2017 Family Guide to the Holidazzle

We're thrilled to again be partnering with the mpls downtown council to provide this guide for families. The Holidazzle is a Minnesota tradition and this year there's more to do than ever!

It’s truly a Minnesota tradition to bundle up and head out to the Holidazzle during the holiday season. You and your family can enjoy this holiday celebration at Loring Park! It’s free, open to the public, and full of fun that people of all ages can enjoy! Here are a few tips to navigating the Holidazzle, including parking and directions, food and beverage vendors, gift shops, activities, and more!

The best part of the Holidazzle and the new set up put together by our sponsors the Minneapolis Downtown Council, is that you could attend each weekend and find a completely different event. The vendors and food change throughout the season, as does the entertainment. With free entry and caps on food pricing, this spin on a longtime Minnesota tradition is one of the best values for family entertainment you’ll find throughout the holiday season!

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Cost: Did you know the Holidazzle is completely FREE?! There is no admission cost to enter!

Hours: The Holidazzle is open Thursdays through Sundays, November 24-December 23.

Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Fridays, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sundays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: Loring Park is the home of the Holidazzle again this year! The park is transformed into a magical holiday experience. See the map to find where your favorite food, beverages, and shops are located.

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What to Expect: You can expect a Minneapolis-centric experience that includes well-known local businesses and products. Enjoy prepared food and beverages, packaged food, merchandise, free music and other festive entertainment for all ages and much more. This event is completely outdoors, however warming houses are located throughout the grounds! Portable restrooms are also available.

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Free Rides each Saturday: Get to the Holidazzle by bus or by light rail with a free-ride pass each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Take the free survey, then print a pass for each rider to bring along. Passes are exclusive to each weekend. Passes for each Saturday can be downloaded at www.holidazzle.com/directions or by clicking one of the links below:

November 25  |  December 2  |  December 9  |  December 16  |  December 23

Directions: To get directions from your specific location, click here!

Entrances: There are several ways to enter the Holidazzle including the walking paths near the intersections of Harmon Place, Maple Street, Willow Street, Grant Street, and the pedestrian bridge near Oak Grove Street.

Parking: The lots listed below will cost $5 or less at the time of the event:

  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College (1420 Hennepin Avenue)
  • IDS Center Parking Garage (80 S. 8th St, entrance between 7th & 8th)
  • Parade Park (400 Kenwood Parkway)
  • Walker Art Center (1750 Hennepin Ave)

Other popular routes include:

  • ABC Ramps (North 2nd Avenue near Target Center/Target Field)
  • Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Avenue)
  • Guthrie Theater (818 South 2nd Street)
  • U.S. Bank Stadium (401 Chicago Avenue)

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Learn more about our vendors at www.holidazzle.com/vendors

Foods

Cindy’s Cinnamon Roasted Nuts – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Kramarczuk’s Sausages (including the special Holidazzle sausage featuring cranberries and wild rice) – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

K-Town Street Food – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Fair Faves Cheese Curds – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Fair Faves Specialty Mini Donuts — Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Pierogi’s Wonderland by Polish Bistro – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Poffertjes and More by The Littlest Pancake – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Twin Cities Paella — Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Walt’z Wings & BBQ – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

The Cookie Cups — Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

The Thirsty Whale Bakery — Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Beverages

Fulton Brewery (including their exclusive Holidazzle Proper Porter) – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Holidazzle Beverages – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Sociable Cider Werks {Fat Bike Hot Mulled Cider} – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Misfit Coffee – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

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The Abbey Alpacas – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 – Minnesota raised Alpaca gifts including socks, hats, mittens, and scarves

Amelia & Holly’s – Dec. 21-23 —  Amelia & Holly’s was inspired by their family dog, Holly, who was sensitive to certain treats. So they began creating their own dog treats made with ingredients they sourced themselves. Each treat is made with the same compassion they have for their own pet, ensuring top quality for the canine in your life!

AnnMade – Nov. 24-26 — For five years now, Ann Aas has been crafting unique pieces of jewelry and other accessories. Through enameling, Ann creates colorful and textured designs that are truly one-of-a-kind.

Blue Turtle Handmade Crafts – Dec. 2-3, 16-17 – A variety of gifts and ornaments all handmade with Polymer Clay including ornaments and jewelry

Bring It! – Nov. 25-26, Dec. 15-23 – A wide variety of fabulous, affordable, on-trend accessories including hats, scarves, gloves, fun graphic tee’s, bling headbands, clothing (ponchos, vests, tops, dresses and SO much MORE!) and TONS of jewelry!

