Christmas in the Twin Cities: 2017 Holiday Shopping Events

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Christmas is just around the corner. We have collected many of the unique retail experiences for you to make this year’s holiday shopping enjoyable for the whole family. Many of these events are going on now or in the beginning of December so make a note in your calendar as not to miss them.Christmas Shopping Guide


It’s Fest! Merry Mansion, the season for affordable family fun at the American Swedish Institute. Don’t miss the Kids at the Castle playdates every month. Join in a musical story with Julglädje “Christmas Joy” performances on Nov. 25-26. Explore the decorated Nordic holiday rooms during our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series, FIKA’s food for kids, a Family Gallery and a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 13.

Click here for our calendar and visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., Mpls.

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Interact’s Great Big Holiday Art Sale

November 25, 11 am-5 pm | 1860 W Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul
Original works from all 50+ visual artists in the studio will be on sale for 20% off. We will be cleaning out the studio for the new year by pricing overflow works starting at $10 each for our first ever Semi-Annual Studio Garage Sale.

Cidna Art Mart
November 25, Noon-4 pm | 3700 Cedar Lake Ave Minneapolis

We will cheer you up with hot cider, cookies and door prizes from surrounding businesses. For every purchase you make, you will be entered to win a gift card to a local business. Names will be called each hour of the event! We have artists of all kinds selling handmade soap, photography, art prints, jewelry, sculptures, textile art and more. Grab some friends and family members and come out to shop local and even get a chance to make your own printed holiday card too! There will be kids Creation Station to keep little artists busy while you shop!

  • Holiday Gift Wrapping by Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN – Pacifier North Loop
    November 25th, 10:00AM – 1:00PM  | December 16th, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
    Celebrate the season with Pacifier and Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota! Save yourself the tape, time, and trouble and support Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota! Support their mission of engaging parents and professionals in promoting optimal emotional well-being during pregnancy and postpartum. Donations suggested, but not required.
  • Handprint Christmas Ornaments – Pacifier North Loop
    December 2nd, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | December 6th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

    • We do all the work, you just bring your little one! We’ll create a handprint or footprint ornament for you out of lightweight, no mess clay. Makes a great keepsake for holiday seasons to come.
    • Sign up for Saturday, December 2nd here.
    • One ornament per time slot.
    • Recommended for ages 0-5 years.
  • Story-time and Photos with Santa – Pacifier North Loop
     December 10th, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

    • Enjoy a special storytime with Santa Rob at Pacifier North Loop! Come enjoy the holiday cheer on Sunday, December 10th from 3:00-5:00pm.
    • This event includes:
      • Professional photograph with Santa (a digital image will be emailed)
      • A chance to sit on Santa’s lap
      • Story-time with Santa at 3:15pm
      • Complimentary hot chocolate bar + treats
      • Make-and-take kiddie holiday craft projects
      • 20% off all regular price purchases (15% off strollers, car seats + furniture)
    • Please note, a paid ticket is required for participation. Only one ticket required per family. To ensure a quality time for everyone, the event is limited to 25 families

historical christmasTextile Center’s Holiday Gallery Shop
Textile Center, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis • Now-December 24, Mondays-Sundays

The Textile Center Shop features exquisite handmade fiber art, from luscious wearables of every hue to home decor and gift items, along with books, professional art supplies and tools, fibercraft kits, and other unique finds. Your purchase supports local and national artists!

-Textile Center Website

christmas39th Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
Landmark Center, St. Paul • Thursday, November 30 & Friday, December 1 10 am-8 pm | Saturday, December 2 10 am-5 pm

Admission: $5 • Age 12 and younger: free

The Bazaar will feature quality handcrafted items including, jewelry, wreaths, paintings, woven and wearable art, handmade lotions, soaps and more! Festive music and delicious treats will add to the enjoyment of holiday shopping. The Landmark Center Holiday Bazaar will offer shoppers a chance to win one or more of 75 items, donated by each of the exhibitors.

-Landmark Center Website

St. Paul, Union DepotSt. Paul European Christmas Market
Union Depot, 200 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul • December 1-3, December 8-11

December 1 from 4:00-9:00 p.m., December 2 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., December 3 from noon-6:00 p.m., December 8 from 4:00-9:00 p.m., December 9 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and December 10 from noon-6:00 p.m.

Based on the European open air  Christkindlmarkts like those in Germany and Austria.  It’s a free event to attend with the opportunity to shop for unique, handmade gifts and decorations as well as eat yummy food.

Loring Park, Minneapolis • November 24-December 23
This is the year we will finally get to Holidazzle!  Last minute gifts for our family and lots of fun to be had by all.  Including yummy food, warm beverages, and local artisans and businesses.  I hope to see you there!
-Gianna Kordatzky

minneapolisYou can be sure to check out all this fun every Thursday-Sunday until December 23.

  • Fireworks Displays
  • Santa Visits
  • 9 Movie Nights (featuring movies like Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, Beauty and the Beast, Home Alone, Frozen and more!)
  • Free Skating at Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate
  • Kids Zone
  • Local Musical Performances
  • Bonfires & Warming Houses

Free Rides on Saturday Nights via Metro Transit.  Link Coming Soon.

Grand Meander
Grand Avenue, St. Paul • Saturday, December 2, 8:30 am- 5 pm

Experience the fun of Grand Avenue on this special day by making your Christmas shopping memorable.   Begin the day with Santa at the free pancake breakfast at Tavern on Grand from 8:30 am-10:30 am.  Enjoy Carolers, Reindeer, Santa, Red Balloon’s Special Storytime, Trolley Rides, Soup Tasting.  Top it all off at the Summit Ave Artisan Festival hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ from 10 am-4 pm featuring local artists pottery, textiles, food vendors, bakery cafe and a silent auction.

Reindeer Day
Linden Hills Neighborhood, Minneapolis | 43rd & Upton Ave S | Saturday, December 2

Shop Home for the Holidays
St Anthony Park Neighborhood, St Paul | Saturday, December 2

Father Christmas German

Image Credit: Germanic-American Institute

Holiday Open Haus
Germanic American Institute • Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3, 10 am-2 pm
301 Summit Ave, St. Paul

The GAI invites you into our home once again for our annual Holiday Open Haus! Enjoy the feel of a European market with all the comforts of our community Haus. Continuing as a two-day event, we will feature local vendors selling German and hand-crafted Christmas gift items, as well as model trains and festive food and drink including Glühwein and Lebkuchen! Bring the Kinder on Sunday to visit with St. Nikolaus.

-GAI Website


West St. Paul Secret Holiday Shop
Thompson County Park – Dakota Lodge – 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul  •  December 9th, 2016  9:00 am – 11:00 am

tomteChildren of all ages are encouraged to attend.  Shoppers will enter our “no parents” zone while they shop for their family and friends (there will be volunteers on hand to assist the younger shoppers).  A wide variety of gifts will be available to choose from.  Presents will be wrapped and labeled for shoppers at the end of their shopping experience.  Don’t miss the opportunity to do your Holiday shopping in a fun and safe environment.  A waiting area with refreshments will be available for parents and shoppers.  The first 250 kids will receive a mystery ticket wristband to Nickelodeon Universe.  Upon arrival, parents can create a shopping list and budget with their child.  Tickets can then be purchased for $0.50 each.  Gifts range from $0.50 to $12.00 and include items such as jewelry, coffee mugs, specialized gifts for grandparents and aunts and uncles, stuffed animals, knick-knacks for the home or holidays, and toys for all ages.

-City of West St. Paul





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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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