Christmas Traditions of the Nationalities of the early 1900s 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 at the depot!
* Please note that the Dakota City Trolley will be pulled by a team of horses daily from 2:00pm until closing, weather permitting.
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 watch our blacksmith at the anvil. The Carpenter will be busy putting finishing touches on wooden items for the Village and the Print Shop will be doing printing demonstrations. Choirs and musicians will provide holiday music in the Church.
Listen to a story read by the school marm and make a paper chain link for the community chain by adding a link to the community paper chain
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.
A silent auction will be held in Ahlberg Hall all day Saturday December 1 only, ending at 7:45pm. No need to be present at the end, you will be notified if you are the winner and arrangements can be made to pick up and pay for your item.
Children and adults can make old fashioned ornament crafts in the library.
Hot food, beverages and treats will be available to purchase in the Drugstore. Candy and Christmas ornaments can be purchased in the General Store.
The Gift Shop will be open with holiday goodies and treasures to purchase.
Roasted chestnuts can be sampled each day from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in front of Harris Home.
A raffle will be held all 4 days, ending at 7:15pm on December 9 with a drawing to announce the winner. The raffle item will be a hand-made quilt, “The 12 Days of Christmas”, that can be used on a bed or hung to display on a wall.