2019 Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide


Tis the season for never-ending holiday and Christmas activities around the Twin Cities. 

Whether you are looking for traditional events or you want to start a new tradition with your family, we have something for just about everyone: Santa, shopping, stage shows, singalongs, sleighrides, sparkling light displays and special historical events at sites across the Minneapolis & St. Paul metro area:

Holiday Shopping Events
Our Christmas Shopping Guide helps you shop local and support small businesses while picking out presents for your loved ones this year. This guide has gift ideas for all ages. The best part is that these events double as family fun!



Hometown festivals at their holiday best – the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. From big to small, we have something for all on our Twin Cities Holiday Festival Calendar – including community Christmas Tree lightings.


Here Comes Santa Claus – in the Twin Cities! Find out where St. Nick will be making an appearance near YOU – breakfasts, photo shoots, storytimes, shopping events and more.


Dancing lights and musical scores in sync – plan your route to find Minnesota’s best homestead holiday displays.


Planes Trains & Sleighs

Trains, Planes & Sleighs: Holiday trains (and planes and sleighs) arriving soon to the station! Catch a ride with Santa or take a trip on a horse-drawn sleigh.


Do you hear what I hear? I’m hearing the classic sounds of Christmas all over the Twin Cities. Choose from holiday sing-alongs and other family-friendly performances.


Celebrate Ye Olde Holidays at Twin Cities Museums & Historic Sites: Explore the traditions of the Minnesotans who came before – and discover new cultural celebrations.


2019 Christmas Plays, Musicals and Ballets in the Twin Cities, MNWhat’s On Stage: The Best Christmas Shows Ever! Christmas favorites such as The Nutcracker take the stage, plus look for special discount tickets!


Wanna stay home and curl up with some classic Christmas and holiday movies?  Here are our 20 favorite entertainment options to choose from.


Reindeer cookie ornamentIf baking and decorating cookies or gingerbread houses is on your holiday wish-list, we’ve collected places that can make it a fun experience to do together without the stress of the mess at home.


Christmas stockings and gifts

Still need some ideas for Christmas gifts?  Check out our Gift Guide to help you shop local (including supporting FFTC with our  online Holiday shop)

More Holiday Articles

  • Fun with Dad: Holiday Edition: Meaningful Holiday Traditions for dads and kids.
  • Read Aloud Wednesday: How many of you do the book-a-day Advent count down? Or maybe you just want a few new favorites. We have some Christmas Stories to Share as a Family.
  • The Great Santa Chase: Gianna and family go looking for Santa and get a bit more action then they had planned.

Find hundreds more things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul with kids!

During this cold weather, find tons of fun indoor games for kids you can play right at home.


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