Who doesn’t love an extra helping of FREE events around the holiday season? Our Free Twin Cities December Family Events & Activities list is filled with Santa sightings, community Christmas and holiday events, and a hundred ways to save money while spending time with your family. Read More
The Twin Cities are lit up this December weekend with special holiday events. Find our picks here or check our Family Fun Calendar for more en”light”enment!
TREE LIGHTING SPOTLIGHT: Shop Excelsior & Grand Meander, St. Paul
12/3: Christmastime Shop Excelsior, Main Street, Excelsior • 12-7pm • Details: The big tree lights up at 7pm on Water Street, plus sleigh rides, Santa and carolers lend a holiday air. Also runs 12/10 & 12/17. FREE.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS SPOTLIGHT: CSE Winter Light Show, Minneapolis & Holiday Lights in the Park, St. Paul
12/3: CSE Winter Light Show @ U of M Minneapolis • 15-min shows at 5:30, 6 & 6:30pm • Details: Students have arranged their annual display of 250,000+ LED lights that dance in sync with tunes. Additional shows will be 12/8-10. FREE.
12/3-4: Holiday Lights in the Park @ Lake Phalen Park, St. Paul • 5-10pm • $8/vehicle online, $10/gate • Details: The half-mile drive twinkles with more than 60 light sculptures and animated displays. All net proceeds from the event will go back into the community. Runs nightly thru 1/1/17.
For a complete listing of holiday twinkles throughout the metro area, try our list of Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays.
HOLIDAY FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT:
12/3: Twinkle Party, Lowell Park Gazebo, Stillwater • 4-6pm • Family highlights: The party – which includes the city tree lighting, Teddy Bear Band, free cocoa and cookies, Santa Claus, trolley rides and fireworks – is just slice of Stillwater’s Hometown for the Holidays celebration, running Nov – NYE.
12/3-4: Holidazzle @ Loring Park, Minneapolis • 11am-9pm • Family highlights: Weekend highs of this dazzling free festival: Illuminated art displays, visits with Santa, ice skating, fireworks (Sat, 6:30pm) and an outdoor movie (Sun, 5pm).
12/3-4: Seward Winter Frolic, Minneapolis • Family highlights: Local businesses exhibit arts (including a free Studio Art Day at Articulture – come craft holiday cards), food and drink samples, tours and demos. Tree lighting at Triangle Park takes place Saturday, 5pm followed by Santa and hay rides.
For further holiday planning, check our Holiday Festival Calender.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING SPOTLIGHT: Reindeer Day & Grand Meander
Reindeer Day, Linden Hills, Minneapolis • Sat Dec 3, 10am-2pm • Details: Hop a free trolley ride to area business bustling with marshmallow roasting, Santa and his reindeer, carolers and in-store events.
Grand Meander, Grand Avenue, St. Paul • Sat Dec 3, events run starting 8:30am through the afternoon • Details: 20 blocks of local shops, samples, specials, Vulcan fire truck rides, carolers and multiple venues to visit with Santa. FREE.
Making that list and checking it twice? Let us offer some inspiration with our 2016 Christmas Shopping Guide featuring many of our favorite homegrown businesses:
HOLIDAY STAGE SPOTLIGHT: Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday Play: “Santa & Albert Rock Christmas” @ Bachman’s on Lyndale, Minneapolis • Sat 10 & 11:30am, 1 & 2:30pm and Sun 11:30am, 1 & 2:30pm • Details: Find out if Albert gets to meet his musical idol, “Elfus” this year! Stay for caroling and photo opps with Santa. FREE.
Get ready for a big serving of old-fashioned fun, cultural traditions and special holiday events at Twin Cities-area museums and historic sites!