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Byline: Kathy Rodeghier

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A tasty tour

Spend a day touring the hilly streets and quaint neighborhoods of Stillwater, Minn., while partaking in the annual Christmas Victorian Homes Tour and Progressive High Tea on Dec. 5. Five bed-and-breakfasts will open for the tour and arrange for local musicians to serenade guests as they serve tea and treats. The menu includes Asiago cheese scones with chived butter, chocolate raspberry cheesecake, Scandinavian fruit soup, fresh fruit shortbread tart with lemon custard, and chicken sate with peanut sauce. Tickets must be purchased in advance. (374 miles from O'Hare, (651) 430-0359)

Santa takes the ferry to Bayfield

When you live near the Apostle Islands, you become accustomed to a maritime way of life. So the boys and girls of Bayfield, Wis., aren't surprised when Santa visits Lake Superior style, on the Madeline Island Ferry. His arrival is among the events happening during Christmas Weekends in Bayfield, Nov. 27 through Dec. 12. Highlights include a children's parade; caroling; wassail dinner concerts; a Christmas Tea; Holiday Home Tour; sleigh rides with Santa and Mrs. Claus; Christmas Dinner Theater; and the Snowflake Festival Dance. (448 miles from O'Hare, (800) 447-4094, www.bayfield.org)

A Swedish Christmas

The Swedish settlement of Bishop Hill, Ill., celebrates the holiday season with the sights and sounds of Scandinavia during Julmarknad, reminiscent of medieval markets featuring handcrafted wares of local artisans. From Nov. 26-28 and on Dec. 4 and 5 Swedish folk characters will stroll through the village and visitors will find an exhibit of Swedish Christmas customs, wheat-weaving demonstrations, keyed fiddle concerts and pottery demonstrations. Among the events during the festival are concerts and sing-alongs, a cookie walk and chocolate walk. (164 miles from O'Hare, (309) 927-3345)

In a pickle

The Christmas Pickle Capital of the World, Berrien Springs, Mich., celebrates the holidays by recalling a Victorian tradition: A glass Christmas pickle ornament would be hidden in the boughs of the Christmas tree and the child who found it received an extra gift on Christmas morning. …

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