2017 Twin Cities Holiday Event Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we want to help you celebrate! Whether you bundle up your family for a day of ice skating or you sit and enjoy the sounds of carols at a holiday show, we hope that these events help you to truly enjoy the wonder of this season!

We will continue to add to this list as new events are announced!

  • Rice Park Tree (St. Paul): Rice Park, powered by Xcel Energy, captures the spirit of the holiday season with a tree as tall and bright as the iconic Rockefeller Center tree in New York City. The gigantic tree in Rice Park will be lit seven days a week. Make downtown Saint Paul your family holiday destination and enjoy the beauty of Rice Park as it sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights! The festive tree will be up through January 1, 2018. The other lights will stay up and illuminate the park through the end of the Winter Carnival.
  • Bentlyville Tour of Lights November 18-December 16 | Varies Billed as America’s Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display, Bentleyville invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 4 million lights in a 20-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Superior, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn, and roasted marshmallows! Get your photo taken with Rudolph, visit with Santa to share your Christmas wishes. Mrs. Claus will also be at Bentleyville to tell stories and hand out candy canes!
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony (50th and France)November 25 | 3:00-5:00pm Visit with Santa from 3-5 p.m. near the holiday tree on West 50th Street. Carolers will be strolling the area, singing holiday songs. The holiday tree is lit at 5 p.m. 
  • Winter Lighting Ceremony (Nicollet Commons Park – Burnsville)November 22 | 6:00pm  Burnsville’s Heart of the City will once again shine with holiday lights this winter season when the area is set aglow during the community’s 19th-Annual Winter Lighting Ceremony. More than 200,000 mini lights, 230 streetlight snowflakes and a 30-foot-tall tree will come to life again this November, and all Burnsville residents and winter-lighting enthusiasts are invited to attend. Residents and visitors are invited to attend the ceremony and stroll through the lights. The ceremony includes a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as entertainment by the Burnsville High School Freestyle Singers and the Sioux Trail Elementary Choir.
  • City of Inver Grove Heights Outdoor Tree Lighting & Open Swim: November 30 | 6:00-7:30 pm Come see the holiday tree be lit at 6pm. We’ll also have open swim until 8:30 pm that evening and refreshments. Event is free and open to the public at the Veterans Memorial Community Center. 
  • Holiday Fest (Shakopee) December 1 | 6:00-8:00pm Parade, tree lighting, AND fireworks? OH MY! We’re back and bigger than ever for our annual jubilee: HOLIDAY FEST! Join us for this free weekend of family fun including our first ever Parade of Lights, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and a stellar firework show to end Friday evening. (Not to mention Photos with Santa, an ice sculpture show, holiday activity stations, and shopping you can’t miss!). Then come back downtown on Saturday morning for our petting zoo, Photos with Santa, and more holiday activity stations throughout the downtown. 
  • Seward Winter FrolicDecember 1-3 | Times vary The Seward Art Crawl is one of many events during the Seward Winter Frolic & Art Crawl.  All day long businesses will be offering specials and local artists will display their work at several venues. At 5pm on Saturday, shoppers, residents, and businesses are invited to gather in Triangle Park (26th Ave. & E. Franklin Ave.) to light up the park, creating a symbol of our warm community spirit during the cold days of winter.
  • Tree Lighting (Excelsior) December 2 | 7:00-7:00pm Chili Dinner at the Masonic Lodge. 7:00pm Tree Lighting Ceremony. Wagon Rides throughout the evening
  • CSE Lightshow: Select Days December 2-10 | 5:30, 6:00, & 6:30pm Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) during the first two weekends in December for a dazzling light show designed by science and engineering students. The high-tech light show is bigger and better this year featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music, some of which is written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Free hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last.
  • Twinkle Party (Stillwater)December 2 | 4:00-6:00pm Enjoy free coffee, cocoa & cookies. Free Twinkle Lights for children 12 and under while supplies last. Feel free to dress up in your own lights too! We’ll dance and sing with the Teddy Bear Band! Then Santa will arrive and we’ll count down to the lighting of the tree, then enjoy a short kid-friendly fireworks display. The fun begins at 4pm at the Pedestrian Plaza in North Lowell Park.
  • Anoka Christmas Tree LightingDecember 2 | 3:00-7:00pm  Come and get into the spirit of the season at the Annual Anoka Christmas Tree Lighting Event.  The event will be held in the City Hall Parking Lot Plaza in historic downtown Anoka.  There will be bonfires, Santa will meet FREE with children, free horse drawn carriage rides are available and of course we’ll light up the tree. It’s a great event for the whole family!
  • Christmas in the Park (Albertville)December 3 | 2:00-6:00pm Enjoy a fun and free family event in Albertville City Park. Santa and Mrs. Clause will be arriving by reindeer around 3 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. Enjoy a hot beverage and s’mores by the fire while listening to STMA Choir students singing. 
  • Holiday in Lights December 8-10 | 5:00-9:00pm Free Holiday Community Event at Anoka County Fairgrounds, which will be twinkling with beautiful lights throughout the season. Activities include: hayrides, live entertainment, snacks, and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This location also serves as a drop off for Toys for Joy, NACE Food Shelf, and Granny’s Closet.
  • Christmas Shooting Stars above MinneapolisDecember 22 |  11:00pm-5:00am A pre-Christmas solstice shower that’s brief, but bright. The closest meteor shower to the winter holiday season, the Ursid meteor shower come hot on the heels of the Geminid meteor shower in late December each year. The Ursids are brighter than most shooting stars. So if you want to see an Ursid meteor you must make sure you view very close to its peak. In 2017, that’s on the night of Friday, December 22 and into the early morning of December 23. The observing conditions this year will be ideal; the new moon is just three days previous, so it will set before midnight. Look for a great place in the park and enjoy the heavenly spectacle over Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Night Trains at Twin Cities Railroad Museum (St. Paul)Saturdays beginning November 4 | 6-9pm Night Trains Season comes to the dozens of model railroad layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. Night Trains will run every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (February 24, 2018). The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations. $15 for individuals, 4 and under FREE.
