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 8, 2019
All Day

Events & Courses
Events & Courses

North House Folk School | Grand Marais MN

Check out upcoming events at North House Folk School!

December 8, 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 8, 2019
6:00 pm

Live Music & Events
Live Music & Events

Wunderbar Eatery & Glampground | Grand Marais MN

All events through May 4th are cancelled due to COVID 19.

Sundays :: Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack :: 6-9pm

Special Events

May 4, 7pm – Celtic Music Sessions & Open Jam


December 8, 2019 - December 9, 2019
7:00 pm

Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert

Bethlehem Lutheran Church | Grand Marais MN

Featuring the talent of more than 100 cook county residents, the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra’s (BCO’s) annual Christmas concerts are a Cook County tradition nearly 70 years old.

This year’s concert, offered on two nights, features not only many seasonal favorites, but also the exciting world premiere of “The Lingering Light of Day,” by composer Craig Carnahan and poet Julia Klatt Singer. The creation of this new choral and orchestral work, written by Carnahan and Singer for the BCO, was funded in part by a grant from the MN State Arts Board. The piece is based on material gathered from community listening sessions the artists hosted in Cook County last February, in which participants discussed what makes the North Shore a unique place to live.

Come enjoy both new and long-loved seasonal works by celebrated composers, sung by your friends and neighbors, directed by composer/conductor William Beckstrand.

Free to the public. Donations to the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra are gratefully accepted.