Christmas Traditions of 1900 will be the theme throughout Dakota City Heritage Village. The horse-drawn trolley* will transport you through the village streets as you explore the traditions of Christmas 1900’s style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by an inviting wood-burning stove, and delight in the demonstrations of woodworking and holiday cooking as our villagers prepare for Christmas.
As a special treat, a presentation of A Christmas Carol will be featured in Ahlberg Hall by Children’s Castle Theater. Don’t forget to visit St. Nicholas!
* Please note that the Dakota City Trolley will be pulled by a team of horses from 2:00 – 6:00 pm daily weather permitting. The trolley will be pulled by a tractor at other times.
Our buildings will be illuminated inside and out throughout our village. You are welcome to drive through the Village any evening during the month of December to enjoy this holiday tradition.
Trolley rides are free with paid admission.
Enjoy holiday cooking in the Harris House and our blacksmith at the anvil. The Carpentry and Print Shops will also present demonstrations. Choirs and musicians will provide holiday music in the Church.
Listen to a story read by the school marm, or children can recite poems at the front of the class.
Visit with St Nick. Be sure to bring your camera for photos.
Be sure to stop in and see all the newest items for sale in 1900.
Children can write a letter to St Nick. Be sure to include your self-addressed envelope so St Nick can send you a reply!
Mail your letter to St Nick, including the self-addressed envelope, at the post box outside the building. If you mail your letter here, St Nick will send you a reply!
Watch a condensed version of “A Christmas Carol” performed by the Children’s Castle Theater at 4pm and 6pm each day.
Farmington Business Association will host a community tree lighting at the bandstand at 5pm. They will also provide a short bus tour of the lights in downtown Farmington every half hour between 4pm to 6:30pm.
Children can make old fashioned ornament crafts in the library. Listen to a Scandinavian immigrant talk about life in 1900 between 2pm and 6pm each day.
Hot food, beverages and treats will be available to purchase in the Drugstore. Candy and Christmas oranments can be purchased in the General Store.
The Gift Shop will be open with holiday goodies and treasures to purchase.