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Top 10 Minneapolis Winter Spots

Nicollet Mall

1. Nicollet Mall:

Running through the heart of downtown sits the shopping center of the city, Nicollet Mall. From high-end boutiques to department stores like Macy’s, you’ll find the latest trends for all your fashion and gift-giving needs. Finish your holiday shopping at the center of a winter wonderland. In need of refreshment? Visit one of the delicious restaurants located in this part of town. From Hell’s Kitchen to Firelake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, there is a wide array of upscale dining to satisfy you.

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2. Holidazzle Village and Holiday Market:

Beyond the shopping, you’ll find even more holiday cheer on Nicollet Mall. Always been a fan of the annual Holidazzle parade? This year, Minneapolis is bringing a new twist to the seasonal spirit with Holidazzle Village and Holiday Market. Located between 10th and 12th streets, the Village and Market will run from Friday, Nov. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 24, and feature ice skating, dog sledding, fireworks and more. Modeled after European Christmas markets, this exhibit will offer local and international food from Minnesota Harvest apple strudel to German bratwurst. Don’t miss the ultimate holiday celebration!

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The Guthrie

3. The Guthrie Theater:

The season isn’t quite complete without a peek into Minneapolis’ wonderful world of theatre. The Guthrie presents its annual rendition of _A Christmas Carol_ that will warm your heart for the holidays. Tickets are on sale now through Dec. 28. In need of some more shopping? Visit the Guthrie Store to find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself to delicious dinner and drinks at Sea Change Restaurant & Bar, located on the first level of Guthrie Theater. It’s the perfect spot for a night out during the holiday season.

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4. Mall of America:

Bring old holiday memories back to life by visiting Santa in his natural habitat: the Mall! Bring children for a bit of family fun and holiday cheer for Photos with Santa. No appointment necessary, the event will take place every day now through Dec. 24. Get your pets in on the holidays, too. Bring your loved ones to the Mall of America on Sunday, Dec. 7 for a reunion with Santa Claus. Photo packages will be available for purchase. And don’t forget any and all holiday shopping in the nation’s largest shopping mall!

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The State Theatre

5. The State Theatre:

Nothing beats the classical beauty of the Historic State Theatre. Head out on the town for a night of classy delight for the 49th anniversary of Loyce Houlton’s _Nutcracker Fantasy_.  Playing now through Dec. 23, this ballet will be sure to impress with beautiful costumes, music and dance. This show brings the magic to life with over 100 artists.

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MN Wild

6. Minnesota Wild:

For winter sports fans, join in the excitement of rooting on one of our favorite teams. The Minnesota Wild season is well-underway and is sure to deliver more exciting and fast-paced on-ice action. Come join in the Minnesota spirit!

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The Depot

7. The Depot Minneapolis Ice Rink:

Opening Nov. 28, the Depot Minneapolis Ice Rink has been ranked one of the top places in North America to skate by, Fodor’s Travel, USA Today and MSNBC_. In the historic Mill District, this rink provides indoor skating with floor-to-ceiling glass walls for a great view of the city. Come with a date, come with a group, whichever way you choose to celebrate, come for a spin in the heart of Minneapolis.

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Melting Pot

8. The Melting Pot of Minneapolis:

What could be better during the cold winter months than warm fondue?  The Melting Pot in downtown Minneapolis will deliver just the thing for anyone looking to warm their palettes with a variety of cheeses, sauces, and chocolate. Indulge in the social atmosphere of dipping and dining. Don’t forget the drinks! With an extensive wine list, you’ll be sure to leave this restaurant with a happy holiday warmth.

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9. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum:

Love the outdoors? Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for an afternoon in a true winter wonderland. With 1,137 acres of plants and displays, this public garden will prove to be a wonderful outdoor time. Getting chilly? Retreat into the Arboretum Restaurant where you can take in the views while taking in some hot chocolate or warm soup or visit the gift store to shop local. For one-of-a-kind gifts and gardening accessories, this is your one-stop-shop. Be sure to check back for future ski and snowshoe trails. The Arboretum will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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The Pourhouse

10. The Pourhouse:

With the holidays comes the New Year. Celebrate in style at The Pourhouse Minneapolis. Hosting a New Year’s Eve Cabaret event, this restaurant and bar invites you to get glammed up and come out for a night to remember! Ring in the New Year with live music, DJ’s, champagne and lots of confetti. Tickets are $85 before Dec. 25 with premium open bar all night.

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