Weekend Family Guide: December 12-13, 2020

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekenD!

This December Family Weekend Guide covers the weekend of December 12-13, 2020. To find our most recent guide, click here.

This weekend we’ve compiled a mix of indoor, outdoor and virtual
activities to choose from. For more ideas, hop over to our December Family Guide or our Family Fun Calendar. We try to keep it stocked with options to fit your family’s needs – whether you’re keeping close to home or you need a break from it.


Canadian Pacific Holiday Drive-In Event | NE Minneapolis

Enjoy a drive-in triple feature: a concert video from Canadian Pacific followed by showings of Frosty’s Winter Wonderland and Trolls Holiday. You’ll also receive a Holiday Swag Bag. December 12 & 13, 6-8:15 pm. Donation requested, $25/car.

GLOW Holiday Festival | Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together is a one-mile drive-thru with a dozen seasonal scenes, a million+ lights, a 100-foot illuminated tree and more. Thru Jan 3, 2021, 4:30 pm-9/10 pm, Tickets $46, One car/ticket

Christmas In Color | Valleyfair, Shakopee

Drive right into the park to be entertained by 1.5 million lights synchronized to holiday music. Thru Jan 3, 2021, 4:30 pm-9/10 pm, Tickets $30, One car/ticket.

Dakota City Heritage Village | Farmington

Buildings will be illuminated inside and out throughout the village. The public is welcome to drive through the Village to enjoy this holiday tradition. First two weekends of December.

The Christmas Story in Lights | Wayzata Community Church

Drive through and pause at 8 stations telling the Christmas story in bright lights, music, and narration. Thurs-Sun, Dec. 3-27th; 6pm-9pm.

Create your own drive-thru holiday lights event! We have an enormous list of homes around the Twin Cities that deck their halls up for the holiday: Jump over to Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays for our map!

Outdoor Activities

Yeti story stroll | Bredesen Park, Edina

Embark on a self-guided Story Stroll in Edina Parks! Follow the signs to read pages from the book of the day. Keep an eye out for the 7-foot Yeti at the start of the stroll. Dec 12, 10am-2pm.

Indoor Activities

Santa & Albert’s (Virtual) Annual Holiday Play

See the duo perform in “Christmas Magic Mischief”, this year’s edition of Bachman’s annual holiday play. Tune into Bachman’s Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Saturdays thru Dec 19. Have fun interacting with Santa and Albert!


Pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. The materials complement the Virtual Family Day program activities. Dec 12-13, 10am-2pm.

VIRTUAL EXPLORE IT!: Paper Machines | The Works Museum

Design and build your own paper machines along with educators from The Works. Dec 12, 10-11:30am. $9/household for the Zoom link.

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