  • Holidazzle VillageThursdays-Sundays | November 24 – December 23 | Holidazzle Village, located once again in Loring Park, is free to the public and will give a fresh feel to the Holidazzle experience. The Holidazzle Village will include a variety of entertainment opportunities and festivities for all ages to enjoy throughout the season. Highlights include food, beverages, entertainment, specialty retailers, ice skating, outdoor movies and more!
  • Excelsior ChristKindlsmarktNovember 24-26 | Times Vary  The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt is a three-day Christmas festival held annually in Excelsior, Minnesota. Features include the Grande Parade, open-air market, delicious treats, traditional gifts, and a beer garden. Kinderworld is a must for kids which includes puppet shows, storytelling, music, and activities. 
  • Hastings Holiday Hoopla: November 25 | 8:30am-6:30pm Join us on Small Business Saturday for the 6th Annual Hastings Holiday Hoopla. We will have all the great activities again this year including: reindeer sleigh rides, horse & wagon rides, gourmet s’mores, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, Mrs. Claus, ice carving, Who Hair, face painting and carolers. It all wraps up with Lighted Parade down 2nd Street.
  • Stocking Stroll at Maplewood Mall: November 25 | 9:00-11:00am Save the Date for our annual Stocking Stroll! Modeled after our Halloween Trick or Treat Night and our fantastic Easter Egg Hunt, The Stocking Stroll will include a fun scavenger hunt for holiday treats where kiddos will fill their stockings at over 20 stations. The first 500 kids to register will receive a BINGO card and a treat stocking to take around the mall and collect their goodies. When they’ve filled their card, they are eligible to win one of our fabulous holiday prizes! There will be lots of fun activities around the mall for the kids to do after they’ve filled their stockings including bounce houses, face painters, movies and visiting the big man himself…SANTA will be on site ready for visits and photos during the event. Be sure to register early and secure your ticket to stroll! Ages 2 and up.
  • Old Fashioned Holiday HopkinsNovember 25 | 1:00-5:00pm It’s the most wonderful time of the year – again! Join us in Hopkins on Small Business Saturday as we present the 8th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday. Kick off the season with a day of sleigh rides, reindeer games, hot chocolate and, of course, Santa Claus. This is a family-friendly event for all ages.
  • Elf on the Shelf Tea PartyNovember 26 & December 3 | 6:00-8:00pm Join Sprinkles the Elf (brought to you by Princess Party Pals) at The Mad Hatter for an Elf-on-the-Shelf-Themed Tea Party! The cost is $34 per guest (includes tax & gratuity) for a scrumptious Christmas tea party buffet and activities with Sprinkles the Elf. Activities include Elf Storytime, Christmas Carol Singalong, Write Letters to Santa & Christmas Crafts!
  • North Pole Express at Union DepotNovember 30 & December 10 | Times vary Back by popular demand, the Railroading Heritage of Midwest America & Friends of the 261 will bring the historic 261 steam engine and vintage train cars to Union Depot for a magical trip to the North Pole and back. Perfect for children ages 2 to 9. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.
    Your ticket to the North Pole Express at Union Depot include A one-mile train ride to the North Pole at the east end of Union Depot’s property.
    • At the North Pole, Santa will greet the train and board the North Pole Express for the ride back to Union Depot, passengers will remain on the train.
    • Santa will walk through the train greeting all the children and handing out treats and goodies!
    • At the end of the train ride, passengers will head into Union Depot, where children can enjoy a free cup of cocoa and enjoy a holiday treat brought to you by BNSF Railway.
    • There will be other children’s activities inside Union Depot as well.
    • The train is heated, but dress for the weather. All cars will get the same experience.
  • Prior Lake DecemBRRR DazzleDecember 1 | 6:00-8:30pm This FREE event will be at Lakefront Park Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Santa and a few of his reindeer will be on hand for photos with children in Lakefront Park along with ice carving demonstrations, a giant bonfire with the Fire Department, glow bowling, bean bag toss, flash light candy cane hunt (bring your own flashlight) and more. Glow items will be available for purchase with ROCK. Donations will be accepted for the Tree of Warmth and Toys for Tots during the event. (Cash or Check Only for all for-sale items in the park).
  • Winter Wonderland in WoodburyDecember 1 | 6:00-8:00pm  Families can enjoy carnival games, seasonal music and free outdoor skating. Tickets for all carnival games will be sold on site. Concessions will be available for purchase. Skate rental is $6 per pair.
  • Christmas in the Village (Dakota City | Farmington)December 2, 3, 9, 10 | 1:00-8:00pm Saturdays & Sundays A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens will be the theme throughout the village this year. The horse-drawn trolley will transport you through the village streets as you explore the traditions of Christmas 1900s style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by an inviting wood-burning stove, delight in the demonstrations of woodworking and holiday cooking as our villagers prepare for Christmas. As a special treat, a presentation of A Christmas Carol will be featured in the Fire Hall by Children’s Castle Theater. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit St. Nicholas! $7.00 (13+), $4.00 (4-12) Free (3 & under), Trolley rides free with paid admission.
  • Grand Meander (Grand Avenue St. Paul)December 2  Head over to Grand Avenue for a fantastic day full of activities.  Start with breakfast with Santa, then visit his reindeer, see fire trucks, listen to carolers, and more. Soup tastings and free trolley rides round out the afternoon. FREE!
  • Hometown Holiday (Chaska)December 2 | 1:00-5:00pm Come celebrate the holidays in downtown Chaska with Santa, the Elf, Reindeer, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Hot Cider and Cookies, Creation Stations, Music and so much more!
  • A Norwegian Christmas at Eidem Homestead: December 2-3 | 1:00-4:00pm Celebrate the season with some old-fashioned festivities and Norwegian traditions! Sing along with carolers, make an ornament or gift, enjoy Christmas treats, try out your kick sledding skills, and visit with St. Nick. Admission: $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 5-12; kids 4 and under free.
