2018 Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

These Twin Cities early holiday events can get you started on your 2018 holiday family fun without the full-on pressure of late December.

10 Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

For our full roundup of Twin Cities Christmas & holiday events, jump over HERE.

Is a visit with Santa a holiday tradition for your family? He begins greeting guests November 9 at local shopping centers:
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Here Comes Santa Claus

2018 Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

Night Trains | Twin City Model Railroad Museum | St Paul 

When: Ongoing Saturdays, Nov 3-Feb 23 2019| 6-9pm
Cost: $15/pp, family rates available, children 4 & under FREE
Details: A special holiday tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum, the Night Trains season magically transforms the museum layouts. Buildings and street lights glow, and throughout the museum the layouts are adorned with Christmas lights.

Nature Arts & Crafts Fair | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington

When: Saturday, Nov 3 | 10am-3pm
Cost: Free admission
Details: Local artisans of jewelry, felting, painting and more display their wares; afterward enjoy the park reserve. All vendor fees donated to the VEAP-Bloomington Food Shelf.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

When: Begins Tuesday, Nov 6 – Jan 6, 2019
Cost: $15-$80/pp depending on seating and time of show
Details: One of CTC’s holiday classics! This sold out fast last year, so they’ve brought it back again this year.

Family Day: Handmade Holidays | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Nov 10 | 10am-5pm
Cost: $6-12/pp
Details: Explore Nordic and Czech holiday traditions, see the historic Turnblad Mansion decked out for the season, and join in family craft activities. Included with museum admission.

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Bachman’s Holiday Open House | Bachman’s on Lyndale, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Nov 17 | 9am-3pm
Cost: Free
Details: Join Bachmans in welcoming Santa and his sleigh to kick off the holiday season! Kids can visit the reindeer corral and stop by the craft counter for crafts and activities. Cookies, juice, and coffee will be served. Don’t miss the annual Santa & Albert holiday play at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm.

Holiday Walk in the Woods | The Woods Gifts, Woodbury

When: Saturday, Nov 17 | 11am-3pm
Cost: Free
Details: Visit with Santa and his reindeer at this annual Holiday shopping event. Activities include, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, stories, face painting, and food demos.

Christmas at the Courthouse Holiday Bazaar | Stillwater

When: Sat & Sun, Nov 17-18 | 10am-4pm
Cost: Free
Details: Kick off the holiday season with Christmas at the Courthouse at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. This Holiday shopping event is free to attend. Santa will also make an appearance from noon to 3 p.m.

Christmas at the Courthouse

Christmas at the Courthouse. Image courtesy of Washington County Parks

Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony & WinterSkate | St Paul

When: Saturday, Nov 17 | 5:30-10pm
Cost: Free
Details: Rice Park will dazzle with thousands of twinkling lights throughout the winter. Come downtown to see the holiday tree lit and be among the first of the season on the skating rink. There will be music, fireworks at 6:45 and skating begins at 7:15.

Winter Lighting Ceremony | Nicollet Commons Park

When: Wednesday, Nov 21 | 6-6:45pm
Cost: Free
Details: Making an appearance are local choirs, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 200,000+ lights, and a 30-foot-tall tree.

Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis

When: Begins Friday, Nov 23 | 5-10m
Cost: Free
Details: Holidazzle has returned to Loring Park, offering free admission to all, and there will be vendors, activities, food, and fireworks galore. Holidazzle will run 5-9pm on Thurs, Fri until 10pm, Sat 11am-10pm & Sun 11am-7pm thru Dec 23, 2018.

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival

When: Friday, Nov 23 – Sunday, Nov 25, 2018
Cost: Free
Details: Celebrating “Our Wild and Scenic River”. Family highlights include the Grand Lighting & Santa Parade (11/24), Christmas at the Folsom House, storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides.

Jingle Jam | Moore Than Dance. 1220 E. Moore Lake Dr., Fridley

When: Saturday, Nov 24, 2018
Cost: $15/pp
Details: Come dressed in your favorite holiday colors for the annual Jingle Jam Event. Crafts, games, music, dancing and more

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 50th & France, Edina

When: Saturday, Nov 24, 2018
Cost: Free
Details: Holiday Market is open 12-5pm followed by tree lighting, carolers and visits with Santa.

Maplewood Mall Stocking Stroll

When: Saturday, Nov 24, 9-11am
Cost: $15/pp
Details: A wristband includes a holiday treat scavenger hunt and activities around the mall such as bounces houses, face painting, and a meet-and-greet with Santa. (This sold out fast last year).

Holly Trolley | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis

When: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 24-25; Dec 1-2, 12:30-3:30pm
Cost: $4/pp
Details: Ride the rails with Santa in a streetcar decorated for the holiday. Then, warm up with a campfire and roast a marshmallow. The event also runs Sat & Sun, Dec 1-2.

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