Twin Cities Virtual And Drive-Thru Holiday Events Guide

This holiday season is unlike any other, and we know that it can be hard to find a way to celebrate. Nearly all events in this guide are virtual or drive-thru and we hope they can help you and your family find a safe and fun way to enjoy the holidays!

We will continue to update this guide to reflect to current state guidelines and if any events become cancelled and/or changed.

GLOW Holiday Lights November 19-January 3 | Times Vary Minnesota’s newest holiday light experience and must-see holiday attraction at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this winter. The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together is a one mile drive-thru with a dozen stops featuring over a million holiday lights, illuminated trees, icicle and art installations, a festive gingerbread house and more! Buy your tickets on their website.

Christmas In Color November 20-January 3 | 5:30-10:00pm Held at Valleyfair in Shakopee, you can experience Christmas like never before. Drive through acres of more than 1.5 million lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Buy your tickets on their website.

Severs’s Holiday Lights November 26-January 3 | Times Vary A magical drive-through display of 1,000,000+ lights synchronized to festive music in Shakopee! Buy your tickets on their website.

Bentleyville Tour of Lights November 21-December 27 | Times Vary Take a day trip up to Duluth to experience Bentleyville in a whole new way – by car! $10 admission per vehicle.

Burnsville’s Virtual Tree Lighting CeremonyNovember 25 | 6:00 pm Every winter, Burnsville’s Heart of the City area shines bright with more than 200,000 mini lights, 230 streetlight snowflakes and a 30-foot- tall tree. This illuminating season always begins with the annual Winter Lighting Ceremony in Nicollet Commons Park. Watch this annual event from the comfort of your own home and join on Facebook or at burnsville.tv/live.

St. Paul’s Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting Video: December 4 | 7:00pm In place of the usual kickoff event, Tree Lighting and Movie Night will be replaced with a video special on their website and on their Facebook page. The tree will be lit through the remainder of December on the North Plaza, the perfect back drop for some socially distanced holiday photos!

Savage Virtual Tree Lighting: December 1 | 5:30 pm Join Mayor Williams and Santa for a virtual tree lighting to officially kick off the holiday season! Sing along with special guest Kat Perkins and help us countdown to plugging in the tree lights while snuggled up at home with a cup of hot cocoa.The virtual event will be broadcast via Facebook LIVE.

Holidazzle Virtual Experience: Dates and Times Vary Join Holidazzle weekly this holiday season for The Holidazzle Show presented by Comcast! This weekly show will offer bring a variety of holiday offerings and entertainment to you virtually, wherever you are. Enjoy Santa, local retail, music and entertainment, holiday food, adorable adoptable pets, DIY, holiday foods and much more. The Holidazzle Show will air the following dates on Holidazzle.com:

  • Friday, November 27
  • Thursday, December 3
  • Thursday, December 10
  • Thursday, December 17

Santa will be visiting virtually at Holidazzle! Don’t miss Santa storytime each weekend (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 & Dec. 20), appearances on The Holidazzle Show, info to call Santa’s number at the North Pole, and more. Plus, visit Holidazzle.com for great activities for all ages throughout the holiday season. The HoliTivities presented by Xcel Energy will give kids of all ages activities to participate in, including virtual puzzles and games. Watch Holidazzle social media for weekend DIY craft project demonstrations and interact on social media with fun holiday challenges.

Virtual North Pole Express at St. Paul’s Union Depot: Times Vary Children can virtually visit the North Pole Express! Register your email address with the kind folks at Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (Friends of the 261) for the virtual event of a lifetime at the link above.

Drive Thru Christmas in the Village (Farmington)December 5-6 and 12-13 | 1:00 – 8:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays Dakota City is planning a Covid19 safe version of Christmas In The Village this year. Buildings will be closed but decorated outside with lights. This will be a drive-through only event; you must stay in your vehicle as you view the festively-decorated village. The socially-distanced event will be free (monetary donations accepted) to the public and feature 15 holiday displays. Some displays will hark back to Christmas in the 1900s while others will use Christmas decorations of today! Bring your family to see the holiday decorations from the warmth of your car. Wave to Saint Nick in his sleigh at the depot. Write your letter to Saint Nick at home and bring it, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope (not sealed!), to mail at the box outside our Post Office, and St. Nick will send you a reply!

Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm (Eagan)December 6 | Times Vary Celebrate the Christmas Holiday at this old fashioned, 1940’s era event at Holz Farm. There is no admission fee, all events are free. You’ll enjoy experiences such as hayrides, a bonfire, s’mores, carols, live reindeer and a visit by Santa. Also, enjoy holiday cookies as they were prepared on the farm with hot cider and a warm heart. Santa is anxious to hear from those that are naughty or nice, bring your camera! Most activities are held outdoors and in the barn.

Covered Bridge Farm (Forest Lake): Open Nov 21 & 22; then Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting November 27 until trees are gone.  Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.

18655 Forest Blvd N
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 464-0735

Giffords Tree Farm (Lakeville): Opening November 23 | 9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily from Black Friday to Christmas Eve

23240 Texas Ave
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044
(952) 461-3717

Hampton Hills Tree Farm (Randolph): Opening after Thanksgiving, 9:00 am – 4:15 pm daily, pre-cut lot open until 4:30 pm

998 310th St Way
Randolph, Minnesota 55065

Hansen Tree Farm (Anoka): Opens November 14-December 20 | Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm & W-Th 12-5pm

7440 Alpine Drive NW
Ramsey, MN 55303
(651) 247-1952

Krueger’s Christmas Trees (Lake Elmo)Opens November 21 | Monday-Thursday 12:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday-Sunday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

10970 43rd Street North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Log Cabin Pines Christmas Tree Farm (Elko): Opening November 27 at 9:00am

6345 E. 240th Street
Elko, MN 55020
(952) 402-5437

Revak Nursery (Lakeville)Beginning November 21 | Weekends & Black Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Weekdays 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

24066 Pillsbury Ave.
Lakeville, MN 55044
952-469-1200

Revak Nursery (Elko New Market)Beginning November 27 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Weekends

6291 E. 240th St.
Elko, MN 55020

Rum River Tree Farm: Opening after Thanksgiving 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, pre-cut lot open until 7:00 pm 

21050 Lake George Blvd
Oak Grove, MN 55303

St Croix Valley Trees: Opens November 27 | Black Friday 9am-4pm, Wed-Fri 11am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm, Closed Mon-Tues

458 Rice Lake Road
Somerset, WI 54025

Wolcyn Tree Farms: Opening early Nov 21 and 22, Open every day starting Nov 27 | Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

4542 Hwy. 95 NW
Cambridge, MN
(763) 689-3346

The Ordway Presents A Virtual Christmas with The Griswolds: November 28 | 7:00pm Light up your holidays and join Christmas’ favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold, for this virtual salute to the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) lead audiences through this live event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the Vacation franchise, and answer your questions in a live audience Q&A.

The Guthrie’s Virtual Telling of A Christmas Carol: December 19-31 Drawing inspiration from this centuries-old tradition, we are proud to present a special virtual event featuring four local actors who will reimagine Dickens’ hand-curated chapters for a global audience to enjoy. During the season that would have brought our 46th consecutive production of A Christmas Carol to the Guthrie stage, we’re thrilled to continue this holiday tradition virtually with the hope of making spirits bright while our stages are dark. Dickens’ Holiday Classic is not a recording of the Guthrie’s stage production of A Christmas Carol. It is a newly conceived offering that will be filmed and available to stream December 19–31.

Virtual Santa and Albert’s “Christmas Magic Mischief” Holiday Play at Bachman’s Saturday mornings November 21-December 19 | 10:00am For more than 30 years, it has been a beloved Bachman’s tradition to host an annual holiday play at Bachman’s flagship store on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. Although this year looks different, we are keeping the tradition and magic alive, virtually! All ages are welcome to watch online on their Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings, November 21 through December 19.

