With the first snowfall already under our belts, holiday season is upon us. When busy schedules get in the way and hibernation is at the back of your mind, it’s time to get out and have some fun! Minneapolis has got all you and your family need to get into the holiday spirit.
Black Nativity at Penumbra Theatre November 21st – December 22nd, 2019 Times Vary Penumbra Theatre
This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou Bellamy and the musical direction of Sanford Moore, this homegrown Christmas show returns with exceptional lead vocalists, the outstanding Kingdom Life Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Alanna Morris-Van Tassel. Join Penumbra for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.
Santa and Albert's Holiday Play "The Snowflake Dance" November 23rd-December 22nd, 2019 Times vary Bachman's Floral, Gift & Garden on Lyndale
Albert the Elf has been invited to the hottest dance at the North Pole, but there’s just one problem: He’s worried he can’t dance. Santa is ready and willing to dish out helpful tips on how to boogie, but Albert’s not sure he can trust his old friend for advice on the dance floor. Will Albert gather the courage he needs to bust a move with his best elves, or will his wavering confidence keep him from enjoying the most exciting event of the season?
Gingerbread Wonderland November 23rd, 2019 - January 5th, 2020 10:00am-4:00pm Tue-Sun| Closed Mondays Norway House
Norway House’s annual signature Holiday tradition Gingerbread Wonderland returns to the Galleri in all of its cinnamon coziness. All are encouraged to enter their dream cookie creation, regardless of their baking level!
2019 Live Holiday Music November 23rd, 2019 - December 31st, 2019 Times vary Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Free holiday music for Arboretum members and guests. Arboretum admission is $15 for ages 16+, 15 and under are always free. Become a member and deduct your entrance fee. Don't forget to check out their
winter light displays while you're at it!
Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour November 27th-December 29th, 2019 Times vary James J. Hill House
Get in the holiday spirit with a guided tour and learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family. Guides bring visitors through the basement, first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today.
Holidazzle Thursdays-Sundays, November 29th-December 22nd, 2019 Thursdays from 5:00-9:00pm | Fridays from 5:00–10:00pm | Saturdays from 11:00am–10:00pm | Sundays from 11:00am–7:00pm See full schedule Loring Park
As downtown Minneapolis’ premier (and free to attend!) holiday celebration, Holidazzle has delighted residents and visitors for years. Enjoy food, drinks, holiday shopping and activities for all ages! A skating rink (open daily), dedicated movie nights, firework displays, interactive art installments and even Santa Claus are just a few *holidazzling* activities waiting for you.
A Victorian Christmas November 29th-December 29th, 2019 Times vary Alexander Ramsey House
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875 and discover how the Ramsey family and their friends and neighbors prepared for and celebrated the season!
Festive Holiday Lights Tour November 30th-December 29th, 2019 Times vary Minneapolis & St. Paul
Treat yourself to the magic of the holidays by viewing beautiful light displays on this 2 hour tour! Your expert guide will escort you to your warm, heated coach bus where you’ll ride in comfort while viewing twinkling lights and nibbling on holiday treats. The brightly decorated streets of the Twin Cities are sure to get you in the spirit of the season!
Skate the Star at Mall of America December 2019 - January 2020 Mall of America
The Mall of America is bringing to life a magical experience for shoppers and visitors this holiday season. Bring your own skates or rent a pair, and skate your way along the mall's new, custom-built ice rink at the North entrance. Free and open to the public during select mall hours, 100% of rental skate proceeds go directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.
All skaters must complete waivers before skating. Minors under the age of 18 must have waiver signed by a parent or guardian
1850s Holiday Party December 1st, 2019 12:30-3:30pm Ard Godfrey House
Take a guided tour of the charming yellow Ard Godfrey house with docents dressed in 1850s period costume!The house is decorated for the holidays in the modest style of the era. Enjoy free admission, apple cider and cookies during your visit.
Photos with Santa December 2nd & 9th, 2019 Bachman's Floral, Gift & Garden on Lyndale
Bring your own camera and take your child’s photo with Santa and Albert in Santa’s workshop! This photo opportunity is ideal and recommended for infants and toddlers, and does not include a performance of Santa and Albert’s play.
CSE Winter Light Show December 5th-14th, 2019 Civil Engineering Building on the University of MN campus
The CSE Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Now in its ninth year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become an annual campus tradition. This year the shows are bigger and better than ever!
Reindeer Day December 7th, 2019 43rd and Upton Avenue South in Linden Hills
Reindeer Day brings small-town holiday traditions to Linden Hills! Shoppers warm up and roast marshmallows over fire pits, Santa visits with the kiddos, carolers stroll the streets, and merchants hold special in-store events. And what would Reindeer Day be without…live reindeer?
Holiday Flower Show Opening Weekend December 7th-8th, 2019 10:00am each day Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. The 2019-2020 Holiday Show will feature the Ice Punch Poinsettia along with Kalanchoe Cher, Eucalyptus and Persian Shield. Visit the show in its duration, from December 7th, 2019 - January 12th, 2020!
Holiday Tea at Brit's December 8th, 15th & 22nd, 2019 12:30pm Brit's Pub
Come to Brit's for a delectable display of Holiday treats especially prepared to help you celebrate the season! Savouries, pastries, bread, sweets and loose leaf tea will be offered and Victorian carolers will be at the pub between 1:00 and 3:00pm. The event is family-friendly!
2019 Holiday Bake Sale December 14th, 2019 10:00am-5:00pm Union Depot, St. Paul
Union Depot’s 7th Annual Holiday Bake Sale will host the top Twin Cities bakeries for a day of cookie, candy and holiday shopping! Festivities will include baking and cooking demonstrations, cooking ideas, musical performances, food and drink pairing workshops, cake walks and more. This is a free event and open to the public!
Winter Solstice Celebration 2018 December 20th, 2019 6:00-10:00pm American Swedish Institute
Mark the Winter Solstice at ASI, a moment when the earth’s tilt causes the shortest day and longest night of the year. Since pagan days, solstice has traditionally meant the "year as reborn," with ancient (and modern) Scandinavians fusing it into the longer “Jul” or Yule season. ASI celebrates this powerful seasonal juncture with fun, festivity and performance during extended hours. FIKA Café will serve a special festival menu with small plates and warm glögg (Swedish mulled wine) and the ASI Museum Store and Jul Shop will also be open late for all of your last-minute gift needs!