Twin Cities December Family Events & Activities Guide

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December Family Events for 2020 include some park events, online events and drive thru events:

Welcome to December in the Twin Cities!

Edina parks yeti hunt & strolls

Tiny Yeti toy in a a tree.

The City of Edina is offering two December family events to have fun with Yeti’s in area parks – A yeti hunt and self-guided story strolls.

Yeti Hunt:

Families can register to search for Yeti’s throughout Edina Parks between December 7, 2020 and January 7, 2021.  Then get out to the parks and help Eddie the Yeti find his friends each week. There will be prizes like Yeti coolers, mugs and tumblers! Registration is required if you want to be eligible to win prizes. Learn more here.

YETI STORY STROLLS:

While out searching for Yetis, find one of the self-guided Story Strolls that will be offered in various parks throughout December. Like any story stroll, there will be signs to follow each containing pages from the book to read as you walk. We’ve included story stroll dates in our family fun calendar.

holiday sing-alongS

Music book with Christmas background

Holiday Stories and Sing-Along Series with Woodbury Lakes

Woodbury Lakes will be offering Holiday Stories and Sing-Alongs with some special character friends on its Facebook page.

  • December 9, 6:30PM: Beauty
  • December 11, 6:30PM: Hanukkah Elf
  • December 14, 6:30PM: Snow Sisters
  • December 16, 6:30PM: Sprinkles the Elf

*Schedule is tentative and may change without notice.

German Holiday Sing-Along

The Germanic American Institute invites the public to an online Sing-Along of favorite German carols. The event will be led by Minnesänger Director John Hoffacker from the grand piano at the GAI Haus! Don’t know your German carols? You can download song sheets from the GAI website. Friday, December 18 at 6pm. This ZOOM event requires registration.

Virtual Family Fun with Crystal Winterfest

Welcome Park

Instead of canceling Winterfest, the City of Crystal is offering ways to celebrate virtually:  The December family events include:

  • Letters to Santa – Drop off at Crystal Community Center
  • Donate Toys for Tots at the Police Department Lobby
  • Winterfest Arts Kits by Shawn McCann – Download a coloring page or the city is offering a limited amount of virtual art kits available for pick up.
  • Virtual Story Time with Auntie Beverly – Video available online
  • Virtual Entertainment from the Treble Tones. Tune into Channel 859 to view pre-recorded holiday music at the following times:
    • 12/1 10:30pm on 859 – replay 6:30am & 2:30pm 
    • 12/9 7:30pm on 859 – replay 3:30am & 11:30am
    • 12/17 4pm on 859 – replay 12am & 8am
    • 12/25 6pm on 859 – replay 2am & 10am
  • Download some Winter Mad Libs to play together
  • Assemble an online Santa Puzzle
  • Find directions for making Salt Crystal Paper Snowflakes
  • Watch a video to learn how to make Borax Crystal Snowflake

Find links and More information here.

Sign up for the Winter Break Challenge by December 14th. Kids between the ages of 5–14 can earn points by completing challenges – like sledding, blowing ice bubbles, taking a winter bike ride or going on a winter picnic. Drawing for prizes for kids who earn 80 pts or more.

Como zoo's reindeer cam is back!

Reindeer at Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Spend some time in December watching the Reindeer at Como Zoo. They’ve been known to mysteriously disappear on Christmas Eve.

Como Zoo invites Families to visit its website or YouTube channel for  reindeer games and holiday merriment.

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