2022 Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide

Boy decorating Christmas Tree.

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, European Christmas markets, stage shows, singalongs, sleighrides in a winter wonderland, sparkling light decorations and special historical events at sites across the Minneapolis & St. Paul metro area.

find the best 2022 christmas & Holiday things to do in the Twin Cities

Twin Cities CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS & Early Holiday Events

Watch the trees light up to signal the start of the holiday season!  Make sure to jump over to our complete list of 2022 Twin Cities Holiday Tree Lighting events to get all the times, activities, precautions and other details (Bonfires! Santa! Hot cocoa!) Communities are listed A-Z and cover the entire Minneapolis-St Paul metro area:

AFTON: VILLAGE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING (Dec 2)
APPLE VALLEY: HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING (Nov 22)
ANOKA: CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING (Dec 3)
BURNSVILLE: WINTER LIGHTING CEREMONY (Nov 23)
CHANHASSEN: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY (Dec 3)
COTTAGE GROVE: HOMETOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING (Nov 30)
EAGAN: COMMUNITY HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING (Dec 6)
EDINA: 50TH & FRANCE TREE LIGHTING (Nov 26)
EXCELSIOR: CHRISTMAS IN EXCELSIOR TREE LIGHTING (Nov 26)
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS: HOLIDAYS IN THE HEIGHTS TREE LIGHTING (Dec 2)
OSSEO: MINIDAZZLE TREE LIGHTING (Dec 2)
SAINT PAUL: GRAND MEANDER TREE LIGHTING (Dec 3)
SAINT PAUL: RICE PARK TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY (Nov 12)
SAINT PAUL: UNION DEPOT TREE LIGHTING (Dec 3)
SAVAGE: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY (Dec 1)
SHAKOPEE: HOLIDAY FEST TREE LIGHTING (Dec 3)
SHOREVIEW: HOLIDAY LIGHTING EVENT (Nov 14)
SOUTH ST PAUL: TREE LIGHTING EVENT (Nov 27)
STILLWATER: TWINKLE PARTY & CITY TREE LIGHTING (Dec 3)
TAYLORS FALLS: 38TH ANNUAL LIGHTING FESTIVAL (Nov 25)
WACONIA: COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING (Nov 25)
WAYZATA: LIGHT UP THE LAKE CELEBRATION (Nov 25)

To find our detailed listing of Minneapolis-St Paul (Twin Cities) holiday tree lightings and early holiday events, jump right over to our 2022 TWIN CITIES EARLY HOLIDAY LIST.

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Christmas & Holiday Light Displays

Year after year our locals get out in Minnesota weather and put up displays for the community to enjoy. You would not believe how massive our holiday lights list is thanks to all who have added their display. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to add yours. Jump over to Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays for our map!

Spirit of Winter –  Festival of Lights at Sovereign Estate

9950 North Shore Road, Waconia, Minnesota 55387
All-ages walking stroll or trolley ride through holiday lights displays and more outdoor attractions plus food and beverage for purchase at the winery. Admission tickets: $10/pp. Trolley tickets are $5/pp available only onsite. November 18-December 30, 2022.

GLOW Holiday Festival 

CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul, MN 55101
A one-mile walk-thru experience with a dozen seasonal scenes featuring over a million holiday lights, a 100-foot illuminated tree, icicle and art installations, a festive gingerbread house, and other attractions.  November 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023. Tickets: $12.75-$20.75/pp. 

Winter Lights 

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Family fun and more at this annual event. Nov 17, 2022-Jan 1, 2023. $25/pp ages 16+, under 15 FREE. (On Family Nights kids are $5 and adults $25)

Valley Lights at Rock Point Church 

5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
100,000 LED lights choreographed to music you can listen to from your car. Nov 24-Dec 31, 2022, 5-10pm. Tune in to 97.9.

Sever’s Holiday Lights 

3121 150th Street West, Shakopee, MN 55379
A drive-thru tour of more than 2.5 million holiday lights November 24, 2022-January 1, 2023. $40-$55/car.

Schultz Family Lights/Holiday Lights on York 

1526 York Ave, St Paul, MN 55106
Comprised of 9 yards on both sides of the street dancing to holiday favorites you can listen to on your car radio. Synchronized to 91.5. Collecting food shelf donations for the holiday season. Starts late November 2022, 5-10pm.

PD Shimmers 

4320 Ithaca Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55446
The show covers 8 homes on Ithaca Lane featuring over 60,000 lights and 200 channels of computer animation. Synchronized to 90.9. Accepts donations for Parkinson’s Disease. Opens Thanksgiving Weekend 2022.

Plus 100+ family light displays across the Twin Cities on our master list!

where to find santa claus in the twin cities

Santa Claus (and sometimes his reindeer) has headed full speed into his busy public appearance time of year. That jolly old guy sure can get around! Here’s a sampling of some of the best places in the Minneapolis-St Paul Twin Cities area to run into the guy in 2022. For our full list of where to track down Santa, head over to Santa Claus is Coming To Town. You’ll find Santa sightings, sleigh ride opportunities, and fun Christmas traditions organized by region of the Metro.

Santa Claus is leaving the North Pole to Visit the Twin Cities

Twin Cities Christmas Music & Holiday Performances

From A Christmas Carol to The Nutcracker, we all have our classic favorites – and the Twin Cities has so many opportunities to see and hear carols and see holiday shows live during the season. The sights and sounds of the holidays are tuning up all around us! Find out which holiday performances in the Twin Cities are best to introduce to kids.

Family watching a Christmas movie in the theater
Find where to see classic Christmas movies in the theater or streaming at home

Holiday shopping in the twin cities

The season of gift-giving is upon us. Make it extra fun by exploring a local community shopping district, Christmas market, or choose from a local holiday event to support a small business or local artisans! We detail our favorites to support in our 2022 TWIN CITIES HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE.

From the Heart: Where to Handcraft Holiday Gifts in the Twin Cities

Ideas for crafts kids can make for gifts at local studios around the Twin Cities.

Handcraft projects from Heartfelt in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Find our favorite places to make unique gifts during the Christmas Season

more fun christmas and holiday events in the twin cities for families

These events at Twin Cities museums, historic sites and other attractions sound too much fun to pass up including in our Holiday Guide. Pick one or two that could become a new family tradition.

ENJOY A CHRISTMAS AT HOME & ON YOUR OWN

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  3. Hello, my husband and I would like to know if we can be included in the communities of Minnesota’s Christmas events for 2022. We are the Twin Cities black Santa and Mrs. Claus. My name is Wanda Austin, 763-614-6402. We have been doing this for about 4 years paid. For so many years we volunteered. We would love to put other communities on our resume. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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