Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions


Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions


December brings chilly temps and that frosty blanket of snow to the ground that makes the month both so pretty and so functional for winter fun. Just getting started taking your littles out for winter sports? With a few exceptions, Twin Cities sledding hills and outdoor ice skating rinks are always going to be easy to locate and gentle on the pocketbook. Most communities maintain free skating rinks throughout the winter (some simple frozen puddles, others far fancier), and free hills to throw a sled down are staples in most larger parks. 

Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions

Or do you have tweens begging to go somewhere a little more thrilling? Read on for suggested list of Twin Cities Twin Cities snow tubing spots and ski & snowboarding spots. Most open their doors December 1 or during the first week!

Be sure to check out our Winter Survival Guide as well – it’s packed with more ideas for staying sane with kids during the cold weather.


Santa, shopping, sing-alongs, sleighs (and trains) all make the December scene in the Twin Cities. Our Christmas & Holiday Guide is our gift to you, wonderful readers and families, so you can make the most of the season.

Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions

Begins Dec 6: European Christmas Market | Union Depot, St Paul
Inspired by European open air Christkindlmarkts, this is a free event with the opportunity to shop for unique, handmade gifts and decorations as well as eat yummy food. Weekends through Dec 22, 2019. What else can you do at Union Depot during the holidays? The Christmas tree will be lit in a ceremony Dec 6 that includes fireworks and a holiday double feature.The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls through the station Dec 10 at 6:45 (see below). Plus, you can hop aboard the North Pole Express Dec 6-8 & 12-15 to visit Santa.

Find more December holiday shopping events HERE – including community festivals, markets, craft events and opportunities for kids to shop for family members.

Begins Dec 7: Holiday Flower Show | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul
Come in out of the cold and warm your spirits with the cheery colors of the season.10am-4pm, FREE.

Begins Dec 7: Santa’s Train Shop | Minnesota Transportation Museum, St Paul
The museum is transformed into Santa’s Train Shop with live music, activities, train rides, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and lots more fun. Weekends through Dec 22, 2019, 10am-4pm. $7-$13/pp.

Begins Dec 9: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train – The brightly lit train will roll into the following Twin Cities-area stations accompanied by live music: Hastings, Cottage Grove, Union Depot St Paul, Golden Valley, St Louis Park, Minneapolis, Loretto & Buffalo. Please see the link for arrival times. FREE.

Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions
Courtesy Canadian Pacific


During the month of December, living history sites get decked out for the holidays and offer special tours and other ways to celebrate.

Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions


Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions

Opening Dec. 6, 2019

Opening Dec. 9, 2019

Find more family-friendly holiday performing arts outings on our Plan Ahead Calendar.


Opening Dec. 7, 2019, Our Home: Native Minnesota is a permanent exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul that showcases their stories and sends a message of continuity of cultural practices, teachings, values, and political agency.

2 thoughts on “Opening in December: Twin Cities Events & Attractions”

  1. Hello. When looking for 2019 Christmas light tours…please keep in mind SAM’S CHRISTMAS VILLAGE & LIGHT TOUR in Somerset, WI (10 minutes across the new St Croix River Crossing from Stilllwater) NEW in 2019. It will feature a Christmas Market, full service bar & restaurant (General Sam’s) and over 3-million Christmas lights–surely lighting up Western Wisconsin & the east metro!
    It runs nightly from 5pm-9-10pm starting November 29 to January 5.

    Come and visit us!!

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