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
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
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
Tivoli Fest 2013 Entertainment
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
Ron Johnson from North
Liberty, Iowa will return with his Baldoni electronic
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
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
Fireworks have been a part of the
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, for over 150
The only exception was
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
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.