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Sunday, November 11, 2012

‘Christmas in the Village’ features old-fashioned holiday

Visitors are invited to experience a turn-of-the-century holiday at the annual "Christmas in the Village" event the first two weekends in December at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington. The event is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1st and 2nd and Dec. 8th and 9th.
Trees will be lighted inside and outside the decorated buildings in the 1900s-era village. Visitors can board horsedrawn trolleys for a tour and listen to Christmas carols in the church. Interpreters in costume will staff the more than 20 vintage buildings. Children will be able to write a letter to Santa assisted by Mrs. Claus and visit in person with a Victorian-costumed St. Nick.
Holiday crafts to make and take home will be available in several buildings. Other features will include a holiday carousel and the pungent smell of the wood burning in the stoves that heat the buildings. Volunteers in the Harris House will be baking and cooking on a wood-burning stove. Hot and cold beverages and hot food will be sold in the Drugstore. 
Candy, gifts and vintage toys will be available in the Gift/Confectionery Shop. As a fundraiser, Dakota City will be raffling an American Girl doll, bed and clothing. Raffle tickets will be sold in the Drugstore for $1.00 each or 7 for $5.00.
Admission prices will be $3 per child for those ages four through 12 years old and $5 per person for those ages 13 and up. Children under three will be admitted free. Dakota City is located at 4008-220th St. W. on the Dakota County Fairgrounds. For information call 651-460-8050 or visit www.dakotacity.org.

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