Last call for Holiday Ideas House

It's the final week to see the charming Scandinavian-themed kitchen and other rooms chock-full of festive new, repurposed and vintage furnishings and accessories inside the Bachman's Holiday Ideas House. The historic family home is open for self-guided tours through Dec. 13 at 5936 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Admission is $5; part of proceeds benefits Washburn Center for Children. For tickets, go to or call 612-861-7311.


Holiday wares at the Arboretum

Festive goods, from home decor to gifts, are available at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, which is holding three holiday sales this weekend: the Auxiliary Holiday Sale, featuring handmade wreaths, fresh greens, hand-knit and felted items, room decor and ornaments; the "Artistry of Nature" sale, featuring handcrafted greeting cards, artwork and photography created by members of the Arboretum Photographers Society and Arb adult art students; and the Minnesota Herb Society Winter Sale, featuring handmade herbal gifts, including potpourri, scented ornaments, teas and more. All three sales will be held Dec. 5 and 6; individual sale hours vary. For details, visit

Celebrate 19th-century style at Godfrey House

What was the holiday season like in the 1850s? Get a taste at the Ard Godfrey House, the oldest remaining wood-frame house in Minneapolis, built in 1849. The Woman's Club of Minneapolis is hosting an 1850s Holiday Party at the house on Dec. 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Guides will be dressed in period costume to share how the Godfrey family celebrated the holiday when historic St. Anthony Falls was a new community. The party will include light refreshments and musical entertainment. Admission is free; donations suggested. The house is in Chute Square Park at 28 University Av. SE., Mpls. Street parking is available.