Christmas in the Village Returns to In-Person Holiday Event


FARMINGTON, MN: Dakota City Heritage Village at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington is preparing to return to an in person, spirited and welcoming holiday event on Saturday and Sunday, December 3, 4, 10, and 11 from 3-8 pm. The past 2 years were drive-through holiday displays due to the pandemic.

Village Volunteers are busy decorating the buildings inside and outside with holiday lights and decorations. Visitors will experience the sights, scents, and sounds of the season through the village’s dazzling lights, Christmas music in the church, the smell of wood burning stoves and the sound of horses and their jingle bells as they pull trolleys through the village. Old fashioned chores will be demonstrated in the Millinery Shop and the Harris House. There will also be old-fashioned candy and goods for sale at the Gift Shop and General Store. Refreshments like hot chocolate, cider and warm soups will be available in the Drug Store.

Children are invited to bring a letter to Santa and leave it at the Dakota City Post office, in a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Envelopes should not be sealed as Santa’s helpers will read the letters and share them with Santa. Children will receive a letter back from the North Pole and Santa in December. Santa will be also visiting with children in the Depot. New this year is a model railroad display with holiday themed trains running around a festive winter scene in the village library, courtesy of the Minnesota Garden Railway Society.

Admission is $5 with children under 5 FREE.

Tickets are available at the gate, online at or by calling (651) 460-8050 x 1.

Dakota City was established at The Dakota County Fairgrounds in 1978, and is a 1900's era agricultural village and museum. 22 buildings, including an operational blacksmith shop, newspaper office, train depot, barber shop, family home and more represent the business and rural social life of a rural early 1900's community.   Dakota City is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to preserve rural heritage and connects, through education and interpretation, current generations to life and agricultural heritage of the early twentieth century.  Updated schedules and information are available at, and on their Facebook page.