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Ye Olde Holidays 2021 at Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites

3November 2021

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 2021 Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide – packed with Santa sightings, holiday light displays, festivals, Christmas shopping events and more.


2021 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. Enjoy the illuminated buildings and drop a letter to Santa at the post office – include a self-addressed envelope so he can reply. Dec 4-12, 2021. 3-8pm, Sat & Sun. $5/pp.

Learn more about DAKOTA CITY HERITAGE VILLAGE.

Dakota City General Store decorated for Christmas with wreaths and lights.


EIDEM FARM | Brooklyn Park

EIDEM CHRISTMAS: Old-fashioned festivities include a walking tour, winter activities and Christmas crafts. Dec 4, 2021, 1-4pm. FREE admission.
  • Daily Life on the Farm – an ongoing public event for families during the summer
  • Free summer storytimes and movies
  • Seasonal family festivals

FOLSOM HOUSE | Taylors Falls

CHRISTMAS AT THE FOLSOM HOUSE: Presented as part of the annual Taylors Falls Lighting Festival. Nov 26-28, 2021. Fri 4-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm. 

Learn more about the FOLSOM HOUSE, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.


HOLZ FARM | Eagan

OLD FASHIONED HOLIDAY: This annual event is back with old-time fun on the farm, including a visit with Santa.  Dec 5, 2021, 12-1:15pm or 1:45-3pm. $3/pp, advance only.

Learn more about historic HOLZ FARM including festivals in the spring and fall.


JAMES J HILL HOUSE | St Paul

HOLIDAYS ON THE HILL: It’s Christmas in 1910 during this tour at the most famous mansion on Summit Avenue in St Paul. Tickets include a 60-minute guided tour and holiday-themed exhibits. November 26-December 31, 2021, 10am-4pm. Tickets $8-$12/pp.

Learn more about the JAMES J HILL HOUSE.


POND HOUSE | Bloomington

FRONTIER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Sing Christmas carols around the pump organ, listen to a reading of the Christmas story, enjoy some holiday refreshments and make paper star ornaments to take home. December 18, 2021, drop in from 1-4pm. FREE, donations appreciated.

Learn more about POND-DAKOTA MISSION PARK:

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

STANS HOUSE (Scott County Historical Society) | Shakopee

KIDS CRAFT TO-GO: Stop by the Stans House to pick up a take-home activity kit to make your own holiday craft at home. Instructions and supplies provided. Dec 11 & 13-17th, registration in advance is required. FREE.

Learn more about the STANS HOUSE operated by the Scott County Historical Society including:

  • Monthly free Kids Crafts
  • Historic house tours
  • Seasonal public events

Washington County Historic Courthouse | Stillwater

CHRISTMAS AT THE COURTHOUSE: Shop the annual holiday bazaar inside a courthouse beautifully decorated for Christmas. While shopping, take a fun scavenger hunt and see the historic exhibits, including the old county jail. Free to-go craft bags will be handed out from Gammelgarden Museum. November 20-21, 2021.

Washington County Historic Courthouse


TWIN CITIES HOLIDAY CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE | Minneapolis

Kids in the Castle - Image courtesy American Swedish Institute.
Kids in the Castle – Image courtesy American Swedish Institute.

GERMANIC-AMERICAN INSTITUTE | St Paul

HOLIDAY OPEN HAUS: Get the feel of a European market with vendors selling German Christmas gift items, model trains, and festive food and drink. Meet St. Nikolaus both days from 12-2pm. Dec 4-5, 2021, 11am-4pm. FREE admission.
Father Christmas German
Image Credit: Germanic-American Institute

NORWAY HOUSE | Minneapolis

GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND: Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland returns for its 7th Anniversary. It’s a city made of gingerbread – YUM! Nov 23-Dec 31, 2021. $7/pp ages 13+ 

Gingerbread Wonderland at the Norway House


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. 2021 dates TBA, $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.

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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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