by Jennifer Chick
People can take a trip back in time this weekend and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in the Village at the Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington.
The Village will be open for its second and final weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1-8 p.m. at the Dakota County Fairgrounds southwest of Highway 3 and 220th Street.
“It’s such a fun family event, it’s inexpensive and it gets the family outside,” said Lea Guenther, publicity volunteer for the event. “We try to give people the idea of what the Christmas holiday was like over 100 years ago.”
Visitors can experience the sights and smells of holiday cooking and baking at the Harris House, carols in the church, and ice cream cones in the old-fashioned drugstore. The drug store also serves hot meals and other refreshments.
Guenther said one of the favorite events is a ride in a trolley pulled by draft horses as a costumed guide describes the scene. Trolley rides are free with paid admission. Mrs. Santa Claus will be dressed in her finest and ready to help children write their letters to Santa at the Post Office.
Christmas in the Village was also open last weekend, with approximately 1,000 guests visiting on Saturday when temperatures reached 48 in the area, and 650 people in attendance on Sunday.
Last weekend’s warm weather probably encouraged a larger crowd on Saturday, Guenther said, but she said the Village is at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow.
Highs are expected in the low 30s this weekend in the Twin Cities. There is a chance of accumulating snow late Saturday night and into Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s area forecast.
Admission is $5 for those 13 and older, $3 for those ages 4-12 and free for those 3 and under.
Although this will be the last weekend to experience Christmas in Village, people may drive through the Village any evening during the month of December and see the 22 buildings decorated with lights for free.
For more information, call (651) 460-8050 or email [email protected]