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Twin Cities Early Holiday Events
Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for November 21-23

Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

10 Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

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Dec. 9 , 9:30am or 11am
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 Is a visit with Santa a holiday tradition for your family? He begins greeting guests November 9 at local shopping centers:
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Night Trains | Twin City Model Railroad Museum | St Paul 

When: Ongoing Saturdays, Nov 4-Feb 24, 2018 | 6-9pm
Cost: $15/pp, family rates available, children 4 & under FREE
Details: 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.

Nature Arts & Crafts Fair | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington

When: Saturday, Nov 4 | 10am-3pm
Cost: Free admission
Details: Local artisans of jewelry, felting, painting and more display their wares; afterward enjoy the park reserve. All vendor fees donated to the VEAP-Bloomington Food Shelf.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Children’s Theatre Company, Minnepolis

When: Begins Tuesday, Nov 7 – Jan 7, 2017
Cost: $15-$80/pp depending on seating and time of show
Details: One of CTC’s holiday classics!

Santa’s Arrival Ceremony | Mall of America

When: Thursday, Nov 9 | 5:30-6:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: The holiday season officially kicks off at Mall of America with Santa’s Arrival Ceremony. Santa will be greeted in holiday style with live performances.

Family Day: Fest! Merry Mansion | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Nov 11 | 10am-5pm
Cost: $5-$10/pp
Details: Explore Nordic holiday traditions, see the historic Turnblad Mansion decked out for the season, and join in family craft activities. Included with museum admission.

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Holiday Open House featuring Santa & Albert’s Arrival and Annual Holiday Play | Bachman’s on Lyndale, Minneapolis

When: Saturday, Nov 18 | 9:30am-3pm
Cost: Free
Details: Join Bachmans in welcoming Santa and his sleigh to kick off the holiday season! Kids can visit the reindeer corral and stop by the craft counter for crafts and activities. Cookies, juice, and coffee will be served. Don’t miss the annual Santa & Albert holiday play at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm.

Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony & WinterSkate | St Paul

When: Saturday, Nov 18 | 3:30-10pm
Cost: Free
Details: Rice Park will dazzle with thousands of twinkling lights throughout the winter. Come downtown to see the holiday tree lit and be among the first of the season on the skating rink. There will be music, fireworks at 6:30 and skating begins at 7:15.

Holiday Lights in the Park | Phalen Regional Park, St. Paul

When: TBA, runs nightly through Jan 1
Cost: $10 cash per vehicle at gate or $8 online ticket only
Details: All of the net proceeds from the event will be distributed to a community non-profit. 60 holiday light sculptures and animated displays entertain guests as they cruise through the park in the evening hours.

Winter Lighting Ceremony | Nicollet Commons Park
Nicollet Avenue and 126th Street, Burnsville

When: Wednesday, Nov 22 | 6-6:45pm
Cost: Free
Details: Making an appearance are local choirs, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 200,000+ lights, and a 30-foot-tall tree.

Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis

When: Begins Friday, Nov 24 | 5-10m
Cost: Free
Details: Holidazzle has returned to Loring Park, offering free admission to all, and there will be vendors, activities, food, and fireworks galore. Holidazzle will run 5-9pm on Thurs, Fri until 10pm, Sat 11am-10pm & Sun 11am-7pm thru Dec 23, 2017.

Holly Trolley | Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Minneapolis

When: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 25-26, 12:30-3:30pm
Cost: $4/pp
Details: Ride the rails with Santa in a streetcar decorated for the holiday. Then, warm up with a campfire and roast a marshmallow. The event also runs Sat & Sun, Dec 2-3.

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival

When: Friday, Nov 24 – Sunday, Nov 26, 2017
Cost: Free
Details: Family highlights include the Grand Lighting & Santa Parade (11/24), Christmas at the Folsom House, storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides.

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 50th & France, Edina

When: Saturday, Nov 25
Cost: Free
Details: Holiday Market is open 12-5pm followed by tree lighting, carolers and visits with Santa.

Maplewood Mall Stocking Stroll

When: Saturday, Nov 25, 9-11am
Cost: $15/pp
Details: A wristband includes a holiday treat scavenger hunt and activities around the mall such as bounces houses, face painting, and a meet-and-greet with Santa.

Want more holiday happenings? Try our Top 10 Twin Cities Christmas Experiences for 2017:


Twin Cities Free Weekend Events for November 21-23

To get you started this weekend, here are 4 FREE Twin Cities events going on that we (and many of our kids!) have given the stamp of approval. For a complete listing of weekend events both free and paid, be sure to check out our Family Fun Calendar!

Doing Good Together’s Family Service Fair
at Midtown Global Market
920 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407

Date: Friday, November 21 • 5 – 8pm
Cost: FREE event, free parking (1.5 hrs w/ vendor validation)
Appropriate for: All ages can participate in the service projects.
Details: A fun, low-commitment way to get out and volunteer with the whole family! Twin Cities-based nonprofits set up tables with service projects kids will enjoy doing right on the spot. (Photo at left is my son decorating lunch bags for recipients of Meals on Wheels.) This is a great opportunity to have conversations with your kids about the importance of giving back.

Math & Science Family Fun Fair
at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis campus
Coffman Memorial Union Building
300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Date: Saturday, November. 22 • 10am – 4pm
Cost: FREE; find parking ramp rates here.
Appropriate for: All ages, but preschoolers on up will get the most out of it.
Details: It’s a day jam-packed with hands-on STEM fun. (And this is coming from a mom who didn’t appreciate math and science until she had her own kids!) Highlights include free ExploraDome shows, playing with robots, and really cool exhibits that truly get kids excited about chemistry, engineering, physics and much more. Get the complete schedule here and note that the special “Physics Force” and “Energy and U” shows require (free) tickets that are picked up at the event check-in. My own kids had a blast at this event; plan to spend several hours.

Bachman’s Holiday Open House
at Bachman’s on Lyndale
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419

Dates: Saturday, Nov. 22 & Sunday, Nov. 23
Cost: FREE
Appropriate for: All ages
Details: Don’t miss Santa and his right-hand elf, Albert, arriving by sleigh (Saturday only) at 10:30am! Crafts for kids, treats, and demonstrations follow inside the festive store. Bachman’s traditional holiday play (this year’s title is “Santa’s Top Secret Toys”) is a real kid-pleaser and will be performed at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm weekends through December 21. Grab a seat early for the play; they fill up fast.

Free Family Fun Day: River of Thanks
at Karl Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Court
Minneapolis, MN 55430

Date: Sunday, November 23 • 1 – 3pm
Cost: FREE
Appropriate for: All ages
Details: Drop in and explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities. Most are science and nature-based. Got a preschooler? They’ll probably enjoy the interpretive center’s exhibits geared towards the youngest visitors: set up a pretend farmer’s market, build in a make-believe brickyard, put together puzzles, and curl up with a good book.


Enjoy your weekend wherever it may take you!

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