Twas the Weekend Before Christmas Free List

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Being that it’s the weekend before Christmas, we understand that you are probably very busy, but for those of you looking for something to do this weekend because you have out of town guests already or you are completely done getting ready for the holidays, we present the Free List full of Twin Cities Holiday favorites.

logoHolidazzle Parade
Nicollett Mall between 12 and 4th Streets
Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21, 2013
6:30 pm
This is the final weekend of our beloved winter tradition–FOREVER!  (Well, maybe not forever, but Minneapolis IS discontinuing this parade and we don’t want you to miss it).  Chances are the crowds will be insane so we recommend that you arrive by 5:30 at the latest to stake you spot on the sidewalk.  Bring a blanket to sit on and maybe an extra one to wrap up in!  Also, I recommend parking in the Crowne Plaza ramp (good location, can’t remember the price) or the City Center Ramp for $4–special Holidazzle price.


santaland displayMacy’s Santaland
Macy’s 8th Floor Auditorium, Downtown Minneapolis
Friday, December 20-Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Opens at 8:00 am-various closing times, check the website

Go on a tour of Santa’s workshop as you watch his elves collect mail, build toys, and bake goodies.  End your visit with a chance to share with Santa all your Christmas wishes.



albert the elfWho Crashed Santa’s Sleigh?
Bachman’s on Lyndale
Showtimes:  11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm
Enjoy Albert the Elf and Santa as they try to upgrade Santa’s Christmas Eve ride.  Anne tells us all about it here.



gingerbread houseRamsey County Library Events
Library LEGO Contest:  Mounds View, 10:30 am Creation Drop off, Voting from 1:00-2:00 pm, and 3:00 winners announced.  My family already has their creations designed if not built.  For ages 3-14
Build You Own Gingerbread House:  Shoreview,  11:00 am-2:00 pm, Supplies available while they last. For ages 4-10
Family Film Monsters University:  Maplewood, 1:30-4:30 pm, How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be a prelude at 1:30 and Monsters University will begin at 2:00.  Snacks available while supplies last.



image courtesy of Three Rivers Parks, used with permission

Another fantastic idea from our very own Joy was to go sledding this weekend!  With all the snow that has fallen (YEA!  If it’s going to be winter, let’s have the snow), we have perfect conditions for sledding and tubing.

Go here for a list of different options or check out what Three Rivers Park has to offer!



And there you have it!  Merry Christmas to you and your family from Family Fun Twin Cities!

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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