11/16/18-12/31/18: Hometown for the Holidays | Stillwater
Main Street lights up with Christmas decorations and traditional events for a month-long celebration from November to New Year’s Eve. FREE.
11/23/18-12/23/18: Holidazzle | Loring Park, Minneapolis
Holidazzle offers free admission to all, vendors, activities, food and fireworks. Loring Park is also home to Minneapolis WinterSkate and hosts free skating (and loaner skates) throughout the winter. Festival runs Thurs 5-9pm, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm & Sun 11am-7pm.
11/23/18-11/25/18: Christmas in Excelsior
The annual 3-day Christkindlsmarkt is packed with a grand parade, children’s activities in KidsWorld, a North Pole Trolley, music, food and loads of other traditional activities. FREE.
11/23/18-11/24/18: Taylor Falls Lighting Festival
Celebrating “Our Wild and Scenic River”. Family highlights include the Grand Lighting & Santa Parade (11/24), Christmas at the Folsom House, storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides. All listed are free.
11/23/18: Light Up the Lake Celebration | Wayzata
Tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, a candy cane hunt for the kids and a parade of lights. 4-7p, FREE.
11/30/18-12/1/18: Afton Village Holiday
The village Christmas tree is lit Friday eve; both days bring horse and wagon rides, carolers and festive activities throughout local shops. Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm, FREE.
11/30/18-12/1/18: Holiday Fest | Shakopee
Carolers, visits with Santa, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. Fri 6-8pm, Sat 10am-1pm, FREE.
12/1/18-12/2/18: 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. FREE.
12/1/18: Grand Meander | Grand Avenue, St Paul
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, FREE.
12/1/18: 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, FREE.
12/1/18: Holiday Harbor Lights & Tree Lighting | Downtown Blaine
Community tree lighting, visits with Santa, free refreshments and a display of lighted and decorated boats at Blaine Harbor Visitor Dock. 4:30-7pm, FREE.
12/1/18: Holiday on Main | Lakeville
Find Santa and Mrs. Claus, hop a trolley ride, take in a musical performance and more along Lakeville’s main drag. 9am-2pm, FREE.
12/1/18: Shop Excelsior
The big tree lights up at 7pm on Water Street, plus sleigh rides, Santa and carolers lend a holiday air.
12/1/18: Stillwater Twinkle Party & Tree Lighting
Free twinkle lights to pass out for kids 12 & under, music by the Teddy Bear Band, free cookies and warm drinks, trolley rides and the city’s tree lighting ceremony. 4-6pm, FREE.
12/1/18: Anoka Hometown Holiday
The tree will be lit, the carols will be sung, and Santa will be taking visitors. 3-7pm, FREE.
12/1/18: North St. Paul Holiday Hop
City-wide holiday activities. 9am-3pm, most activities are FREE.
12/1/18: Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas
Breakfast with Santa, Girl Scout Santa Shop, Teddy Bear Tea, Holiday Character Hunt, music and Santa parade. 8:30am-9pm, FREE.
12/7/18: Winter in the Village | St Anthony Village
Free carriage rides, treats, crafting, a visit with Santa, and a chance to explore the local shops. 4-8pm.
12/8/18: Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas | Plymouth Creek Park
Visit Santa, his missus, the elves and his reindeer. Catch a hayride, cookies and holiday tale time. 2-5pm.