December 6, 2019 - December 8, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Julebyen (Christmas Village)
Julebyen (Christmas Village)

Knife River Recreation Center | Knife River MN

Enjoy all things Scandinavian – and search for Trolls – during the three day Julebyen Christmas Festival.  Julebyen celebrates Scandinavian Christmas traditions in crafts, music and food, and characters from mythology.  Five “Troll Trains To Troll Canyon” will take festivalgoers through the woods of Knife River in search of Trolls. She said last year about 1,000 went seeking mischievous trolls and none were disappointed. The North Shore Scenic Railroad’s Julebyen Express train will take festivalgoers to the festival and back departing the Duluth Depot Saturday and Sunday mornings.

New in 2019 – Anne Jorunn Syvertse, our first designer, artist, and crafter from Norway. She has shown her knitted creations from ‘sweaters to pot-holders’ and hand-stitched cards, pillows, pictures and table cloths at all the major Scandinavian-themed festivals in the U.S.

Highlights of the seventh annual Julebyen include indoor and outdoor marketplaces, bakery, entertainment in the “Gnome Dome,” a “Writer’s Corner” in Troll Village, a live nativity and celebration of music Sunday sponsored by the Knife River Lutheran Church, winter outdoor fun and children’s games.

Friday evening kicks off weekend activities with a Julefest and silent auction in the Gnome Dome at 4 pm.
Saturday hours are 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday hours are 10 am – 4 pm.

Julebyen is free to the public. Some activities require reservations and an admission. For complete information on events and schedules:

Full information and schedule here

December 6, 2019 - January 3, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Artist's Reception - Lisa Kosmo
Artist's Reception - Lisa Kosmo

Tettegouche State Park Visitor’s Center | Silver Bay MN

Tettegouche hosts a new art exhibit every month and the January artist is Lisa Kosmo. View quality art. Meet the artist. It’ll be fun!

December 7, 2019
All Day

Events & Courses
Events & Courses

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

Check out upcoming events at North House Folk School!

December 7, 2019
All Day

Grandma Rays
Grandma Rays

Grandma Rays | Grand Marais MN

Mondays :: Beer Bingo 7-9pm
Tuesdays :: Trivia Night 7-9pm
Saturdays :: Texas Hold ‘Em 6:15-8pm

18 :: Bughouse! :: 8pm
24 :: Portage Band :: 6pm
25 :: Mysterious Ways :: 8pm

December 7, 2019
12:00 am

Read with Aspen
Read with Aspen

Grand Marais Public Library | Grand Marais MN

Aspen is a registered therapy animal  with the Pet Partners program. She is at the library on Saturdays, 11 am – 12 pm. you can reserve a 20-minute slot by calling the library at (218) 387-1140, or come and read on a first-come first-served basis.

December 7, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale & Open House
Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale & Open House

Grand Marais Art Colony | Grand Marais MN

This event is a well known tradition on the north shore featuring one-of-a-kind fiber crafts handmade by guild members.

December 7, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Holiday Art Underground Show
Holiday Art Underground Show

Betsy Bowen Studio | Grand Marais MN

Dozens of local artists have their beautiful work here for the holidays.  Come for cookies, hot tea, and a colorful eyeful!

Details here

December 7, 2019
6:30 pm

Live Music
Live Music

Lutsen Resort | Lutsen MN

Tuesday & Thursday night music is 6 – 8 pm
Saturdays Live Music is 7-10 pm

Wine & Trivia Wednesdays
The wine bar will open at 6pm with Trivia kicking off at 6:30pm. The Poplar River Pub will be serving food and drink for anyone looking for a non-wine beverage. Folks of all ages are welcome & encouraged to participate. Pro Tip! Get a leg-up on the competition by visiting our Facebook page between 12pm-5pm the day of the event for the answer to a sommelier-level wine question that will be asked that night.


31 :: Briand Morrison

2 :: Jon Kalberg
3 :: Rob & Jill
4 :: Plucked-Up String Band
7 :: Gordon Thorne
9 :: Jim & MIchele Miller
11 :: Briand Morrison
14 :: Eric Frost
17 :: Pushing Chain
18 :: Gordon Thorne
21 :: Pete Kavanaugh
23 :: Briand Morrison
25 :: Jim & Michele Miller
28 :: Joe Paulik
30 :: Joshua Schmidt
31 :: Plucked-Up String Band

December 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Live Music, Tours & Events
Live Music, Tours & Events

Castle Danger Brewery | Two Harbors

All events through May 4th are cancelled due to COVID 19.
Tuesdays :: Trivia Tuesday, 6 pm
Brewery Tour ::  Fridays & Saturdays at 5pm; they last around 30 minutes. Register here
Maximum of 20 people per tour. Tours cost $5 per person and all proceeds are donated to the local food shelf. A complimentary beer is also included on the tour.

Fridays & Saturdays :: Live Music

Live Music 7 pm unless noted