Twas the Night: Beginning November 20 | Times Vary Out of the Box Experience is a holiday gift from our Stages family to your family. Gather around the hearth with a cup of hot cocoa for a journey into the magic of the holiday season. Once you are gathered together, we will provide the entertainment (and the hot cocoa!). This original adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is designed as an interactive cinematic radio broadcast to be watched and enjoyed by the whole family in your home. Purchase your box on their website.

A Virtual Christmas With Lorie Line: December 10th | 7:00pm Purchase your ticket online for this online event with Lorie Line performing piano from the comfort of her own home.

KS95’s Virtual “Clouds” Choir for a CauseDecember 11 | KS95 is asking their listeners to submit videos of themselves singing the below chorus of Clouds and they are putting together a virtual “Clouds Choir” video that will debut on Friday, December 11th on KS95.com after the KS95 for Kids Radiothon. If you don’t want to star in the video but you still want to support the cause, you can also buy an 8th Annual Clouds Choir t-shirt for you and the family. All of the proceeds will go to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

A Midwinter Gathering with Kevin KlingDecember 18 | 8:00pm Gathering with our community, our family, and our people to celebrate this holiday season will likely be different than in years past. Led by Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra performs holiday favorites via livestream, while storyteller Kevin Kling, and local poets and writers share what coming together means to them in these unprecedented time.

Jim Brickman Comfort & Joy at HomeDecember 11 | 9:00pm Grammy–nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman will be taking the nation by storm this holiday season with the Comfort & Joy at Home 2020 Virtual Tour. A portion of each ticket purchased to this live event will benefit Hennepin Theatre Trust’s nonprofit mission. Fans and their families can enjoy this unique virtual concert experience from the comfort of home, while supporting the Trust during this challenging time. Buy your tickets on their website.

The Santa Experience at Mall of America {Virtual}: Dates and Times Vary Visit Santa virtually from your home! Choose from four Santas and make your appointment today.

Santa’s North Pole Experience (Eden Prairie) {Virtual}: Beginning on November 27 | Times Vary For 2020, Santa’s North Pole Experience will provide Zoom calls so the children will be able to talk to Santa and tell him what they would like for Christmas. Mom or Dad will need to be the photographer this year and take photos of the children with Santa on the computer or on your television. Make your appointment on the website.

Cookies & Crafts with Santa To Go (Woodbury): December 5 | Times Vary Even Santa’s world looks a little different this year! But, he still will be taking a break from making toys and wants to see you and your family for a modified Cookies and Crafts with Santa to go! Participants will have an opportunity to talk with Santa and take a socially distanced photo with him. Santa’s elves have packed a very special take-home bag for participants that includes a holiday craft, a small bag of cookies and a very special recipe for you to make Santa’s all-time favorite cookies at home. Bring your own camera and a smile for Santa! Register at the link above.

50th and France Third ThursdaysDecember 17th Come down to 50th & France in Edina on the upcoming third Thursdays for an evening of exclusive specials and in-store events from your favorite 50th & France businesses. For a full list of specials, head to 50thandfrance.com/events.

Virtual European Christmas Market Open now through December 24 During this year’s pandemic, it of course has been a difficult decision to cancel the live market, but we encourage everyone to visit our Online Market where you can still find delightful products from many of our long-term vendors. You will still be able to shop for many hand-made Christmas items while supporting these talented local artisans.

Excelsior ChristKindlsmarktNovember 27,28,29 & December 4,5,6 | Times Vary Join us for the first time at the Excelsior Commons! The event will be limited in capacity with required reservations and face coverings.

Holiday in HopkinsNovember 28| 10:00 – 2:00 pm It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Join us as we bring in the Holiday Season kicking off on Small Business Saturday. Winter Market with beautiful handcrafted items for sale in Farmer’s Market Parking lot.

Minneapolis Craft Market Online: You can shop the Digital Marketplace featuring 230 makers in one easy-to-shop site, or tune in to our live shopping events on Popshop Live.

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