Tivoli Fest & Julefest - Danish Villages Traditions

Tivoli Fest

Tivoli Fest Logo designed by Elk Horn-Kimballton Alum, Jordan Hansen

Tivoli Fest Logo designed by Elk Horn-Kimballton Alum, Jordan Hansen

Tivoli Fest, The Danish Villages' 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 Museum of Danish America 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! The Danes of Kimballton have been folk dancing since the town began. It is the longest lasting activity of our Danish heritage.

Tivoli Fest 2016 will take place on the weekend of May 27th-29th. The 36th annual celebration is themed "Generations of Love".

-2016 Tivoli Fest Program

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2015 is the 37th anniversary of the Danish Villages of Elk Horn and Kimballton, Iowa’s Christmas celebration called Julefest 2015 on November 27th and 28th. 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 specialty stores, a winery, museums, Christmas exhibits and craft fairs for early holiday shopping, as well as many food establishments serving pastries, breads, candies, Danish kringle and Danish specialties such as Æbleskivers. There are over 15 locations offering exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts. Watch out for all the live entertainment on the streets of the Danish Villages.

Again this year, The Annual Naughty or Nisse 5k Polar Run will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. and running from the Little Mermaid in Kimballton to the Danish Windmill in Elk Horn. Runners will be dressed up in Nisse (Elf) Costumes, ugly sweaters, Danish outfits, or other silly costumes of their choice for chances to win prizes.

The museums and historic structures welcome visitors with special events and decorations. Come tour the Museum of Danish America and view their new exhibits and the Museum Design Store stocked with tastefully designed merchandise. There is also a Lego play area for kids of all ages and complimentary refreshments will be served. The Genealogy Center will be open both Friday and Saturday with Free Admission! Discover how to research and collect information on your Danish family history. Christmas activities will also be available and Pebernødder and wassail will be served. The historic 167 year old Danish Windmill will serve glögg 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.

The Elk Horn Town Hall features Iowa Homespun Crafters at the 20th Annual “Main Street Country Boutique.” There you will find many unique items, including candles, re-purposed furniture, signs, quilts, handmade wooden furniture, scarves jewelry, baked goods and much more! The Cottonwood Barn’s “Cottonwood Christmas” will be full of vendors, offering a variety of handcrafted items, baked goods, quilts, jewelry, and plenty more. Enjoy the specialty Shops, Winery and Restaurants in the Villages – they’re sure to get you in the holiday spirit and help fill your Christmas list! Unusual and unexpected accessories, decorations, gifts, furniture, and more!
Both Villages will be decorated for Christmas and the streets lined with Danish and American flags. Be ready to sample the Better Elk Horn Club's annual pancake supper on Saturday, November 28th at the fire station from 5-7 pm, and then attend the free, annual Christmas concert, which will be at 7 p.m. followed by traditional dancing and singing around the Christmas tree at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church.

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. Pick up a brochure with a map of the local merchants and happenings at any of the Danish Villages businesses. Contact the Danish Windmill at (800) 451-7960 or visit www.danishvillages.com for more an electronic copy of the brochure and more information.

Elk Horn and Kimballton are located in Southwest Iowa, off I-80, 6 and 9 miles north of Exit 54 and no passport is required and Jul Love It!

For more information, call: 1-800-451-7960.