2016 Family Guide to the Holidazzle

We're thrilled to be partnering with the Minneapolis 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. This year, 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. Will 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 from November 25th -December 23rd.

Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Fridays from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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

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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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. 

Free Rides: 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. Click below for the pass you’d like to download!



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

  • IDS Center Parking Garage (80 S. 8th St, entrance between 7th & 8th)
  • Minneapolis Community & Technical College (1420 Hennepin Avenue)
  • 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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Breadsmith – Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17

Cindy’s Cinnamon Roasted Nuts – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Fire & Flour Bread Drop – Nov. 27, Dec. 11

Kramarczuk’s Sausages – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

K-Town Street Food – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Local Cheese Curds – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Pierogi’s Wonderland by Polish Bistro – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Poffertjes and More by The Littlest Pancake – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Royal Asian Foods – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Specialty Mini Donuts by Sweet Dreams Concessions – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Walt’z Wings & BBQ – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23


Fulton Brewery – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Holidazzle Beverages – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Sociable Cider Werks {Fat Bike Hot Mulled Cider} – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

Spyhouse Coffee – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23

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Pre-Packaged Foods

Cookie Cups – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – Gourmet cookies in the shape of a mini cupcake

Heather’s Dirty Good Seasoning – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – Wide variety of seasonings

Mademoiselle Miel – Dec. 15 – 17 – Chocolates & honey treats

Nordic Cinnamon Sprinkle – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – A Scandinavian blend of cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla to put on top of an assortment of treats

Superior Switchel – Dec. 1-4, Dec. 8-11 – Old school sailor tonic, 5% of profits go to organizations that focus on the sustainability of our Nation’s Great Lakes and MN State Parks

Wallace’s Kettle Corn – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – Enjoy kettle corn as well as cheddar, cinnamon maple, caramel apple, or tutti frutti popcorn!

Crafts and Gifts

The Abbey Alpacas – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – Minnesota raised Alpaca gifts including socks, hats, mittens, and scarves

Apothicare – Dec. 10, 11, 17 & 18 – Elderberry Syrups, Elderberry Gummies, a variety of Herbal Teas, Lip Balm, Sore Muscles Salve, Scrapes and Scars Salve, Burn Salve, Lotion Bars, Deodorant, Gift Baskets and Salve Travel Sets

Blue Turtle Handmade Crafts – Dec. 3-4 – A variety of gifts and ornaments all handmade with Polymer Clay including ornaments and jewelry

Bring It – Dec. 15-17 – 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!

Comfortbug by Heidi – Nov. 25-27 – All items are all handmade in my home studio in beautiful southern Minnesota

Crankosaurus Press – Nov. 25-27 – A St. Paul based business, offering designed and handprinted tea towels

DK Wood Toys – Dec. 15-18, Dec. 22-23 – DK Wood Toys workshop are created in Sparta, Wisconsin, made to last with natural dyes

Fair Anita – Dec. 8-11 – They sell trendy, affordable, artisan-made jewelry and accessories that provide livable wages and fair trade jobs to over 8000 women in 16+ developing countries

Fairbault Woolen Mill Co – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – Here, fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality

Gray Duck Soap – Dec. 8-11 – A handmade soap company from Minnetonka

Hagen & Oats – Nov. 25-27, Dec. 15-18, Dec. 22-23 – You can find great accessories here that help showcase your Minnesota roots!

Kathe Wohlfart – Nov. 25 – Dec. 23 – They produce an assortment of impressive holiday ornaments and decorations

KCM Woodwork – Nov. 25 – 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!

Kevin Matthew Pottery – Nov. 25-27 – Traditional Indian Horse Hair Pottery

Lakestone Jewelry – Dec. 8-11 – They use beautiful rocks and sterling silver to create handmade jewelry

LB Originals – Dec. 15-18, Dec. 22-23  – They use stained glass for variety in color and texture in creating their products

Longshadow Woodworks – Dec. 22-23 – Finely handcrafted kitchen and home accessories using reclaimed native hardwoods.

Love Your Melon – Nov. 25-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.

Lucid Wood – Dec. 17 – Combines graphic photography and rustic woodwork to create stunning artistic pieces

Makwa Studios – Nov. 25-27, Dec. 15-18, Dec. 22-23 – Her work is inspired by her Native heritage where she brings in subtle cultural references in to her design work and patterns

Merchant Leather – Dec. 15-18, Dec. 22-23 – A designer and producer of classically styled, handmade leather goods

Moxie Malas – Nov. 27, Dec. 15-18 – Crystal Healing and Aromatherapy Jewelry

PartlyCloudy Collective – Dec. 1-4 – Embraces the Minnesota aesthetic with beautifully handcrafted items for your head, heart and home

Pure Goodness Bath & Body Shoppe – Nov. 25-Dec. 23 – A family-owned business that provides a variety of bath and body products

Shoppe by Lola – Nov. 25-27, Dec. 1-4 – Delivers high quality, fashionable accessories to fit your lifestyle. From Wallets to Reusable Baggies, each item is hand crafted with care for you!

