples, Italy during the eighteenth century.

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The East Room and White House Creche

Donated to the White House in the 1960s, this ornate and compelling piece has been featured in the East Room during the holidays for more than forty-five years, spanning nine presidential administrations.

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The East Room and White House Creche

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room and White House Creche

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room and White House Creche

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The East Room

Twelve handcrafted works of art are featured on the mantels in the East Room.

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The East Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Library

The White House Library holds more than 2700 volumes. This year's decorations, with multiple Christmas trees, transform the room into a "forest of reading."

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The Library

The trees are covered in ornaments inspired by some of first lady Michelle Obama's favorite literary quotes. 

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The Library

Decorative elements include replicas of novels, manuscripts and the texts celebrating the American story.

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The Library, Tree Decorations

The White House Library was designed and decorated by Carol Lim and Humberto Leon. The White House holiday volunteer for the space was Nancy Barsotti of Carnegie, PA.

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The Library, Tree Decorations

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Library

The Library decor honors the nation’s literary heritage and features quotes from American writers and scholars.

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The China Room

Fresh pine flanks the doorways of the China Room, and evergreen and eucalyptus garland adorns the fireplace – all combining to give the room a fresh, holiday scent.

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The China Room

This year Carolina Herrera designed and decorated the China Room, and the holiday volunteer was Ellen Carley of Grand Rapids, MI.

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The China Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The China Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The China Room, Tree Decorations

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The China Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Presidential China

In the China Room, blue ribbons denote the Obama China Service. Chosen by First Lady Michelle Obama and debuted earlier this year, this china pattern features a bright Kailua Blue, evoking the waters off the coast of the President’s home-state of Hawaii.

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The Presidential China

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The China Room

The garland over the fireplace is made from aromatic cedar and eucalyptus with pinecones, cinnamon sticks to infuse the entire room with holiday spirit.

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The China Room

Large packages wrapped in crimson and a tree accented with bright blue ribbon create a bold display in the center of the China Room.

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The Green Room

In the stately Green Room, which is frequently the setting for informal meetings with VIP guests, trees and wreaths are accented with with gold leaves and ornaments.

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The Green Room

The mantel and trees feature purple and teal ornaments with peacock feathers.

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The Green Room, Mantel Decor

This year the decorations in the Green Room draw on a peacock theme, with the vivid color palette making use of peacock blue, fuchsia, gilded crimson and deep greens.

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The Diplomatic Entrance

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Diplomatic Entrance

The White House Diplomatic Entrance is decorated in a more subtle and muted palette of copper, gold, green and earth tones.

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The Diplomatic Entrance, Tree Decorations

Elegant ornaments with embroidered garland and rich tones of burgundy, gold, and silver add a regal tone to the room's trees and garland.

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The Diplomatic Entrance, Tree Decorations

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The Diplomatic Entrance

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Bonus Gallery: Behind the Scenes With Genevieve

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host Genevieve Gorder as she meets White House staffers and volunteers -- and lends a hand in the creation of the iconic Gingerbread White House.

Behind the Scenes

An up-close look at the completed Gingerbread White House, an annual holiday tradition in the State Dining Room. This year, for the first time, the HGTV team gets to help decorate and transport this world-famous confectionary masterwork.

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Behind the Scenes

Genevieve Gorder, host of White House Christmas 2015, talks with a Christmas volunteer at the East Entrance where 8-foot wooden penguins greet visitors and two penguin chicks are perched on Santa's sleigh.

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Behind the Scenes

The HGTV crew films as Genevieve talks with artist and designer Sarah Anne Dinardo. Sarah is the creative talent behind some unique sculptures selected as mantel decor in the East Room of the White House.

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The Gingerbread White House

Genevieve helps White House Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison move the West Wing portion of the gingerbread house before transporting it from the Map Room upstairs to the State Dining Room.

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The Gingerbread White House

Genevieve is entrusted with a propane torch as she helps Susie repair the candy nose on a delicate sugar snowman that will be added to the display.

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The Gingerbread White House

Susie Morrison and pastry chef Carlo Figarella position one of the fragile sugar snowmen.

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The Gingerbread White House

Genevieve holds one of the tiny replicas of White House dogs Bo and Sunny that will be featured prominently in the finished gingerbread house.

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The Gingerbread White House

Genevieve assists as the East Wing of the house is carefully placed into position.

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The Gingerbread White House

More than 500 pounds of gingerbread was used in the construction of this year's edible White House. In previous years, the house has been covered in cookies, white chocolate and sugar but until this year, in the Obama White House, there's never been one constructed entirely of gingerbread.

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The Gingerbread White House

The gingerbread sections are mortared with chocolate paste and the walls are stained dark brown with molasses.

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The Gingerbread White House

Sculpted sugar nutcrackers flank either side of the front doorway.

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The Gingerbread White House

Sunny and Bo stand watch at the entrance.

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The Gingerbread White House

Chocolate and gum paste is used as glue to help fashion the tiny  wreaths and other decorative objects like these tiny snowmen.

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A Job Well Done

Genevieve poses with Executive Pastry Chef Susie Morrison, chef Carlo Figarella and the HGTV film crew after the final touches are complete and the gingerbread house is successfully transported to the State Dining Room.

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The State Dining Room

Elsewhere in the State Dining Room, the setting is transformed into a festive toyland with classic toys, nutcrackers and gumball trees.

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The State Dining Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

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The State Dining Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

The State Dining Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

Photo By: Ken Cedeno/Getty Images

The State Dining Room

A parade of nutcracker ornaments is carefully arranged on shelves that have been built to encircle the Christmas trees.

The State Dining Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

The State Dining Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

Candy Wonderland

Nearly 1300 candy canes and 1600 peppermints are used in the floral shop in the creation of candy topiaries like this one that will be enclosed inside an oversized gumball machine and surrounded by 10,000 white gumballs.

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Behind the Menu

Genevieve visits with White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and the kitchen staff to find out what's on the menu for holiday celebrations.

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Behind the Menu

Genevieve with a member of the team charged with the monumental task of feeding White House residents and guests during the holiday season. Case in point: over the coures of the holidays the kitchen and pastry teams create more than 25,000 inidividual cookies.

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Tennis Balls?

The East Garden Room and Bookseller's area features a variety of trees, wreaths and other decorations made with dayglow-yellow tennis balls. Why tennis balls? Because this year the room's theme is dedicated to White House pets Bo and Sunny, and tennis balls are their favorite toys.

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East Garden Room

55,000 feet of yarn is knitted into 7,000 yarn pom-poms to creat the larger-than-live replicas of Sunny and Bo.

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East Garden Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

Photo By: Ken Cedeno/Getty Images

East Garden Room

The White House is holiday ready and Genevieve Gorder goes behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of the nation's First Home at the holidays. From the months of preparation, to the First Lady's meaningful theme, the official Christmas tree in the Blue Room and the iconic Gingerbread White House, see it all on HGTV.com

Photo By: Ken Cedeno/Getty Images

East Garden Room

Genevieve poses with White House volunteer decorators Betty (L) and Lucinda, (R) in the Booksellers area of the White House.

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East Garden Room

And a final pic with two very famous White House pets.

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White House Celebs

Sunny and Bo exercise proper White House decorum in the Lower Cross Hall.

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