Downtown Minneapolis Christmas Checklist

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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 checklist for 2017.ChristmastimeintheCities


Image Courtesy Holidazzle

Chill Out at Holidazzle
Loring Park, Minneapolis
November 24th through December 23rd

Even though the construction on Nicollet Mall is officially done, Holidazzle remains at Loring Park this year. 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
November 30th through December 23rd

For a short, sweet lunch 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.

Hit the Library for My Holiday Movie Fix
Minneapolis Central Library

If you are going to do this, too.  Get your name 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.

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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