Stein House – Nov. 25-Dec. 23 – This Stein House stop will provide you a chance to check out traditional German steins that make for a perfect holiday gift!

Strey Designs – Nov. 25-27 – Strey Designs creates functional works of art that cater to your needs; balancing elegance with durability in each of our handcrafted leather products skillfully made in Minneapolis, Minnesota

StylArena – Nov. 25-Dec. 23 – Exciting knitwear that is colorful, fun and designed to keep you warm during the Holidazzle festivities! All of our products are made by hand by people who are treated fairly

The Beer Dabbler – Nov. 25-Dec. 23 – Your one-stop shop for everything craft beer

Tilly Air Plants – Dec. 8-11 – Offers the largest selection of Tillandsia’s (Air Plants) in the Midwest

Viske Designs – Nov. 25-27 – Creates unique jewelry using semi-precious stones, sterling silver and other natural materials

Wintercraft – Nov. 25-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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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 PCL Construction}

Watch classic winter/holiday movies in this Winter Wonderland with your family!

Friday, November 25 | 7:30 pm: Miracle
Sunday, November 27 | 5 pm: Miracle on 34th Street
Thursday, December 1 | 7 pm: Home Alone
Sunday, December 4 | 5 pm: A Christmas Story
Thursday, December 8 | 7 pm: Elf
Sunday, December 11 | 5 pm: Happy Feet
Thursday, December 15 | 7 pm: Serendipity
Sunday, December 18 | 5 pm: Frozen
Thursday, December 22 | 7 pm: Ice Age
Sunday, December 23 | 7 pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas

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!

Friday, November 25 | 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 3 | 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 10 | 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 17 | 6:30 PM
Friday, December 23 | 6:30 PM

Enjoy The Interactive Illuminated Art Installations {Presented By U.S. Bank}

Enjoy the Interactive Illuminated Art Installations presented by U.S. Bank at Holidazzle. Holidazzle has enhanced lighting this year including the Wolf and Moose exhibit originally displayed at the Creative City Challenge this summer. 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.

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Ice Skating At Holidazzle

Enjoy outdoor skating in Downtown Minneapolis at the Wells Fargo Minneapolis WinterSkate! The skating rink officially opens on Wednesday, November 23 and will be open daily throughout the winter skating season—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.

Carriage Rides

Free Holidazzle carriage rides in Loring Park, compliments of Citizens for a Loring Park Community and Friends of Loring Park! Perfect for showing your family around the city or for a romantic date night.

Friday, December 2 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Friday, December 9 | 6:30-8:30 pm
Friday, December 16 | 6:30-8:30 pm

Fitness Classes {Presented by the YMCA}

  • November 26– Jingle Bell Boot Camp with Mitchell
  • December 3– Holiday Hustle Oula with Molly Duffin
  • December 10– Yuletide Yoga with Molly Driessen
  • December 17– Nutcracker Barre with Rebecca

Jingle Bell Boot Camp – This is a freestyle holiday class based on the needs of the elves that show up and style of instructor. We will be exploring Loring Park outside rain or shine! Team activities may be included in this class. 

Oula – Get your sweat and smile on with easy-to-follow dance choreography set to top-40 HOLIDAY hits. Come prepared to have fun and be inspired with this class—it’s dancemania for the soul & a ‘tis the season celebration.

Yuletide Yoga – Find your holiday spirit & prepare for a stress free season. Traditional Yoga poses are applied to fun, holiday music. This class lets your body be your guide. No single pose is required and modifications are available for every pose letting you determine when you’re more flexible or ready for more challenging poses. Bring a mat.

Nutcracker Barre – Find your inner holiday ballerina with some basics of ballet, Pilates and yoga in an energizing workout.  Gain grace, strength and posture while improving muscle tone and endurance. Bring a mat.

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Meet Santa Claus

Stop by and see Santa! He’ll be taking photos, hearing your wish list and spreading holiday cheer. Holidazzle will have an ASL interpreter on site with Santa on Saturday, December 17 from 11 am-2 pm.

Friday, November 25 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, November 26 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, November 28 (11 am – 7 pm) | Saturday, December 3 (11 am – 3 pm)

Sunday, December 4 (1 pm – 5 pm) | Saturday, December 10 (2 pm – 6 pm)

Sunday, December 11 (1 pm – 5 pm) | Thursday, December 15 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 16 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 17 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 18 (11 pm – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 22 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 23 (5 pm – 10 pm)

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. Conquer the moguls, swing across the wreaths, and balance your way through Candy Cane Lane as part of our holiday obstacle course, courtesy of Conquer Ninja Warrior. Plus, enjoy a hay bale maze, Elves Building Station with natural wood building blocks and more! There will also be holiday craftmaking opportunities throughout, so follow the Holidazzle schedule for more details.

Keep up with all of the Holidazzle fun!

2 Responses to 2016 Family Guide to the Holidazzle

  1. Ashley December 2, 2016 at 10:49 AM #

    Can you show a digital copy of your free bus pass? Or do they have to be printed?

  2. Liz K December 5, 2016 at 6:59 PM #

    Is it free to take pictures with Santa?

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