Twin Cities Weekend Events Family Guide

Things to do in Minneapolis-St Paul this weekend!

DECEMBER 15-16, 2018

For more inspiration and seasonal cheer, hop over to our Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Guide our Family Fun Events Calendar or our December Twin Cities Family Events Guide.


If you need to bring the kids along while you’re out taking care of your Christmas list, stop in at these spots to call on Santa!

Sat, Dec 15: Celebrate the Season | Minnetonka Farmers Market
Shop local vendors for your holiday gift needs, visit with Santa from 10am-noon and enjoy live holiday music. 9am-1pm, FREE.

Sat, Dec 15: Christmas in Excelsior
After you’ve done your shopping and dropped off your list with Santa (10am-2pm), take a wagon ride (12-4pm) and indulge at the hot cocoa bar.

Sat, Dec 15: Candy Cane Hunt | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Candy cane hunts divided by age; horse-drawn wagon ride, warm treats, arts, and photos with Santa. There are typically handmade, local gifts on sale in the visitor’s center (which also includes an art gallery) if you need to do some shopping. 1-4pm, $6/pp

Sat, Dec 15: Santa at the Market | Midtown Global Market
Shop the unique vendors and visit Santa in the Central Plaza. Pick a new cuisine from among the 30+ ethnic options and enjoy lunch together. 12-4pm.

Sat, Dec 15 & Sun, Dec 16: Santa & Reindeer Visit 
Visit with Santa and two of his reindeer. You may pet the reindeer and take pictures with them and Santa. Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan (Sat, 10am-12pm) & Albertville Premium Outlets (Sun, 1-3pm).

Sat, Dec 15 & Sun, Dec 16: Santa at Holidazzle | Minneapolis
There’s so much to enjoy at the festival in addition to shopping the vendors for holiday gifts: free outdoor ice skating, movies, kids zone and visits with Santa. On Dec 15, download a free ride to Holidazzle via Metro Transit to skip parking.

Sun, Dec 16: Santa at Choo Choo Bob’s | St Paul
Need a gift for a little trainiac? Pick this Sunday to visit and shop – Santa & Mrs Claus will be in the house. Parents can take a break and let kids have at the roomful of free train tables.

Last but not least: many ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing spots are already humming with activity. Skate FREE with a beautiful backdrop at:

  • Wells Fargo WinterSkate | St Paul
  • Minneapolis WinterSkate
  • Skate the Star | Mall of America
  • Centennial Lakes Park | Edina – opens Saturday, Dec 15!

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