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Christmas in the Village
Christmas in the Village
First 2 weekends in December
(Weather permitting)

Dec. 1 & 2 and Dec. 8 & 9
Hours: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday
Sunday, December 9 Hours are 1:00-7:30 pm.

$7.00 - 13 and up
$4.00 - 3 thru 12
Free - 2 and under

Trolley rides are free with paid admission.

Cash and checks only at gate. Purchase tickets online with credit or debit cards via PayPal below. No PayPal account required.
Dakota City Heritage Village
4008 220th Street W
Farmington, MN 55024

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.

Things to Do
Holiday Lights

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

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.

Purchase Tickets Online
2018 Village Christmas
Adult Admission7.00Age 13 & up
Children Ages 3-124.00Ages 3 - 12
Fee2.00Please add to defray Dakota City costs. Thank you!
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.
One Room Schoolhouse

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.

General Store

Be sure to stop in and see all the newest items for sale in 1900.

Village Hall

Children can write a letter to St Nick. Be sure to include your self-addressed envelope so St Nick can send you a reply!

Post Office

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!

Ahlberg Hall Museum

Watch a condensed version of “A Christmas Carol” performed by the Children’s Castle Theater at 4pm and 6pm each day.

Saturday December 1 only

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.

Food & Drinks
Food, Drink and Souvenirs

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 4:00 pm to 6:00 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.