Twin Cities Early Christmas Events

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Anyone else wake up this morning to kids who just couldn’t wait to get outside and play in the snow?

While I didn’t exactly share my own kids’ enthusiasm, I didn’t want to spoil theirs. And, we moms commiserated at the bus stop (as the kids had a snowball fight), the wintry weather is an inevitable part of our Minnesota lifestyle – we can’t stop it from coming. Kind of like our holiday season in the Twin Cities, my reasoning for sharing this list of upcoming early Christmas events around town. My apologies if you’re just not ready to be hit with Christmas stuff yet; I took down the last trappings of Halloween today myself.

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
at Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Dates: November 11, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Ages: Recommended for all ages
Cost: Tickets start at $25 and go up depending on seat, age, and performance time. Parties of 10 or more are eligible for group rates (phone only, 612-874-0400).
Details: Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale comes to the stage in big, bright, Children’s Theatre style.

Santa’s Arrival Ceremony Ceremony
at Mall of America

Date: November 11, 2014 • 6pm
Ages: Anyone who believes, right?
Cost: FREE
Details: Santa gets a celebrity welcome in the Rotunda from the Teddy Bear Band and other live entertainment. Meet characters from Penguins of Madagascar and enjoy treats from Nestle. Santa will visit with guests at Mall of America through Dec. 24 – show up at your convenience (see the calendar here) or schedule an appointment. Photo packages will be available for purchase.

Santa at Ridgedale Center
12401 Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305

Dates: Now through December 24, 2014
Ages: Bring the whole family and have a 5X7 taken for $4.99
Cost: Visit is free, photo packages extra
Details: Want more? Click here.

Winter Wonderland Family Kick-Off Day
at American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55407

Date: Saturday, November 15 • 10am – 5pm
Ages: All are welcome
Cost: $9/adults, $7/seniors, $5/ages 6-18
Details: Ring in Winter Wonderland: A Nordic Christmas at American Swedish Institute with ornament-making, games, storytime with Tomte, and wonderful holiday exhibits.

Bachman’s Holiday Open House & Holiday Play
6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55419

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 22-23, 2014
Ages: All ages welcome, kids will especially enjoy the play
Cost: FREE
Details: Watch Santa and Albert, his right-hand elf, arrive by sleigh (10:30am). Throughout the weekend enjoy treats, crafts, a visit to the reindeer pen, and the annual holiday play at 11am, 12:30, 2 and 3pm. There are samplings and demonstrations to interest the adults as well.

Minneapolis Holiday Market & Holidazzle Village
Market: Peavy Plaza at 11th Street and Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Village: Nicollet Mall between 12th & 10th Streets

Holiday Market Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 24, 2014 • daily 11am – 9pm, Dec. 24 11am – 6pm
Ages: All ages welcome
Cost: One-time fee ($3-$6) per person for the entire season.
Details: A fresh take on Christmas in downtown Minneapolis after the departure of Holidazzle Parade, the new market will feature many handmade items, food and drink, live entertainment, and special activities just for kids, including a carousel and scavenger hunt.

Holidazzle Village Dates: Nov. 28 – Dec. 24, 2014 • open weekends 3 – 8pm
Ages: All ages welcome, special activities for kids.
Cost: Free admission
Details: Open weekends only, the Village will host demonstrations, ice skating, food, stories for kids and a chance to see the Holidazzle light bulbs from the former Holidazzle Parade.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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  • I don’t think the Mpls Holiday market is going to be free. The info isn’t all up yet but there is a box (not working yet) for a season pass and a help wanted section about ticket sales. I hope to find out the cost before deciding if I will take the time to drive into Mpls for this with. Hopefully they will update the info soon

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Christine. You are correct that there will be a one-time fee per person to enter the Minneapolis Holiday Market. The Holidazzle Village – with entertainment, etc. – will be open free of charge. I will update the post with the information. Thanks for reading!

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