  • Holiday on Main (Lakeville)December 3 |9:00am-2:00pm The event, sponsored by the Downtown Lakeville Business Association (DLBA), begins at the Downtown Lakeville Post Office mall at the intersection of Holyoke Avenue and 207th Street.  Pictures with Santa sponsored by Rainbow Child Care Centers, Mrs. Claus storytelling, face painting, hair styling at Pizazz Salon, refreshments provided by Cub Foods, live reindeer and trolley rides will be available. Enjoy musical performances from the LNHS Now & Then Singers, the LSHS Encore Singers, a LSHS Band ensemble, and the acoustic duo, Erin & Madison. The ECFE Parent Advisory Board will sponsor a book fair and coloring contest art will be on display. Non-perishable food will be collected to support the local food shelf. Additionally, dance recitals will be performed by Holly’s Dance at the Lakeville Area Arts Center at 10:00 and 11:00 am and 12:00 pm (20965 Holyoke Avenue, tickets available by calling 952.469.1013). The Lakeville Area Arts Center will host a Holiday Art Sale and Empty Bowl Fundraiser from 12 – 4 pm. The nearby Heritage Center (20110 Holyoke Avenue) will offer a Bake Shoppe and Santa’s Secret Store, from 9 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz FarmDecember 3 | 12:00-3:30pm Gather the family and celebrate the holidays 1940’s style with an old fashioned holiday experience at Holz Farm Park. Remember a simpler time of singing carols by the fire, making s’mores, the smell of cookies baking, hot cider and spending time together. Bundle up with warm winter gear and enjoy a winter hayride and outdoor activities. Kids are invited to write a letter to Santa at home and bring it to the celebration as Santa and his live reindeer will be available to visit and for photos. Don’t forget your camera
  • Toddler Tuesday at MOA: The Polar Express: December 5 | 10:00am All aboard! Seeing is believing this season on our very own Polar Express. Join us as we read the classic Christmas novel, “The Polar Express.” Don’t forget to grab your ticket while you make your very own bell to keep the spirit of Christmas in your home all month long! Hot cocoa and popcorn will also be served to help your tots stay cozy!
  • Winter in the VillageDecember 8 | 4:00-8:00pm Enjoy a horse drawn trolley ride to see Santa, hunt for the Elf on Shelf, ride the bus and see the holiday lights in St. Anthony, taste delicious samples at Annona Gourmet & TeaSource, have an indoor snowball fight at Fitness Crossroad. Enjoy the bonfires, make a s’more and SHOP for the holidays! A fun, annual holiday event brought to you by the merchants of St. Anthony Shopping Center, Autumn Woods and the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce. Free.
  • North Saint Paul Holiday HopDecember 9 | Starts at 9:00am Celebrate community at the annual Holiday Hop along 7th Avenue in downtown North St. Paul. Enjoy complimentary carriage rides, live music, drawings, crafts including vintage ornament making, gingerbread decorating, free holiday hair flocking and chocolate. Visit with Santa and the Snowman, enjoy story time with famous local author Tony Ducklow and much more. 
  • Enchanted Christmas Ball: December 9 | 2:00-4:00pm Celebrate the holidays like royalty at our Annual Enchanted Christmas Ball. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of dancing, live entertainment, making crafts, and so much more with everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters. This is a great event for the entire family! We will have princesses and heroes to meet, dancing with a DJ, Christmas crafts and letters to Santa, themed games, snacks and goodie bags, photo opportunities with the characters, interactive story time, meet and take photos with Santa!
  • Kids Holiday Dance Party: December 10th | 10am-1pm This kids holiday dance party for kids of all walks of life is at Can Can Wonderland and will help get you in the holiday spirit. They will have balloons around for all the kids, CandyCane’s and National DJ Airman Heat playing the best holiday music that will make you get out your seat!
  • CP Holiday Train with performers Terri Clark, Dallas Smith, and Kelly PrescottDecember 9-10 | Times Vary The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at various stations throughout the metro on December 9th and 10th.  Attendees are encouraged to bring healthy food donations to benefit local food shelves. Canadian Pacific is committed to raising awareness about the need to fill community food shelves with heart-healthy foods.This free event will start when the brightly lit train rolls in the station and Canadian Pacific representatives welcome visitors followed by a performance by Terri Clark, Dakkas Smith, and Kelly Prescott.
  • Toddler Tuesday at MOA: Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: December 19 | 10:00am The Grinch has traveled all the way from Whoville to meet YOU! See the classic Christmas star up close and personal from 10 – 10:30 + 11 – 11:30 a.m. Gather around for story time as we read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and for holiday craft time!
  • Winter Solstice Celebration at ASI: December 21 | 5:00-9:00pm This is the special moment and global turning point when the earth’s tilt brings the shortest day and longest night of the year. Dress to enjoy the ASI’s magical winter courtyard and cuddle up next to a bonfire. Catch a pop-up performance of the theatre group Impossible Salt as they share their new musical story, the Wise One, based on a Norwegian folk tale. Enjoy family handcraft activities and take a self-guided tour of the Turnblad Mansion’s Fest! Merry Mansion decorated holiday rooms. Meet Norwegian photographer Per Breiehagen with his family of writer Lori Evert and their daughter Anja, who is photographed in the books, who created the New York Times Bestselling photographic series The Christmas Wish!  They will be on hand to sign all six of their Nordic fairy tale books. FIKA Café will be open and offering a festival menu of small plates, wine, beer, cocktails and glögg – our signature and delicious Swedish mulled wine.
  • AMP Christmas TreesNovember 25 – December 18 | 9am-5pm
    Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Christmas trees- you choose and we cut, saws provided. Free candy canes and bows for wreaths. Credit cards not accepted.
    4350 313th Ave NW
    Cambridge, MN 55008
    (763) 689-9206
  • Covered Bridge Farm (Forest Lake)Friday-Sunday beginning Thanksgiving weekend | 9:00am-5:00pm They have at least six varieties of Balsam Fir, three varieties of Spruce, mostly Colorado, and several varieties of hybrid Fraser Fir crosses.
