Things To Do This Weekend: Twin Cities Northeast Metro, Dec 30-31, 2023

Things to do in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro this weekend – with kids & family!

the Twin Cities at different seasons

This Weekend Family Guide includes events and activities near the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Blaine, Centerville, Forest Lake, Fridley, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Oakdale, Scandia, Shoreview, St Anthony, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights & White Bear Lake. 

This guide covers the weekend of December 30-31, 2023 — including New Year’s Eve. Not finding the city you’re searching for? We also cover fun family events in the areas of:

End, start (or preferably both) the new year right with a choice of fun indoor, and outdoor activities  this weekend in Minneapolis & St Paul. For even more inspiration, hop over to our JANUARY FAMILY EVENTS GUIDE, our WINTER FUN SRUVIVAL GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. We try our best to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs.

Guide to January in the Twin Cities Minnesota. Family Fun Twin Cities. - Background of two kids at the top of a sledding hill.

Holiday events this weekend in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro

Twin Cities Northeast Metro New Year’s Eve events

FFTC wishes you all the best in the new year ahead! We look forward to helping you create memories with your families in 2024.  To start out, we’ve rounded up a lineup of all-ages New Years Eve events celebrating  simultaneously this weekend. Note that these events, for the most part, wrap up by early evening so grown ups can get kids tucked in and carry on as they will. Click the graphic for all the options around the Metro area or see highlights in the Northeast Metro here:

ROSEVILLE: New Years Eve on Ice at the OVAL

2661 Civic Center Dr, Roseville, MN 55113
New Year’s Eve activities will include skating or open hockey on the outdoor OVAL rink, indoor skating, a bounce house and magician. All ages fun! December 31, 2023, 2-9pm. $10/admission, $5/skate rental.

Skaters, including Goldy Gopher, at Roseville OVAL in Roseville, Minnesota

SHOREVIEW: New Year’s Eve Party

Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126
Kiddos can bounce to their heart’s content on inflatables, swim at the indoor waterpark, run all over the indoor playground, get their face painted, play bingo and make crafts. Event capped at 250 people. December 31, 2023, 5-8pm. $12/pp.

Tropical Adventures Play Area at Shoreview Community Center, Shoreview Minnesota

ST ANTHONY: New Year’s Eve Family Ice Fishing at Silverwood Park

2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Groups of 2-6 people will be provided with a shelter, sled, bait, auger, and rods plus instructions and tips before heading out to fish. Ages 10+, please, and registration is required. December 31, 2023, 12-3pm. $50/group.

Ice Fishing
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STILLWATER: New Year’s Eve Glow Skate

St Croix Valley Recreation Center, 1675 Market Dr, Stillwater, MN 55082
Glow up for NYE at this special indoor ice skate offered in two sessions: 12:10-2:10 or 5:30-7:30. December 31, 2023. $6/pp, skate rental $4.


Shine on: Twin Cities Northeast Metro holiday lights displays

Time to bid farewell to most of the holiday lights, folks. The majority of venues hit the switch following New Years weekend so LIGHT IT UP, TWIN CITIES while you can! Some brilliant examples in the Northeast Metro include:

Wintertime in Stillwater Lights Display

Chestnut Street in historic downtown Stillwater transforms into a winter wonderland during December. Last year, our family visited the free LED light show set to music one magical Friday night and had the whole street to ourselves! Come see for yourself while exploring the downtown shops and spots to grab dinner. December 2023 – February 2024, 5-10pm nightly.

We had the Wintertime in Stillwater light show all to ourselves!

LAKE ELMO: Valley Lights at Rockpoint Church 

5825 Kelvin Ave N, Lake Elmo MN 55042
FINAL WEEKEND! We finally got out to the this short but sweet (and FREE!) drive-thru light show. You can listen to the music on your phone while winding through over 100,000 LED lights. Now thru December 31, 2023, 5-10pm.

MINI ROAD TRIP: Miracle at Big Rock

1674 WI-87, St Croix Falls, WI 54024
FINAL WEEKEND! Just over the border into our neighbor Wisconsin lies paths dressed with Christmas lights, tasty treats and beverages, visits with Santa, a sledding hill and fireworks every Friday evening. Book tickets online to save $5/pp (adults). Open daily through December 31, 2023. Weekend hours: Sat 4-10pm and Sun 4-9pm. $15/kids, $20/adults (online) or $25/door.


Map it out over on: Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays.

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Fun outdoor activities in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro parks this weekend 

We keep tabs on all kinds of outdoor activities hosted by local, county and regional park systems across the greater Twin Cities. The following are just a few of our suggestions this weekend. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in the parks.

Some fun family ideas for this weekend: Winter break activities

Winter Break Fundays at Battle Creek Recreation Area

2300 Upper Afton Rd, Maplewood, MN 55119
Meet at the winter recreation area of the park to try your hand (or feet) at cross-country skiing or kicksledding for free. Not a flake from the sky yet? Battle Creek manufactures snow! Check out your equipment at the rec center. December 30 & 31, 2023, 2-4pm. CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

Snow tubing in the Twin Cities Northeast Metro

Family Fun Twin Cities is happily into its tenth year conspiring to bring you the best ideas for family activities in town — and we now have several teenagers on our team. They’ve moved away from bunny sledding hills and requested something more on the thrilling side. Our solution was a roundup of the best spots to snow tube in the Twin Cities – a couple of which are located northeast of Minneapolis & St Paul. Both of these spots manufacture snow so they’re able to operate even when mother nature doesn’t COoperate:

HUDSON, WI: Badlands Snow Park

772 Kinney Rd, Hudson, WI 54016
25+ acres with room for 7 exciting hills! $23/3 hrs of tubing with tow ropes for convenience. Our big kids love tubing here! Open Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023.

Badlands Snow Park, Hudson

LAKE ELMO: Green Acres 

8989 55th St N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
Reservations for your 2-hour session are required. The lodge is open when you need to warm up! Opening for the season Friday, December 22, 6-9pm. Saturday: 11 am, 1, 3 or 5 pm starts. Open Christmas Eve, December 24 for 11am or 1pm start times. $20/pp.

Snow Tubing For the Family - Best Hills in the Twin Cities - Family Fun Twin Cities

More ideas for things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with kids – Northeast Metro

Enjoy craft beverages, the family way

St Paul Winter Carnival Soda Party

Northern Soda, 601 Campus Dr #10b, New Brighton, MN 55112
Meet Winter Carnival royalty while enjoying craft sodas on tap (including the new Winter Carnival soda release), games, activities, and deals on pizza and snacks. December 30, 2023, 12-3pm. FREE admission.

Safe Hands Rescue Meet & Greet at Forgotten Star

38 Northern Stacks Dr, Fridley, MN 55421
Meet sweet, adoptable rescue pups while enjoying a snack and beverage with your family. For kids, craft sodas and hot chocolate are on tap. December 30, 2023, 1-3pm. FREE admission.

Tuck in for the rest of winter break

For many families (particularly those inclined to consult this website), this weekend is part of a lovely string of vacation days from school. Many of us are also taking a break from regularly-scheduled extracurricular activities as well. A few years back we put together a list of THINGS TO DO OVER WINTER BREAK IN THE TWIN CITIES to keep ourselves sane-and-entertained at home during this stretch, and, just in case, polished up our annual WINTER FUN SURVIVAL GUIDE.

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