Twin Cities Holiday Festivals & Christmas Tree Lightings 2021

Our Holiday Festival Guide is full of hometown festivals at their holiday best. Whether it’s a holiday tree lighting, a skating event or a full-on festival with fireworks and movies, we think this is quite simply the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in 2021:

We’ve organized our holiday festival calendar into regions of the Twin Cities Metro to make it easier to find one close to home (or explore a new destination!) All holiday events are FREE unless noted.

Note: If you are looking for a list of Christmas decorated houses, with addresses categorized by the City’s in which they are located, see this article:
Light It Up: Twin Cities’ Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays


Union Depot Tree Lighting

214 4th Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101
Catch the giant tree light up at 6:30pm followed by a classical holiday movie. December 4, 2021, event runs 4:30-8pm.

Rice Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

109 W 4th St, St Paul, MN 55102
One again to signal the start of the holiday season in St Paul, Rice Park will dazzle with thousands of twinkling lights throughout the winter. The holiday lights are traditionally up late November through February.  November 19, 2021, 5:30pm.

Grand Meander

Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105
20 blocks of samples, specials, Vulcan fire truck rides, carolers and multiple venues to visit with Santa. Events run starting 8:30am through the afternoon. Dec. 4, 2021.


1382 Willow St., Minneapolis, MN 55403
During the main festival December 17-19, Holidazzle offers free admission to all, vendors, activities, food, visits with Santa, carnival rides and fireworks. Prior to that, visit Peavey Plaza in Downtown Minneapolis to see the Interactive Illuminated Yeti made from upcycled materials between November 26th-December 3rd

Holiday Festival Guide


Northwest Metro Holiday Festival List


Osseo MiniDazzle Celebration

Boerboom Veterans Park, 416 Central Avenue Osseo, MN 55369
Start off with the Light Parade down Main Street. Then, pictures with Santa, take a fire truck ride, warm up at the bonfire and watch the Christmas tree lighting. Dec. 3, 2021, 6-8pm.

Anoka Hometown Holiday

The tree will be lit, the carols will be sung, and Santa will be taking visitors. Plus horse-drawn trolley rides and bonfires to keep warm. Dec. 4-5, 2021 All Day.

Plymouth Holiday at the Hilde

Hilde Performance Center | 3500 Plymouth Blvd. Plymouth, Minnesota 55447
Visit with Santa, enjoy a holiday lights display, music and family activities. Dec 4, 4-7pm.

Robbinsdale Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing-Along

The event will take place at City Hall. Dec 7, 2021, 6-6:30pm.

Rogers Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hot cocoa, cookies, caroling and a special activities beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the tree lighting at 7:00 p.m. Dec 10, 2021.

Northeast Metro Holiday Festival List


Shoreview Holiday Lighting Event

The grounds of Shoreview Commons will be lit for the holidays. Music, cookies and cocoa included. Nov 15, 2021, 6-7pm.

Stillwater Hometown for the Holidays

Downtown Stillwater, 100 Main Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
Main Street lights up with Christmas decorations and traditional events for a month-long celebration from Nov. 26, 2021 to New Year’s Eve. Find the full schedule here.

Taylor Falls Lighting Festival

Taylor Falls, MN 55084
Family highlights include the Grand Lighting & Santa Parade on Friday), Craft Fair & Medallion Hunt on Saturday and Festival Theatre: “Gift of the Magi” on Sunday. FREE. Nov. 26-28, 2021. Fri 3pm-9pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1:30pm-4pm.

Stillwater Twinkle Party & Tree Lighting

Lowell Park, 201 Water St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Free twinkle lights to pass out for kids 12 & under, music by the Teddy Bear Band, free cookies and warm drinks, trolley rides & the city’s tree lighting ceremony. Dec. 4, 2021; 4-6pm.

North St. Paul Holiday Hop

City-wide holiday activities. 9am-3pm, most activities are FREE. Dec. 4, 2021.

White Bear Lake Winter Fest

Complete with horse-drawn trolley rides, carolers and ice sculptures in downtown White Bear Lake. Weekends, Dec 4-18, 2021.

Southweast Metro Holiday Festival List


Rosemount Community Tree Lighting

The annual tree lighting plus treats, kids activities, choir performances, and a visit from Santa. Nov 20, 2021, 6-7pm.

Apple Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Complete with caroling, cookies and cider. November 23, 2021, 6:15-7pm.

Burnsville Winter Lighting Ceremony

Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Making an appearance are local choirs, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, 200,000+ lights, and a 30-foot-tall tree. November 24, 2021, 6pm.

