If the idea of building a gingerbread house seems daunting, head to the Norway House for inspiration. Modeled after Norwegian communities that build replicas of their cities, the Norway House brings this tradition to Minnesota. Local bakers from Crave, Coup d'Etat, Wuollet Bakery as well as hobby bakers have created a display of the Twin Cities landscape made out of gingerbread. See the Guthrie Theater, Stone Arch Bridge and even Dave's Popcorn, all featured with icing and candy embellishments. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Ends Jan. 15. $5-$6. Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Av., Mpls. 612-871-2211.


In the spirit of small-town holiday traditions, Linden Hills hosts its annual Reindeer Day. A trolley transports shoppers through the neighborhood with stops at a holiday workshop where guests can make holiday crafts and gifts or wrap presents. Roast marshmallows and visit live reindeer. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Free. Various locations throughout Linden Hills, see website for details.


Strolling carolers set the mood as guests participate in activities such as horse and carriage rides, wine tasting, strolling carolers, storytelling, cookie decorating and more. (5-9 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Free. Afton Town Square, 3033 St. Croix Trail, Afton. 651-436-8883.