Everyone is invited to ring in the season with Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, at a Norwegian Christmas Celebration Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m.
This lively day of events features fun holiday traditions, concerts by local groups, take-home crafts, folk-art demonstrations and sales, live goats, and a pop-up café serving Norwegian holiday specialties.
Children receive free admission to the Main Building when accompanied by an adult, and performances in the Bethania Church and outdoor activities are free. The event is sponsored by Duane Bruening children and family, in memory of Eileen.
The holiday atmosphere of Vesterheim’s campus will include a juletrefest, where young and old sing Christmas songs around the tree, hear about Christmas in Norway, and meet the julenisse (Christmas elf), who comes with gifts. Don’t be scared by the julebukker, costumed folk who roam the museum complex scaring away evil spirits. In connection with ancient Norwegian holiday traditions, there will be live goats from the Lost Pine Farm in Decorah, thanks to Mike and Erin
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