Over the last several years, our Downtown Minneapolis Christmas Checklists have been forced to change. The Holidazzle parade has gone, Macy’s is gone. But there is still something kind of magical about taking the bus downtown this time of the year. We have modified things a bit — the list is a bit shorter than in the past — but we still have a much shorter checklist for 2019.
Chill Out at Holidazzle
Loring Park, Minneapolis
November 29th through December 22nd
I was really hoping Holidazzle would move back to Nicollet Mall after it was renovated (and maybe bring back the parade), but it looks like Loring Park may be a permanent change. Look for a Kid Zone, live music and entertainment. There will be fireworks and holiday movies on select days. Skating is free; bring your own skates. Metro Transit is offering free bus rides on Saturdays – perfect if you have a bigger family to get there.
Relax with a Lunch Hour Concert
City Center, Minneapolis or IDS Center, Minneapolis
Watch for these annual concerts in December
For a short, sweet lunchtime Holiday fix, stop by the City Center on select Mondays and Wednesdays to hear a variety of festive music during their Holiday Music Series. Find dates and details on our Family Fun Calendar. City Center concerts begin November 26, 2018. There will also be a local market running from November 13th through December 27th.
Hit the Library to Check Out Holiday Movies
Minneapolis Central Library
If you are going to order your favorite holiday movies from the library, get on the wait list quick. I’m counting on timely returns to get Rudolph before Christmas. While you are at Central, you could get a hot cocoa at the coffee shop and, if you time it right, take in a story time.