The 2015 Christmas season is upon us. The city of Decorah is already decorated in Christmas finery. The scenic beauty of Decorah and Winneshiek County is only topped by the lively events of the region and enthusiastic residents. These four exciting Christmas events are just a taste of the lively atmosphere found in Decorah.
- Small Business Saturday: American Express is sponsoring Small Business Saturday in Decorah on Saturday, November 28, 2015. The strong local retail network will offer special deals for customers throughout the day. Forget the big chain stores. Buying locally benefits the local economy, provides jobs within the community, and helps small businesses turn a profit.
- Gingerbread Fair: The tradition of gingerbread houses has roots in medieval Scandinavia and Europe. Residents of Norway and the United States continue the tradition in the 21st century. The annual Gingerbread Fair will be held this year at the Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center. Residents are invited to display gingerbread creations at the museum from December 3rd – 31st. The creations must be edible, but may include stores, hospitals, municipal buildings, cottages, people, animals, automobiles, plants, and decorative shapes.
- Christmas at Luther College: Christmas at Luther College is a musical extravaganza at the College’s Center for Faith and Life. The event begins on December 3, 2015 and runs through December 6, 2015. Tickets may be purchased on the website. Six choirs will perform in the 34th annual Christmas celebration under the direction of Allen Hightower, Andrew Last, Jennaya Robison, and Jill Wilson. Daniel Baldwin will conduct the symphony orchestra.
- ArtHaus Holiday Art Fair: The historical section of downtown Decorah is home to the annual ArtHaus Holiday Art Fair. Christmas shoppers may support local artists and craftsman by purchasing art at the fair for holiday gift giving. The fair runs from December 4, 2015 through December 6, 2015. Baskets, jewelry, paintings, pottery, art prints, and more will be available to please everyone on your gift list. Creative jewelry pieces by Vicki Berland are back by popular demand. Beautiful paintings by artists Annie Adams and Jeanine Scheffert will be available at the fair. Handcrafted ceramic pieces may be purchased by Karen Misseldine and Eric Petersen-Brant.
(Photo is courtesy of Christmas as uploaded by Casey Grove at Flickr’s Creative Commons.)