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 2nd and run through Christmas Eve. Mark your calendar with your favorites, and mix shopping with family fun this year.
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MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENTS
Nov & Dec, 2022: Textile Center Holiday Gallery Shop
Textile Center | 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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.
2022 TBA: St Paul’s European Christmas Market
Union Depot | 214 4th Street East, St Paul, MN
Based on the European open air Christkindlmarkts like those in Germany and Austria, this is a free event to attend with the opportunity to shop for unique, handmade gifts and decorations as well as nosh on holiday treats. The event is back in person for 2021! Open weekends, Fri 4-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm & Sun 11am-6pm.
Dec 1-3, 2022: Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
Landmark Center | 75 5th St. W. Saint Paul, MN 55102
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. Thurs & Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-5pm. $5/pp ages 13+.
Dec 3, 2022: No Coast Craft-o-Rama Holiday Sale
Midtown Global Market | 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Crafters Local 612 is 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. The No Coast Craft-o-Rama events feature designers, artists, crafters, and other talented creators of unique handmade goods. 10am-5pm.
Dec 3, 2022: Grand Meander
Grand Avenue | St. Paul, MN 55105
Explore the specialty shops on wonderful Grand Avenue neighborhood during this special day. Start with a free Santa breakfast then make your way to soup tastings, kids activities, carolers, reindeer, storytime at Red Balloon, trolley rides and the Grand Avenue Tree Lighting at 5pm.
Dec 13, 2022: Santa’s Workshop
Battle Creek Rec Center | 75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119
Kids can shop while adults wait in the waiting area. All items are $1 or less and kids may spend up to $10 total. Gifts will be wrapped prior to kids joining their parents again. Register here.
Nov 25-Dec 18, 2022: Minneapolis Holidazzle
Loring Park | 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Stop by Loring park from 5-9pm on Friday, 2pm-9pm on Saturday and/or 11am-5pm Sunday to shop locally made crafts and merchandise. New this year, there will be amusement rides all weekend, including Ferris Wheel, carousel and giant slide. Fireworks at 7pm on Friday and Saturday.
TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENTS
2022 TBA: White Bear Lake Holiday Open House
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Explore downtown’s shops, restaurants and businesses and enjoy specials and promotions.
Nov 19-20, 2022: Holiday Bazaar at Stillwater’s Historic Courthouse
Washington County Historic Courthouse | 101 W. Pine St, Stillwater, MN 55082
Explore the Historic Courthouse decorated for the season, enjoy live music, and shop for gifts. Proceeds benefit historic restoration. Reservations required for all attendees (including children). Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 11am-3pm.
Nov 26, 2022: Stillwater Shop Small Saturday
Downtown Stillwater, 100 Main Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
Explore the charm of holiday shopping in downtown Stillwater. As a bonus, the Wintertime in Stillwater holiday lights display begins Nov. 26.
2022 TBA: Make & Mingle Winter Artist Market
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
A winter shopping market featuring local artists. Plus s’mores on the patio. Free and All Ages. 5-8 p.m.
Dec 17, 2022: Shoreview Kids Secret Holiday Shopping Spree
Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
Staff and volunteers help the kids shop for family gifts. Send the kids in with a list and a designated dollar amount to spend. Gifts range from $2-$20. Kids will have help with everything from selecting to wrapping gifts. 9am-Noon. Pre-registration is required; a free event for children ages 3-12.
TWIN CITIES NORTHWEST METRO HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENTS
Nov 5, 2022: Holiday Market
Community Activity Center, 5400 8th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
Local vendors will be selling holiday gifts from 10am to 4pm at the Community Activity Center. Drop In and Shop.
Nov 19-Dec 17, 2022: Holiday Market
North Suburban Center for the Arts, 110 77th Way NE, Fridley, MN 55432
The firehouse will be filled with hundreds of handmade items from local artists for unique gifts for everyone to enjoy.
Nov 27, 2022: Kids’ Shopping Spree
Tom Ryan Park, 10802 Town Square Drive NE, Blaine, MN 55449
Kids can find gifts for family members ranging in price from $1 to $15 with the help of a personal shopper. This event is FREE to attend but registration is required. 15-minute timeslots from 5:30-7:45pm available. Register for the Holiday Shopping Spree through Blaine’s RecConnect Online.
Dec 3, 2022: Anoka Hometown Holiday
Downtown Anoka, MN 55303
Holiday shop at over 40 local business in downtown Anoka. Special deals, promotions and coloring contests for kids.
TWIN CITIES SOUTHEAST METRO HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENTS
Dec 2-3, 2022: Afton Village Holiday
The village Christmas tree is lit Friday eve during Candlelight Night and both days include festive activities for families throughout local shops.
Find more community Christmas Tree Lighting festivals and early holiday events.