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2014 JuleFest


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Julefest in the Danish Villages

The Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa begin their Christmas celebration with Julefest 2014 on November 28th and 29th.. The important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality, flickering candles and other decorations – will all be a part of this weekend. There are unique shops, specialty stores and craft fairs for early holiday shopping as well as many food establishments, serving pastries, breads, candies, Danish open faced sandwiches and Danish specialties such as rullepølse. There are over 20 locations offering exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts.

The museums and historic structures welcome visitors with special events and decorations. The Danish Immigrant Museum will exhibit Danish Christmas plates from past years. The The historic Danish Windmill built in 1848 and brought to Elk Horn from Denmark piece-by-piece 30 years ago will serve glögg and Danish cheese to visitors and have an old fashion Julemarked. Bedstemor's House – Danish for Grandmother's House – will welcome visitors with a warm fire. The parlor's Christmas tree will be decorated with homemade paper ornaments like Julehjerte, chains, fish, and roses. Bring your egg money to the General Store Museum in Kimballton.

The original Boutique & Quilt Sale in Kimballton, "A Prairie Christmas," represents over 30 folk artists. The Elk Horn Town Hall features Iowa Homespun Crafters at the "Main Street Country Boutique." Enjoy the many shops and boutiques in both towns – they're sure to get you in the holiday spirit and help fill your Christmas list!

Both towns will be decorated for Christmas and the streets lined with Danish and American flags. Listen for the Christmas carolers and look for Father Christmas on Friday. Join us for our traditional dancing and singing around the Christmas tree on Saturday night at the Christmas concert at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church.

Julefest is a great way for these proud Danes to show off their Danish heritage to their welcomed guests and to celebrate the opening of the Christmas season in the Danish Villages.

Elk Horn and Kimballton are located in southwest Iowa, off I-80, 6 and 9 miles north of Exit 54.

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The Danish Windmill

P.O. Box 245, 4038 Main
Elk Horn, Iowa 51531
(712) 764-7472