    18655 Forest Blvd N
    Forest Lake, MN 55025
    (651) 464-0735
  • Giffords Tree Farm (Lakeville):  Sunday-Saturday | 10:00am-5:00pm
    23240 Texas Ave
    Lakeville, Minnesota 55044
    (952) 461-3717
  • Hampton Hills Tree Farm9am – 4:30pm, pre-cut lot open until 5pm  First two weekends only include free pony rides, hayrides, visits with Santa, coloring books and candy canes! 998 310th St Way,
    Randolph, Minnesota 55065
  • Hansen Tree Farm (Anoka): Opens November 18 | Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm  Warm up in the barn and enjoy free hot cocoa, cider, coffee, tea. On weekends, savor Christmas sausage or hot dogs.  Bring the kids & well behaved dogs. Hike or take a wagon ride and explore the playhouse.
    7440 Alpine Drive NW
    Ramsey, MN 55303
    (651) 247-1952
  • Krueger’s Christmas Trees (Lake Elmo)Opens November 18 | Monday-Thursday 12-8pm, Friday-Sunday 9am-8pm While you are at the farm, take a wagon ride through our fields, go for a nature walk through the woods, drink some hot cider in the warming house or by the campfire, visit with Santa, or find a spot for the perfect family Christmas card! Santa will be there on December 7th from 5:30-7:30pm!
    10970 43rd Street North
    Lake Elmo, MN 55042
  • Log Cabin Pines Christmas Tree Farm: Beginning the day after Thanksgiving | Times vary Log Cabin Log Cabin Pines has cut your own Balsam and Canaan Fir trees available. We also offer fresh precut Balsam and Fraser Fir. They carry wreaths, tree stands, tree bags & preservative. Tree shaking and baling of your tree is available on site.
    6345 E. 240th Street
    Elko, MN 55020
    (952) 461-2448
  • Revak Nursery (Lakeville)Beginning November 19th | Weekends & Black Friday 9am-6pm, Weekdays 2pm-8pm
    24066 Pillsbury Ave.
    Lakeville, MN 55044
  • Revak Nursery (Elko/New Market)Beginning November 24-December 10 | Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am-6:00pm
    6291 E. 240th St.
    Elko, MN 55020
  • Rum River Tree Farm9am – 4:30pm, pre-cut lot open until 7pm First two weekends only include free pony rides, hayrides, visits with Santa, coloring books and candy canes!
    21050 Lake George Blvd
    Oak Grove, MN 55303  
  • St Croix Valley Trees: Opens November 24th | Times vary 458 Rice Lake Road, Somerset, WI 54025 Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors all say, “This is the best place to come!” There are a lot of fun things for kids to do here. Kids can walk the enchanted forest trail, climb on slide down and jump off the giant straw tunnel mountain, bundle up in the covered wagon (select days only), challenge the world’s largest gumball machine, eat their fill of hot dogs, hot chocolate, Donillas & Gooey-Os. Leashed pets may join the fun. Unique tree ornaments and holiday gifts. An abundant, high quality selection of cut your own and pre-cut trees.
    458 Rice Lake Road
    Somerset, WI 54025
  • Wolcyn Tree Farms: Opens daily after Thanksgiving | 9:00am-5:00pm Cut your own or fresh pre-cut. We have free hot cider, coffee, and cookies daily, and hayrides on the weekends.  Hot Dogs, Chip, etc are also available for purchase.  We also offer free shaking and baling of trees along with a free tree disposal bag.
    4542 Hwy. 95 NW
    Cambridge, MN
    (763) 689-3346
  • Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday Play “Albert’s Super Power” (Bachman’s on Lyndale)November 18 – December 17 | Saturdays & Sundays, Performance Times Vary Albert the Elf has been admiring the skills of his favorite superheroes and is eager to become one himself! But when Super Rudolph – a popular Christmas toy and Albert’s desired sidekick – is in high demand and short supply, Albert’s superhero dreams are at risk. Will our favorite elf get everything he wants this Christmas, or give up on his dream and turn in his cape? For more than 30 years, it has been a beloved Bachman’s tradition to host an annual holiday play. All ages are welcome. Following the play, guests are invited to participate in a sing-along of holiday carols and take their picture with Santa and Albert. (Bring your own camera. Play lasts approximately 20 minutes. Seating is first come, first serve.)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Story Live on Stage: November 19 | Performance Times Vary This brand new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang– Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown– as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols led by the Peanuts characters.
  • The Hip Hop Nutcracker: November 21-22 | 7:30pm The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an modern twist on a holiday classic performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, DJ and violinist.  Through the spells cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer, Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince, travel back in time to the moment when her parents first meet in a nightclub. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of sugarplums into 1980s Brooklyn. The Hip Hop Nutcracker celebrates love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.
  • Saint Croix Ballet: The Nutcracker: November 24-26 | Performance Times Vary The Stillwater Nutcracker, now in it’s 27th year, is a family friendly version choreographed to the music of Tchaikovsky and follows the traditional storyline of a young girl named Clara and her Christmas dream. Our version includes a live narration and the exuberant dancing of young children ages 5 through the professional level.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company: November 7-January 7 | Performance Times Vary Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes.
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze: November 25-December 3 | Performance Times Vary Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one!
  • A Christmas Carol (The Guthrie): November 14th – December 30th | Performance Times vary  This year marks the 43rd annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, an annual favorite at the Guthrie that impresses every year!
  • Mini NutcrackerNovember 28 | 11:00am The Mini-Nutcracker is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s classic, A Minnesota Nutcracker, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. This beloved holiday tradition with soaring music by Tchaikovsky promises to hold the attention of even the youngest theatergoer. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour, performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production. A perfect holiday mini-treat! Tickets are $6.
