The Twin Cities are lit up this December weekend with special holiday events. Find our picks here or check our Family Fun Calendar for more en”light”enment!
COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTINGS:
Trees will be twinkling this weekend at these hometown holiday festivals:
12/1/17-12/2/17: Afton Village Holiday | Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm | The village Christmas tree is lit Friday eve; both days bring horse and wagon rides, carolers and festive activities throughout local shops. FREE.
12/2/2017: Christmastime Shop Excelsior | Main Street, Excelsior | 12-7pm | The big tree lights up at 7pm on Water Street, plus sleigh rides, Santa and carolers lend a holiday air. Also runs 12/10 & 12/17. FREE.
12/1/17-12/2/17: Holiday Fest | Fri 6-8pm, Sat 10am-1pm | Carolers, visits with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. FREE.
DANCING HOLIDAY LIGHTS: CSE Winter Light Show, Minneapolis
12/1/2017: CSE Winter Light Show Premiere | U of M Minneapolis | 15-min shows at 5:30, 6 & 6:30pm | Students have arranged their annual display of 250,000+ LED lights that dance in sync with tunes. Additional shows will be 12/2 & 12/7-9. FREE.
For a complete listing of holiday twinkles throughout the metro area, try our list of Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays.
SPARKLING HOLIDAY FESTIVALS:
12/2/2017: Twinkle Party | Lowell Park Gazebo, Stillwater | 4-6pm | The party – which includes the city tree lighting, Teddy Bear Band, free cocoa and cookies, Santa Claus, trolley rides and fireworks – is just slice of Stillwater’s Hometown for the Holidays celebration, running Nov – NYE.
12/1/17-12/3/17: Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis | Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm | Weekend highs of this dazzling free festival: Illuminated art displays, visits with Santa, ice skating, fireworks (Sat, 7pm) and an outdoor movie (Sun, 5pm).
12/1/17-12/3/17: Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis | Local businesses exhibit arts (including a free Studio Art Day on Saturday at Articulture – come craft holiday cards), food and drink samples, tours and demos. Tree lighting at Triangle Park takes place Saturday, 5pm followed by Santa and hay rides.
For further holiday planning, check our Holiday Festival Calender.
LIT HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Reindeer Day & Grand Meander
12/2/17: Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul | Events run starting 8:30am through the afternoon. 20 blocks of local shops, samples, specials, Vulcan fire truck rides, carolers and multiple venues to visit with Santa. FREE.
12/2/17: Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis, 10am-2pm | Hop a free trolley ride to area business bustling with marshmallow roasting, Santa and his reindeer, carolers and in-store shopping events. FREE.
Making that list and checking it twice? Let us offer some inspiration with our 2017 Christmas Shopping Guide featuring many of our favorite homegrown businesses:
HOLIDAY STAGE SPOTLIGHT: Santa & Albert’s Holiday Play “Albert’s Super Power” @ Bachman’s on Lyndale, Minneapolis • Sat 10 & 11:30am, 1 & 2:30pm and Sun 11:30am, 1 & 2:30pm • Details: Albert wants to be a superhero! Stay for caroling and photo opps with Santa. FREE.