75th Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions

75th Annual Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions
December 28, 2022 – January 1, 2023

Mark your calendars for our 75th annual Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions! This extra special anniversary will be one to remember as we bring the festival back in-person! Founded by Jane Farwell in 1947 as an antidote to the growing commercialization of the season, this festival celebrates and shares the customs and traditions of people worldwide. This year’s joyful, immersive celebration of folklore and community will feature dance workshops with Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu, singing workshops with Cait Vitale-Sullivan, crafts, evening parties, teas, and much more. 

On this page:
-Health & Safety
-Schedule & Activities
-Featured Artists
-Registration
-Scholarships
-Accommodations
-Cancellations


Health & Safety

All participants and staff at this event must be fully vaccinated. As part of the registration process you will be required to upload proof of vaccination and complete a waiver acknowledging that you are aware of and willingly assume the risks associated with attending in-person programming.

To protect our community members and instructors, we ask that you perform a rapid antigen test two days before the Festival and again shortly before or upon arrival at Folklore Village. Please provide your own tests. Need access to a COVID test? You may be eligible for a free test through this link.

If you have symptoms of COVID please do NOT attend the festival, even if you test negative on your antigen tests. Instead, contact Folklore Village at (608) 924-4000 to discuss your registration. 

Masks are strongly encouraged, and will be required if Iowa and/or Dane Counties are in high transmissibility. 

Health and safety policies for the Festival of Christmas & Midwinter are subject to change by the Folklore Village Board of Directors’ review and the local health situation at the time of this event. 


Schedule & Activities

Click here for a full schedule
* Like life, this schedule is subject to change

Each day features hours of engaging workshops and kids programming. Whether you are interested in dance, singing, crafting, or music, there’s bound to be something for you. Read more about our workshops here. 

After a full day of folk activities, enjoy an afternoon tea and treats. Our festival features four cultural teas: the Ostfriesen Tea, a Ho-Chunk Stories Tea, a Sankta Lucia tea, and our annual Live Auction tea. Learn more about each tea here. 


Featured Artists

Our 75th Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions features Sonia Dion & Cristian Florescu, Cait Vitale-Sullivan, Intemperance Collective, and more. Read about our artistic staff here.


Registration

Click here to register for the 75th Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions

As part of the registration process you will be required to upload proof of vaccination against Covid-19 (.jpeg, .pdf, and .docx files are accepted). If you have questions or difficulty with the registration, please call (608) 924-4000 or email programs@folklorevillage.org. 

Full-Time Registration by noon on December 7
Adult (18+): $390
Teen (13-17): $250
Youth (5-12): $180
Children under 5 are admitted free

Full-Time Registration after noon on December 7
Adult (18+): $420
Teen: (13-17): $270
Youth (5-12): $200
Children under 5 are admitted free

Full-time registration includes all meals, workshops, parties, teas, and other events from the afternoon of December 28 through brunch on January 1.  

Click here for Part-Time Rates


Scholarships

We have both need-based and work exchange scholarships available for this festival. Whether you’re a first-time participant or you help with dishes every year, there may be a scholarship that suits your needs. To learn about our scholarships click here. Contact Kelli, the Program Manager, at programs@folklorevillage.org or by calling (608) 924-4000 to inquire about scholarships. 

Scholarship Fund

Do you have fond memories of attending the Festival of Christmas and Midwinter Traditions over the years? Can’t come but want to help others experience this great event? Consider contributing to the Midwinter Scholarship Fund! Scholarship monies collected through this fund will be allocated to the Jane Farwell Memorial Festival of Christmas & Midwinter Traditions Scholarship and the Howard Capon Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships provide tuition assistance to families and first-time participants. 

Donations of all sizes are welcome and greatly appreciated. Celebrate the festival’s 75th anniversary by helping someone else experience this joyful event!

Click here to contribute to the Midwinter Scholarship Fund!


Accommodations

Bunkhouse (Very rustic): $15 per person per night
**Capacity limited**
Stay on-site within walking distance (about 3 blocks) of Farwell Hall (main activities building). The bunkhouses are heated, with cots provided, and camp-style toilets and hand pump nearby. Showers are located in Farwell Hall. Bring your own bedding, pillow, towel, flashlight, etc. Men and woman are housed in separate buildings. You can register for bunkhouse accommodations via the registration form. 

Other Accommodations:
Motels are available with 7-15 miles of Folklore Village. Please make your own arrangements.

Super 8 (608) 935-3888
Deer Valley Lodge (608)924-1600
Best Western (608)935-7739
Pine Ridge Motel (608)935-3386
Quality Inn (608)987-4747
Lodging in Mineral Point


Cancellations

Folklore Village will retain a $20 processing fee up to midnight Central Time on December 14. After that date $20 or 50% of the festival registration fee, whichever is greater, will be non-refundable. There will be no refunds* if you cancel after midnight Central Time on December 21. However, you may receive credit for a tax-deductible donation to Folklore Village.

* If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19 please DO NOT attend the festival. Contact programs@folklorevillage.org for COVID-19 cancellation policies.