Free List for the Weekend of December 6-8, 2013

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Image Credit: Mainstreet Stillwater MN

Image Credit: Mainstreet Stillwater MN

 Stillwater Annual Twinkle Parade 
Dock Cafe, Nelson Street East, Stillwater, MN, United States
Saturday, December 15, 2013 , Saturday 4PM-6PM

This would have been really fun, but its going to be cold out. So Stillwater’s Annual Twinkle Parade is now NEXT SUNDAY! However, if you are interested in going next Sunday you will want to meet at the Dock Cafe at 4PM.  This is a parade you march in, not one you watch, so skip the blankets and pillows for sitting on and wear comfortable marching attire, instead.  Before the parade, you can enjoy a performance by the Teddy Bear Band performing before everyone marches in the parade along the river to the Lowell Park Gazebo; and afterwards watch the tree lighting ceremony featuring Santa’s arrival on a fire truck, followed by fireworks.

The best part!!! Free hot chocolate, cider, cookies and twinkle lights! 

Best Christmas pageant ever logoThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever
SteppingStone Theatre 55 Victoria Street North Saint Paul, MN 55104
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December  12, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Saturday is the first of TWO Pay What You Can Performances at SteppingStone Theatre.  This was one of my favorite books and TV specials when I was a kid.  I am excited to share it with my kids in a new format.  Since this is a book about a play, I can only imagine it translates well to stage.

I always have a hard time finding the information on Pay What You Can Days on the SteppingStone website, so I’m giving you a link and quoting their information, here.

“The first Saturday of each production, we offer a “Pay What You Can Day.” On the day of the performance, tickets can be purchased in person at any price that suits you. We suggest a minimum of $5.00 per ticket, but the actual price you pay is your choice. Tickets are sold first-come-first-served, so we suggest arriving an hour or so before show time”

Image Credit: Christo Peters

Image Credit: Christo Peters

Family Day: Dinner Party
Minnesota Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, December 8, 2013; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

This month’s Family Day at the MIA has a food theme.  Among other activities, you and your family can make food-related art; search for food for a dinner party during the gallery hunt; learn some dessert themed ballet from The Nutcracker with the Ballet Royale Minnesota and Twin Cities Ballet; get a sneak peak of the Children’s Theatre Company’s production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Image Credit: Germanic-American InstituteNikolaustag & Holiday Open Haus

Germanic-American Institute, Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, United States
Sunday, December 8, 2103; 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday is St. Nicholas (Nikolaus in German) day.  Join the GAI for a traditional German celebration of this Christian holiday.  While you there, visit with St. Nikolaus between 11am and 3pmpick up a free Adventskalendar (while supplies last), tour the German Immersion Preschool and enjoy a seasonal craft, music, and toys!  *In case of inclement weather, please call the GAI office or check the website/Facebook page for event status.


Image Credit: Germanic-American Institute

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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