Family Holiday Fun in Minneapolis

There's nothing better than spending the holiday season with family and loved ones...especially in Minneapolis!

Looking to get out of the house but want to keep your little ones with you? We've compiled a list of family-friendly holiday activities to get you moving. From theatrical shows to musical performances, there is an endless amount of family fun to be had in Minneapolis during the holidays.  

You can relax knowing that Metro Transit makes it easy and affordable to travel from place to place! They even offer deals such as museum discounts and free rides. Make your weekend even easier by staying at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, in the heart of the Mill District and close to the action. 

November 11 - 22

Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

In 2015, the Walker celebrated the 75th anniversary of its founding as a public art center dedicated to presenting and collecting the art of our times. Curated by the Walker’s executive director Olga Viso and guest curator Joan Rothfuss, the exhibition looks at 75 years of collecting at the Walker—a history distinguished not only by bold and often risk-taking choices but also acquisitions that have consistently breached the boundaries of media or disciplines. The exhibition foregrounds many of these prescient choices.

November 26 & 27


Songs, stories and smiles are the hallmarks of Julglädje; the word translates as “Christmas joy,” and the entire family is invited to share and create memories at this annual holiday performance hosted by Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano and sharing music, old time tales and laughs. Ross will be joined by Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nyckelharpa and fiddle.  Storytelling by Rose Arowsmith-Decoux

November 16 - December 30

A Christmas Carol

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the power of redemption and goodness is a timeless holiday classic. Performd as a one-man show by the great-great grandson of author Charles Dickens, actor Gerald Charles Dickens amazes with his talent and interpretation. Set in the grandeur of the decorated Snyder Building, the message of positive change and devotion is perfect for the holiday season.

December 4

Nicholas David's Annual St. Nick's Day Show "A Celebration of Joyful Giving"

St. Paul-based soul singer-songwriter Nicholas David and his Band The Feelin’ bring their special Holiday Show to the Pantages Theatre featuring many of the songs he has made his own, plus a selection of Holiday songs. Nicholas David’s many appearances on "THE VOICE" in 2012 have brought him national attention. A portion of the show proceeds will go to Keys 4/4 Kids, which accepts, repurposes donated pianos in ways that inspire hope, promote the love of music, provide educational opportunities and empower creative expression.

December 3 & 4

Julmarknad 2016: ASI's Christmas Market

Julmarknad, ASI’s Christmas Market, is the largest holiday weekend at the historic Turnblad Mansion!  This magical festival features performances by Nordic music and dance groups, exceptional holiday shopping at ASI’s Museum Store, and the Julmarknad Handcraft Fair (with handmade or handcrafted goods by 30+ local artists). FIKA serves up a special European winter market inspired menu  or stop by the Bake Sale to pick up treats to bring home for the holidays, too. Families can create slöjd (handcraft) projects or take a break with story time with the Julmarknad Fairy. Tomte and Santa may even stop by. 


$12 adults, $5 children ages 6-18, free for children 5 and under and for ASI members.
Admission includes museum and market.

November 25 - January 7

The Danger Committee-A Stocking Full of Awesome VI: Wreck the Halls

The Danger Committee’s hilarious holiday tradition A Stocking Full of Awesome continues with this year’s installment, Wreck the Halls. Reynaldo, Bald Guy, and Other One return in yet another show that offers definite comedy and possible tragedy…just like Christmas..
The Danger Committee has appeared on NBC, E!, The Travel Channel, and stages from New York to Las Vegas, and they’re back at The Brave New Workshop ETC Theatre creating holiday memories that cannot be forgotten—no matter how much you pay a therapist. Why spend the holidays with people throwing metaphorical knives at you when you can watch people throwing actual knives at each other?
A Stocking Full of Awesome is a two act show with intermission. Run time is 90 minutes. This show is appropriate for the whole family…as long as you consider guys throwing knives at each other appropriate.

