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Holiday Events at Glensheen
Fun for Families, Dolls, and Bears

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate. The mansion is beautifully decorated for the holidays and features sixteen lavishly adorned trees. Glensheen is open for tours Sat. and Sun. from 10 am-3 pm.

Dolly and me tea
Children, dollies, and parents, along with members of the Minnesota Ballet, listen to a story during Glensheen's Holiday Tea for Dolly and Me (2007).
Glensheen living room
Glensheen living room decorated for the holidays.

On Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 pm, children and their special doll are invited to enjoy a special event designed just for them. Holiday Tea for Dolly and Me features an abbreviated tour of the mansion focusing on the Congdon children, an elegant tea, and a charming holiday program. Cost is $37 for one adult, one child (and one doll – a bear is also welcome). Additional adult is $18.50 and additional child is $18.50.

Glensheen’s Holiday Brunches are always popular and are a wonderful way to relax and celebrate this festive season. Each brunch starts at 10 am with an abbreviated tour of Glensheen, followed by a sumptuous holiday brunch in the Winter Garden at 10:45 am. A whimsical wassail toast completes the event. Brunches are offered Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 11, 12, and 18, 19. Cost is $26.95 for adults, $15.95 for children 6-12, and free for those younger than 5.

Kathy Chalupsky, associate director of UMD's Facilities Management, has been attending the brunches every year since the event began. Over the years, it's become a wonderful family tradition for the Chalupsky family. “My kids were in grade school when we first started. Each year I would rotate and take one of my children along with the adults. Later, when the kids were off in college, my sister-in-laws and I decided to invite our husbands. After that they've always wanted to come. My one sister-in-law says that this is her favorite day of the year. We exchange our home-baked Christmas treats with each other in the parking lot that day."

For more information and tickets, visit Glensheen’s website, email Glensheen, or call 218-726-8910.

Glensheen is a stunning 39 room Jacobean Revival mansion built on a 7.6-acre estate on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior. Built by Chester A. Congdon and his wife, Clara, Glensheen, Minnesota's premier historic house museum, offers an authentic experience. The interiors of the mansion boast nearly all of the same furnishings and decor that graced the rooms when the estate was completed in 1908. Tour Glensheen, and get a fascinating look at life in an affluent family home from the turn of the last century.

Glensheen is a museum property of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Glensheen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Partner Place of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Glensheen, the historic Congdon mansion, in winter.












Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann,

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