Holiday Shopping Events: Christmas in the Twin Cities 2019

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.

2019 Holiday Shopping Events Guide


Nov 1-Dec 24, 2019: Textile Center Holiday Gallery Shop | Minneapolis

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!

Nov 17, 2019: Kid’s Shop + Play | Kiddie Academy of Edina, 7711 Computer Ave

Shop the latest fall and winter collections from de kleine winkel (sustainable children’s clothing ages 0-6) while your children play in their temperature controlled gym. This event is free and open to everyone! 10am-1pm,

Nov 23, 2019: 14th Annual Green Gifts Fair | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

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. 10am to 5pm. $1 donation/person accepted at the door.

Nov 29-Dec 22, 2019: Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis

Last minute gifts for our family and lots of fun to be had by all including yummy food, free outdoor movies and ice skating, entertainment, kids activities, Santa, and local artisans selling their wares.

Dec 5-6, 2019: Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar | Landmark Center, St Paul

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-8pm & Sat, 10am-5pm. $5/pp ages 13+.

Dec 6-7, 2019: No Coast Craft-o-Rama Holiday Sale | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

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. Fri, Dec 6, 3-8pm & Sat, Dec 7, 9am-5pm.

Dec 6-22, 2019: St. Paul European Christmas Market | Union Depot, St Paul

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.

Holiday Shopping Events - Union Depot

Dec 7, 2019: Reindeer Day | Linden Hills Neighborhood, Minneapolis

Free trolley rides, roast marshmallows over fire pits behind Heartfelt, Santa visits, strolling carolers and  in-store events and live reindeer!

Dec 7, 2019: Grand Meander | St Paul

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.

Find more community Christmas Tree Lighting festivals and early holiday events.

Early Holiday Events


Nov 22-23, 2019: Holiday Fair & Artisan Marketplace | MN Waldorf School, Maplewood 

Friday Night is an adults only wine and cheese shopping event and Saturday is a day of family fun, with children’s activities, food trucks, and more opportunities to shop – including the kids at their very own Snow Fairy Gift Garden. Free event, but tickets are sold for children’s activities. Fri, Nov 22, 6-9 pm & Sat, Nov 23,10-4pm (family).

Nov 23-24, 2019: Holiday Bazaar | Historic Courthouse, Stillwater

Explore the Historic Courthouse decorated for the season, enjoy live music, and shop for gifts. Proceeds benefit historic restoration. Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 11am-3pm.

Christmas at the Courthouse

Dec 14, 2019: Santa’s Crafty Elves Shoppe for Kids | Community Activity Center, Brooklyn Park

Kids can gift shop for reasonably priced merchandise using a parent-approved budget & personal shoppers. While they wait, parents can take advantage of Brooklyn Park Lions Belgian Waffle Breakfast ($9/adult; $5/child). Breakfast 7:30am-12pm; Shopping 8am-12pm.

Dec 21, 2019: Kids’ Secret Holiday Shopping Spree | Shoreview Community Center

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 $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. 

Find More Holiday Events: 2019 Family Fun Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide


Dec 5-6, 2019: Dodge Nature Center Winter Bazaar | West St Paul

Proceeds benefit Dodge Nature Preschool. Shop local vendors and craftspeople and enter to win prizes. Thurs & Fri, 8:30am-4pm.

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