Buy tickets online below, or by calling the Brave New Workshop box office at 612-332-6620

December 15 - 18

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

This season’s holiday show is one of the most requested shows in the history of the Ordway - Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Based on the timeless film which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen, this sparkling musical will dazzle you with big dance numbers and the unforgettable songs of Russian-Jewish immigrant, Izzy Baline, better known as Irving Berlin. You’ll hear songs like “Blue Skies”, “I Love A Piano”, “How Deep Is the Ocean”, and of course, the perennial favorite, “White Christmas”.  And inside the theater, there will be lots and lots of snow!

December 17 & 18

A Kat Perkins Christmas

Christmas is Kat Perkins' favorite time of year! A Kat Perkins Christmas is an incredible blend of traditional Christmas songs with Kat's modern spin.  She incorporates her audience in fun crowd participation holiday songs and even features an up and coming young star at each venue. Together she has created a fun, rockin show to celebrate the holidays filled with great music, laughter and even her own original Christmas songs! It's a must see all ages opportunity to bring the entire family!

December 22 & 23

Celtic Holiday Hooley!

Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some warm-fuzzies and holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling and more. Beyond that, it's wacky good fun for everyone with brief guest appearances from well-known holiday characters including The Grinch and yes, even Santa Claus!  Presented by the O'Shea Irish Dancers (who appeared at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in sold-out performances of Kickin' It Irish.) Choreography and music by original Riverdancer, Cormac O'Sé, of Dublin.

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 9am

Breakfast With Santa At Macy's Downtown Minneapolis!

Have yourself a very merry meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner where applicable) with Santa at Macy's! Ho ho ho - it's off to Macy's you go for an unforgettable buffet meal of breakfast, lunch or dinner favorites. Afterwards stay and play-we'll have fun for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your camera. 

November 8 - January 8


Hold on to your pumpkins! The magical, fantastical, and all-too-hilarious Cinderella returns to our stage for the holiday season. Freshly updated with all new songs, gags, and mayhem, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent ball and fulfill her destiny. Put on your glass slippers, and join us for this spectacular and outrageous telling of our unique Cinderella, guaranteed to delight. 

December 3

Making Connections Saturdays

Meet the most awesome range of artists, scientists, crafters, and inventors from around the Twin Cities at the Science Museum of Minnesota! Then roll up your sleeves and take part in the hands-on activities that let you craft and create alongside them.

 December 3, 10, & 17

Santa Saturdays at the Minnesota Zoo

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 on Saturday, December 3, 10, and 17 and meet Santa. He’ll be available for photos from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays through Sundays, November 25 - December 23


Are you looking for an authentic shopping experience this season? Let Holidazzle take your gift giving game to the next level! Enjoy food, beverages, Minnesota made crafts, live music, giveaways, fireworks, tree lightings and don't forget to take your ice skates for a ride on the big rink! 

Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and enjoy a classic holiday movie in the outdoor, winter wonderland! The outdoor movie series will kick-off with the film, Miracle on November 25 at 7:30pm. 

Winter 2016/2017

Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum

BRUCE MUNRO, Winter Light At The Arboretum, the first large-scale light installation at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will illuminate the winter landscape after dark.  This ticketed exhibit makes its Minnesota premiere with a series of five outdoor and two indoor installations that have inspiration and connection to Munro’s visits to the Arboretum, his imagination and life experience.

Tours start the second week of December

Holiday of Lights Tours

Enjoy the Holiday lights with a chauffeur driven tour. We provide holiday music or you’re welcome to bring your own mix. The chauffeurs will show you the finest lights available in the Eastern Metro, or if you have an area you are particularly fond of, let them know. For official dates and times please check out their website

November - December 

Macy's Santaland

Everybody's favorite holiday tradition is back! Drop by our Magical Elf Village and tell jolly Old Saint Nick what's on your wish list, then have your picture taken with him and have a memory that will last forever! Remember, he's only here for a limited time, so catch him while you can!