As the birthplace of the Mississippi River, Minnesota has an endless supply of natural beauty. Water plays a major role in the state; there are over 12,000 lakes dotting the landscape of Minnesota. However, visitors and residents don't have to restrict themselves to outdoor attractions; Minnesota plays host to an abundance of festivals, museums, cultural attractions and exciting events throughout the year.
- Shakopee, MN in SHAKOPEE, MN.
Costumed tour guides and interpreters welcome visitors back in time at 19th century area homes. Horse-drawn trolley rides help further to re-create an old-time holiday feeling at The Landing, a living history museum. Santa arrives with live reindeer, no less, at the Village Christmas Pageant. Folk musicians and ethnic dancers further contribute to the magic of the season.