Weekend outlook: Christmas-y

Looking for some family fun that captures the holiday spirit this weekend? Check out the following…

Experience A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House in Saint Paul, in which the 11,000-square-foot home is bedecked in 1870s ornaments, an enormous tree and lots of garlands. Hour-long tours led by costumed guides incorporate tidbits from family letters and diaries, while elegant music is played on the 1875 Steinway piano and a costumed Ramsey servant serves freshly baked Christmas cookies.

Partake in African and African-American storytelling, fashion, dance and art this Sunday

as the Minnesota History Center hosts Kwanzaa Family Day. Beverly Cottman tells stories of tricksters and folk heroes, Fatawy Sayibu and the Tiyumba Dance Company sing, dance and drum, and Ta-Coumba Aiken leads families in making “voice of unity” art projects to take home.

Wonder what it would be like to prepare for the holidays as a wealthy railroad magnate at the turn of the century? Have we got the tour for you! Visit the James J. Hill House for its annual Hill House Holidays, which brings to life the bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill family, and the script is based on letters and oral histories of people who worked for the Hill family during the first decade of the 20th century.

*The Depot Rink*

It’s fun, it’s romantic, and it’s warm in the winter. Named one of the top ten best places in the United States to ice skate by the USA Today and MSNBC, The Depot Rink is a historic Downtown Minneapolis train shed that now houses a modern-day, indoor rink with floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcasing views of the downtown city skyline. Hours this weekend: Christmas eve – 10am – 6pm, Christmas Day noon – 10pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm

Looking for a more low-brow holiday get-together? Trailer Trash performs it’s annual “Trashy Little Xmas Show” at Lee’s Liquor Lounge on Saturday night, starting at 9pm. (Not appropriate for the little ones)

Happy Holidays!

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