  • A Christmas Carol at the Basilica of Saint MaryDecember 1 | 7:00-9:00pm Head to the Basilica for a special evening featuring A Christmas Carol presented by River City Theatre Company at The Basilica of Saint Mary. This timeless tale by Charles Dickens is a great way to celebrate the season with young and old. The story has been adapted for the Readers Theatre and directed by Suzi Larkin. It is sure to be a festive evening of song benefitting The Basilica of Saint Mary. Tickets start at $25 for 13 and up and $5 for 12 and under.
  • Lorie Line’s Holiday TourDecember 1-2 | Performance Times Vary  Lorie Line returns and brings her traditional Christmas show to Burnsville, which is perfect for the family! KING OF KINGS will celebrate the magnificent story and the birth of our Savior. Lorie will be bringing her world-class Pop Chamber Orchestra and a featured guest vocalist. Santa always shows up at a Lorie Line show, so bring the kids (ages 4 and up) as they will all be invited to the stage to be in The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Bring your bells.
  • Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker (Orpheum Theater): December 2 | 3:00 & 7:00pm  Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is an annual treat for the whole family.  Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make this particular Nutcracker a unique holiday treat not to be missed!
  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Highland Park Community Center): December 7-19 | Tickets are on sale now for this interactive play for the whole family through the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company.
  • A Minnesota Nutcracker (Burnsville – Ames Center)December 8-10 | Performance Times Vary  Enjoy the beloved holiday classic with a Minnesota twist!  Twin Cities Ballet’s original A Minnesota Nutcracker is a cherished holiday tradition for thousands, and one of the most-attended holiday dance events in the Twin Cities.  While retaining all the magic and familiar traditions loved by so many, A Minnesota Nutcracker adds local flare with Minnesota settings and custom designed Minnesota-centric backdrops.  Accompanied by the iconic Tchaikovsky music, Clara, Drosselmeyer, and guests dance and dream from historic Rice Park and Summit Avenue in St. Paul, to the snowy banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, to the magnificent palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.  A Minnesota Nutcracker promises delightful entertainment for the whole family, from ballet novices to loyal patrons alike. 
  • The Blenders 2017 Holiday Soul TourDecember 8-10 | Performance Times Vary The Blenders have spent over 25 years touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal, harmony-based music. They have appeared with such acts as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Savage Garden, Blues Traveler, Chicago, The Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Chuck Berry and many more. They have appeared on a variety of national and regional television shows including The Arsenio Hall Show (FOX), The Today Show on NBC, Crook and Chase (TNN), and WGN. Don’t miss the return of their magnificent Holiday Soul Tour at the intimate Pantages Theatre.
  • KS95’s “Clouds” Choir for a CauseDecember 15 | 6:00-7:15pm Please join Crisco, Dez, Ryan, Rudy, Darrin, Moon, Staci, Bangs & JoJo for KS95’s 5th Annual Largest “Clouds” Choir for a Cause at the Mall of America Rotunda! The KS95 Morning Show will again be unveiling the amount raised from the “KS95 for Kids” Radiothon which also takes place on Friday, December 15th in Sears Court, Mall of America. Special bonus joining KS95’s 5th Annual Largest “Clouds” Choir for a Cause will be members of the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.
  • Academy of Russian Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Eden Prairie High School)December 15-17 | Performance Times Vary  The Academy of Russian Ballet presents its Sixteenth Annual dance production of The Nutcracker classical Ballet in the Minneapolis area. This authentically Russian classical version of the holiday Fairytale is performed by Academy of Russian Ballet dancers. Academy of Russian Ballet Nutcracker performance is faithful to the original enduring Marius Petipa choreography.
  • A Minnesota Orchestra Christmas: Home for the HolidaysDecember 21 | 11:00am & 7:30pm The magic of the season comes to life in this heartwarming show of songs and stories featuring a new work by Minneapolis’ own storyteller laureate Kevin Kling and director/co-writer Peter Rothstein.
  • Jim Brickman A Joyful ChristmasDecember 27 | 7:30pm Be part of the holiday concert tradition of the season as Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation Jim Brickman returns to Burnsville for A Joyful Christmas.  Join Jim as he brings the sound and spirit of the season to the Ames Center.  Bring your family, friends or that special someone and make Jim Brickman your new holiday tradition!
  • Lightwire Theater – A Very Electric Christmas: December 28 | 7:30pm Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole…his adventure begins! Dancing toy soldiers, caroling worms and performing poinsettias light up the stage in Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Xcel Energy Center)December 30 | 3:30pm & 8:00pm 2017’s tour is a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” 2017’s tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.
  • Louis Anderson Live New Years Eve (Burnsville – Ames Center): December 31st | 6:30 & 9:30pm  Stand-up from one of Minnesota’s own in Burnsville – ring in the new year with Louie Anderson!
  • Santa, Mrs. Claus, & Reindeer (Inver Grove Heights): November 25-26 | 10:00am-3:00pm  Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and let them know what you want this year. Bring your camera to capture the memory. See the reindeer up close. $6 per child, $12 per family. 
  • Free Photos with Santa (Woodbury Cabela’s): November 25-December 16 | Saturdays, 11:00am-3:00pm  Bring your kids and dogs in and get a phot0 with Santa, free of charge! See store for further details.
  • Brunch with Santa and Friends: November 26-December 3 | 9:30am-3:30pm Meet and get a picture with Santa by a photographer. Photo opportunity to take pictures of your little ones with The Ice Sisters and Snowman in front of their blue wintery background. You’ll get great pictures for the holiday without the mall hassle! Spidey and his fellow crime fighting bat friend will be in attendance, playing games and challenging you to an arm wrestling match. A special guest princess will help you to create a take-home ornament. Guest appearances by numerous other characters (think happy trolls, crime fighting pups, and more)!
  • Santa’s Train Shop (St. Paul): December 2-17 | Weekends, 10:00am-4:00pm  15 minutes long train rides that you can ride as many times as you like. Get a photo with Mr. & Mrs. Claus for $5. Face painting, balloon artist, live music. Food and other vendors with other items for sale on site for purchase. 
