Edit ModuleShow Tags

Jul to the World at the American Swedish Institute


Published:

In 1903, wealthy businessman Swan Turnblad began building his castle-like residence in Minneapolis. In 1929, he donated his mansion to what is now the American Swedish Institute (ASI). For more than 80 years, ASI used this building to share Swedish culture with locals and visitors alike. In 2012, an expansion, the Nelson Cultural Center, opened to offer even more space and opportunities for exhibits.

Norway holiday room
Photo courtesy of ASI

Each year ASI showcases Nordic heritage with its own holiday celebration. Jul to the World: A Nordic Christmas (which opened this past weekend) offers museum visitors an opportunity to spot special exhibits, hear seasonal music (every Sunday through December 22), tour the historic mansion, and taste delicious goodies. Think you're brave enough to try the Nordic delicacy, Lutfisk? Attend the annual Lutfisk dinner this weekend! Or take special after hours tours of the exhibit while sipping on traditional Glogg, Swedish mulled wine (November 22 & December 3 & 20).

In the ASI’s historic wing, visit all five holiday rooms decorated and offering cuisine of the region. The rooms represent the five Nordic countries of Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Denmark. A bonus sixth room this year? Mexico! This room pays homage to the strong Hispanic culture in the neighborhood surrounding ASI.

Children can search the mansion for Tomte, the Swedish Christmas elf (he'll appear in person December 7 & 8). Shop Julmarknad, the Christmas Market (December 7 & 8) which is reminiscent of wintertime markets found across Europe. You can also explore the gift shop all month long for Nordic presents. Catch theatrical performances every Wednesday evening. The signature event, the Lucia Celebration (a celebration of light), takes place on Dec. 14.

Hungry? Nosh on holiday sausages and more at ASI’s FIKA café, which Travel + Leisure named to its America's Best Sandwiches list.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Summer Camp For Food-Loving Adults: Chef Camp

Book a north-woods excursion that challenges your culinary creativity among fellow foodies and big-time local chefs

New Features at TC Pride All About Inclusivity and Keeping the Peace

Dancers holding off protesters, a space for those with autism, and more

OXBEAUX Gets Cozy Before Eaux Claires Festival

The OXBEAUX Block Party offered an intimate pre-festival experience for nearly 2,000 guests featuring music from The Shouting Matches, Field Report, and more
Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recent Minnesota Journeys Posts

Summer Camp For Food-Loving Adults: Chef Camp

Book a north-woods excursion that challenges your culinary creativity among fellow foodies and big-time local chefs

New Features at TC Pride All About Inclusivity and Keeping the Peace

Dancers holding off protesters, a space for those with autism, and more

OXBEAUX Gets Cozy Before Eaux Claires Festival

The OXBEAUX Block Party offered an intimate pre-festival experience for nearly 2,000 guests featuring music from The Shouting Matches, Field Report, and more

Award-Winning Author Channels Northwoods in New YA Book

Minnesota native Margi Preus explores familiar scenes and events in her new mystery novel for young adults

New Hotel Lands on Lake Minnetonka

Lakeside hospitality returns after more than 50 years with the arrival of Hotel Landing
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags