2018 Twin Cities Holiday Event Guide

2018 Holiday Guide FB

During this holiday season, we are thankful for our friends at Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates! They’ve partnered with us to provide this holiday event guide, helping you find ways to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year. Whether you bundle up your family for a day of ice skating or you sit and enjoy the sounds of carols at a holiday show, we hope that these events help you to truly enjoy the wonder of this season!

We will continue to add to this list as new events are announced!

  • Bentlyville Tour of Lights November 17-December 26 | Varies Billed as America’s Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display, Bentleyville invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 4 million lights in a 20-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Superior, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn, and roasted marshmallows! Get your photo taken with Rudolph, visit with Santa to share your Christmas wishes. Mrs. Claus will also be at Bentleyville to tell stories and hand out candy canes!
  • Winter Lighting Ceremony (Nicollet Commons Park – Burnsville)November 21 | 6:00pm  Burnsville’s Heart of the City shines bright each year with hundreds of thousands of lights celebrating the winter holidays – and it all starts at the annual Winter Lighting Ceremony. For 20 years, community members have flocked to Nicollet Commons Park the night before Thanksgiving to light the more than 200,000 mini lights, 230 streetlight snowflakes and a 30-foot-tall tree. Ceremony attendees can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, listen to entertainment by local school choirs, and witness the “flip of the switch” that lights up Burnsville’s downtown with holiday spirit.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony (50th and France)November 24 | 3:00-5:00pm Visit with Santa from 3-5 p.m. near the holiday tree on West 50th Street. Carolers will be strolling the area, singing holiday songs. Sip on complimentary coffee or cider provided by Caribou Coffee!  The holiday tree is lit at 5 p.m. with Edina Mayor Jim Hovland and the Mayor of Whoville! They will be giving away 8 tickets to How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Children’s Theatre! 
  • The Sharing Tree Lighting Celebration (Eden Prairie)November 24 | 6:00-7:00pm Come join the Eden Prairie Optimist Club at the Sharing Tree Lighting Celebration, sponsored by the Eden Prairie Historical Society to kick off their 50th year! Mattie & JR Cummins will be there to greet you! Compliments of The Eden Prairie Players. Enjoy hot cider and cookies compliments of the Eden Prairie. Historical Society Santa will be there to welcome visitors (no appointments necessary).
  • Making Spirits Bright – Great Hall Tree Lighting EventNovember 29 | 5:00-7:30pm Celebrate the lighting of the Great Hall Tree display and start of the winter season at the Arboretum. Marvel at the 25′ tall live Poinsettia Tree sponsored by Wagners Greenhouses, 12′ tall live evergreen trees decorated by the Herb Society and Arboretum Gardeners and festive lighting throughout the Great Hall. The Event will include a short program including the official lighting ceremony, hot cocoa, cookies and s’mores. Great Hall Tree Lighting will be 5:00 PM -7:30 PM. Following the lighting ceremony enjoy the outdoor winter light display until 9:00 PM.
  • Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting + Movie Night: November 30 | 5:30-9:30 pm Join Union Depot for the exciting annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration + Movie Night! Schedule of Events: 5:30 PM – Holiday performance by Keri Noble, 7:00 PM – Tree lighting ceremony, 7:30 PM – Movie night featuring Elf. This is a free community event open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
  • City of Inver Grove Heights Outdoor Tree Lighting & Open Swim: November 30 | 5:30-8:30 pm Don’t miss Inver Grove Heights’ official kickoff to the holiday season with the annual tree lighting ceremony and free open swim in our newly renovated water park! Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. No registration required.
  • Holiday Fest (Shakopee) November 30 | 6:00-8:00pm Parade, tree lighting, AND fireworks? OH MY! We’re back and bigger than ever for our annual jubilee: HOLIDAY FEST! Join us for this free weekend of family fun including the Parade of Lights, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and a stellar firework show to end Friday evening. (Not to mention Photos with Santa, an ice sculpture show, holiday activity stations, and shopping you can’t miss!).
  • CSE Lightshow: Select Days December 1-8 | 5:30, 6:00, & 6:30pm Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) during the first two weekends in December for a dazzling light show designed by science and engineering students. The high-tech light show is bigger and better this year featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music, some of which is written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Free hot chocolate while supplies last.
  • Twinkle Party (Stillwater)December 1 | 4:00-6:00pm Enjoy free coffee, cocoa & cookies. Free Twinkle Lights for children 12 and under while supplies last. Feel free to dress up in your own lights too! We’ll dance and sing with the Teddy Bear Band! Then Santa will arrive and we’ll count down to the lighting of the tree, then enjoy a short kid-friendly fireworks display. The fun begins at 4pm at the Pedestrian Plaza in North Lowell Park.
  • Anoka Christmas Tree LightingDecember 1 | 3:00-7:00pm  Come and get into the spirit of the season at the Annual Anoka Christmas Tree Lighting Event.  The event will be held in the City Hall Parking Lot Plaza in historic downtown Anoka.  There will be bonfires, Santa will meet FREE with children, free horse drawn carriage rides are available and of course we’ll light up the tree. It’s a great event for the whole family!
  • Seward Winter FrolicDecember 1-2 | Times Vary The Seward Art Crawl is one of many events during the Seward Winter Frolic & Art Crawl.  All day long businesses will be offering specials and local artists will display their work at several venues. At 5pm on Saturday, shoppers, residents, and businesses are invited to gather in Triangle Park (26th Ave. & E. Franklin Ave.) to light up the park, creating a symbol of our warm community spirit during the cold days of winter.
  • Tree Lighting (Excelsior)December 2 | 7:00-7:00pm Chili Dinner at the Masonic Lodge. 7:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony. Wagon Rides throughout the evening.
  • Tree Lighting at Fireman’s Park (Chaska)December 2 | 6:00-7:30pm Join us for an evening of fun as we light the 50 foot holiday tree at Firemen’s Park! After the tree lighting, head inside to the Chaska Event Center for light refreshments, kid friendly holiday crafts, and pictures with Santa! Tree Lighting at 6:00pm. Pictures with Santa 6:15-7:30pm.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony (Cottage Grove)December 5 | 5:45-7:00pm Bring your family to help light the City’s tree for the Holiday Season! This event will include hot apple cider, holiday cookies, Park High School Choir caroling entertainment, and Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck. The event begins at 5:45 pm, with the countdown to light the tree at 6 p.m. Once the tree has been lit, come inside City Hall to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, have your photo taken, and get a candy cane. The evening’s City Council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and everyone is encouraged to stay and learn more about city government.
  • Holiday in Lights December 7-9 | 5:00-9:00pm Free Holiday Community Event at Anoka County Fairgrounds, which will be twinkling with beautiful lights throughout the season. Activities include: hayrides, live entertainment, snacks, and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This location also serves as a drop off for Toys for Joy, NACE Food Shelf, and Granny’s Closet.
  • Santa Cop Night and Tree Lighting Ceremony December 11 | 5:30-7:30pm The Police Department’s popular Santa Cop Night returns to the station on December 11. Gift bearers will be able to drive through the Savage Police garage to meet Santa and Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer while donating gifts to Toys for Tots. Join Mayor Williams and other city officials for a new community holiday tradition. Come to the City Campus at 6000 McColl Drive before heading to Santa Cop Night, and help count down the lighting of the holiday tree. Celebrate with activities for everyone to enjoy including hot cocoa and s’mores, a bonfire, live holiday music, and even make an ornament to hang on the tree! 
  • Night Trains at Twin Cities Railroad Museum (St. Paul)Saturdays beginning November 4 | 6-9pm Night Trains Season comes to the dozens of model railroad layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. Night Trains will run every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (February 24, 2018). The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations. $15 for individuals, 4 and under FREE.
  • Holidazzle VillageThursdays-Sundays November 23 – December 23 | Times Vary Holidazzle creates a community gathering place and holiday destination for people of all ages to come together and celebrate winter in Downtown Mpls. This year’s Holidazzle features stories highlighting local people, products and places that showcase the food scene, art district, park system, active lifestyle, local entertainers and community groups that make our city and our region unique and special. Minneapolis-centric vendors provide options for prepared and packaged food, beverages and unique gift and craft items. This year’s programming lineup will include the outdoor skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, musical performances from bands and choirs, weekly movies featuring holiday classics, themed days, giveaways, surprise and delight moments and more. Heat up and grab a beverage in our warming house, then continue your trek testing out some of Minnesota’s finest products. Vikings, moose, and abominable snowmen alike are all welcome. Stroll through the festive lights and follow the savory smells as you enjoy your holiday experience in the heart of the city.
  • Excelsior ChristKindlsmarktNovember 23-25 | Times Vary  The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt is a three-day Christmas festival held annually in Excelsior, Minnesota. Features include the Grande Parade, open-air market, delicious treats, traditional gifts, and a beer garden. Kinderworld is a must for kids which includes puppet shows, storytelling, music, and activities. 
  • A Victorian Christmas November 24-December 30 | Times Vary Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas with special holiday tours. See original family ornaments and family gifts, hear holiday music played on the 1875 Steinway piano, and taste fresh cookies baked in the wood stove. Discover how the Ramsey family and servants celebrated the exciting holiday season.
  • Home Depot Kids Workshop – Gingerbread Man Ornament: November 24 | 9:00am-12:00pm Run, run, run as fast as you can to this hands-on holiday workshop where you and your child can assemble a gingerbread picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament. Perfect for gifting or adding to the family’s heirloom holiday decor. Once the picture frame is built, your child can decorate it with paint and holiday stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin.
  • Hastings Holiday Hoopla: November 24 | 9:00am-6:30pm Hastings will have all the great activities again this year including: breakfast with Santa, reindeer sleigh rides, kids coloring contest, cookie decorating contest, cupcake walk, horse & wagon rides, gourmet s’mores, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, ice carving, Who Hair, face painting, fire show, and carolers. It all wraps up with Lighted Parade down 2nd Street.
  • Stocking Stroll at Maplewood Mall: November 24 | 10:00am-1:30pm Save the Date for our annual Stocking Stroll! Modeled after our Halloween Trick or Treat Night and our fantastic Easter Egg Hunt, The Stocking Stroll will include a fun scavenger hunt for holiday treats where kiddos will fill their stockings at over 20 stations.
  • Old Fashioned Holiday HopkinsNovember 24 | 1:00-5:00pm It’s the most wonderful time of the year – again! Join us in Hopkins on Small Business Saturday as we present our 9th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday. Kick off the season with a day of wagon rides, reindeer games, hot chocolate and, of course, Santa Claus. This is a family-friendly event for all ages.
  • Elf on the Shelf Tea PartyNovember 29 & December 9 | 5:30-7:30pm Join Sprinkles the Elf (brought to you by Princess Party Pals) at The Mad Hatter for an Elf-on-the-Shelf-Themed Tea Party! The cost is $38 per guest (includes tax & gratuity) for a scrumptious Christmas tea party buffet and activities with Sprinkles the Elf. Activities include Elf Storytime, Christmas Carol Singalong, Write Letters to Santa & Christmas Crafts!
  • North Pole Express at Union DepotNovember 29-December 2 & December 5-9 | Times vary Back by popular demand, the Railroading Heritage of Midwest America & Friends of the 261 will bring the historic 261 steam engine and vintage train cars to Union Depot for a magical trip to the North Pole and back. Perfect for children ages 2 to 9. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.
  • Holiday FestNovember 30 | 6:00-8:00pm  Holiday Fest is an open streets celebration to kick-off the holiday season featuring caroling by the Shakopee Area Catholic School Choir, appearance and photos with Santa Claus, tree lighting countdown and ceremony with Santa Claus, second annual parade of lights, and a firework show
  • Reindeer Day: a Linden Hills Holiday Tradition: December 1 | 10:00am-2:00pm This festive FREE family event is perfect for kids from one to ninety-two. Expect marshmallows roasting on open fires; Jack Frost nipping at your nose; Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and visits from Santa and his reindeers, s’mores, sing-a-longs, carolers, trolley rides, and so much more! Plus, village sales, cookies & snacks, hot beverages, and holiday giveaways from the remarkable shops of 43rd & Upton, with trolley rides up over Xerxes and through the woods to the businesses near 44th & France. 
  • Home Depot Kids Workshop – Sled with Reindeer: December 1 | 9:00am-12:00pm Dash through the snow in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Once your sleigh is complete, you and your musher can decorate it with paint and stickers and put imagination to work towing gifts around town. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Holiday Open HausDecember 1-2 | 11:00am-4:00pm Get in the holiday spirit at Germanic American Institute’s annual Open Haus at our historic mansion on Summit Avenue. This two-day event features authentic food and drink, local vendors selling German Christmas gifts, food, and handmade goods, and entertainment for the whole family! On Sunday only, children can visit St. Nikolaus in the ballroom (from noon to 3 p.m.), or visit the Kinderstube German Immersion Preschool open house to make hot cocoa treat bags. 
  • Christmas in the Village (Dakota City | Farmington)December 1 &2, 8&9 | 1:00-8:00pm Saturdays & Sundays A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens will be the theme throughout the village this year. The horse-drawn trolley will transport you through the village streets as you explore the traditions of Christmas 1900s style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by an inviting wood-burning stove, delight in the demonstrations of woodworking and holiday cooking as our villagers prepare for Christmas. As a special treat, a presentation of A Christmas Carol will be featured in the Fire Hall by Children’s Castle Theater. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit St. Nicholas at the depot! 
  • Grand Meander (Grand Avenue St. Paul)December 1 | 8:30am-5:00pm  Head over to Grand Avenue for a fantastic day full of activities.  Start with breakfast with Santa, then visit his reindeer, see fire trucks, listen to carolers, and more. Soup tastings and free trolley rides round out the afternoon. FREE!
  • North Saint Paul Holiday HopDecember 1 | Starts at 9:00am This year we will be hoppin’ on Saturday, December 1st, and it is already shaping up to be the biggest and best hop yet! Tell your family and friends to save the date for a fun-filled family day full of holiday cheer. 
  • Hometown Holiday (Chaska)December 1 | 1:00-5:00pm Join us as we celebrate the holidays with horse drawn carriage rides around historic downtown Chaska, Santa, Mrs Clause and Reindeer for the perfect holiday photo, a Creation-Station to make some winter art, plenty of holiday music, caroling, a live Nativity, bonfires and the tree lighting at 5 in City Square Park!
  • A Norwegian Christmas at Eidem Homestead: December 1-2 | 1:00-4:00pm Celebrate the season with some old-fashioned festivities and Norwegian traditions! Sing along with carolers, make an ornament or gift, enjoy Christmas treats, try out your kick sledding skills, and visit with St. Nick. 
  • Holiday on Main (Lakeville)December 1 | 9:00am-2:00pm Celebrate the festive season at the Holiday on Main celebration in downtown Lakeville— this FREE event features an ECFE Usborne Bookfair, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, trolley rides, live reindeer, singing, face painting, musical performances, refreshments and more!
  • Folkways of the Holidays: Weekends beginning December 1 | 10:00am-4:00pm Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Watch folk art performances and tour homes with culturally-distinct decorations and crafts. Dress for the weather. Great for scouts working on badge requirements. Enter through the west entrance. Walk-ins welcome; last admission at 3:00 PM.
  • Enchanted Holiday PartyDecember 2 | 11:00am & 1:30pm Join Tiny Diva Princess Party’s Enchanted Frozen Sisters and Friends as they get ready to ring in the holiday season at the Link Event Center in Prior Lake! Experience the magic with the Enchanted Sisters and Friends as you enjoy games, dancing, singing, and more during this festive celebration! We can’t wait to meet you there! 
  • Winter Wonderland in WoodburyDecember 2 | 6:00-8:00pm If you love the Woodbury Parks and Recreation summer Coin Carnival, mark your calendars for the Winter Wonderland in Woodbury Carnival and Rink Celebration! Families can enjoy carnival games, seasonal choir music, free outdoor skating and more!
  • Snow Queen Tea PartyDecember 2 | 5:30-7:30pm Join the dazzling Snow Queen (brought to you by Princess Party Pals) at The Mad Hatter for a most wintery Tea Party! The cost is $38 per guest (includes tax & gratuity) for a scrumptious tea party buffet of child-friendly goodies and activities with the Snow Queen.
  • Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz FarmDecember 2 | 12:00-3:30pm Gather the family and celebrate the holidays 1940’s style with an old fashioned holiday experience at Holz Farm. Remember a simpler time of singing carols by the fire, making s’mores, the smell of cookies baking, hot cider and spending time together. Bundle up with warm winter gear and enjoy a winter hayride, live reindeer, bonfire, cookies, cider and making magic reindeer dust.
  • Northfield Winter WalkDecember 6 | 5:00-9:00pm Come experience downtown Northfield by candlelight. Stroll through unique shops, dine at fine restaurants, enjoy caroling, horse-drawn wagons, storytelling, luminarias, decorated storefronts, the Magic of Model Trains and so much more!
  • Prior Lake DecemBRRR DazzleDecember 7 | 6:00-8:30pm This FREE family event draws hundreds of residents who warm the usual cold weather by joining in all the fun and planned activities. Santa and his reindeer will be on hand for photos with children in Lakefront Park and many other events are planned. There will also be a giant bonfire, ice carving demonstrations, and more! 
  • A “Little Women” ChristmasDecember 7 & 14 | Times Vary The world of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women comes to life in this holiday tour. With the Ramsey House as the setting, discover how Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March celebrated Christmas in the 1860s. Play Victorian parlor games, learn about the fashion of the era, and enjoy freshly baked gingerbread cake, a treat that was popular in the 1860s.
  • Second Saturdays at TPT: December 8 | 10:00am Put on your pajamas, it’s a winter pj party with Clifford this month at Second Saturdays! All kids are highly encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas for a morning of crafts, meet and greets and fun! We’ll be making snowball launchers with the SciGirls as well as coffee filter snowflakes, mini-marshmallow snowmen and popsicle stick sleds. Our charity partner this month is Toys for Tots, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to brighten the holiday of a child this season.
  • Pixie Dust Winter Princess Ball: December 8 | 2:00-4:00pm Celebrate the holidays like royalty at the Pixie Dust Winter Princess Ball. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of dancing, live entertainment, making crafts, and so much more with everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters. This is a great event for the entire family! We will have princesses and heroes to meet, dancing with a DJ, Christmas crafts and letters to Santa, themed games, snacks and goodie bags, photo opportunities with the characters, interactive story time, meet and take photos with Santa!
  • Monster Jam: December 8 | 2:30-5:30pm
  • How to Prepare for Santa’s arrival…by Mrs. Claus: December 8 | 9:00-11:30am Santa is soon to arrive and there is so much to do to prepare! Spend the morning learning and preparing for The Big Guy’s arrival. Mrs. Claus and her helpers will explain the purpose of each activity through an interactive story while participants make a personalized stocking to hang with care, mix their own reindeer food to sprinkle on the sidewalk, write or draw a letter to Santa and create an ornament that sparkles to light up the tree for good visibility. Recommended ages 2 and up with an adult
  • CP Holiday Train with performers The Trew and Willy PorterDecember 9-11 | Times Vary The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at various stations throughout the metro on December 9th and 10th.  Attendees are encouraged to bring healthy food donations to benefit local food shelves. Canadian Pacific is committed to raising awareness about the need to fill community food shelves with heart-healthy foods.This free event will start when the brightly lit train rolls in the station and Canadian Pacific representatives welcome visitors followed by a performance by Terri Clark, Dakkas Smith, and Kelly Prescott.
  • Toddler Tuesday at MOA: Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: December 11 | 10:00am-12:00pm Spark fun and educational exploration with Nickelodeon and Canon’s Laugh & Learn Playdates at Toddler Tuesdays! Time to get into the holiday spirit! gather around for special story time as we read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss. Also, don’t miss out on the chance to make your own holiday craft!
  • Winter Solstice Celebration at ASI: December 21 | 5:00-9:00pm Mark the Winter Solstice at ASI, a moment when the earth’s tilt causes the shortest day and longest night of the year. Since pagan days, it has traditionally meant the “year as reborn,” with ancient (and modern) Scandinavians fusing it into the longer Jul (or Yule) season. ASI celebrates this powerful seasonal juncture with fun, festivity and performance during extended hours. FIKA Café will serve a special festival menu with small plates and warm glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and the ASI Museum Store and Jul Shop will also be open late for all of your last-minute gift needs!
  • New Year’s Eve Family Celebration: December 31 | 6:00-9:00pm We will fill our sports center with fun inflatables, huge moonwalks, obstacle courses, bingo, ice skating, music and so much more to make this evening a fun night for all! Door prize drawings will be held at 8:30 p.m. followed by the big countdown to 2019. Tickets must be purchased for all participants age 3 and older. Recommended for families with children under 12. HealthEast Sports Center.
  • Noon Year’s Party: December 31 & January 1 | 10:00am-1:00pm A family event so popular, we’re doing it twice! Ring in the “Zoo” year during a special Noon Year’s Celebration at Como Zoo. Kidsdance, Minnesota’s favorite high-energy, interactive DJ service for kids, will be here both days with tunes, contests, and fabulous prizes! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon. 
  • Sparklerama: December 31 | 6:00-9:00pm Ring in the New Year at Minnesota Children’s Museum! At the Sparklerama event, your family will enjoy live music, art projects, light refreshments, beach ball balloon drop at 8pm, and full access to the museum.
  • New Year’s Eve Party: December 31 | 5:00-8:00pm Celebrate all things winter with candlelight ice skating on a frozen lake, hiking and snowshoeing through the woods, and walking on plowed paths, all lit by 1,000 flickering luminaries; slide on our lit sledding hill; sip cocoa at the  A-frame; warm up to crackling bonfires; make s’mores; and more. Stay for the countdown and ball drop at 7:59 p.m. Bring your own sleds and ice skates. Snowshoe rental available. S’mores and cocoa provided. Hot food available for purchase from food trucks.
  • AMP Christmas TreesNovember 23 – December 23 | 9:00am-5:00pm
    Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, saws provided. Free candy canes and bows for wreaths. Credit cards not accepted.
    4350 313th Ave NW
    Cambridge, MN 55008
    (763) 689-9206
  • Covered Bridge Farm (Forest Lake)Friday-Sunday beginning Thanksgiving weekend | 9:00am-5:00pm They have at least six varieties of Balsam Fir, three varieties of Spruce, mostly Colorado, and several varieties of hybrid Fraser Fir crosses.
    18655 Forest Blvd N
    Forest Lake, MN 55025
    (651) 464-0735
  • Giffords Tree Farm (Lakeville):  Sunday-Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm
    23240 Texas Ave
    Lakeville, Minnesota 55044
    (952) 461-3717
  • Hampton Hills Tree Farm9:00am – 4:30pm, pre-cut lot open until 5pm  First two weekends only include free pony rides, hayrides, visits with Santa, coloring books and candy canes!
    998 310th St Way,
    Randolph, Minnesota 55065
  • Hansen Tree Farm (Anoka): Opens November 17 | Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm  Warm up in the barn and enjoy free hot cocoa, cider, coffee, tea. On weekends, savor Christmas sausage or hot dogs.  Bring the kids & well behaved dogs. Hike or take a wagon ride and explore the playhouse.
    7440 Alpine Drive NW
    Ramsey, MN 55303
    (651) 247-1952
  • Krueger’s Christmas Trees (Lake Elmo)Opens November 17 | Monday-Thursday 12:00-8:00pm, Friday-Sunday 9:00am-8:00pm While you are at the farm, take a wagon ride through our fields, go for a nature walk through the woods, drink some hot cider in the warming house or by the campfire, visit with Santa, or find a spot for the perfect family Christmas card!
    10970 43rd Street North
    Lake Elmo, MN 55042
  • Log Cabin Pines Christmas Tree Farm: Beginning the day after Thanksgiving | Times Vary Log Cabin Log Cabin Pines has cut your own Balsam and Canaan Fir trees available. We also offer fresh precut Balsam and Fraser Fir. They carry wreaths, tree stands, tree bags & preservative. Tree shaking and baling of your tree is available on site.
    6345 E. 240th Street
    Elko, MN 55020
    (952) 461-2448
  • Revak Nursery (Lakeville)Beginning November 17 | Weekends & Black Friday 9:00am-6:00pm, Weekdays 2:00pm-8:00pm
    24066 Pillsbury Ave.
    Lakeville, MN 55044
  • Revak Nursery (Elko/New Market)Beginning November 23 | Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am-6:00pm
    6291 E. 240th St.
    Elko, MN 55020
  • Rum River Tree Farm9:00am – 4:30pm, pre-cut lot open until 7:00pm First two weekends only include free pony rides, hayrides, visits with Santa, coloring books and candy canes!
    21050 Lake George Blvd
    Oak Grove, MN 55303  
  • St Croix Valley Trees: Opens November 23 | Times Vary
    458 Rice Lake Road
    Somerset, WI 54025
    Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors all say, “This is the best place to come!” There are a lot of fun things for kids to do here. Kids can walk the enchanted forest trail, climb on slide down and jump off the giant straw tunnel mountain, bundle up in the covered wagon (select days only), challenge the world’s largest gumball machine, eat their fill of hot dogs, hot chocolate, Donillas & Gooey-Os. Leashed pets may join the fun. Unique tree ornaments and holiday gifts. An abundant, high quality selection of cut your own and pre-cut trees.
    458 Rice Lake Road
    Somerset, WI 54025
  • Wolcyn Tree Farms: Opens daily after Thanksgiving | 9:00am-5:00pm Cut your own or fresh pre-cut. We have free hot cider, coffee, and cookies daily, and hayrides on the weekends.  Hot Dogs, Chip, etc are also available for purchase.  We also offer free shaking and baling of trees along with a free tree disposal bag.
    4542 Hwy. 95 NW
    Cambridge, MN
    (763) 689-3346
  • Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday PlaySaturdays & Sundays November 17 – December 16 | Times Vary Kick off your holiday season with Santa and Albert the Elf as they arrive at Bachman’s on Lyndale at 9:30 a.m. direct from the North Pole in their reindeer-drawn sleigh! Enjoy live Christmas music from the Crosstown Community Band, holiday crafts for kids, a reindeer meet-and-greet, cookies from the North Pole, and more festive fun. Plus, bring your camera to take a photo with Santa, participate in a seasonal sing-along, and see Santa and Albert’s holiday play at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
  • The HipThe Hip Hop Nutcracker with Guest MC Kurtis Blowop Nutcracker: November 20-21 | 7:30pm The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an evening-length production performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ, and violinist.  Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community, and the magic of New Year’s Eve.
  • Saint Croix Ballet: The Nutcracker: November 23-25 |  Times Vary The Stillwater Nutcracker, now in it’s 28th year, is a family friendly version choreographed to the music of Tchaikovsky and follows the traditional storyline of a young girl named Clara and her Christmas dream. Our version includes a live narration and the exuberant dancing of young children ages 5 through the professional level.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company: November 6-January 6 | Times Vary Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes.
  • A Christmas Carol (The Guthrie)November 13-December 29 | Times vary  This year marks the 43rd annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, an annual favorite at the Guthrie that impresses every year!
  • Mini NutcrackerNovember 28 | 11:00am The Mini-Nutcracker is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s classic, A Minnesota Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. This beloved holiday tradition with soaring music by Tchaikovsky promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour, performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production. A perfect holiday mini-treat! Tickets are $6.
  • Lorie Line: Lord of LordsNovember 30-December 1 | Times Vary  Pianist Lorie Line once again will bring the true meaning of Christmas to town with her 2018 HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA. This year’s theme, Lord Of Lords, is a sequel to last year’s “best ever” show. Not to miss, Ms. Line will bring her Pop Chamber Orchestra and a guest vocalist along with her concert grand piano that will take center stage. Make plans now to celebrate Christmas and the birth of our Savior with Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra!
  • Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker (Orpheum Theater): November 30-December 1 | 3:00 & 7:00pm  Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is an annual treat for the whole family.  Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make this particular Nutcracker a unique holiday treat not to be missed!
  • The Chanukah Guest: December 2-18 | Times Vary A return of the MJTC commission that was a sold-out hit, this hilarious and endearing tale tells the story of Bubba Brayna, making latkes for the first night of Chanukah, when the smell from her kitchen brings an unexpected and very hungry visitor. Based on the award-winning children’s book of the same name by Eric A. Kimmel, this joyful and interactive holiday play is perfect for the whole family! Suitable for children three and up. Join us 15 minutes before each production to see an special bonus scene with the actors preparing for the show!
  • Elf the Musical: December 5-8-18 | Times Vary Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic: December 6-9 | Times Vary Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic comes skating into a city near you. Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses. Relive the magic of Disneys Frozen with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Sing-along to over 30 songs during moments from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Dory, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more in a show to leave your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.
  • A Minnesota Nutcracker (Burnsville – Ames Center)December 7-9| Times Vary  Enjoy the beloved holiday classic with a Minnesota twist!  Twin Cities Ballet’s original A Minnesota Nutcracker is a cherished holiday tradition for thousands, and one of the most-attended holiday dance events in the Twin Cities.  While retaining all the magic and familiar traditions loved by so many, A Minnesota Nutcracker adds local flare with Minnesota settings and custom designed Minnesota-centric backdrops.  Accompanied by the iconic Tchaikovsky music, Clara, Drosselmeyer, and guests dance and dream from historic Rice Park and Summit Avenue in St. Paul, to the snowy banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to the magnificent palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  A Minnesota Nutcracker promises delightful entertainment for the whole family, from ballet novices to loyal patrons alike. 
  • The Blenders Holiday Soul TourDecember 14-16 | Times Vary The Blenders have spent over 25 years touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal, harmony-based music. They have appeared with such acts as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Savage Garden, Blues Traveler, Chicago, The Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Chuck Berry and many more. They have appeared on a variety of national and regional television shows including The Arsenio Hall Show (FOX), The Today Show on NBC, Crook and Chase (TNN), and WGN. Don’t miss the return of their magnificent Holiday Soul Tour at the intimate Pantages Theatre.
  • KS95’s “Clouds” Choir for a CauseDecember 14| 6:00-7:15pm Please join Crisco, Dez & Ryan for KS95’s 6th Annual “Clouds” Choir for a Cause, powered by SPIRE Credit Union, on Friday, December 14th, 6-7pm. We’re looking for school choirs, church choirs, groups and families to register and come out to create the largest choir for a cause singing holiday songs and Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds” live at the Mall of America Rotunda! Crisco, Dez & Ryan, KS95 Morning Show, will announce the total amount raised from the “KS95 for Kids” Radiothon, the daylong fundraising event that takes place on Friday, December 14th in Sears Court, Mall of America as well.
  • Minnesota Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Eden Prairie High School)December 15-17 | Performance Times Vary Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is faithful to the original Marius Petipa choreography.
  • A Minnesota Orchestra Christmas: Home for the HolidaysDecember 14, 16, & 20 | Times Vary The magic of the season comes to life in this heartwarming show of songs and stories featuring a new work by Minneapolis’ own storyteller laureate Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The MusicalDecember 18-19 | Times Vary The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL
  • An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone MartinDecember 21 | 8:00pm Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin on Friday, December 21st at the Ames Center. Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus Christ Superstar, Side Show, Oklahoma) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole.
  • Jim Brickman A Joyful ChristmasDecember 27 | 7:30pm Be part of the holiday concert tradition of the season as Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman returns to Burnsville for A Joyful Christmas.  Join Jim as he brings the sound and spirit of the season to the Ames Center.  Bring your family, friends or that special someone and make Jim Brickman your new holiday tradition!
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Xcel Energy Center)December 29 | 3:00pm & 8:00pm This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” features founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel. Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep” and “This Christmas Day.” 2018’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.
  • Louis Anderson Live New Years Eve (Burnsville – Ames Center): December 31st | 6:30 & 9:30pm  Stand-up from one of Minnesota’s own in Burnsville – ring in the new year with Louie Anderson!
  • Free Photos with Santa at all Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops: November 10-December 24 | Times and Days Vary Free photo with Santa with crafts and activities.
  • Santa’s North Pole Experience: Beginning on November 23 | Times Vary You can enjoy some treats from our FOOD wagon and wait in Santa’s heated tent and play games and learn about Santa’s reindeer as you wait to see Santa. Once you make your way into the house, one of Santa’s Elves will check you in to see Santa. While you’re waiting feel free to walk around the house. You can go  upstairs for coloring or watch a movie as you wait to see Santa. Don’t worry about missing your turn, an elf will find you and escort you to the prep room. You’ll have a few minutes to check your hair, use the bathroom etc. When it’s your turn to enter Santa’s Parlor, you’ll visit with Santa, go over your wish list and get your photo taken. If you have a specific photo/pose request, let Bruce the photographer know. He’ll snap a handful of photos so you have plenty of options to choose from. Aside from the Photographer and possibly Mrs. Claus, your family will be the only family in the room during your visit. Once your visit is over, head on over to get your face painted, pick out a picture frame and other stocking stuffers and make your way to the front where Santa’s elf Willie will walk you through your photo options and explain the packages to you. Once you choose photo’s, they’ll be printed in a matter of minutes.
  • Santa and his Reindeer: November 23 | 1:00-3:00pm Santa will once again be at the Twin Cities Premium Outlets with his reindeer, Donner and Blitzen, on Black Friday. You may come pet the reindeer and take pictures with them and Santa! *Event is free to attend.
  • Free Photos with Santa at all Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops: November 10-December 24 | Times and Days Vary Free photo with Santa with crafts and activities.
  • Santa, Mrs. Claus, & Reindeer (Gertens – Inver Grove Heights): November 24-25, December 1-2 & 8 | 10:00am-3:00pm  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and let them know what you want this year. Bring your camera to capture the memory. See the reindeer up close.
  • Santa and His Reindeer! (Eagan): December 1 | 2:30-5:00pm Santa and his reindeer are coming to Central Park Commons! 
    Stop by the Central Park Commons Pocket Park before or after your holiday shopping! This event is free and everyone is welcome! Outdoor event, please dress for the weather.
  • SCHS Holiday Fest 2018: December 1 | 10:00am-3:00pm Join us for our annual Holiday Fest! Santa will be posing for photos and taking holiday requests from 10:30-1:30 in parlor of the historic Stans House. In the garden we will be roasting marshmallows, and we will have cider to sip in the Stans House. Finally, come into the museum to tour our exhibits and create your own holiday wreath!
  • Santa’s Train Shop (St. Paul): December 1-16 | Weekends, 10:00am-4:00pm  15 minutes long train rides that you can ride as many times as you like. Get a photo with Mr. & Mrs. Claus for $5. Face painting, balloon artist, live music. Food and other vendors with other items for sale on site for purchase. 
  • Cookies & Crafts with Santa (Woodbury): December 1 | 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00am Santa will be taking a break from making toys and wants you to join him and a few of his helpers in decorating cookies, making a fun holiday craft and taking pictures. Bring your own camera and a great big smile for Santa! Recommended ages 2 and older with participating adult. $6 per child (only children need to register). Eagle Valley Golf Course Banquet Room.
  • Free Portrait with Santa (Maple Grove Home Depot)December 1 | 9:30am-12:00pm Head to the Maple Grove Home Depot for your Free 5×7 Portrait with Santa printed onsite and a Kid’s Workshop!
  • Teddy Bears and PJs Party (Woodbury)December 1 | 1:00pm-3:30pm A magical FREE event for children and their favorite teddy bear! Enjoy delicious hot chocolate and christmas cookies. Meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen and get a picture with them. Meet Santa Claus and get a picture with him. Holiday crafts and face painting. Teddy Bear check ups. Come in your comfy PJs and bring your favorite huggable friend to make the afternoon even more special! Also, Bring a new toy that we will be collecting to donate to a local Twin Cities Children’s Shelter.
  • Breakfast with Santa (Macy’s Restaurants)December 1-December 23 | Times vary Celebrate the season with the big guy! Breakfast with Santa at the Southdale Lakeshore Grill or the  Ridgedale Lakeshore Grill. 
  • Breakfast with SantaDecember 2 | 8:00am-12:00pm Join the Chanhassen Rotary for our annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa. Come to the Chanahssen Dinner Theaters. Catch pancakes, sing along to live holiday music plus have a photo taken with Santa.
  • Sunrise Banks Santa DayDecember 2 | 9:00am-12:00pm Sunrise is hosting a family fun event with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and his reindeer.  Come and join us for a morning of holiday cheer and get pictures with Santa.
  • Brunch with Santa at Lord Fletchers: December 2-17 | Weekends, 10:00am-1:00pm Ho Ho Ho! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… time to spread Christmas cheer! Get your wish lists ready & join Santa for brunch! Take a photo with Santa! Take your own, or purchase ours for $8. Space is limited, call ahead for reservations. On December 15th,  special guests Anna and Elsa will join the fun! December 22nd brings live reindeer and a sleigh from 10:00am-12:00pm and dog sledding from 10:00am-1:00pm. Dog sled rides will be $20 for up to 3 people on a sled for 15min. 
  • Light the Grove: December 6 | 5:00-7:00pm Maple Grove Hospital invites you and your family to attend our 9th annual Light the Grove holiday celebration. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, enjoy some holiday treats and join us for a night of caroling, horse-drawn trolley rides and pictures with Santa and his reindeer! This event is free and open to the public.
  • Santa Visits the Chaska Community Center: December 7 | 4:30-6:30pm Join us to celebrate the holiday season. Santa will visit the CCC on Friday for an evening of pictures, crafts and live music. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Claus: December 7 | 5:30-7:00pm Join Mr. & Mrs. Claus for a spaghetti dinner at the Langford Park Recreation Center. Bring your camera to take pictures as they roam from table to table. Activities include dinner, craft, decorate your own cookie and face painting. 
  • Cookies & Cocktails with SantaDecember 8, 15, & 22 | Times Vary Are you tired of the traditional holiday activities with your kids? Come spend some happy hour(s) with Royal Foundry Craft Spirits letting your kids partake in cookie decorating, face painting, balloon twisting, music and more. We promise to offer a family friendly environment, cocktails for the parents and plenty to keep your kids busy. Get your picture taken with Santa Vern and mentally prepare yourself for the busy holiday season.
  • Santa Paws Day at Fawn-Doe-Rosa: December 8-9 | 10:00am-3:00pm ‘Tis the season… Come join our family for some holiday fun during Santa Paw Days at FAWN-DOE-ROSA from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday! Giftshop open only. We have lots in store for 30% off (does not include FDR Gift Certificates and items from visiting local vendors). Santa will be visiting from 12-3 each day! Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa – pets are welcome for this event as well. Even though the animal park will be closed – we will have a small Critter Corral set up with some furry friends to pet, see and feed. The cookies will be out and the cider will be on… Looking forward to seeing you and your family for our Annual Santa Paw Days at FAWN-DOE-ROSA! This is a free event.
  • Breakfast with SantaDecember 8 | 9:00am-1:00pm Join the Lakeville Brewing Company for a very special Breakfast with Santa! They will open an hour early so you can come enjoy breakfast and let your kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas. We will let Santa decide who’s been naughty or nice!
  • Photos with Santa (Stillwater)December 8 | 1:00-4:00pm Bring your camera and let your kids tell Santa what they really want for Christmas!
  • Santa’s Workshop (Landmark Center, St. Paul)December 9 | 1:00pm Bring the kids to Landmark for a visit with Santa Claus at “Santa’s Workshop.” Free pictures with Santa!
  • Breakfast with Santa and FriendsDecember 9 | 9:00am-1:00pm The Bruentrup Heritage Farm is the gathering place for a holiday tradition sponsored by the Maplewood Area Historical Society. So gather the family and friends and get your tickets now before they are sold out. Reserve your spots at this holiday event. Enjoy a delicious breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, hash browns, eggs and a beverage. The stately farm house will be decorated top to bottom. Snap a picture with Santa and share your wish list! See you there and have a holly, jolly, Christmas this year.
  • Free Portrait with Santa (Blaine Home Depot)December 15 | 10:00am-1:00pm Head to the Northtown Home Depot for your Free 5×7 Portrait with Santa printed onsite and a Kid’s Workshop!
  • Santa and His Reindeer are ComingDecember 16 | 1:00-3:00pm Santa and his Reindeer will be visiting Albertville Premium Outlets. Stop by the center and take your own holiday photos with Santa and his real, live reindeer!
  • Breakfast with Nature SantaDecember 18 & 22 | 10:00am Nature Santa is on his way to Springbrook Nature Center and he wants to meet YOU! Enjoy a story and activities with Nature Santa and a delicious breakfast. Parents, bring your camera, this is a photo opportunity you won’t want to miss.
  • Winter Castle at Rosedale Center: Through February 5 | 10:00am-8:00pm The Winter Castle includes six towers, with the tallest standing 31 feet high. Light shows will incorporate 30,000 sparkling, crystal-ornamented LED lights that change color and are programmed to music. Admission is free Free, however, photos with Santa can be purchased starting at $24.99 (personal photos restricted). Santa will be available through December 24.

  • November 29-December 1: 40th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar | 10:00am-8:00pm Tis’ the season for holiday cheer and shopping! Landmark Center will open its doors for the 40th Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar featuring 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by the area’s finest artists.
  • November 30-December 10: St. Paul European Christmas Market | Times Vary The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is a free event based on the traditional, charming, and festive open-air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria, and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European inspired food and delicacies during the first two weekends in December.
  • December 1: Betty’s 3rd Annual Bizarre Bazaar | 10:00am-5:00pm This is NOT your Church craft sale, this is Betty’s Bizarre Bazaar and she does things her way, quirky some would say. We have very talented local artists, artisans and crafters that are showcasing their work. And while you’re here, sip on a hot drink and view the Mpls skyline from our vertically revolving tables in the sky. We will be serving brunch and dinner items, strong cocktails and lot’s of fun-make a day of it! We have a fantastic variety of locally made gifts! 
  • December 1-2: Julmarknad – ASI’s Christmas Market & Festival | Times Vary Julmarknad, American Swedish Institute’s Christmas Market and our largest holiday weekend festival features handcrafted items for sale by more than 40 talented local and regional artists, with dance and folk music performances in the historic Mansion, Tomte and Santa visits and FIKA’s festival food plus beverage stations. 
  • December 7: No Coast Craft-o-Rama | 3:00-8:00pm The Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama is a modern, urban & indie-style art & craft show that’s been held annually since 2005 at the Midtown Global Exchange building.
