Amana Colonies Christmas Haus Tour
Saturday, December 7 (10am - 4pm) and Sunday, December 8 (2pm - 6pm)
Haus Tour detailed brochure
The Amana Colonies Christmas Haus Tour is an event filled with lovely traditions and whimsical surprises. Here during this festive season, the Amana Arts Guild welcomes visitors to its 8th annual Christmas tour of homes. Visit with homeowners and get to know the colonies in a whole new way while you visit homes with stories as remarkable and varied as the colonies themselves.
While in the area, visit the Tannenbaum Forest, open November 29th to December 22nd. This enchanted forest at the Festhalle Barn is created by local business, artists and volunteers. Live Christmas trees inspire holiday wishes while you visit with Santa and see the 17 foot tall handcrafted Weihnacht’s Pyramid.
Prelude to Christmas, December 6th through December 8th, is the Colonies advent celebration. Shop on candlelit streets in the village of Amana and visit the Amana Church Craft Bazaar and Cookie Walk. During Glimpse of Christmas Past, December 6th and 7th, you’ll enjoy a program of songs, poetry and storytelling that lets you experience a Christmas in communal Amana a century ago.
Meg Merckens has been awarded the annual Friend of the Arts Award
Through her talent and gracious spirit, Meg Merckens has served as a friend of Amana Arts by entertaining audiences from near and far, telling the story of Amana history and providing opportunity for others to learn and share their art.
Meg lights up the stage in whatever role she plays and afterwards she greets the audience with a warm smile and a handshake. She portrays a kitchen boss for our communal dinners and has told the story of many an Oma onstage in both “Home on the Iowa” and “Oma Tales.” With kids shows at the area schools and education programs young people have been inspired to explore the arts. Through ITAC Meg also provides space for the local people to share their talents including the Arts Guild’s Poetry Night and evenings with Amana area musicians.
We would like to thank Meg for continuing to inspire and entertain. We are lucky and proud to have you as part of our community.
The Amana Arts Guild offers a rich diversity of programs and activities providing a wide range of cultural experiences in all area of the arts.
Established in 1978 as a non-profit organization, the Guild continues to expand its list of programs and serves as a valuable resource for the Amana community, the state of Iowa, and the entire Midwest region.
Our educational program includes seasonal classes and summer (July) workshops for children and adults. They include but are not limited to: painting, blacksmithing, basketry, tinsmithing, woodworking, rug weaving, and photography.
The Amana Arts Guild encourages efforts of all citizens in the preservation of local cultural heritage. In addition it offers the public a variety of seasonal events including; a Festival of American Basketry, a Festival of the Arts, a Fall Fiber and Clay Art Show, a Communal Meal Celebration as well as Biannual Song and Poetry Festival. Each year the Guild presents a "Friends of the Arts Award" to individuals who have made important contributions towards growth of artistic life in Amana.
The Guild maintains an arts center in High Amana as well as a wagon and blacksmith shop in West Amana.