Holidazzle, Shmolidazzle. Santaland, ice skating at the Depot, the Guthrie’s Christmas Carol . . . all those Twincy holiday traditions have been done to death. And those crowds of miserable families are absolutely . . . un-dealwithable. We’re over them and so are you! This week we’re mixing it up and picking Twincy holiday activities that need to become tradition—you know, ones that you’ll actually want to do every year.
The American Swedish Institute is one of the best places to take out-of-town relatives and/or to let the kids burn off some energy, and ASI’s annual Winter Wonderland/Christmas at the Castle celebration is a great, non-boring way to bring everyone together for the holidays. Now through early January there’s a Swedish Christmas feast, DIY ornament- and cookie-making workshops (for adults and kids), Nordic Ware demos, a solstice party, pop-up shops, an exhibit on Swedish-founded American towns (all named Stockholm, natch) and a glögg tour. (You know Grandma loves glögg.) Try to go on a weekday if you can; make a day of it by heading to Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian market on Lake Street afterwards, and hit up ASI’s FIKA, or nearby Midtown Global Market or Eat Street, for lunch.
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. S., MPLS; asimn.org