Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Weekend: November 20-21, 2021

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

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This Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of November 20-21, 2021. To find our most recent guide, click here

You’d better watch out! The holiday season will be descending upon the Twin Cities this weekend. We’ve highlighted some festive events to get you in the spirit. For more ideas on things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with kids, hop over to our NOVEMBER FAMILY GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We try to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs – whether you’re keeping close to home or you need a break from it.

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to November in the Twin Cities Banner

Twin Cities Early Holiday Events This Weekend

Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Tree Lighting Events This Weekend

It’s about time for the Twin Cities to sparkle! Several Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area communities are lighting up their holiday trees in grand style over the next few weeks. Here’s our quick list for the coming weekend; find our complete list of Twin Cities Tree Lighting Events.


The annual community holiday tree lighting plus treats, kids activities, choir performances, and a visit from Santa. Nov 20, 2021, 6-7pm.

Find Santa this weekend in the Twin Cities

Cookies & Claus at Northtown Mall

Northtown Mall, 398 Northtown Dr NE., Blaine, MN 55434
Greet Santa as he arrives at Burlington Court for the season. Kids can decorate their own cookie while supplies last. Nov 20, 2021; 11am-1pm. FREE.

Cookies With Santa

Maplewood Mall, 3001 White Bear Ave., St Paul, MN 55109
Greet Santa as he arrives at KidX Court for the season. Kids can decorate their own cookie while supplies last. Nov 20, 2021; 11am-12pm.

Twin Cities Holiday Shopping Events This Weekend

Make it the year to shop local or choose handcrafted gifts (we know grandparents love those most!) While we appreciate it’s not always a festive event to bring the kids along to tackle the holiday gift list, these events keep the whole family in mind with entertainment and other diversions. You may even find Santa!

Stillwater Christmas at the Courthouse

The historic courthouse will be all decorated for the season. To entertain kids while shopping: a scavenger hunt and a free take-home craft from Gammelgarden Museum. Saturday, November 20 & Sunday, November 21, 2021. This event is just one of many for families during Stillwater’s 2021 Hometown For the Holidays season, running through December 31.

Holiday Walk in the Woods Open House

The Woods Gifts |  Woodbury & Maple Grove locations
Visit with Santa and his reindeer at this annual Holiday shopping event. Activities include, a visit from Santa and his reindeer, stories, face painting, and food demos. November 20, 2021, 9am-3pm.

More Holiday Events This weekend in the Twin Cities

Holiday Night Trains at Twin City Model Railroad Museum

668 Transfer Rd Ste. 8, St Paul, MN 55114
A special holiday tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum, the Night Trains season magically transforms the museum layouts. Buildings and street lights glow, and throughout the museum the layouts are adorned with Christmas lights. Saturdays, November 6-Feb 2022. $15/pp.

Elf: The Musical, Jr Pay-What-You-Can-Day

Stages Theater | Hopkins
The tickets (up to 6) must be reserved in advance by calling the box office. The day of the performance you make a donation of any amount on your way into the theater. This program strives to make theatre accessible to all families. Sun, Nov 21, 2021. 4pm show only.

Find our complete 2021 guide to the holidays in minneapolis-St paul, the twin cities.

November Family Weekend: Here Come the Holidays

fun outdoor activities in the parks this weekend in the twin cities

Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in the parks.


Turkey Talk Naturalist Program

Fort Snelling State Park
Turkeys can often be spotted at Fort Snelling State Park. In this family-friendly program you’ll learn to “talk turkey”, and find out more about these park residents. Dress for the weather and meet at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center. Nov 20, 2021. 10am, FREE.

Featured Twin Cities  Park Events this weekend

November Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Park locations
Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. Sundays, Nov 21, 2021. 1-3pm.

Free Story Saturday at Manor Park

Manor Park | Abbott Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Storytime in the park with a craft. Resgistration preferred. Nov 20, 10am.

Puppet Adventures & Let’s Get StARTed

Silverwood Park | 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Take in a puppet show followded by make-and-take nature-inspired art. Nov 21, 1-3pm.

more ideas for things to do this weekend in the twin cities with kids

National Family Volunteer Day – Saturday, November 20, 2021

There isn’t a day on the calendar that’s not a great time to put into practice the idea of giving back, but Thanksgiving time might make a special impact on kids. If it doesn’t fit the schedule this weekend, we’ve got a list of FUN volunteering opportunities that can be taken on as a family both at and away from home. Check the link for details.

Free Family Art Day with RumRiver Art Center

This is now a virtual art lesson you can enjoy from the comforts of home. In November, learn to draw a Thanksgiving turkey. Register for the Zoom link. Nov 20.

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