  • Brunch with Santa at Lord Fletchers: December 2-17 | Weekends, 10:00am-1:00pm Ho Ho Ho! It’s the most wonderful time of the year… time to spread Christmas cheer! Get your wish lists ready & join Santa for brunch! Take a photo with Santa! Take your own, or purchase ours for $8. Space is limited, call ahead for reservations. On December 10th,  special guests Anna and Elsa will join the fun! December 17th brings live reindeer and a sleigh from 10:00am-12:00pm and dog sledding from 10:00am-1:00pm. Dog sled rides will be $20 for up to 3 people on a sled for 15min. 
  • Santa Visit (Eagan): December 2 | 10:000am-12:00pm  Santa will be posing for pictures and collecting holiday wish lists at the Eagan Community Center Atrium. Everyone is welcome to this fun annual event. Don’t forget to bring your camera. While you are there, come and enjoy the Eagan Market Fest Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through 1:00 p.m. Free!
  • Cookies & Crafts with Santa (Woodbury): December 2 | 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00am Santa will be taking a break from making toys and wants you to join him and a few of his helpers in decorating cookies, making a fun holiday craft and taking pictures. Bring your own camera and a great big smile for Santa! Recommended ages 2 and older with participating adult. $6 per child (only children need to register). Eagle Valley Golf Course Banquet Room.
  • Teddy Bears and PJs Party (Woodbury)December 2 | 1:00pm-4:00pm A magical FREE event for children and their favorite teddy bear! Enjoy delicious hot chocolate and christmas cookies. Meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen and get a picture with them. Meet Santa Claus and get a picture with him. Holiday crafts and face painting. Teddy Bear check ups. Come in your comfy PJs and bring your favorite huggable friend to make the afternoon even more special!
    Also, Bring a new toy that we will be collecting to donate to a local Twin Cities Children’s Shelter
  • Sunrise Banks Santa DayDecember 2 | 9:00am-12:00pm Sunrise is hosting a family fun event with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and his reindeer.  Come and join us for a morning of holiday cheer and get pictures with Santa.
  • Santa Saturdays at the Minnesota ZooDecember 2, 9, & 16 | 11:30am-1:00pm  December is a great time to visit the Minnesota Zoo. If you’re looking for that perfect holiday photo, bring your family and camera to the zoo!
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus at Choo Choo Bob’s Train StoreDecember 3 & December 10 | 4:00pm Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Choo Choo Bob’s on Sunday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 4P to 6P. Bring a letter for Santa and your camera for the best Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Twin Cities. And as always, this event is free!
  • Breakfast with Santa (Macy’s Restaurants)December 3-December 23 | Times vary Celebrate the season with the big guy! Breakfast with Santa at the Southdale Lakeshore Grill or the  Ridgedale Lakeshore Grill. 
  • Santa Paws Day at Fawn-Doe-Rosa: December 9-10 | 10:00am-3:00pm ‘Tis the season… Come join our family for some holiday fun during Santa Paw Days at FAWN-DOE-ROSA from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday! Giftshop open only. We have lots in store for 30% off (does not include FDR Gift Certificates and items from visiting local vendors). Santa will be visiting from 12-3 each day! Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa – pets are welcome for this event as well. Even though the animal park will be closed – we will have a small Critter Corral set up with some furry friends to pet, see and feed. The cookies will be out and the cider will be on… Looking forward to seeing you and your family for our Annual Santa Paw Days at FAWN-DOE-ROSA! This is a free event.
  • Breakfast with SantaDecember 9 | 9:00am-12:00pm Join the Lakeville Brewing Company for a very special Breakfast with Santa! They will be opening an hour early to start the festivities. So, bring your little ones and let them enjoy seeing Santa at their favorite brewery, while you all enjoy delicious breakfast from our brunch menu! Food shelf donations will be accepted and 10% of brunch sales will be donated to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.
  • Live Reindeer & Santa (Stillwater)December 9 | 1:00-4:00pm  Bring the kids to the Pedestrian Plaza in Historic Downtown Stillwater for a fun live reindeer experience! Bring your camera for a perfect holiday photo opportunity as Santa will be there, too. Then wander town and do a little low stress shopping and dining! Live reindeer are just one of the many holiday traditions downtown Stillwater as part of the month-long Hometown for the Holidays event from Shop Small Saturday to New Year’s Eve.
  • Brunch with Santa (Inver Grove Heights)December 9 | 8:30 0r 10:30am Santa is coming for breakfast! Families will enjoy a light breakfast, visit with Santa, facepainting, balloon animals, game, selfie booth crafts and more. Bring new or gently used hats and gloves to donate and be entered in a toy raffle. Cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. 
  • Santa’s Workshop (Landmark Center, St. Paul)December 10 | 1:00pm   Bring the kids to Landmark for a visit with Santa Claus at “Santa’s Workshop.” Free pictures with Santa!
  • Fun and Photos with Santa (White Bear Lake)December 15 | 5:00-7:00pm The Wishing Tree Play Cafe is hosting a holiday party! Join them for open play (with paid admission), stay for dinner, and take your family photo with Santa. Personal cameras are welcomed for photos. They are also collection donations for the White Bear Lake Food Shelf.
  • Free Portrait with Santa (Blaine Home Depot)December 16 | 10:00am-1:00pm Head to the Northtown Home Depot on Saturday, December 16th for your Free 5×7 Portrait with Santa printed onsite and a Kid’s Workshop!
  • Storytime with Santa at the Burnsville CenterDecember 16 | 10:00-11:00am Enjoy a morning of good books, good people and a good cause! Santa is joining forces with Books to the Rescue, Twin Cities, MN and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office to read a few books and raise awareness for the Books to the Rescue! program that raises funds to stock First Responder vehicles in the Twin Cities with Usborne & Kane Miller Books, and colored pencils to calm children in crisis. This event includes storytime, visits with Santa, and photos with the Sheriff’s Office. Usborne & Kane Miller Books will be available for purchase to go toward this program. 
