Thanksgiving Weekend Family Guide: November 27-29, 2020

Things to do in Minneapolis and St Paul this weekend!

November 27-29, 2020 – Thanksgiving Break

The holidays have descended upon the Twin Cities! We’ve highlighted some festive events to get you in the spirit – for more family weekend ideas hop over to our November Family Events Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.

Not the weekend you’re searching for? Go to our Weekend Events Guide page.

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Visit a state park FREE on Black Friday
Like last year, State Parks are free on Black Friday. Free days are rare and exploring one of the local state parks is not something we do often. We tend toward the more urban adventures. Go HERE for an interactive map of State Parks both near and far or check our list of 6 Twin Cities Metro-Area Minnesota State Parks.

November Family Weekend Fun at State Parks – FREE!

Free Family Fun Day: Leaf Art Cards | Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park
Drop in for this free, nature art activity. Nov 27, 1-3pm.


While we’re sad not to be able to promote two of our favorite traditional Thanksgiving weekend live events, the bright side is that they’re presented in virtual format this year. Grab a blanket, cozy up inside with family and enjoy these events from the comfort of home:

Santa & Albert’s (Virtual) Annual Holiday Play
See the duo perform in “Christmas Magic Mischief”, this year’s edition of Bachman’s annual holiday play. Tune into Bachman’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Nov 21-Dec 19. Have fun interacting with Santa and Albert! Nov 28, 10am. FREE.

November Family Weekend @ Bachmans

Virtual Julgladje! | American Swedish Institute
Julgladje is a favorite tradition, hosted by musician Ross Sutter, who plays an energetic and interactive variety of American and Swedish holiday tunes.  Register by 10 a.m. on November 28 to receive the Zoom link. $15/connection.

Virtual Sundays at Landmark: Holiday Story Series
Tune in to Landmark Center’s Sundays at Landmark webpage and social media pages for “Christmas Stories with J.B. Eckert.” Local storyteller Eckert has written three original Christmas stories that are engaging for all ages. Nov 29, 1-2pm. FREE.


GLOW Holiday Festival | Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together is a one-mile drive-thru with a dozen seasonal scenes featuring over a million holiday lights, a 100-foot illuminated tree, icicle and art installations, a festive gingerbread house, and other attractions. After the drive-thru experience, guests will have the chance to purchase a selection of Minnesota State Fair food favorites.  Nov 19-Jan 3, 2021, 4:30 pm-9/10 pm, Tickets $46, One car/ticket

Taylors Falls Lighting Festival
The annual tree lighting takes place at 6pm downtown. Festival highlights include the Santa Parade, Christmas at the Folsom House, storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides. Nov 27-29, 2020.


Skipping holiday travel and hosting a small family gathering at home? We have suggestions for keeping it simple, ways to keep kids entertained, ideas for the leftovers, games to play and inspiration for giving back to those in need.

15 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving at Home



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