Things To Do This Weekend: Twin Cities Southeast Metro, Nov 18-19, 2023

Things to do in the Twin Cities Southeast 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 Apple Valley, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, Rosemount & Woodbury.

This guide covers the weekend of November 18-19, 2023 – the weekend before Thanksgiving. Not locating the city you’re looking for? We also cover tons of fun family events in the areas of:

You’d better watch out! The holiday season is marching its way towards the Twin Cities this weekend. We’ve gathered some festive events in the Southeast Metro communities to help get you and yours in the spirit. For even more ideas on things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with your kids, jump yourself over to our NOVEMBER FAMILY GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR

Holiday events this weekend in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro

Find Santa this weekend in the Twin Cities

Santa Visits Terra Garden Center

20230 Kenrick Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044
Have your picture taken with Santa & Mrs. Claus, walk through a greenhouse winter wonderland and enjoy cookies, coffee, and cider. November 18, 2023, 10am-3pm.

Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s Woodbury

8400 Hudson Rd, Woodbury, MN 55125
Make your reservation to meet with Santa and get a free photo! Plus, browse Santa’s Toy Shop and take in the other fun attractions at Cabela’s. November 4-December 24, 2023. Find more places to spot Santa in the Twin Cities!

Shine on: Christmas & holiday lights events in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro

Magic of Lights at Viking Lakes

2685 Viking Circle, Eagan, MN 55121
OPENING WEEKEND! The shine is most certainly still on the newest drive-through Christmas light experience in the Twin Cities. Expect it to bring the glitz – like a see-it-to-believe Holiday Barbie display, prehistoric dinos and a giant lit monster truck.  Runs November 17-December 31, 2023. Starting at 5:30pm nightly. $25-$35/car.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for Thanksgiving break!

Thanksgiving tablescape

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

Need indoor activity ideas? Try a new indoor playground

3265 Northwood Circle, #100, Eagan, MN 55121
Minnesota parents unite and agree – it’s essential to know where to escape the elements and still keep their kiddos burning off energy. During the months of November through March we feature the best indoor playgrounds in the Minneapolis-St Paul area on our site, hoping to help you discover something new. This weekend we highlight Good Times Park in Eagan. It has a unique outdoor feel with its jungle gyms, unwalled pillow jumper, basketball court and plenty of open turf for family games. You’ll forget there’s snow on the ground outside for a few hours, we promise. Purchase Play Today passes online in advance. A one-day pass is $10.95+tax per child under 18. Bonus for Mom & Dad: Good Times Park added a gourmet coffee station last year!


A group of kids hanging from the climbing web at Good Times Park in Eagan Minnesota

Get crafty & creative this weekend

Lowe’s Kids Workshop – Thanksgiving Turkey Photo Holder

1795 Robert St, West St Paul, MN 55118
Free Lowe’s kids workshops are geared towards your “mini-DIYer” about age 4-11. Caregivers will need to supervise. This month, create a Thanksgiving memento. Learn more about Lowe’s Kids Workshops. November 18, 2023, 10am. FREE.

Gril with Lowe's Kids Workshop Kit and Hammer

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