    *Visits with Santa are always free. Photo packages are available for purchase. Each photo package comes with a $20 Shutterfly gift card and the opportunity to schedule a Santa phone call.
  • Winter Castle at Rosedale Center: Through February 5 | 10:00am-8:00pm The Winter Castle includes six towers, with the tallest standing 31 feet high. Light shows will incorporate 30,000 sparkling, crystal-ornamented LED lights that change color and are programmed to music. Admission is free Free, however, photos with Santa can be purchased starting at $24.99 (personal photos restricted). Santa will be available through December 24.
  • Ice Skating at Centennial Lakes:  Opens mid-December | Times vary   Complementing the rink is a cozy, rink-side warming house, complete with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, restrooms, concessions and skate rental. Concession items include hot chocolate, pop, popcorn, hot dogs, chips and candy. Skate rental is available for $6 per pair, with sizes ranging from children’s Size 8 up to adult Size 13. Ice sleds may also be rented for $7 per hour. A photo identification must be given as a deposit for all rentals. There is no admission charge for skating. Skate rental is available for $6 per pair, with sizes ranging from children’s Size 8 up to adult Size 13. Ice sleds may also be rented for $7 per hour. A photo identification must be given as a deposit for all rentals. There is no admission charge for skating. Concessions stand and skate rental hours are 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sundays and most school holidays. Please note that although concessions and rentals do not open until 4 p.m. on weekdays, the skating rink does open at noon to accommodate those with their own skates.
  • Wells Fargo Winter Skate (Rice Park St.Paul): Opens Saturday, November 18  Rice Park is all classic Christmas and is home to downtown St. Paul’s Christmas tree, and the whole park is draped with twinkling lights.   Monday–Thursday: 11am–5pm, Friday–Saturday: 11a –10pm, Sunday: 11am–8pm  FREE
  • Skating at Southdale Mall (Edina)Opening Soon | Hours vary The ice rink, which is free to the public, is located in the parking lot near the Edina water tower on the corner of France Avenue and 69th Street. The rink will be open during mall hours through February 19.
  • Central Park Skating Loop (Maple Grove)Opens November 24, Weather Permitting Huge outdoor skating loop at Central Park!  Free
  • Skate with Santa (Brooklyn Park): December 2 | 2:15-3:45pm Come ice skate while listening to festive music. Skaters receive special treats. Bring a non-perishable food donation and get $1 off skating. All donation to go CEAP.
  • Skate with Santa (Inver Grove): December 10 | 6:00-7:30pm $5 per person in advance; $7 at the door, Register by Friday, Dec. 1. Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa is coming to visit the Community Center on skates!  Skate around the ice with Santa and your family.  Come dressed in red or green and you will get a special holiday prize.  Hot beverage and snacks will be provided.
  • Skate with Santa (Elk River): December 17 | 3:45-5:15pm Skate with Santa is an Arena tradition for the whole family. This open skating event is free to the public with donations accepted for the CAER food shelf.
  • Holiday Skate with Santa (Farmington): December  17 | 1:30-3:00pm Games, prizes, and of course Santa. All Ages Welcome. FREE with a food shelf donation.
  • Skate with Santa (Rogers): December 17 | 4:00-5:15pm Open Skate with Santa. $4 per skater; ages 5 & under free, FREE hot chocolate with paid open skate admission. Rental Skates Available – Toddler 6/7 thru Adult 13 [$2/pr]. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa!
  • Candlelight and Ice (Richfield): December 31 | 5:00-9:00pm Make this your New Year’s Eve tradition; celebrate the new year at Wood Lake with family and friends!  Follow hundreds of candle-lit luminaries on a walking trail through cattails and trees while keeping a lookout for deer, coyote, and owls. Roast marshmallows over a crackling fire, warm up inside with hot cocoa, make a craft, play a game, and enjoy the brisk winter evening. $5 per person.
  • NYE Celebration on Ice (Roseville)December 31 | 2:30-9:30pm Bring your family, meet your friends, or just come by yourself to the Roseville Skating Center for the Midwest’s largest skating party. Skate indoors or outdoors on the 110,000 square-foot skating surface which boasts four hockey rinks for the rink rats or skate leisurely on the Olympic-size OVAL. Enjoy door prizes, concessions and the company of other winter-loving skaters. New Year’s Eve on Ice is a great way for the entire family to have fun and stay safe.
  • Holidazzle: November 24-December 23 | Varies Holidazzle creates a community gathering place and holiday destination for people of all ages to come together and celebrate winter in Downtown Mpls. This year’s Holidazzle features stories highlighting local people, products and places that showcase the food scene, art district, park system, active lifestyle, local entertainers and community groups that make our city and our region unique and special. Minneapolis-centric vendors provide options for prepared and packaged food, beverages and unique gift and craft items. This year’s programming lineup will include the outdoor skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, musical performances from bands and choirs, weekly movies featuring holiday classics, themed days, giveaways, surprise and delight moments and more. Heat up and grab a beverage in our warming house, then continue your trek testing out some of Minnesota’s finest products. Vikings, moose, and abominable snow men alike are all welcome. Stroll through the festive lights and follow the savory smells as you enjoy your holiday experience in the heart of the city.
  • Beauty and the Beast Jr at Stages Theatre Company: November 17-December 28 | Varies Join us this holiday season for a “tale as old as time!” The fantastical story of transformation and true inner beauty enchants our main stage this December with some of the most popular songs ever written. Based on the original Tony Award nominated Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, this classic story of Belle and the Beast who must learn to love and be loved will fill your heart and stir your imagination throughout the holidays. We invite your whole family to “be our guest” to share in celebrating the love and joy of this timeless tale.
  • A Victorian Christmas: November 24-January 4 | Varies Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas with special holiday tours. See original family ornaments and family gifts, hear holiday music played on the 1875 Steinway piano, and taste fresh cookies baked in the wood stove. Discover how the Ramsey family and servants celebrated the exciting holiday season.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Children’s Theatre Company: November 7-January 7 | Varies Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes.