Holidays in the Heights

Veterans Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
Start with the tree lighting outside the community center followed by swimming in The Grove Water Park ($5-$9/pp). 5:30-8pm with tree lit at 6. Saturday brings morning with Santa ($6-$8/pp) & Cookie Making ($2/advance). Dec. 2-16, 2021. Registration required for all but the tree lighting.

Afton Village Holiday

Afton, MN 55001
The village Christmas tree is lit Friday eve during Candlelight Night; Saturday is Family Day; both days bring horse and wagon rides, carolers, ice skating and festive activities throughout local shops. Dec. 3-4, 2021; Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm. Cancelled.

Lakeville Holiday on Main

Downtown Lakeville, MN 55044
Find Santa and Mrs. Claus, hop a trolley ride, take in a musical performance and more along Lakeville’s main drag. Dec 4, 2021, 9am-2pm.

Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm

Holz Farm, 4669 Manor Drive, Eagan, Minnesota 55123
Come visit Santa’s reindeer at this 1940s-era event. Also enjoy hayrides, a bonfire, carols, and treats. Dec. 5, 2021; 12-3:30pm.

Eagan Annual Community Tree Lighting

Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy Eagan, MN 55121
Complete with music & hot cocoa. December 7, 2021. 4:30-7pm.

Southwest Metro Holiday Festival List


Edina Tree Lighting Ceremony

Along with the holiday tree lighting with be chorale singers, horse-drawn trolley rides and Santa Claus. Held at the 50th & France shopping district. November 26, 2021, 3-6pm.

Wac0nia Community Tree Lighting

City Square Park | 100 E Main Street, Waconia
A tree lighting event with hot cocoa and visits with Santa. Nov 26, 2021, 6pm.

Wayzata Light Up the Lake Celebration

Depot Park, 402 Lake St E, Wayzata, MN 55391
Tree lighting ceremony, Santa and reindeer, a candy cane hunt for the kids and a parade of lights. Nov. 26, 2021; 4-7pm.

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

Excelsior Commons, 135 Lake St, Excelsior, MN 55331
The annual weekend Christkindlsmarkt is packed with a grand parade, children’s activities in KidsWorld, a North Pole Trolley, music, food and other traditional activities. Friday-Sunday; Nov. 26- Dec. 5 2021

Savage Tree Lighting Ceremony

Savage City Hall, 6000 McColl Drive, Savage, MN 55378
Cocoa, live music, a bonfire and ornament-making go with the lighting of the tree. December 2, 2021, 5:30pm.

Buffalo Deck the Halls

Sturges Park, 505 2nd Ave S Buffalo, MN 55313
Family fun and festivities from 3pm-5pm, when they City of Buffalo lights of the tree. FREE. Dec. 4, 2021. 

Shakopee Holiday Fest Tree Lighting

Carolers, Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. December 4, 2021.

Chanhassen Tree Lighting Ceremony

City Center Park, 7700 Market Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317
An annual holiday event with a tree lighting followed by refreshments, live reindeer, gingerbread house displays, and Santa Claus. Dec 4, 2021. 5pm.

The Northern Express – A Complete Christmas Wonderland

Tanadoona, 3300 Tanadoona Dr, Excelsior, MN 55331
An immersive North Pole experience. Explore Santa’s workshop, kitchen and more, meet reindeer, Christmas llamas, or Clydesdales, take pictures with Santa himself, and get lost in the Christmas Tree forest. Vendors and makers selling their wares.  Dec. 3-Dec. 19; Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat 10am-1pm, Sun 10am-8pm; Admission: Adults $18; Children $13; 2 and under – free.

Chaska Firemen’s Park Tree Lighting

Featuring crafts, outdoor games, hot cocoa and cookies & pictures with Santa Claus. December 5, 2021, 6pm.

Past Events We Are Watching for 2021:

Reindeer Day at Linden Hills | Minneapolis
Hop a free trolley ride to area business bustling with marshmallow roasting, Santa and his reindeer, carolers and in-store events. 10am-2pm.

Seward Winter Frolic | Minneapolis
Neighborhood businesses exhibiting arts (including a free Studio Art Day at Articulture), food and drink samples and specials, tours and demos.


Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas
Breakfast with Santa, Girl Scout Santa Shop, Teddy Bear Tea, Holiday Character Hunt, music, sleighrides and Santa parade. 8:30am-9pm, FREE admission, some activities have fees.

2 thoughts on “Twin Cities Holiday Festivals & Christmas Tree Lightings 2021”

  1. Cynthia Delapena

    Greetings & Happy Holiday’s, Can you please post a list of Christmas decorated houses, with addresses categorized by the City’s in which they are located, if possible. This is a Christmas tradition I do with my Grandchildren each year, each year I’ve located such a listing but this year I’m not finding one online. Thank you very much in advance.

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