  • December 13-16: Minnespolis Craft Market Weekend at Holidazzle | Times Vary Minneapolis Craft Market is taking over the Holidazzle shops tent for a full weekend with 25 high quality local artists and makers each day. The Holidazzle Shops Tent is a 100’x50′ heated and covered tent space that will be packed full of local artists and makers selling handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, woodwork, home decor, prints, fiber art and more! Alongside us in the shops tent are local beer and coffee vendors making it the perfect place to warm up with a drink and get your holiday gift shopping squared away! 

    The lineup of artists will be different each day, so visit us throughout the weekend and you’ll always find something new!

  • Ice Skating at Centennial Lakes:  Opens mid-December | Times vary   Complementing the rink is a cozy, rink-side warming house, complete with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, restrooms, concessions and skate rental. Concession items include hot chocolate, pop, popcorn, hot dogs, chips and candy. Skate rental is available for $6 per pair, with sizes ranging from children’s Size 8 up to adult Size 13. Ice sleds may also be rented for $7 per hour. A photo identification must be given as a deposit for all rentals. There is no admission charge for skating. Skate rental is available for $6 per pair, with sizes ranging from children’s Size 8 up to adult Size 13. Ice sleds may also be rented for $7 per hour. A photo identification must be given as a deposit for all rentals. There is no admission charge for skating. Concessions stand and skate rental hours are 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays and most school holidays. Please note that although concessions and rentals do not open until 4 p.m. on weekdays, the skating rink does open at noon to accommodate those with their own skates.
  • Wells Fargo Winter Skate (Rice Park St.Paul): Opens Saturday, November 17  Rice Park is all classic Christmas and is home to downtown St. Paul’s Christmas tree, and the whole park is draped with twinkling lights.   Monday–Thursday: 11am–5pm, Friday–Saturday: 11a –10pm, Sunday: 11am–8pm  FREE
  • Skating at Southdale Mall (Edina)Opening Soon | Hours vary The ice rink, which is free to the public, is located in the parking lot near the Edina water tower on the corner of France Avenue and 69th Street. The rink will be open during mall hours through February 19.
  • Central Park Skating Loop (Maple Grove)Opens November 23, Weather Permitting Huge outdoor skating loop at Central Park!  Free.
  • Skate with Santa (Inver Grove): December 8 | 6:00-8:30pm Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming to visit the Community Center on skates!  Skate around the ice with Santa and your family.  Come dressed in red or green and you will get a special holiday prize.  Hot beverage and snacks will be provided.
  • Skate with Santa (Brooklyn Park): December 15 | 2:15-3:45pm Come ice skate while listening to festive music. Skaters receive special treats. Bring a non-perishable food donation and get $1 off skating. All donation to go CEAP.
  • Skate with Santa (Maple Grove): December 15 | 5:00-8:00pm It may be busy at the North Pole, but Santa and his helpers are making a special stop in Maple Grove! Join us for a fun evening of skating and holiday music at Central Park and say hello to Santa and his helpers. Families can bring their own cameras for photos with Santa. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to CROSS and receive $1 off a hot beverage at Central Park concessions. Other activities for kids will also be available. This a free event, skate rentals are available for $6.
  • Skate with Santa (Elk River): December 16 | 4:00-5:30pm Skate with Santa is an Arena tradition for the whole family. This open skating event is free to the public with donations accepted for the CAER food shelf.
  • Holiday Skate with Santa (Farmington): December  16 | 12:00-3:00pm Games, prizes, and of course Santa. All Ages Welcome. FREE with a food shelf donation.
  • Candlelight and Ice (Richfield): December 31 | 5:00-9:00pm Make this your New Year’s Eve tradition; celebrate the new year at Wood Lake with family and friends!  Follow hundreds of candle-lit luminaries on a walking trail through cattails and trees while keeping a lookout for deer, coyote, and owls. Roast marshmallows over a crackling fire, warm up inside with hot cocoa, make a craft, play a game, and enjoy the brisk winter evening. 
  • NYE Celebration on Ice (Roseville)December 31 | 2:30-9:30pm Bring your family, meet your friends, or just come by yourself to the Roseville Skating Center for the Midwest’s largest skating party. Skate indoors or outdoors on the 110,000 square-foot skating surface which boasts four hockey rinks for the rink rats or skate leisurely on the Olympic-size OVAL. Enjoy door prizes, concessions and the company of other winter-loving skaters. New Year’s Eve on Ice is a great way for the entire family to have fun and stay safe.
  • I Come From Arizona – Children’s Theatre Company Now-November 25 | Times Vary Gabi Castillo, a bright, 14-year-old Mexican-American girl living on the South Side of Chicago, is accepted into a very different, elite high school. Through her Global Perspectives class, she learns secrets about her past and her parents, discovers her own inherited strength, and begins to understand what it means to take risks. In today’s world of immigration raids and Dreamers, fear and uncertainty, Gabi inspires a modern-day lesson in bravery, courage, and finding power in what seems like a powerless situation
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Children’s Theatre Company November 6-January 6 | Times Vary A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love. It’s the smallest of the Whos tiny Cindy Lou, who extends a hand. Through the combination of kindness and community, we witness not only a change in the course of Who-History, but also the size and capacity of the old green guy’s heart.
  • Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS JR. November 16-December 22 | Times Vary Join us this holiday season for a practically perfect experience for the entire family! “It’s a jolly holiday with Mary” in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. Step in Time with everyone’s favorite nanny and share the magical transformation of the Banks family with your family this holiday.
  • Bentlyville Tour of Lights November 17-December 26 | Times Vary Billed as America’s Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display, Bentleyville invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 4 million lights in a 20-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Superior, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn, and roasted marshmallows! Get you photo taken with Rudolph, visit with Santa to share your Christmas wishes. Mrs. Claus will also be at Bentleyville to tell stories and hand out candy canes!
  • Holidazzle November 23-December 23 | Times Vary Holidazzle creates a community gathering place and holiday destination for people of all ages to come together and celebrate winter in Downtown Mpls. This year’s Holidazzle features stories highlighting local people, products and places that showcase the food scene, art district, park system, active lifestyle, local entertainers and community groups that make our city and our region unique and special. Minneapolis-centric vendors provide options for prepared and packaged food, beverages and unique gift and craft items. This year’s programming lineup will include the outdoor skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, musical performances from bands and choirs, weekly movies featuring holiday classics, themed days, giveaways, surprise and delight moments and more. Heat up and grab a beverage in our warming house, then continue your trek testing out some of Minnesota’s finest products. Vikings, moose, and abominable snowmen alike are all welcome. Stroll through the festive lights and follow the savory smells as you enjoy your holiday experience in the heart of the city.
  • A Victorian Christmas November 23-December 30 | Times Vary Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas with special holiday tours. See original family ornaments and family gifts, hear holiday music played on the 1875 Steinway piano, and taste fresh cookies baked in the wood stove. Discover how the Ramsey family and servants celebrated the exciting holiday season.
  • Night Trains Saturdays, November-February | 6:00-9:00pm Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make-believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
  • Pre K Program at The Works Museum Select Mondays | 9:00am-12:00pm Pre K Mondays feature special activities just for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. Kids are natural engineers – experience the amazing fun of hands-on engineering together! Encourage your Pre K student to explore his or her curiosity and design, build, and create.
  • Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark 2nd Tuesday of every month | 12:00pm The Saint Paul Ballet performs excerpts from the company repertoire each year, highlighting events for their coming season. They are held the second Tuesday of the month at noon from October through May. FREE.
  • Toddler Tuesdays at MOA Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment, and discounts, especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! FREE.
  • Tent Tales for Tykes Tuesdays | 12:30pm Head over the L.L. Bean’s Adventure Dome Tent for storytime after Toddler Tuesdays in the L.L.Bean store! During each session, you’ll explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts provided by Creative Kidstuff! Recommended for children ages 3-6. Caretakers must remain on-site and are welcome to join in the fun or spend the time shopping.
  • Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store Tuesdays | 10:00am Engineer Paul hosts a storytime full of songs and smiles. Afterward, enjoy the morning exploring and playing with the various train sets and tables at this fun train store. FREE.
  • Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market Wednesdays | 10:30am-1:00pm Wee Wednesdays showcase free educational programming, fun crafts, and great meal deals each Wednesday morning at Midtown Global Market!
 Dance with them, experience live puppet theater, learn to cook fun items together in the kitchen, and even pet live animals from the Como Zoo. FREE.
  • Tots & Trains at Minnesota Transportation Museum 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month | 10am-12pm Explore the Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum with your little one. Check out their open play area full of train tables. Create a themed craft to take home. Cuddle up and listen to a train-themed story read by one of the museum’s passionate volunteers. Snacks for the kids and coffee for the parents are provided.
  • Play Area Storytime at Burnsville Center 3rd Thursday of every month | 10:00-11:00am Join Pretty Awesome Appearances at Burnsville Center’s Play Area for a storytime on the third Thursday of every month at 10am with a special guest appearance by one of our favorite princesses or superheroes (This event is FREE and includes free treats and coupons from a variety of Burnsville Center retailers). The event runs from 10-11am and includes a meet & greet, photos, and storytime.
  • Kids at the Castle: Third Friday Playdates (American Swedish Institute) In the hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, movement and crafts inspired by ASI’s current exhibits- activities that will encourage creative minds and active hands. Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 per family. Registration not required; check in at the Information Desk by 11 a.m. on the day of the program. Adult accompaniment required.
  • Free First Saturdays at Walker Art Center 1st Saturday of every month | 10:00am-3:00pm Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kid’s films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available or bring something from home to snack on in the lounge or in the garden.
  • Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center! FREE.
  • Kid’s Club Workshops at Michaels Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included.
  • Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Saturdays | 11:00am-3:00pm Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.
  • MIA Family Day 2nd Sunday of every month | Times Vary On the second Sunday of every month, you’ll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more at the Minnesota Institute of Art! FREE.
  • Sundays at the Landmark Select Sundays | Times Vary Sundays at Landmark is a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted and are kid friendly and open to the public! FREE.
  • Three Rivers Park District: FREE Family Fun Days Sundays | Times Vary Three Rivers offers family fun at Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Discover all the fun that life in and around the river and woods has to offer. FREE.

{SOLD OUT} We are excited to invite your families to our 3rd annual Twin Cities Moms Blog Donuts with Santa event on Saturday, December 1st! This event will be at Breck School with two different sessions: 9:30-11:00am and 11:30-1:00pm. Each session will have a smaller, more intimate experience as you enjoy donuts and a visit with Santa!

  • Caring Santa at Southdale Center: December 2 | 9:00-11:00am Just for Children with Special Needs. Caring Santa is coming to town! Reserve your spot for a private photo experience today. Caring Santa will be waiting at the Center Court.
  • Santa Cares at Rosedale CenterDecember 2 | 9:00-11:00am Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours.
  • Santa Cares at Burnsville CenterDecember 2 | 9:00-11:00am Santa Cares is a special sensory-friendly opportunity for children with all spectrums of special needs and their families to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the Santa photo experience in a calming environment prior to public hours. Please RSVP in advance by reserving one ticket per group. Photo packages are available for purchase during the event.
  • Sensitive Santa at Northtown Mall: December 2-9 | 8:00-10:00am We are proud to partner with Autism Speaks for a seventh year to craft a thoughtful and sensory-friendly Santa experience for children and their families. Join us to take part in specially curated activities in a calm holiday environment before the hustle and bustle of regular property hours. Photo packages will be available for purchase. Register to meet Sensitive Santa and create magical moments for the whole family.
  • Sensitive Santa at Maplewood Mall: December 2 | 9:00-11:00am Children with special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children.
  • American Sign Language Interpretive Day at Como Zoo: December 5 | 10:30am American Sign Language Interpretive Day takes place on the first Wednesday of every month Como will have an American Sign Language interpreter on-site interpreting our public Zoo and Conservatory talks. These ten-minute talks will be interpreted between the hours of 10:30AM-1:15PM.
  • Sensory Friendly Mornings December 9 | 7:00-10:00pm Head to the Como Zoo for an inclusive experience designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. There will be designated quiet spaces, sensory story time, and other adjustments that will make this time sensory friendly.
  • Sensory-Friendly: Horn and Piano Duo December 9 | 10:00am-12:00pm Join us in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra horn player Brian Jensen, pianist Charles Scarborough and talented guest musicians from the audience! The Minnesota Orchestra’s sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Concerts take place in a relaxed environment where audience members are welcome to be who they are and enjoy music with family and friends.
  • A Sensory Friendly Christmas December 23 | 4:00-5:00pm Rhythms of Grace sensory friendly Christmas service.
  • Sensory Sundays at Urban Air Adventure Park | Select Sundays An event specifically designed for children with Autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park without loud music, flashing lights and to have a lot of fun! See calendar for timing and details.
  • Sensory Jump Night @ Pump It Up Third Tuesday of Every Month | 6:00-8:00pm During this evening event, the play areas are reserved for kids on the autism spectrum and their families. Kids have a great time meeting new friends. Jump, slide and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.
  • Sensory-Friendly Story Time Second Thursday of Every Month | 9:30am Story Time will take place before the store opens to the general public. No music until after the store opens…except for the songs we’ll sing together! Small fidget objects will be available for children to hold if they choose. There will be a clear schedule for story time with visual cues. As with all of our storytimes, this is a no judgment zone! We all have unique needs and ways of expressing ourselves, and we at Wild Rumpus welcome and celebrate those differences.
  • Sensory-Friendly Saturdays at Select Dakota County Libraries | 10:30am Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome.
  • TPT Second Saturdays Sensory-Friendly Hour | 12:00-1:00pm Each month TPT opens up our studios in Lowertown St. Paul for a morning of PBS Kids cartoons on the big screen, meet & greets with PBS Kids characters like Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, and Buddy the Dinosaur, and fun activities like instrument making and carnival games. If that weren’t enough, the SciGirls squad are always on hand with all sorts of STEM-related games and activities to educate your child.
  • Sensory-Friendly AMC Movies Second and Fourth Saturday of Every Month | Times Vary AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.
  • Sensory-Friendly Movies at Marcus Theatre Select Saturdays | 10:30am We understand that sometimes it is difficult or uncomfortable for families with special needs children to attend movies together. Marcus Theatre’s Reel Movies for Reel Needs is a specially designed program to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family-friendly films at a theatre. A select first run movie is featured one Saturday each month at a convenient 10:30 AM showtime. 


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