The month of December is an exceptionally busy one for this festival-fond state. To try and get as much coverage as possible without creating a blog post that’s a mile long, I’m going to report weekly this month. Today’s installment will include events through Sunday, Dec. 7. Check back next Monday for the following week.
A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
The beautiful Alexander Ramsey House will be decorated to the hilt in period decorations—and there just might be cookies coming out of the wood-fired stove. Reservations recommended.
Not a parade any longer, Holidazzle has been reimagined as a holiday village, complete with food, live music, and a holiday carousel. This weekend: glass-blowing demonstrations.
St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Tickets may be scarce at this point, but you can tune into Classical MPR (radio or streaming online) to hear the live broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m.
Christmas in the Village
Stop by the Steele County Historical Society and enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, a lavish cookie sale, true wassail, and visit Santa. On Saturday, tour highly decorated historic homes.
W.W. Mayo House Afternoon Christmas Tour
Tour the tiny home once inhabited by one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic, and enjoy cookies and cider, and a kids’ craft table.
Christmas caroling, cookie walks, artists’ studio tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa, and cookie decorating, all in one of the lovely river towns of southeast Minnesota.
The Betsy-Tacy Society Victorian Christmas
Visit both Betsy and Tacy’s homes to see how the family prepared for Christmas.
Horse-drawn trolley rides, ethnic foods, and Christmas carols all reflect the town’s ethnic heritage.
Victorian Holidays at the LeDuc House
Visit the sumptuously decorated historic LeDuc House for the holidays. On Dec. 2, there will be a special dinner with music (reservations required).
Hill House Holidays
Costumed actors portray servants at the lavish James J. Hill House, giving living history tours.
Lanesboro Christmas Inn Tour
Lanesboro’s community of bed and breakfasts opens up for holiday tours.
No Coast Craft-o-Rama
Independent crafters make the most of the wonderful Midtown Global Market to display and sell their wares. You’ll find fun items here that are often unlike most of what you’d see at other craft shows.
Bluff and Valley Balloon Ralley
A Winter Wonderland parade, and hot air balloons. A novel and lovely way to kick off the holiday season.
Kick off the holiday shopping and noshing with a stroll down Grand Avenue’s 30-some blocks of independent (mostly) retailers and restaurants.
Visit the Big Woods Building at Pioneer Park and tour the many historic buildings (log cabin, sod shanty, Finnish church). Enjoy live music, shopping, and fry bread and stew.
Christmas in the Logging Camp
Dress warmly—you’ll be walking outdoors at the Forest History Center while observing lumberjacks in action and horses pulling carriages, before visiting the cook’s shack to see how lumberjacks celebrated decades ago. Also, photos with Santa.
What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.