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Sunday Funday – Making Gingerbread Houses

Glensheen is continuing the programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

Happy New Years! On January 6th, we will be making gingerbread houses!

Supplies are limited so be sure to come early!


No ticket is required for this free event; however, an RSVP is required.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Adults must be accompanied by a child.  The event is limited to the first 20 participants.

Moonlight Snowshoe

Join us for a moonlight hike on the 12-acre, lakeside estate at Glensheen with Day Tripper of Duluth as your guide.

This event is SYOS (Bring Your Own Snowshoes)

Kicking off 2019’s Wednesday night events, you will have the chance to explore parts of the Congdon estate not normally traversed by the public. Check out the wooded area next to Bent Brook, and explore the Lake Superior shoreline.

As the chief visionary for the North Shore Scenic Drive, Chester Congdon was big on the preservation of the North Shore’s natural beauty. He embraced Northern Minnesota’s landscape by incorporating his own personal hiking trails on Glensheen’s estate. Plus, what we know today as Congdon Park, was given to the city by Chester with the promise that its cascading waterfalls and wilderness would remain wilderness as a park for the public.

Once you have hiked the snow-covered estate, head down to the lake to warm up next to a cozy bonfire.


  • Glensheen will have snowshoes available for use! Since the snowshoes are limited, please bring your own snowshoes if you have a pair. Snowshoes are not required, a good pair of boots works too. If there is not enough snow, we will still hike the estate via boots.
  • The event is free and open to the public. Guests will meet Day Tripper of Duluth outside the Ticket House at the bottom of Glensheen’s parking lot.
  • RSVP is not required but encouraged. Please mark that you are ‘going’ in the Facebook event if you plan to attend.

Sunday Funday – Making 3D Snowflakes

Glensheen is continuing the programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

The holiday and winter season is here!
On December 16th we will be making 3D Snowflakes to decorate the holiday season with!

Supplies are limited so be sure to come early!


No ticket is required for this free event; however, an RSVP is required.

Please be sure to come prior to 1:10pm or 2:10pm. Theses time slots are when the main folklore of the day will be told.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Adults must be accompanied by a child.  The event is limited to the first 20 participants.

The Great Minnesota Cookie Book & Talk

The Great Minnesota Cookie Book & Talk is coming to Glensheen!

Authors Rick Nelson and Lee Svitak Dean (Star Tribune fame) will give a presentation on their journey of gathering award winning recipes from the Star Tribune’s Holiday Cookie contest. The Great Minnesota Cookie Book will be available for purchase and the authors will be available for signing.

A cookie event would not be complete without a cookie! Glensheen will provide Clara Congdon’s shortbread cookies.


2:00 – 2:30 pm Presentation – Winter Garden
2:30 – 4:00 pm Authors available for signing – Gift Shop


The Great Minnesota Cookie Book will be available for purchase after the event as well while supplies last.

*No event registration is required.


More about the The Great Minnesota Cookie Book

A celebration of the rich traditions, creativity, and taste of the region, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book collects the best-loved recipes and baking lore from fifteen years of the Star Tribune’s popular holiday cookie contest. From French-Swiss butter cookies to cherry pinwheels, the recipes in this book recall memories of holidays past and inspire the promise of happy gatherings to come.

Sunday Funday – Snowman Ornaments & Crafts

Glensheen is continuing the programming series for kids called, “Sunday Funday.” The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

The holiday and winter season is here!
On December 9th we will be making snowman ornaments with tealights and cotton balls.

Supplies are limited so be sure to come early!


No ticket is required for this free event; however, an RSVP is required.

Please be sure to come prior to 1:10pm or 2:10pm. Theses time slots are when the main folklore of the day will be told.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Adults must be accompanied by a child.  The event is limited to the first 20 participants.

Christmas PhotoMeet at Glensheen

You don’t need to be an Instagrammer or a part of any photo club to attend. The event is free and photographers of all levels are welcome!
The mansion will be open for you to explore and snap pictures of our 25+ Christmas Trees, hidden elves and hundreds of feet of garland.

The sun is set to rise at 7:40 am. As always we encourage you to roam the estate and explore all 12 acres.

