Holiday Shopping Events: Christmas in the Twin Cities 2018

Christmas is just around the corner. Are you dreading the crowded malls? Never fear, we have collected some unique Holiday Shopping Events for you to make this year’s retail experience enjoyable for the whole family. Events start as early as November 1st and run through Christmas Eve. Mark your calendar with your favorites, and mix shopping with family fun this year.Holiday Shopping Events

2018 Holiday Shopping Events Guide

Textile Center's Holiday Gallery Shop
Textile Center, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis
November 1-December 24, 2018. Daily.

Shop for handmade fiber art, including wearables, home decor, gift items, as well as books, art supplies, and craft kits. Your purchase supports local and national artists!

Holiday Fair & Artisan Marketplace
Minnesota Waldorf School, 70 County Road B East, St. Paul, MN
Friday, November 16, 2018 6-9 pm (adults only); Saturday, November 17, 2018 10-4pm (family)

Proceeds benefit our friends at Minnesota Waldorf School. Friday Night is an adults only wine and cheese shopping event and Saturday is a family-friendly shopping experience with children’s activities that include a puppet show, pinecone birdfeeders, jump rope making, “Conquer the Castle,” and beeswax luminaries. Children will also have the opportunity to do a little holiday shopping themselves in the Snow Fairy Gift Garden.

Holiday Shopping Events

13th Annual Green Gifts Fair
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10am to 5pm
$1 donation/person accepted at the door

Do It Green! Minnesota  is hosting a Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market.  Throughout the market, there will be more than 85 local eco-vendors selling their green, recycled, fair-trade and organic gifts. Plus there will be food samples, music and kids activities.  Pick up the latest Do It Green Directory.

Holiday Bazaar
Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St, Stillwater
Saturday, November 17, 2018- Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10am to 4pm

Explore the Historic Courthouse decorated for the season, enjoy live music, and shop for gifts. Proceeds benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.

Christmas at the Courthouse

Christmas at the Courthouse. Image courtesy of Washington County Parks

Loring Park, Minneapolis
November 23, 2018-December 23, 2018
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.  Hope to see you there!

minneapolisBe sure to check out all this free fun every Thursday-Sunday until December 23.

  • Fireworks Displays
  • Santa Visits
  • 10 Holiday Movie Nights 
  • Free Skating at Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate
  • Kids Zone
  • Local Musical Performances
  • Bonfires & Warming Houses

Free Rides on Saturdays via Metro Transit.

Dodge Nature Center Winter Bazaar
Dodge Nature Preschool, 1715 Charlton St. in West St. Paul
Thursday, November 29 2018, 10am-4pm & Friday November 30 2018 8:30am-1:30pm

Proceeds benefit Dodge Nature Preschool. Shop local vendors and craftspeople and enter to win prizes.

Holiday Shopping Events - Union Depot

St. Paul European Christmas Market – Union Depot

St. Paul European Christmas Market
Union Depot, 200 E Kellogg Blvd, St Paul
November 30-December 2, 2018, December 7-9, 2018

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.

40th Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
Landmark Center, St. Paul
Thursday & Friday, November 29-30, 2018 10am-8pm | Saturday, December 1, 2018 10am-5pm
Admission: $5 • Age 12 and younger: free

Shop for handcrafted items including, jewelry, wreaths, paintings, woven and wearable art, handmade lotions, soaps and more! There will also be music, treats and chances to win prizes

Grand Meander
Grand Avenue, St. Paul
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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 visits, Red Balloon’s special storytime, trolley rides, and soup tasting at Grand Avenue restaurants. 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 1, 2018

Free trolley rides, roast marshmallows over fire pits behind Heartfelt, Santa visits, strolling carolers and  in-store events. And what would Reindeer Day be without…live reindeer!

No Coast Craft-o-Rama Holiday Sale
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
Friday, December 7, 2018, 3-8pm & Saturday, December 8, 2018 9am-5pm

Several years ago a group of local crafters and artists joined together to create Crafters Local 612, a nonprofit organization with a goal of promoting local arts and crafts and providing opportunities for these artists to share their crafts with the public. They do this with the No Coast Craft-o-Rama events that feature designers, artists, crafters, and other talented creators of unique handmade goods.

West St. Paul Secret Holiday Shop
Thompson County Park - Dakota Lodge - 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul
December 8, 2018  9:00 am – 11:00 am.

This shopping event is for children to shop for family and friends in a “no parents” zone. Parents can help children create a shopping list beforehand. Gifts range from $0.50 to $12.00 and include choices of jewelry, coffee mugs, specialized gifts, knick-knacks, and toys. Volunteers will wrap and label presents at the end of their shopping experience.

Kids' Secret Holiday Shopping Spree 
Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview
December 15, 2018  9:00 am – Noon.

Relax in Shoreview Community Center’s fireside lounge while park staff and volunteers help the kids shop for gifts. Send the kids in with a list of people that need gifts and a designated dollar amount to spend. Gifts range from $1-$15. Kids will have help with everything from selecting to wrapping gifts. No registration is necessary, and this is a free event for children ages 3-12. .

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