Twin Cities GUIDE TO FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS WEEKEND: November 27-28, 2021

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Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

This Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of November 27-28, 2021 – Thanksgiving Weekend! To find our most recent guide, click here

The holidays have descended upon the Twin Cities! We’ve highlighted some festive events to get you in the spirit – for more family weekend ideas hop over to our THANKSGIVING IN THE TWIN CITIES GUIDE, our NOVEMBER FAMILY GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.

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fun outdoor activities in the parks this weekend in the twin cities

Visit a Minnesota state park FREE on Black Friday

Thinking about skipping the shopping? Minnesota State Parks are free on Black Friday! Free days are rare and exploring one of the local state parks is not something we do often. We tend toward the more urban adventures. Go HERE for an interactive map of State Parks both near and far or check our list of 9 TWIN CITIES METRO-AREA MINNESOTA STATE PARKS for our personal family adventures and tips.

November Family Weekend Fun at State Parks – FREE!

Autumnal Art

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park | 10360 W River Rd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
Create fall inspired art including a bird feeder, a leaf wreath and a leaf rubbing card. Reservations required by four days prior. Nov 27, 1-3pm, $5/pp.

November Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Park locations
Drop in for free nature programs at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. Nov 28, 1-3pm.

Twin Cities Early Holiday Events This Weekend

Twin Cities Christmas & Holiday Tree Lighting Events This Weekend

It’s about time for the Twin Cities to sparkle! Several Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area communities are lighting up their holiday trees this weekend in grand style. Here’s our quick list; find our complete list of Twin Cities Tree Lighting Events.

Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28, 2021

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.

Minneapolis: Holidazzle

The fabulous holiday festival is back in Loring Park this year! It will just be one weekend in mid-December, but visit Peavey Plaza this weekend to see the giant illuminated Yeti.

TAYLORS FALLS: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival

The annual tree lighting takes place at 6pm downtown. Festival highlights include the Santa Parade, Christmas at the Folsom House, storytime with Mrs. Claus and wagon rides. Nov 26-28, 2021.

WAYZATA: Light Up the Lake Celebration 

Holiday music, an enhanced holiday lights display, warm fire pits, and Santa visits Wayzata in the annual Parade of Lights, 5:15pm. November 26, 2021.

Twin Cities Holiday Lights Displays

Wintertime in Stillwater

Downtown Stillwater, Stillwater MN 55082
There’s extra twinkle in the city’s historic downtown district this year. Chestnut Street has a pedestrian winter wonderland area where you can enjoy a free LED light show set to music and the mile drive of Main Street is covered with snowflake decorations and rooftop lights. Drive it, walk it, shop it – all beautiful choices. Begins the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 26, 2021. 5-10pm nightly. FREE!

Downtown Stillwater Minnesota lit up for the Holidays 2020

Winter Lights at the Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
Back to a walking event in 2021. Winter will be in bloom with lighted greenery and displays throughout the pathways of the arb’s gardens! Online ticket reservation required.
This weekend – Tickets: $10-$25/pp.

GLOW Holiday Festival

Minnesota State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108
The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together has converted to a walking tour of the fairgrounds in 2021. There will still be a parade of dozens seasonal scenes featuring over a million holiday lights, a 100-foot illuminated tree, icicle ornaments and art installations, a festive gingerbread house, and other attractions. Grab a map and follow the trail. In addition, with the ability to leave our vehicles, the festival has added, a “sElfie Plaza”, a 3-story ice palace, a bike-powered tree, the State Fair Food Court and Sky Glider rides.  Nov 18, 2021-Jan 2, 2022, 4:30 pm-9/10 pm; Tickets $12.75 to $75/pp.

For the whole sparkling scoop on the best holiday light displays in the Twin Cities, visit our 2021 Twin Cities Drive Thru Christmas Events and Walking Tours page.

More Holiday Events This weekend in the Twin Cities

St Paul’s European Christmas Market

Union Depot | 214 4th Street East, St Paul, MN
Based on the European open air Christkindlmarkts like those in Germany and Austria, this is a free event to attend with the opportunity to shop for unique, handmade gifts and decorations as well as nosh on holiday treats. The event is back in person for 2021! Open weekends starting November 26, 2021, Fri 4-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm & Sun 11am-6pm.

Holiday Night Trains At Twin City Model Railroad Museum

668 Transfer Rd Ste. 8, St Paul, MN 55114
A special holiday tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum, the Night Trains season magically transforms the museum layouts. Buildings and street lights glow, and throughout the museum the layouts are adorned with Christmas lights. Saturdays, November 6-Feb 2022. $15/pp.

Julglädje at American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute | 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
An ASI holiday tradition, back in-person with live musical performances.  November 27, 2021. Morning & afternoon performances. $5-$12/pp.

St. Lucia Celebration at the American Swedish Institute

Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend at Home

Skipping holiday travel and hosting a small family gathering at home? We have suggestions for keeping it simple, ways to keep kids entertained, ideas for the leftovers, games to play and inspiration for giving back to those in need.

Celebrate a Peaceful Thanksgiving at Home - Happy Thanksgiving on a background of Thanksgiving Decor

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