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!


It’s Fest! Merry Mansion, the season for affordable family fun at the American Swedish Institute. Don’t miss the Kids at the Castle playdates every month. Join in a musical story with Julglädje “Christmas Joy” performances on Nov. 25-26. Explore the decorated Nordic holiday rooms during our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series, FIKA’s food for kids, a Family Gallery and a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 13. Click here for our calendar and visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.

Begins 11/22/17: Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour | James J Hill House | $8-$12/pp | Learn about the holiday celebrations held along historic Summit Avenue.

Begins 11/24/17:  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

11/24/17-11/26/17: Christmas at the 1855 Folsom House | Taylors Falls | Fri 3-8pm, Sat 11am-6:30pm & Sun 1-4pm | $1-$3/pp

Begins 11/25/17: Winterlights at the Purcell-Cutts House | Minneapolis | $5/adults, students & kids free | Weekends through December, take a 45-minute tour through the home, operated by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and decorated for the holiday.

Begins 11/25/17: Christmas Saturdays for Families | James J Hill House, St Paul | 10am-5pm | $6-$10/pp

11/25/17: 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.

12/2/17-12/23/17: 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.

12/2/17: 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.

12/2/17: Holiday Tours | Fillebrown House, White Bear Lake | 1, 2 & 3pm | $5/pp

12/2/17: 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!

12/2/17-12/3/17: 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.

12/2/17-12/3/17: Holiday Open Haus | Germanic-American Institute, St Paul | 10am-2pm | 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.

12/2/17-12/3/17: Christmas in the Village | Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington | 1-8pm | $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. Also held 12/9/17-12/10/17.

Holidays at Twin Cities Museums

12/3/17: 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!

12/9/17-12/10/17: Christmas on the Farm Tour | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | $12/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.

12/10/17: 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

12/15/17: A “Little Women” Christmas | Alexander Ramsey House, St Paul | 7pm | $9-$13/adults, $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 is the only remaining date & time not sold out!

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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