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.
2020 HISTORIC HOLIDAY EVENTS IN THE TWIN CITIES
DAKOTA CITY HERITAGE VILLAGE | Farmington
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.
HOLZ FARM | Eagan
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
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
TWIN CITIES HOLIDAY CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS
NORWAY HOUSE | Minneapolis
HOLIDAY EVENTS AT TWIN CITIES MUSEUMS
PURCELL-CUTTS HOUSE | Minneapolis
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.
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.
Go to page 2 to see last year’s events that may still be announced for 2020.