Holiday Shopping Events: Christmas in the Twin Cities 2021

Holiday Shopping Events

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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Nov 2-Dec 24, 2021: 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.

Nov 26-Dec 19, 2021: 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.

Holiday Shopping Events - Union Depot

Dec 2-4, 2021: 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 4, 2021: 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 4, 2021: 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 15, 2021: 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.

Dec 17-18, 2021: 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.


Nov 11, 2021: White Bear Lake Holiday Open House

White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Explore downtown’s shops, restaurants and businesses and enjoy specials and promotions.

Nov 20-21, 2021: 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 27, 2021: 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.

Dec 2, 2021: 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 18, 2021: 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. Pre-registration is required; a free event for children ages 3-12.

Christmas at the Courthouse


Nov 28, 2021: 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. Register for the Holiday Shopping Spree through Blaine’s RecConnect Online.

Dec 4-5, 2021: 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.


Dec 3-4, 2021: 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. Cancelled.

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

7 thoughts on “Holiday Shopping Events: Christmas in the Twin Cities 2021”

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  6. Any updates for 2018? Seems the dates are a little off when looking at the calendar for this year.

    1. Hi Nikki.

      Check back in October. Many of the shopping events do not get planned and/or shared until then. However, if you see something

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