Nov. 14 – Wine Club Tasting
A Farmington Liquors wine tasting event will be Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Banquet Room at Celts Pub & Grill, 200 Third St., 6 to 8 p.m. Tastings provide an opportunity to sample and learn about a wide variety of wines. Tastings are free to Wine Club members and $3 at the door for non-members. Celts Pub & Grill will offer appetizers for an additional charge. For more information about Farmington Liquors, like them on Facebook at FarmingtonMNLiquors or visit them at FarmingtonMN.gov/FarmingtonLiquors.
Nov. 30 – Trains and Treats
All aboard, next stop is the Rambling River Center for a train display and Twinkie trains on Saturday, Nov. 30. Trains will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Twinkie trains are from 9-10:30 a.m. and Santa will show up at 10:30 a.m. This event is free to attend.
Dec. 7 – Secret Holiday Shop
Children are invited to join the Farmington Parks and Recreation Department for a morning of shopping at the Secret Holiday Shop. Children can purchase gifts with tickets that cost $1 each. The shop includes gifts for all ages priced from $1 to $7. Volunteers assist shoppers, and gifts purchased are wrapped by volunteers. Parents are not allowed, but children should arrive with a shopping list of names and how much to spend on each person. The event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St. Enter through the garage, follow the signs.
Dec. 7 and 8, Dec. 14 and 15 - Christmas in the Village
Dakota City Heritage Village hosts Christmas in the Village 1-8 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, weather permitting. An Old Fashioned Christmas in the Village is this year’s theme. The horse-drawn trolley will transport visitors through the village streets as they explore the traditions of Christmas 1900s style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by a wood-burning stove, and see demonstrations of woodworking and holiday cooking. As a special treat, a presentation of “A Christmas Carol” will be featured in Ahlberg Hall by Children’s Castle Theater. St. Nicholas will be at the depot. Cost is $7 for ages 13 and older; $3 for ages 4 to 12; free for children under 3. Dakota City is located on the Dakota County Fairgrounds at 4008 220th St. W., Farmington. For more information, go to www.dakotacity.org or call 651-460-8050.
Dec. 8 - Cookies for Vets
Farmington Yellow Ribbon Network will gather to assemble and deliver cookie gift trays to the Farmington area veterans and military families Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. People can drop off a disposable plate or two of cookies/holiday treats to the Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Dec. 8 and volunteers will assemble them into Christmas cookie trays for delivery to local veterans and military families. To help with delivery, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them through Facebook at facebook.com/FarmingtonYellowRibbonNetwork.
Dec. 9 – Santa Calls
Santa calls for children ages 3 to 7 will take place between 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. Cost is $2; proceeds benefit the Rambling River Center. Register online at FarmingtonMN.gov by Dec. 4.
Dec. 12 – Rotary and Seniors Holiday Party
Don’t miss this local tradition brought to you by the Farmington Rotary on Thursday, Dec. 12. There will be singing, dancing and, of course, Santa. Treat bags will be given to all attendees. A limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased at the Rambling River Center. This event costs $8 per person and it will be held at St. Michael’s Social Hall, 2221 Denmark Ave.
Dec. 15 - Holiday Skate with Santa
Farmington Parks and Recreation offers Holiday Skate with Santa for all ages Sunday, Dec. 15, at Schmitz-Maki Arena, 114 W. Spruce St. An exhibition runs noon-1:30 p.m.; Skate with Santa is 2-3 p.m. The event includes games and prizes and is free with a food shelf donation. Call 651-280-6960 for information.
Dec. 21 - Toys for Town
Toys for Town, sponsored by the Farmington Police Department, collects unwrapped toys for area children in need. Look for Toys for Town containers at several locations throughout the community to donate unwrapped toys. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the police department or city hall. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts at Farmington High School, 20655 Flagstaff Ave., at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Contact the police department for details at 651-280-6700 or Toys4Town@FarmingtonMN.gov.