Now-12/22: Holidazzle @ Loring Park, Minneapolis • 5-9pm • Details: Holidazzle offers free admission to all, vendors, activities, food and fireworks. Festival runs Thurs-Sun from 5-9pm on Thurs & Fri and 11am-9pm on Sat & Sun through Dec 22.
Now-12/31: Hometown for the Holidays, Stillwater • Details: Main Street lights up with Christmas decorations and traditional events for a month-long celebration from November to New Year’s Eve.
12/1-11: European Christmas Market @ Union Depot, St. Paul • Thurs & Fri 4-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm & Sun 12-6pm • Details: The open-air market bustles with handmade gifts and holiday food and drink.
12/2-3: Afton Village Holiday • Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm • Details: The village Christmas tree is lit Friday eve; both days bring horse and wagon rides, carolers and festive activities throughout local shops.
- the Nordic Holidays exhibition of decorated rooms
- Kids at the Castle playdates Dec. 9, 16 & 17
- our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series
- Lucia Celebrations
- Santa and Tomte visits
- FIKA’s food for kids
- a Family Gallery
- a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 14.
For complete info., visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., go to ASImn.org or call (612) 871-4907.
12/3: Grand Meander, St. Paul • Events run starting 8:30am through the afternoon • Details: 20 blocks of samples, specials, Vulcan fire truck rides, carolers and multiple venues to visit with Santa.
12/3: Reindeer Day at Linden Hills, Minneapolis • 10am-2pm • Details: Hop a free trolley ride to area business bustling with marshmallow roasting, Santa and his reindeer, carolers and in-store events.
12/3: Holiday on Main, Lakeville • 9am-2pm • Details: Find Santa and Mrs. Claus, hop a trolley ride, take in a musical performance and more along Lakeville’s main drag.
12/3, 10 & 17: Shop Excelsior • Details: The big tree lights up at 7pm on Water Street (12/3), plus sleigh rides, Santa and carolers lend a holiday air.
12/3-4: Seward Winter Frolic, Minneapolis • Details: Neighborhood businesses exhibiting arts (including a free Studio Art Day at Articulture), food and drink samples and specials, tours and demos.
12/10: Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas, Plymouth Creek Park • 2-5pm • Details: Visit Santa, his missus, the elves and his reindeer. Catch a hayride, cookies and holiday tale time.