Winter Solstice Celebration

Dec. 21
5 p.m.
Free with museum admission ($5-$10).
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Though aspects of the astronomical event would eventually be adopted as Christmas traditions, the Winter Solstice is still worthy of its own ceremonies, particularly to those living in the Nordic lands where sunshine can be a rare visitor during the winter months. Nodding to Minnesotans of Nordic descent, the American Swedish Institute is once again hosting its low-key Winter Solstice Celebration. Visitors will be able to tour the Turnblad Mansion, taking in the exhibition of “Nordic Holidays: Celebrations of Light,” featuring seasonally decorated rooms honoring Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway. Acknowledging the region’s Jewish heritage, a special space has also been designed to represent Hanukkah. In addition, visitors are welcome to contemplate the Institute’s other ongoing exhibitions (including an aurora borealis photography compilation by Jim Brandenburg and an exquisite collection of decorative Christmas plates spanning 1895 to the present). Stepping outside, guests can wander the winter courtyards or warm themselves at a roaring bonfire with a glass of glögg, the Swedish mulled wine being served up by the FIKA café as just one of the many seasonal treats prepared for the celebration.