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JulefestÒ 2013

Julefest in the Danish Villages
"Jul" Love It!

29 & 30

The Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa begin their Christmas celebration with Julefest on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday immediately following Thanksgiving.  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, winery, museums, and craft fairs for early holiday shopping as well as many food establishments serving pastries, breads, candies, and Danish open faced sandwiches and Danish specialties such as rullepolse.  There are over 20 locations offering exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts.

The museums and historic structures welcome visitors with special events and decorations.  Come experience at the Danish Immigrant Museum the Danish Julestue and the Danish Julestue Cafe for cookies, glogg and aebleskiver that you can tourn on your own.  The historic Danish Windmill, built in 1848 and brought to Elk Horn from Denmark piece by piece in 1976, will serve glogg and Danish cheese to visitors and have an old fashion Julemarket. 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. 

 Elk Horn along with Kimballton 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 and the Danish Snow Princess on Saturday.  Join us for our traditional dancing and singing around the Christmas tree.  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. For more information contact the Danish Windmill at 800.451.7960 or visit www.danishwindmill.com.


"Tivoli Fest - Honoring Our Heroes"

Tivoli Fest, The Danish Village's annual Danish celebration, is held Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy Danish foods and specialties such as smorrebrod, aebleskiver and medisterpolse. Tours of the Danish Windmill, Bedstemor's Hus, the Danish Immigrant Museum and visits to unique gift shops add to the experience. Including the annual Tivoli parade, Tour de Tivoli, an entertainment stage and vendors, there is something for everyone!

Tivoli Fest 2013 Entertainment

 The Windmill Entertainment Stage is a hub of free entertainment throughout the weekend following the Parade at 11:00 Saturday.  Scandinavian Folk Dancing groups from Kimballton and Omaha, including two children’s groups, will perform traditional Danish and Scandinavian dance.  Ron Johnson from North Liberty, Iowa will return with his Baldoni electronic accordion.  A Tivoli USO Musical Review will be held both days. Returning this year by popular demand are the famous Danish American folk musicians Dwight Lamb of Moorhead Iowa and Bill Peterson.

          The Library will also be hosting a Children’s Activity Center. The hours and activities will be posted at the Library and Information Stand. The School Band department is sponsoring a Bounce House down by the Mill on Saturday and Sunday.

          There are reports that there will be several Viking invasions throughout the festival. Be sure to keep your eyes open and enjoy their Viking Market and tour the VikingHjem.

The Tivoli Follies and Tivoli Family Feud will be the entertainment prior to the Fireworks on the Danish Windmill’s entertainment stage. DJ Love will once again be entertaining the Tivoli Fest crowd this year with a great mixture of Music to listen or dance to on Saturday night at the new Fire Station from 9:00pm to 1:00 am.  The Elk Horn Fire Department will be sponsoring the dance and Tivoli Beer Garden.

Fireworks have been a part of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, for over 150 years.  The only exception was during WWII.  Elk Horn is excited to carry on this tradition with their annual fireworks extravaganza by the Waymire Brothers. The aerial display will begin on Saturday night after sundown.

Sunday we have a Ecumenical church service in the Morning with the Gospel Quartet “Higher Call”. In the afternoon a Ribbon Cutting for the new Veterans Memorial with patriot music and the Run for the Fallen and a Walk of Honor event.

Come experience Tivoli Fest 2011 in Elk Horn, Iowa, just six minutes north of Interstate I-80, Exit 54.  For more information, call the Danish Windmill at 712-764-7472 or see us on Facebook or http://www.danishvillages.com.










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