Cooper & Kid – Nov. 24-Dec. 3 — The award-winning Cooper Kit, a quarterly subscription box, provides men with an entertaining way to bond with their kids. Every three months, families get a box filled with themed projects that both dads and kids enjoy doing together. Cooper Kits are packed full with 5-9 activities, including building and creativity activities, a bed-time storybook, cookbook, and more. Each box is centered around character building with projects turning into teachable moments around a virtue or value.

DK Wood Toys – Nov. 24-Dec. 3, Dec. 21-23 – DK Wood Toys workshop are created in Sparta, Wisconsin, made to last with natural dyes

Faribault Woolen Mill Co – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 – Here, fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality

Favorite Things Boutique – Dec. 1-3, 15-17 — Favorite Things Boutique is a collection of high-quality items you seek for your house and your accessories, including high-absorbent towels with humorous and personal sayings, leather bags, fashion handbags, scarves, wallets, accessories and custom home goods.

Hippy Feet – Nov. 24-Dec. 23 — Each time you purchase a pair of these trendy socks from Hippy Feet, they will donate a pair of socks to someone in need. Their long-term mission is to create a program where they offer part-time employment to those experiencing homelessness in our community. Among their socks sold on site include a special Holidazzle sock.

KCM Woodwork – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23 – Create high-quality wood crafts by hand, including painted and engraved wooden signs, coffee mug holders, wine racks, baby half moon-shaped cradles, and much more!

Love Your Melon – Nov. 24-Dec. 23 – Founded in 2012, their mission is to put a hat on every child battling cancer while providing immediate support for families and helping fund research initiatives to beat childhood cancer completely. Their assortment of hats being sold on site includes a special Holidazzle hat available for a limited time.

Moxie Malas – Dec. 14-17 – Crystal Healing and Aromatherapy Jewelry

My Sister – Nov. 24-26 — My Sister is a local organization that has an assortment of ethically-sourced apparel and shirts that makes a statement against sex trafficking. Your purchase helps support after-care programs and provides growth opportunities for survivors of sexual exploitation.

North Shore Apparel/Martin’s – Nov. 24-Dec. 3 — Based in Excelsior, North Shore Apparel/Martin’s brings Minnesotans high-quality lake gear. Hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts will be on sale at Holidazzle, as well as pajamas, socks, scarves, cashmere, candles.

Northern Drift – Nov. 24-26, Dec. 16-17, Dec. 22-23 — Northern Drift is led by two kids who grew up in Minnesota. It is clothing inspired by the best of this region, and is a celebration of the lifestyle that goes along with living in such a unique and special place. We strive to serve you to the best of our ability, and look forward to chasing summer with you, all year long.

Simple Trends – Nov. 25-Dec. 8, Dec. 22-14-23 — This fashionable headwear is flexible to match the style of every woman or girl. Wear it thin by tucking in the sides. Leave it wide for a trendier look. Wear it with your hair up or down. Wear it behind your bangs for a traditional look or cover your hairline for a more trendy look. Long hair or short hair, it looks great on everyone!

Skyline Specs – Nov. 24-Dec. 3 — Skyline Specs engraves major city skylines into premium wooden sunglasses. They started in an introductory entrepreneurship course at the University of St. Thomas and it has since developed into a growing business.

Stitches by Carin – Dec. 15-16 — Perfect for the holiday season, Stitches by Carin produces hats, bags, shawls, hair accessories, all with a touch of Sweden. Stitches by Carin is run by a single person, with all products produced by her as well.

The Beer Dabbler – Nov. 24-Dec. 23 – Your one-stop shop for everything craft beer.

The Purple Tree – Nov. 24-Dec. 23 – The Purple Tree is a values-driven, mission-based business owned by a family in Hudson, WI. The Purple Tree will sell a wide range of products at Holidazzle, including t-shirts, mittens, bracelets, candles and much more. They partner with non-profits, schools and other entrepreneurs in order to positively impact their community.

Three Rivers Syrup – Nov. 24-Dec. 23 – Browse and enjoy an incredible selection of maple syrup flavors from this group based out of Lonsdale, Minn. Three Rivers Farm syrup includes about a dozen different flavors including blueberry, bourbon maple, cinnamon, cranberry, habanero, vanilla and more. Bottles come in a variety of sizes and packs. A great gift or purchase meant for sweet and savory meals alike. Stop by and enjoy!

Triple Crown Hats – Nov. 30-Dec. 23 — Triple Crown is inspired by a deep appreciation for quality headwear and the display of personal style. Triple Crown creates hats for the fashionably conscious soul who has a relationship with headwear that goes beyond style and fashion.

