Dakota City – Where the Past is Present.

About Us

Christmas in the Village is our annual holiday event, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 3, 4, 10, and 11 from 3-8 pm. It is a great time to visit or volunteer!- sharing and experiencing all the warmth and the joy of the season. CLICK HERE for more information!  Then click on Christmas in the Village. In case of inclement weather-please check this website or our Facebook for weather updates.    ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE.                  Please review the information below.                                                     Admission tickets are available at the Admission Gate each day of the event, 3-8 pm. Cash or Credit Card accepted. $5 each, Children under the age of 5 are FREE.

Christmas in the Village 2022 Sponsors & Supporters

Dakota City Heritage Village is a 1900-era village and museum dedicated to connecting people to the rural past. Located in Farmington, Minnesota, just 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities on the Dakota County Fairgrounds, our five-acre site includes 22 buildings where visitors experience living history firsthand with costumed interpreters and demonstrations. Ahlberg Heritage Center, our museum, houses more than 10,000 artifacts depicting social and rural history with an emphasis on agriculture. Events throughout the year focus on rural life 100+ years ago, including how residents met their needs for food, clothing, shelter, and social connection. School programs are scheduled throughout the spring and fall, and various group tours are offered. In addition, buildings at Dakota City are available to rent for weddings, family gatherings, and organization events.

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We are 100% community funded and graciously appreciate your help.


Volunteers are the bedrock of Dakota City. Get involved today!

Village Tour

Learn about our historical buildings with our new online tour.



Office hours:

Monday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Village tours are scheduled by appointment only.

The Village is open to the public during events. See Events page for details.


Dakota City Heritage Village is constantly working to improve accessibility while maintaining historical accuracy. We have improved building thresholds and eliminated unnecessary stoops and steps. We have also constructed or modified ramps to provide greater accessibility to visitors.
We strongly recommend that anyone with concerns about accessibility have one or more adults to assist them while touring.

Photographer Information

Photographers are welcome on the Dakota City grounds when there are no other events or tours scheduled. A photographer’s pass must be obtained from the Dakota County Agricultural Society for anyone (professionals or amateurs) to take pictures in the Village. Please call the Ag Society office at 651-463-6900 for more photographer pass information.


Dakota city is located 30 minutes south of the Twin Cities on the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington, Minnesota.