Light Up The Museum Seventh Annual Tree Walk


November 18, 2023

by Britt Dahl, Director/Curator

The Roseau County Historical Society & Museum is busy preparing for the 2023 Indoor Tree Walk, opening on the evening of November 28. The event has been rebranded this year and will now be referred to as Light Up The Museum, a tree decorating contest and tour. The contest is for anyone and everyone to bring their creative styles and decorate a tree at the museum. In the past, most trees were decorated by organizations, groups, businesses, etc., from throughout the county. We still want them to participate, but we also want to make people aware that individuals, friends, family…everyone is invited to decorate a tree. This has always been an option, but we felt it got lost through the years. We have seen traditional decorations with snowflakes, candy canes, angels, and antique ornaments. We have also seen model airplanes, toys, homemade décor, hockey sticks, shotgun shells, books, and more. How would your tree be decorated, traditional or outside the box? We would love to see it!

Here is your chance to contribute your imagination and decorate a tree to be viewed by all who visit the museum over the holidays. Again, we invite people of all ages, groups, organizations, businesses, daycare's, etc., to decorate a tree at the museum. Decoration can be handmade, bought, recycled, you name it. They can tell a story or be contemporary or outside the norm. The museum has several artificial trees of various sizes and lights available on a first-come basis. Or, bring your own artificial tree and lights.

Registration for Light Up The Museum is open until November 24; the trees must be decorated by November 27.

The opening night, November 28, will coincide with a program and catered meal. The free program "Heart Strings & Aprons Strings" is filled with humor, songs, and heartwarming stories with speaker Pati Kachel.

The catered meal will be chicken breast with a Parmesan bacon cream sauce, potato, veggie, roll, and cheesecake. There is a suggested donation per plate, and reservations are strongly suggested as plates will be limited. Serving starts at 5 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m.

The museum will open that evening for visitors to view the trees from 5-8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorites by placing a monetary donation in boxes by the trees. Voting will continue through December 22. The top three voted trees will win a cash prize. All proceeds from the boxes will benefit the Roseau County Historical Society's mission to collect, preserve, and share the county's history.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to register. You can reach the Roseau County Historical Society at 218-463-1918 or Please find more information on our website or Facebook page.

This annual event takes place at the Roseau County Museum located in the Roseau City Center. The museum is open regularly, Monday through Friday, 9:30-5:00 p.m. Special holiday hours will be Saturdays, 10:00-2:00 p.m., starting December 2 - 16.


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