Ye Olde Holidays at Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites

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Holidays at Twin Cities Museums

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.

Holidays at Twin Cities Museums


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: Christmas Saturdays for Families | James J Hill House, St Paul | 10am-5pm | $6-$10/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!

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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.

Holidays at Twin Cities Museums

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.

12/2/18: Old Fashioned Holiday | Holz Farm, Eagan | 12–3:30pm | Come visit Santa at this 1940s-era event. Also enjoy hayrides, a bonfire, carols, live reindeer and treats. All activities are FREE!

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.)

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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).

Holidays at Twin Cities Museums

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12/13/18-12/16/18: An “Eventually” Christmas Holiday at the Mill | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis | $16-$20/pp | A Christmas Play based on 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party. Recommended for ages 8+.

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.

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