Little Falls, Minn.

Christmas at the Mansions at Linden Hill Historic Estate features self-guided tours of the Musser and Weyerhaeuser homes daily through next Sun. The tours feature decorated rooms, holiday music and treats. Hours are 1 to 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. Admission is $5-$12 (, 1-320-616-5580).

Knife River, Minn. Head to the North Shore for plenty of holiday cheer during the Julebyen Christmas Market next weekend. Starting at 4:30 p.m. Fri., Julefest will feature an outdoor market and a dinner (5 p.m.), a silent auction of holiday wares and music. On Sat. and next Sun. the market will be alive with more indoor and outside festivities including children’s events, train rides, a troll village, a Gnome Dome (tent), skating, sledding, sleigh rides, a live Nativity scene, and of course Santa will greet visitors (


Stop by Christmas at the Historic Mayowood Mansion through Dec. 16 for guided tours of the Charles Mayo mansion, delightfully adorned with Christmas decorations. Tour days and hours vary and reservations are required. Tickets are $10-$25 for adults (1-507-282-9447).

Lake City, S.D.

Sleigh rides, holiday craft-making and more will draw visitors to Frontier Christmas Dec. 8 at Fort Sisseton State Park. At the former military outpost, visitors can relive Christmas traditions from pioneer life through music, tours and other activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; vehicle park entrance fee required (1-605-448-5474).

Colleen A. Coles