Twin Cities Women’s Choir – Nov. 24-26 — The Twin Cities Women’s & Girls’ Choirs are nonprofit programs dedicated to elevating and affirming the voices of women and girls through quality music education, choral performance, and community engagement. During the opening weekend of Holidazzle, attendees can find out more about joining the choir, shop our apparel, CDs and limited edition gift items at the Holidazzle Shops tent. All proceeds go directly into the programs and help keep our concerts and programming financially accessible to all.

Wintercraft – Nov. 24-Dec. 23 – Stop by and check out these stunning spheres of ice with room for a candle or LED light. It makes for a great holiday gift or indoor and outdoor decorations.

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Lands’ End: Lands’ End will spread holiday cheer at Holidazzle from December 1-3 by offering attendees the chance to call Santa. Event attendees can call the Santa Hotline in an iconic red phone booth and speak with the jolly guy to share wish lists and for a chance be selected as Santa for a Day. Selected “Santas” will each receive a sack of presents and have the chance to share in the spirit of giving.

Northern Grade at Holidazzle: On Dec. 9-10, Northern Grade will return to Minneapolis where it launched in 2010. Now internationally renowned, Northern Grade will take over Holidazzle’s Shops Tent and offer their Northern Grade experience in Loring Park.

Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle: On Dec. 16, a summer staple joins the winter lineup. Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle will activate the new Nicollet to Loring Park.

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The Holidazzle has entertainment in many forms including movies, singing performances, fireworks and more! Some of these events happen each night while others only on certain days of the event. Take a look at the daily schedule here to plan your visit on a night that interests you and your family!

Holidazzle Movie Nights {presented by U.S. Bank}

Join us for classic winter/holiday movies in our Winter Wonderland. Grab a spot on a haybale, or bring a chair/blanket and enjoy!

Friday, November 24 | 8:00 pm: Elf

Sunday, November 26 | 5:00 pm: Happy Feet

Thursday, November 30 | 6:00 pm: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Sunday, December 3 | 5:00 pm: Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, December 7 | 7:00 pm: Home Alone

Sunday, December 10 | 5:00 pm: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Thursday, December 14 | 7:00 pm: A Christmas Story

Sunday, December 17 | 5:00 pm: Frozen

Thursday, December 21 | 7:00 pm: The Polar Express

**All movie showings at Holidazzle include closed captioning.

Musical Performances {On the Holidazzle Stage presented by PCL Construction}

We’re celebrating the holiday season with great musical performances throughout Holidazzle! Stop by and listen to a great collection of local bands, choirs and artists who will perform music on site each day. We’ve got a full list of performers at www.holidazzle.com/schedule. Check out who will be performing while you’re there!

Holidazzle Fireworks

So often fireworks keep the kids up at all hours, but winter fireworks have you home in time for a more reasonable bedtime! Gather your family to watch fireworks light up the downtown sky!

Join us for winter fireworks displays at Holidazzle this holiday season!

Friday, November 24 | 6:30 p.m. (following ceremonial opening)

Saturday, December 2 | 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 9 | 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 16 | 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 23 | 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy The Interactive Illuminated Art Installations

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Enjoy the Interactive Illuminated Art Installations at Holidazzle. Holidazzle has enhanced lighting this year including the Wolf and Moose exhibit, which is returning this year after being a favorite of the 2016 Holidazzle. The Wolf and Moose, a Christopher Lutter-Gardella creation, are interactive exhibits that light up and allow viewers to peddle and engage in the art itself. The animals are comprised of 90 percent recycled waste-stream materials. Total products for each sculpture include 7,179 recycled plastic materials (bottles, jugs), 320 yards of recycled window screen and more. Come down and enjoy the displays.

Ice Skating At Holidazzle

Enjoy outdoor skating in Downtown Minneapolis at the Minneapolis WinterSkate! The skating rink is open daily now through March 4—including all Holidazzle operating hours. Skating is free and open to the public. Bring your own skates or borrow a complimentary pair located in the Warming House courtesy of CenterPoint Energy. Skate sizes vary and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information on skating downtown.

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Meet Santa Claus

Stop by and see Santa! Santa will be on site during ALL Holidazzle hours and will be available for photos and to tell him your wish list FOR FREE! Holidazzle is the only place downtown where you can meet Santa this year, and it’s an experience your kids will love. Enjoy a little time with Santa during your visit!

Photo Opportunities

We’ve got a brand new Holidazzle sleigh on site! It’s a great place to get family photos taken during the holiday season. Stop by and take a photo on this fun new addition at Holidazzle!

Kids Zone

Don’t miss out on the Holidazzle Kids Zone, which will include a collection of fun activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. This year’s Kids Zone has a new look and will be one for kids of all ages to enjoy. Swing by and have fun while you take in Holidazzle. There will also be holiday craft-making opportunities throughout, so follow the Holidazzle schedule for more details.

Keep up with all of the Holidazzle fun!

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