A Victorian Christmas

The aroma of fresh baked holiday treats fills the air as visitors tour the holiday decked out Alexander Ramsey House. Taste homemade cookies fresh from a wood burning stove and listen to holiday music. Discover how the Ramsey family and friends prepared for and celebrated the holidays. Shop the gift store for replica Victorian ornaments and other seasonal items. Reservations required. (Noon-3:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wed., Fri.-Sat. $7-$11. Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul. 651-296-8760. www.mnhs.org.)

CHRISTKINDLSMARKT

Reminiscent of German Christmas markets, shoppers have a variety of unique items to choose from. Listen to holiday music and taste sweet and savory treats. Santa’s reindeer will make an appearance and even give rides to children. Visit with Santa and partake in other activities. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sun. Downtown Excelsior. www.excelsior­christmas.com.)

MELISSA WALKER