The holiday jollity continues…
Making Spirits Bright
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features a lavish display in the Great Hall and the nearby grounds, as well as the traditional (and gorgeous) poinsettia tree. The exhibit opens 11/28, and the weekend features a number of special events and live music on Dec. 13-14, as well as a Messiah sing-along on Saturday.
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.
The Betsy-Tacy Victorian Christmas
Visit Betsy’s and Tacy’s houses, do a little Christmas shopping, and enjoy a story hour.
Annie’s Swedish Jul Coffee Party
A three-course Swedish coffee party, with the opportunity to learn about Swedish Christmas traditions, at the Gammelgarden Museum. Reservations required.
Celebrate St. Lucia Day the Scandinavian way at the Gammelgarden Museum. Arrive early for church, followed by a Swedish breakfast bord and St. Lucia Day program.
Holidays in the Village
Take a trip back to the 19th century, visit with Santa (or write a letter to Santa with the help of Mrs. Santa), trolley rides, craft and cooking activities and live music.
Enjoy a tour of the gorgeous Glensheen estate, all decked out in the holidays in a manner befitting such a grand mansion.
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).
Christmas on the Farm
Explore the historic Kelley Farm with a 75-minute guided tour with hike and horse — or oxen-drawn bobsled or wagon ride. Reservations required.
Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
Take a leisurely tour of festively lighted homes in historic Winona, aboard the historic Trester Trolley. Reservations recommended.
Hill House Holidays
Costumed actors portray servants at the lavish James J. Hill House, giving living history tours.
Victorian Christmas Stories
Also at the James J. Hill House, visitors to this event will enjoy a tour of the decorated mansion, a discussion of popular Victorian Christmas traditions, and readings from Dickens and Willa Cather. Reservations recommended.
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.