“The Christmas Card Village”

This year provides a variety of opportunities to tour some of the historic homes and buildings in Taylors Falls. The Fox House, built in 1852, will be open for tours during the Lighting Festival. Friday hours are 4-6 p.m and Saturday hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Cost for touring the home will be $5 for adults and $1 for ages 6-17.

The house is located at 297 West Street. According to local historian Jack Liljenberg, “The Fox house is an excellent example of the Greek Revival style of architecture, which was the most popular style for the homes of Taylors Falls’ early residents. The Fox house originally stood on the west side of Bench Street in downtown Taylors Falls and Patrick Fox, for whom the house was built in 1852, served as Taylors Falls’ first mayor in 1859.”

The 1855 Folsom House will also be open for tours and is decorated in full holiday décor for the season. There is free admission to the Folsom House where you can take a tour and enjoy cider and cookies. Stop by any time during the weekend, Friday 4-8 p.m, Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4pm.

The Schoolhouse will also be open Friday from 4-8 p.m and will feature dioramas made by current 3rd grade students at Taylors Falls Elementary. Come and visit a historic schoolroom and pull the bell announcing the beginning of school!

The 30th Annual Vesper’s Service returns this year after a 2 year break. The ecumenical celebration will once again be held at the historic 1861 United Methodist Church. Join us on Saturday November 26th at 4:30 p.m as we reflect on Advent, Epiphany, Lent and Easter through scripture reading by area clergy, music by the Festival Choir and the congregation. The Festival choir is directed by Tyler Olson and accompanied by Pat Remer on piano.

New this year, come enjoy a free will donation pancake breakfast at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 561 Chestnut St. on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. The annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday at the historic Memorial Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After that, there will be Bingo at 6:30 at the community center. On Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m, The Greenfire Irish Dancers will be performing at the Community Center where they will delight their audience with a 50 minute performance and then invite the audience to participate in some easy Irish social dances.

Sunday afternoon, ladies of the village are invited to attend the Royal Lady Tea to honor this year’s Royal Lady. The tea will be held in the lower level of First Baptist church (661 West Street) at 2 p.m. and features a variety of Christmas cookies, teas and hot berry cider. Special invitation for former Royal Ladies of the Village! End the magical weekend by attending the St. Croix Valley Orchestra concert at 3 p.m at the United Methodist Church.