2019 Planes, Trains & Sleighs:
Some of the following events from 2019 will still be announced for 2020. Others are being cancelled outright or changed to fit our current circumstances. We’ll keep an eye on these events and update as new information comes in.
Flyover Holidays | Mall of America
Help Santa search for his elves on an exhilarating flight across America and onto the North Pole! Mon-Sat, 10am-9:30pm & Sun, 11am-7pm. $15.99-$19.99/pp (10% discount purchase online).
Holly Trolley | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis
Ride the rails with Santa in a streetcar decorated for the holiday. Then, warm up with a campfire and roast a marshmallow. 12:30-3:30pm, $4/pp. CANCELLED FOR 2020
If you are looking for the feeling of trains in your shopping experience, don’t miss the European Christmas Market at Union Depot. The market opens Dec 6 with the annual Union Depot Tree Lighting, a double holiday movie feature and fireworks.
Take the Northstar Holiday Train to the European Christmas Market
Santa’s elves will be on the train ride, helping you get into the holiday spirit
Find more Twin Cities holiday markets and Christmas shopping events for 2019.
Vinternatt | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis
The streetcar will be decorated with lights and seasonal greens. Hundreds of luminaries will light the path. Toast marshmallows and watch for Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. 6pm-8:30pm, $5/pp. CANCELLED FOR 2020.
If it’s a horse-drawn sleigh ride you’re after, trot on over to our Twin Cities Holiday Festivals page for more details – many Twin Cities-area communities are hosting their own holiday shopping galas downtown, complete with roving Santas, carolers and those sleigh bells. Or, here’s a sampling of hometown holiday festivals that include sleigh rides:
- St Paul: Grand Meander
- Stillwater: Hometown for the Holidays
- Afton: Afton Village Holiday
- Excelsior: Christmas in Excelsior
- Plymouth: Old Fashioned Christmas
- Chaska: Hometown Holiday
- White Bear Lake: Winterfest
We have something for just about everyone in our Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide: Santa sightings, shopping, stage shows, singalongs, sleighrides, sparkling light displays and special historical events at sites across the Minneapolis & St. Paul metro area.
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