The Landing Celebrates 40th Annual Folkways of the Holidays

The 19th century holiday cultural traditions of the Minnesota River Valley brought to life each weekend leading up to Christmas.

(The following is a press release from the Three Rivers Park District.)

The holidays are a time of deeply-rooted traditions. During “Folkways of the Holidays” at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee, we bring to life the 19th century holiday cultural traditions of the Minnesota River Valley. You’ll see how the ethnic traditions of the past can still be found today in our decorations, celebrations and even the foods we eat.

Each weekend in December (with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s weekends), guests can enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides along snowy lanes of candlelit homes. Attractions include trolleys pulled by Percheron horses, costumed interpreters, and tours of homes with culturally distinct decorations, crafts, and folk art performances. Food is available for purchase each weekend day. Dress for the weather.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last entry is one hour before close. “Folkways of the Holidays” includes the following live performances:

Schedule of Entertainment

December 1 Larry Greenstein/Sacred Harp Singers

December 2 St. Paul Irish dancers

December 8 Lara Swanson

December 9 Curtis and Loretta

December 15 Wayzata Women’s Chorus

December 16 St. Paul Czech Dancers

December 22 Village Christmas Pageant, Santa Claus and Live Reindeer Display noon-4 p.m.

December 23 Jeff and Christine Nordin


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