Holiday Itineraries

Finding the right amount of things to do when you're in a city for the first time is tough.

With all the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season Minneapolis offers a retreat from the chaos and a place to relax and enjoy a true holiday experience.  Get your closest friends together for some holiday cheer or checkout Minneapolis Holiday classics like Holidazzle in Loring Park at catch a show at one our theaters.

Top Spots for Holiday Cheer with friends

Between the gift shopping and office parties its hard to find time to get together with friends and toast to the holiday season. We’ve put together the top spots to grab some holiday cheer!


Start out the weekend getaway at the Hilton Minneapolis where you’ll get digital check-in, no booking fees, HHonors® Points & lowest price* from $89 in the largest hotel in the city. The Hilton is on the famous skyway system and a short walk from the METRO Blue and Green Line trains and numerous bus routes that will take you to all the stadiums, fields, courts and pools in town. The Hilton’s fitness center, pool and hot tub & sauna are at your disposal for pre- or post-game workouts and relaxation.


Grab your friends and head just 25 minutes out of the city and experience Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino. Take in Borealis – The Holiday Magic Continues is a unique tour de force that celebrates the spirit and wonder of the holiday season. This all-new holiday cirque show features stunning acts that push the boundaries of physicality and artistry including aerialists, acrobats, daredevils and more.


Once you make your way back downtown make reservations for a night at Murray’s, where since 1946, the Silver Butter Knife steak, a legendary 28-ounce strip sirloin for two has been hand cut by their in-house butcher, Boyd (who has been doing this for 37 years right on Sixth Street South). The original 1954 neon sign beckons you to Dine-Dance, Cocktails and Good Food and the third-generation family business retains all of the traditions and legacy that Murray’s built its reputation on, including the in-house baked garlic toast.


Named for the Roman emperor, Constantine is defined as a subterranean destination for the adventurous tippler. This cozy, sensuous space is the perfect setting for friends to experience a cocktail with all the senses. The charismatic staff practice the art of good conversation, and drinks may even come with a side of storytelling.

Minneapolis Holiday Classics


You will want to be close to the action, so priority one is dropping your bags at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, where you’ll return after your active day to rest your weary head and enjoy the comforts of this historic hotel in the Mill District near the Mississippi Riverfront. First, stop for a snack and a nightcap at the Stone Arch Bar also don’t forget to make time for a spin on the Depot’s indoor ice rink.

Or check out The Common's Hotel located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota, this industrial schoolhouse chic property embodies a sense of inner geek in a chic setting, embracing diversity through the common desire to discover, with an uncommon experience. Explorers satisfy the whims of their inner geek with a Book Butler, in-room art galleries, alchemist mixology lessons and Sudoku sleep-ins. No two trips to the Commons Hotel will ever be the same, as every visit brings new discoveries and experiences to enlighten mind and soul.


The Science Museum of Minnesota will exercise your brain and your body with exhibits like Future Earth and Math Moves and other visitor favorites like the Musical Stairs, the Tornado, the Towboat and the Giant Astronaut. The Omnitheater, with its 90-foot domed screen, is an experience in itself. Catch the new Humpback Whales film and join scientists as they uncover the secrets of some of the world’s largest mammals on their 10,000-mile annual migration.


You’ll have worked up an appetite so it’s time to grab a bite to eat at Gather, a 2015 OpenTable Diners’ Choice winner inside the Walker Art Center. Then downstairs to the Walker Art Center, Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater and music performances as well as film screenings. Don’t miss the annual British Arrows screenings (award winning British commercials), screened December 4th – January 3rd or the regular and First Free Saturdays if you’re smart with your wallet.


After your experience at the Walker head across the street to Loring Park for 2015 Holidazzle. This Minneapolis Holiday classic is a  community gathering place that offers free family-friendly programming. Features include local food and beverage vendors, artesian booths, entertainment, and fireworks.


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