Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions

Are you registered for the 2020 online festival and trying to figure out how to get connected with the festival? Please check your email for a link to the Festival Access Page! This link would have come in an email after you paid. If you run into trouble, please contact programs@folklorevillage.org or call (608) 924-4000.

Last week of December through January 1

Jane Farwell founded the Folklore Village Christmas Festival in 1947, as an antidote to the increasing commercialization of the season. Each year since then, folks from near and far have gathered to experience and share the customs and traditions of people and cultures worldwide. For 72 years, our days have been filled with craft workshops, a community project, music, song and dance workshops, cultural teas and children’s activities. Festive meals (catered) highlight the cuisine of the cultures we explore. In the Jane Farwell tradition, the themed evening parties are planned by the participants – with skits, music, dance and surprises. In 2020, the festival looks a bit different, but will be just as lovely!


The 2020 Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions will be held December 29 through January 1 as a series of workshops, performances, and gatherings hosted over the videoconferencing platform Zoom. The theme for this online festival is “The Best of Midwinter” and the event features long-time community members and artistic staff from recent years who have been particularly popular.

Click here to learn more and register for Midwinter 2020!