Ye Olde Holidays 2020 at Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites

Get ready for a big serving of old-fashioned fun, cultural traditions and special events for the Holidays at Twin Cities museums and historic sites.

Searching for more Twin Cities holiday and Christmas events? Look no further than our Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide – packed with Santa sightings, holiday light displays, festivals, Christmas shopping events and more.



Christmas in the Village: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to life in the village. Buildings will be closed this year, but you can still enjoy the illuminated buildings and drop a letter to Santa at the post office – include a self-addressed envelope so he can reply. Dec 5-13, 2020. 1-8pm, Sat & Sun. $4-$7/pp.

Learn more about Dakota City Heritage Village.

FOLSOM HOUSE | Taylors Falls

Make at Home Ornament Kits: Presented as part of the annual Taylors Falls Lighting Festival. Nov 27-28, 2020. Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm. Free kits while supplies last!

Learn more about the Folsom House, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.


Old Fashioned Holiday: This annual event has been changed to a drive-thru format. Santa will still be present and there will be treat bags for the kids. Dec 6, 2020, 12-1:15pm or 1:45-3pm. $3/pp, advance only.

Learn more about historic Holz Farm including festivals in the spring and fall.

POND HOUSE | Bloomington

Canceled. Carols and Cranberries: Sing Christmas carols and winter songs around a campfire. Make popcorn and cranberry garland to take home. Dec 20, 1-4pm, suggested donation $2/pp.  This event has been cancelled, but visitors are still welcome at the park. The City of Bloomington recommends the panoramic view of the Minnesota River Valley from the overlook site in the park

Learn more about Pond-Dakota Mission Park:

  • Weekly historic-themed open houses (ongoing Sundays, donations suggested)
  • Annual special events such as the River Rendezvous in September


NORWAY HOUSE | Minneapolis

Gingerbread Wonderland: Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland returns for its 5th Anniversary. Nov 6, 2020 – Jan 7, 2020. $5/pp kids FREE (appointments required in 2020) or visit virtually online. Note: In light of the governor’s recent guidelines, in-person visits are temporarily suspended.  Norway House hopes to reopen December 19th.  
Learn more about Norway House.

Gingerbread Wonderland at the Norway House



Winterlights at the Purcell-Cutts House: Special tours are given throughout the holiday season, operated by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and decorated for the holiday. Nov 14-Feb 14, 2020. $5/adults, students & kids free.

Learn more about the kid-friendly programs at Minneapolis Institute of Art including:

  • Family Day – a monthly program just for families with kids
  • Free Studio Days – free, drop-in art classes

Our Holiday Festival Guide is full of hometown festivals at their seasonal best. Whether it’s a tree lighting, a skating event or a full-on festival with fireworks and movies, we think this is quite simply the perfect way to celebrate the season.

Looking for more Santa sightings? Track him with our Twin Cities Santa Finder: Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Little House On The Prairie Christmas Accessory Play Set, Mittens Amazon Link.


What is your favorite event to celebrate the Holidays at Twin Cities museums or historic places? Leave us a comment and we’ll add it to our list.

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Go to page 2 to see last year’s events that may still be announced for 2020.

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