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Twin Cities Early Holiday Events
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Extended Another Year! MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users
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12 Free & Cheap Things To Do in November

Twin Cities Early Holiday Events

10 Twin Cities Early Holiday Events


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Star of Wonder

Dec. 9 , 9:30am or 11am
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

 

 

 


 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:

 


Extended Another Year! MELSA smARTpass Program – An Arts Access Program for Metro Public Library Users

The MELSA Libraries (Anoka County, Carver County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Saint Paul, Scott County, Washington County), that the smARTpass Program will be extended another year, beginning September 1, 2017. Library patrons will continue to have this option for free or reduced-price tickets to arts activities and museums. Like the Museum Adventure Pass that went before it, this program is not guaranteed to be around forever. We recommend taking advantage of it but also thanking the venues for their support. It would be sad to lose this resource.

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12 Free & Cheap Things To Do in November

The novelty of back-to-school has worn off, the excitement of Halloween parties have wrapped up, and it’s still weeks until Thanksgiving break. And so we’re left with…November. But take heart, there’s plenty of free and budget family entertainment going on this month; you just have to dig a little deeper to find it. Here are 12 ideas to get you started:

tm straightlineWednesday Wiggles @ Straightline Dance Fitness
34 13th Ave NE, Suite 104, Minneapolis

When: Ongoing Wednesdays starting Nov. 4 • 10-11am
Cost: Free
Details: Join Straightline Dance Fitness every Wednesday for a playdate in their open studio. Balls, ribbons, mats, scarves, dress up clothes, and music provided.

Get Out For Nature Play!

Nature Play Fall Frolic @ Wargo Nature Center
7701 Main St., Lino Lakes

When: Thursday, Nov. 5 • 10-11:15am
Cost: $3/pp plus tax
Details: Head outside and look for the ways nature is changing and preparing for winter. This program is designed for 2-5 year olds who are accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Nature Playdate @ Cleary Lake Regional Park
18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake

When: Wednesday, Nov. 25 • 1-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Explore, discover, and play in your local park. Meet families interested in getting their children outdoors. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes.

ExploraTots @ Phalen Lakeside Activities Center
1530 Phalen Dr, St Paul

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Join other families for outdoor adventures with a different theme each month! Search for clues that animals have left behind, enjoy hands-on activities and story times, and get up-close looks at treasures from our naturalist’s backpack. It’s a great way to get outside with your child and learn about the natural world and get inspired with ideas to take home.

tm exploratotsNature Play: Green Time @ Phalen Lakeside Activities Center
1530 Phalen Dr, St Paul

When: Thursday, Nov. 19 • 10-11:30am
Cost: Free
Details: Swap screen time for green time! Meet up with other families for unstructured nature play. Drop-ins are welcome.

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays @ Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul

When: Nov. 5 and ongoing Thursdays through April 28, 2016 • 10am-noon
Cost: Free
Details: The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week through April 2016. Donations appreciated.

Let’s Get StARTed Fall Series: Gobble, Gobble @ Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E, St Anthony

When: Sunday, Nov. 8 • 1-3pm
Cost: Free
Details: Drop in for art projects, explore the grounds, the sculptures, and the current gallery exhibit.

Ballet Tuesdays @ Landmark Center
75 5th St, St Paul

When: Nov. 10 and every second Tuesday of the month following • Noon-1pm
Cost: Free
Details: Bring a lunch to Landmark Center in St. Paul and enjoy a sampling of the Saint Paul City Ballet training and Company repertoire. Excerpts from Clara’s Dream:from the Nutcracker with audience participation will be performed Nov. 10. Great for budding ballerinas!

Family Volunteer Day Service Fair @ Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

When: Friday, Nov. 20 • 5-7:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: Hosted by Doing Good Together, a variety of family-appropriate service projects will be available to participate in. DTG is a proud participant of Family Fun Twin Cities’ Great Give Back Challenge!

thWW64I8J0A Charlie Brown Christmas – Pay-What-You-Can Performance @ Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins

When: Sunday, Nov. 22 • 4pm
Cost: Pay what you can, but note these accessible tickets are only available through the box office by calling 952-979-1111.
Details: Aimed at making theater accessible to all families, take advantage of this special pay-what-you-can offer and enjoy this classic Christmas tale presented by the young actors of Stages Theatre Co.

Volunteer with FFTC @ Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids

Time: Monday, Nov. 23 • Noon-2pm
Cost: Free
Details: Pack meals with Feed My Starving Children. When the following link becomes live, you can reserve your space to join in!

thO0PBFN04Holidazzle begins @ Loring Park
1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis

When: Begins Friday, Nov. 27 • 5-9m
Cost: Free admission this year!
Details: Holidazzle has moved to Loring Park this year, is offering free admission to all, and there will be vendors, activities, food, and fireworks for all. Holidazzle will run Thurs-Sun from 5-9pm on Thursdays & Fridays and 11am-9pm Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 20, 2015.


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