Get ready for a big serving of old-fashioned fun, cultural traditions and special holiday events at Twin Cities-area museums and historic sites.
Begins 11/21/18: Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour | James J Hill House | $8-$12/pp | Learn about the holiday celebrations held along historic Summit Avenue. Tours run 60 minutes. (There is also a self-guided option every Saturday $6-$10/pp)
Begins 11/23/18: A Victorian Christmas | Alexander Ramsey House | See, hear and taste a Victorian Christmas during this holiday guided tour. There are homemade cookies in the kitchen, holiday music of the era on the piano, and original family decorations.
11/23/18-11/25/18: Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House | Taylors Falls | Fri 3-8pm, Sat 11am-6:30pm & Sun 1-4pm | $1-$3/pp
Begins 11/24/18: Holiday tours at the Purcell-Cutts House | Minneapolis | $5/adults, students & kids free | Special tours are given throughout the holiday season, operated by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and decorated for the holiday. Ends 12/30/18.
11/24/18: Gingerbread House Workshop | American Swedish Museum, Minneapolis | 10am & 1pm | $35/family (limit 5 people per family) | Decorate a gingerbread house as a family using Swedish candy from the Candy Shop Stuga.
12/1/18: Holiday Fest | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee | 10am-1pm | Free historic holiday fun – hot cocoa in the historic Stans House, decorated for a 1920s Christmas; toasted marshmallows in the Stans Garden; and ornament-making in the museum.
12/1/18: Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis | 12:30-4pm | $6-$12/pp, free ages 4 and under & members| Star Tribune’s annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest finalists bake their winning recipes in the Mill City Museum Baking Lab. Get tips and inspiration!
12/1/18-12/2/18: Christmas on the Farm: A Norwegian Christmas | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 1-4pm | $4-$6/pp, cash or check only | Old-fashioned festivities include carolers, ornament-making, freshly-baked treats and a visit with St. Nick.
12/1/18-12/2/18: Holiday Open Haus | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul | 11am-4pm | Get the feel of a European market with vendors selling German Christmas gift items, model trains, and festive food and drink. Craft ornaments on Saturday and meet St. Nikolaus on Sunday.
12/1/18-12/2/18: Julmarknad | American Swedish Museum, Minneapolis | 10am & 1pm | $12 Adults, $8 Seniors, $6 Students & Children, Free for Members & Under 5 | ASI’s annual holiday market and festival. Learn more about Julmarknad and Swedish Holiday Traditions here.
12/1/18-12/9/18: Christmas in the Village | Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington | 1-8pm Sat & Sun | $4-$7/pp | Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to life in the village with a horse-drawn trolley, caroling, holiday cooking, demonstrations, a visit with St. Nicholas and other turn-of-the-century traditions.
12/1/18-12/23/18: Folkways of the Holidays | The Landing, Shakopee | Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm | $5-$8/pp | Folk art performances, a horse-drawn trolley, and tours dressed in 19th century decorations. Dress for the outdoors.
12/7/18: Lucia’s Legend Preschool Program | American Swedish Museum, Minneapolis | 10am | $15/child | Parent/child program explores the legend of Santa Lucia through stories, crafts and activities. Limit 2 adults per child. Also on Thursday, December 13, 10 am.
12/7/18: A “Little Women” Christmas | Alexander Ramsey House, St Paul | 7pm | $10-$14, $3 member discount | Discover how the “Little Women” of the classic book celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. Play Victorian parlor games, sing carols, enjoy gingerbread cake, and make a Christmas craft in the Carriage House. Ages 6+. (This sold out last year.)
12/8/18: Holiday Tours | Fillebrown House, White Bear Lake | 10am, 11:30am, & 1pm | $7/pp
12/9/18: Lucia Dagen Celebration | Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia | $5-$15/pp | Following a quick morning Swedish prayer service (6 or 8:30am) in the 1865 church, head to the community center for a full Lucia Fest breakfast and program (7 or 9am).
12/13/18: Children’s Storytime | Fillebrown House, White Bear Lake | 6:30pm-7:30pm | $5/pp Advanced Tickets required. | Fun, Cider & Cookies. Pajamas welcome.
12/15/18-12/16/18: Christmas on the Farm Tour | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | $15/pp, 5 & under free | Learn how the farm families celebrated the holiday season and dealt with cold temps, visit the animals, take a wagon ride and warm up with treats and refreshments.
12/16/18: A Frontier Christmas | Pond-Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington | Suggested Donation $2 | Join costumed re-enactors at the historic Pond House; gather ‘round the 19th century pump organ to the sing carols; Agnes Pond will read the Christmas story, and Rev. Pond will present excerpts from his 1862 Christmas sermon; enjoy refreshments by the fireplace; make angel ornaments.