Northwest Suburbs Celebrate Holidays with Winter Festivals
The northwest suburbs kicked off December in festive fashion by hosting several holiday events.
The annual Winterfest celebration made its indoor return to the Crystal Community Center after a two-year pandemic hiatus.
“We have a lot of the same activities so that families can come each year, and as they kind of age out, we have new families that come in,” said Scott Berggren, Crystal Recreation Services Manager. “We’ve definitely seen people who were kids who came to this when they were younger, and now are parents, and they’re bringing their kids to if for the first time.”
Visitors got to make homemade crafts, play games, watch dance performances and give Santa their holiday wish list.
Guests who ventured outdoors could visit a petting zoo and take a horse drawn carriage ride.
Winterfest takes place on the first Saturday in December and has been a Crystal tradition for more than twenty years.
“We call it our kickoff to winter,” said Berggren. “You know, the snow just got here, so we want to invite the community in to celebrate what winter is.”
Brooklyn Center’s Snow Many Traditions
In Brooklyn Center, residents gathered at the community center for ‘Snow Many Traditions‘.
The annual event celebrates the city’s diverse religions and ethnic backgrounds.
“We have a lot of different type people in the Brooklyn Center community now and we want to be able to integrate it and learn to enjoy and understand each other,” said Devonte Brewer, Brooklyn Center Recreation Manager.
Visitors could make homemade crafts including a custom cloth shopping bag, sip on hot cocoa and visit with Santa.
Old-Fashioned Christmas in Brooklyn Park
In Brooklyn Park, visitors journeyed back in time at ‘An Eidem Farm Christmas‘.
Guests could experience what Christmas might have felt like on a Norwegian farm more than 100 years ago.
Visitors to the historic farmhouse and barn were treated to Christmas songs from the Cooper High School Choir.
More holiday fun to come: Tri-City Santa Parade Rolls through Town on Dec. 10th