Top 10 Twin Cities 2017 Christmas Experiences

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We wanted to give you a heads up to some of the most exciting Christmas experiences happening this year.  We’ll soon have an all-encompassing list for your family, but here are our Top Ten that you won’t want to miss – get them on your calendar!

This post is sponsored by VocalEssence
Star of Wonder

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

Night Trains | Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul 
Saturdays, Nov 4-Feb 24, 2018 | 6 pm-9 pm | $15 and up

“Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.”

-Twin City Model Railroad Museum website

Christmas Markets

Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis | Thursdays-Sundays, Nov 24- Dec 23
St. Paul European Christmas | Union Depot | Dec 1-3 & Dec 8-10
Grand Meander | Grand Ave, St. Paul | Dec 2
Reindeer Days | Linden Hills, Minneapolis | Dec 2

the nutcrackerThe Nutcracker, various locations throughout the metro

Nothing says Christmas like The Nutcracker ballet, and the Twin Cities is full of opportunities to experience this Christmas tradition.


Julglädge! | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Sat, Nov 25 12 & 2 pm; Sun, Nov 26 1pm Ttickets $3-$6 (advanced tickets recommended)

An annual tradition, hosted by Ross Sutter, who plays an energetic variety of American and Swedish tunes.  This is an affordable experience for the whole family to enjoy.

Christmas-y Theatre

Holiday Open Haus | Germanic American Institute, St Paul
December 2 & 3, FREE

Enjoy a European Christmas market, and make your belly happy with some delicious goodies. On Sunday, meet Father Christmas.  Stroll along Summit Avenue to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit.

historical christmasFolkways of the Holidays | The Landing, Shakopee
Dec 2-23, $5-$8

Experience Christmas in the 19th century by celebrating the rich holiday traditions of the earliest settlers of Minnesota. Cultures represented are Norwegian, Swedish, German, Jewish, French Canadian, Irish, Czech/Slovak, Victorian, and Finnish. Ride in a horse-drawn trolley, watch folk performances, and cozy up to the fire in candlelit homes.

Orchestra Performances

The sound of Christmas gets you into the seasonal mood quickly. It’s a super fun time to introduce your family to the orchestra! Here are some ideas to get you started:

VocalEssence Star of WonderStar of Wonder | Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
Dec 9, 9:30 & 11am | $3-$17

This is the perfect concert for your whole family – including teddy bears!  Guests are invited to sit up close to the singers and join in familiar carols.

Festive Lights

For our master list of Christmas lights and holiday displays, look no further than here:

tomteHomemade Christmas

Gingerbread House Workshop
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Friday, November 25, 10:00 am & 1 pm. $25-$35/house (up to 5 family members can decorate one house)

The fun of decorating your family’s gingerbread house without all the clean up?  Yes, please!  Bring it home and your own home will be instantly transformed for the Christmas season.

Music and Family Craft at American Swedish Institute runs Dec 2-3, 10, 17 & 23. Enjoy the holidays together at the American Swedish Institute by making crafts, listening to music, exploring the Christmas mansion, and at times the Christmas market.

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