We will be ready to go with coffee on from Duluth Coffee Company in the lower level of the mansion.

We love to re-share photos from these events on our social media pages! If you are sharing your images on social media please tag @Glensheen and use #glensheenchristmas. (If you do not want your images shared, please let us know.)

A prize for the Best Photo will be awarded! The best photo will win a Glensheen Christmas Candlelight Tour for two.


Public tours of the mansion begin at 9:00 am. Therefore, the event will promptly end and we must exit the mansion at 9:00 am. You are welcome to roam the grounds afterward!

Thank you to our friends at the Duluth Superior Camera Club, Destination Duluth, MNCommunity Duluth and MNCommunity for partnering with us!

Please keep in mind that we will be inside the mansion. Glensheen is a museum and has a “no touching” policy to best preserve the mansion. We know it can be tough as cozy as the Christmas decor makes it feel! Please be mindful of this with tripods and setting up your shot.

Due to the overwhelming interest and capacity in the mansion, we are capping the event at the first 75 people. First come, first serve.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that this will enhance the experience for those attending the event. We are so thankful for all who are interested in attending!

If you are unable to attend, we recommend visiting on a Sunday during our self-guided tour hours. Reach out to us at 218-726-8925 for more information.

Duluth Winter Village

Join us at the 2017 Duluth Winter Village! It will be back again at Glensheen: Saturday & Sunday, December 1-2, 2018

Tour the Mansion and peruse your favorite local shops surrounded by the warmth of the holidays. The Duluth Winter Village takes place on the grounds of Glensheen, an estate built by one of Duluth’s most well-known entrepreneurs. There’s no better time and place to celebrate the holidays with the people who make Duluth so great.
Duluth Winter Village is a free event. Purchase tours of Glensheen Mansion at glensheen.org.
For parking and more information about Duluth Winter Village please visit, duluthwintervillage.com

Duluth Winter Village

Join us at the 2017 Duluth Winter Village! It will be back again at Glensheen: Saturday & Sunday, December 1-2, 2018

Tour the Mansion and peruse your favorite local shops surrounded by the warmth of the holidays. The Duluth Winter Village takes place on the grounds of Glensheen, an estate built by one of Duluth’s most well-known entrepreneurs. There’s no better time and place to celebrate the holidays with the people who make Duluth so great.
Duluth Winter Village is a free event. Purchase tours of Glensheen Mansion at glensheen.org.
For parking and more information about Duluth Winter Village please visit, duluthwintervillage.com

Secrets of Glensheen

Secrets of Glensheen is BACK by popular demand!

Collections Manager, Milissa Brooks-Ojibway, will showcase various objects from the Glensheen collection that have been hidden out-of-sight to visitors.

Milissa is responsible for the proper care and preservation of the objects in the mansion. Therefore, she sees all of the cool and interesting objects in Glensheen’s collection every day. More often than not, these are objects the public rarely has the opportunity to see.

Milissa will give an in-depth history of each object and perhaps even why the Congdon family acquired the item.

Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and get up close to these rarely-seen objects.


Guests will enter at the front door of the mansion. The event will take place in the Amusement Room.

Sunday Funday – Learning Through Stories – National Day of Listening

Glensheen is continuing the new programming series for kids called Sunday Funday. The new programming offers parents and their young children the chance to learn and be engaged with art, history, and fun.

November is all about being thankful and letting your loved ones know how much you appreciate them. For the Sunday Funday on November 25th, we will be learning to appreciate each other through our stories. We will be listening and sharing stories. There will be a reading of a cultural story about giving thanks told at the beginning of each time slot.


No ticket is required for this free event; however, an RSVP is required.

Please be sure to come prior to 1:10pm or 2:10pm. Theses time slots are when the main folklore of the day will be told.

Please CLICK HERE to register.

Adults must be accompanied by a child.  The event is limited to the first 20 participants.


“I’m very excited about all the new stuff that the Glensheen is offering which are free or very low priced. I believe we, the locals, needed this in our area as everything is so expensive and tourist priced especially this time of year. People are on a budget and like to do things with their children so this greatly appreciate it! We’re Looking forward to making memories. Thank you!” 

~Sara