Now-12/22: Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis, 5-9pm • Family highlights: Holidazzle offers free admission to all, vendors, activities, food and fireworks. Festival runs Thurs-Sun from 5-9pm on Thurs & Fri and 11am-9pm on Sat & Sun through Dec 22.
Now-12/31: Hometown for the Holidays | Stillwater • Family highlights: Main Street lights up with Christmas decorations and traditional events for a month-long celebration from November to New Year’s Eve.
12/1-11: European Christmas Market | Union Depot St. Paul, Thurs & Fri 4-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm & Sun 12-6pm • Family highlights: The open-air market bustles with handmade gifts and holiday food and drink.
12/2-3: Afton Village Holiday | Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm • Family highlights: The village Christmas tree is lit Friday eve; both days bring horse and wagon rides, carolers and festive activities throughout local shops.
This Holiday Festival post is sponsored by the American Swedish Institute.
‘Tis the season for holiday fun at the American Swedish Institute where you can enjoy many kid and family friendly activities including
- the Nordic Holidays exhibition of decorated rooms
- Kids at the Castle playdates Dec. 9, 16 & 17
- our Making Traditions weekend music/craft series
- Lucia Celebrations
- Santa and Tomte visits
- FIKA’s food for kids
- a Family Gallery
- a FREE Holiday Open House on Dec. 14.
For complete info., visit ASI at 2600 Park Ave., go to ASImn.org or call (612) 871-4907.
12/3: Grand Meander | St. Paul, events run starting 8:30am through the afternoon • Family highlights: 20 blocks of samples, specials, Vulcan fire truck rides, carolers and multiple venues to visit with Santa.
12/3: Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis, 10am-2pm • Family highlights: Hop a free trolley ride to area business bustling with marshmallow roasting, Santa and his reindeer, carolers and in-store events.
12/3: Holiday on Main | Lakeville, 9am-2pm • Family highlights: Find Santa and Mrs. Claus, hop a trolley ride, take in a musical performance and more along Lakeville’s main drag.
12/3, 10 & 17: Shop Excelsior | Family highlights: The big tree lights up at 7pm on Water Street (12/3), plus sleigh rides, Santa and carolers lend a holiday air.
12/3-4: Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis • Family highlights: Neighborhood businesses exhibiting arts (including a free Studio Art Day at Articulture), food and drink samples and specials, tours and demos.
12/9: Carriage Rides & Lighting Tour | St Anthony Village, 4-8pm • Family highlights: Free carriage rides, treats, crafting, a visit with Santa, and a chance to explore the local shops.
12/10: Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas | Plymouth Creek Park, 2-5pm • Family highlights: Visit Santa, his missus, the elves and his reindeer. Catch a hayride, cookies and holiday tale time.