Saturday Night Socials

Saturday Night Socials harken back to the early days of Folklore Village, when Jane Farwell organized evenings at her farm featuring folk dance and music, games, food, and fellowship, all put on by volunteer power. We continue to host a few Socials a year, some in Farwell Hall and some in the historic Wakefield Schoolhouse where Jane started her Socials back in the 1960s. Join us for our 2023 Saturday Night Socials.

Sankta Lucia Social
December 9, 2023

Celebrate the return of light in the darkness of winter! Children and adults alike are invited out to this special day of wintertime wonder. The event starts with workshops at 3:00pm. Children and adults are invited to help shape the lussekatter, the saffron buns traditionally served on this day. Children will also enjoy crafts and learning the traditional Lucia songs. Any children or teens who wish to participate in the evening procession must attend the workshops in order to learn the Lucia songs.

The second part of the event starts with an evening potluck starts at 6:00 PM; bring a dish to share. After the potluck, experience the Sankta Lucia procession featuring the songs children and teens learned earlier in the day. After the procession we will enjoy a few family-friendly dances. Musicians are encouraged to join the volunteer Folklore Village Band.

Workshops & Evening Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors and teens, and $10 kids aged 5-12.
Evening Admission Only: $10 adults, $8 seniors and teens, and $5 kids aged 5-12.
Kids under 5 are admitted free.

German Tree Lighting
December 16, 2023

This is one of our most eagerly anticipated socials of the year where, in the German tradition, we light real candles on a freshly-cut 14-foot evergreen tree. 

Bring a dish for the potluck at 6:00 PM and then stay to enjoy the beauty of the season with a harmony-filled carol sing and joyful, family-friendly dancing around the tree. Musicians are welcome and encouraged to join in the informal, volunteer Folklore Village orchestra.

This is a popular event and may fill. Tickets are available here or by calling (608) 924-4000. 

Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and teens, and $5 kids aged 5-12. Kids under 5 are admitted free.


Our Saturday Night Socials are funded in part by a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation.