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.
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.