  • Night Trains: Saturdays, November-February | 6:00-9:00pm Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
  • Pre K Program at The Works Museum: Select Mondays | 9:00am-12:00pm Pre K Mondays feature special activities just for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. Kids are natural engineers – experience the amazing fun of hands-on engineering together! Encourage your Pre K student to explore his or her curiosity and design, build, and create.
  • Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House: Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center! FREE.
  • Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark: 2nd Tuesday of every month | 12:00pm The Saint Paul Ballet performs excerpts from the company repertoire each year, highlighting events for their coming season. They are held the second Tuesday of the month at noon from October through May. FREE.
  • Sundays at the Landmark: Select Sundays | Various Times Sundays at Landmark is a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted and are kid friendly and open to the public! FREE.
  • Tots & Trains at Minnesota Transportation Museum: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month | 10am-12pm Explore the Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum with your little one. Check out their open play area full of train tables. Create a themed craft to take home. Cuddle up and listen to a train themed story read by one of the museum’s passionate volunteers. Snacks for the kids and coffee for the parents are provided.
  • Three Rivers Park District: FREE Family Fun Days: Sundays | Various Times Three Rivers offers family fun at Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Discover all the fun that life in and around the river and woods has to offer. FREE.
  • Kid’s Club Workshops at Michaels: Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included.
  • Toddler Tuesdays at MOA: Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! FREE.
  • Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store: Tuesdays | 10:00am Engineer Paul hosts a storytime full of songs and smiles. Afterwards, enjoy the morning exploring and playing with the various train sets and tables at this fun train store. FREE.
  • Preschool Playdates at the Science Museum: Tuesdays | Regular Hours  This special playdate includes make and take crafts as wells as special theater programs and demonstrations just for preschoolers. Kids age 5 and under are free with paid adult admission. Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free admission during playdates.
  • Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market: Wednesdays | 10:30am-1:00pm Wee Wednesdays showcase free educational programming, fun crafts and great meal deals each Wednesday morning at Midtown Global Market!
 Dance with them, experience live puppet theater, learn to cook fun items together in the kitchen, and even pet live animals from the Como Zoo. FREE.
  • Kids at the Castle: Third Friday Playdates: (American Swedish Institute) In the hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, movement and crafts inspired by ASI’s current exhibits- activities that will encourage creative minds and active hands. Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 per family. Registration not required; check in at the Information Desk by 11 a.m. on the day of the program. Adult accompaniment required.
  • Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning: Saturdays | 11:00am-3:00pm Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

We are so excited to announce our 2nd Annual Get Waxed Moms Night Out event series with Waxing the City! Come join us at one of their 5 participating locations for an evening of wine, appetizers, waxing services and swag, for just $12! All moms need a night out every once in awhile, and this busy holiday season is the perfect time to take a break and enjoy some time with friends.

2017 Twin Cities Holiday Event Guide | Twin Cities Moms Blog

{SOLD OUT} Announcing our 2nd Annual Donuts with Santa events! Due to the huge demand for this event last year (we sold out in a matter of minutes), we have expanded to two different dates/locations this year, tripling our capacity. While we have greatly increased our capacity, we still expect to sell out very quickly, so please don’t hesitate in getting your tickets! 2017 Twin Cities Holiday Event Guide | Twin Cities Moms Blog2017 Twin Cities Holiday Event Guide | Twin Cities Moms Blog

  • Caring Santa at Southdale Center: December 3 | 9:00-11:00am Just for Children with Special Needs. Caring Santa is coming to town! Reserve your spot for a private photo experience today. Caring Santa will be waiting at the Center Court.
  • Sensory Friendly Santa at Eden Prairie CenterDecember 3 | 8:00-10:00am This is an exclusive sensory friendly event for children with special needs and their families. This event takes place before mall hours. Lights will be dimmed, music will be off and escalators will not be running. Reservations are suggested, but not required.
  • Sensitive Santa at Northtown Mall: December 3 | 8:00-10:00am Sensitive Santa is an event for families with children with all spectrums of special needs, providing a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit The Santa Photo Experience. Simple adjustments are made to reduce sensory stimuli (muted lights, music and waiting to visit Santa at activity tables) to create a calming environment.
  • Sensitive Santa at Maplewood Mall: December 3 | 9:00-11:00am Children with special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session where extra care is taken to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children.
  • Sensory Friendly Concert: Violin Duo: December 9 | 11:00am-12:00pm Join us for an engaging and interactive concert featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Joanne Opgenorth, violinist Helen Chang Haertzen, and talented guest musicians from the audience! The Minnesota Orchestra’s sensory-friendly small ensemble concerts are inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but registration is required.
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: December 9 | 10:00am-11:00am Join us this holiday season for a “tale as old as time!” The fantastical story of transformation and true inner beauty enchants our main stage this December with some of the most popular songs ever written. Based on the original Tony Award nominated Broadway production and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, this classic story of Belle and the Beast who must learn to love and be loved will fill your heart and stir your imagination throughout the holidays. We invite your whole family to “be our guest” to share in celebrating the love and joy of this timeless tale
  • Sensory Friendly Saturdays at Select Dakota County Libraries: | 10:30am Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome.
  • Sensory Jump Night @ Pump It Up: Third Tuesday of Every Month | 6:00-8:00pm During this evening event, the play areas are reserved for kids on the autism spectrum and their families. Kids have a great time meeting new friends. Jump, slide, and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.
  • Sensory Friendly AMC Movies: Second and Fourth Saturday of Every Month | Varies AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.
  • Second Saturdays at TPT: Second Saturday of Every Month | 8:00am-12:00pm AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.
  • Sensory Friendly Movies at Marcus Theatre: Select Saturdays | 10:30am We understand that sometimes it is difficult or uncomfortable for families with special needs children to attend movies together. Marcus Theatres Reel Movies for Reel Needs is a specially designed program to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family friendly films at a theatre. A select first run movie is featured one Saturday each month at a convenient 10:30 AM showtime. 
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