Holiday Lights

Let Minneapolis dazzle you this holiday season. This year drive-thru events, private tours and outdoor viewings are the way to get immersed in the beauty of the city as the streets transform into a holiday wonderland. Check out what Minneapolis has going on to make your holiday season sparkle.

Last Updated: 12/1/21

Psycho Suzi's 

Now - December 31st, 2021

Psycho suzi’s has transformed into Mary’s Christmas palace. The over the top 3-month Christmas Festivus has taken over Psycho Suzi’s and is the most carousing arousing Christmas themed restaurant experience in the North. Everyday and everything is Christmas, until it’s not. Mary’s Christmas Palace celebrates all things Christmas in the best way possible: extravagantly tacky, escapist merriment, and lots of holiday bites & booze.

GLOW Holiday Festival 

November 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Get up close and personal with this holiday light experience and must-see holiday attraction at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together is now a walk-thru event featuring over a million holiday lights, sElfie Plaza, three-story ice palace, bike-powered tree, State Fair Food Court, Sky Glider rides and so much more.

Christmas in Color: Drive Thru Animated Light Show at Valley Fair

November 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022

Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza - we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window!


Winter Lights 2021

November 19, 2021 - Sunday January 2, 2022

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum looks forward to sharing their stunning light display as a walking tour for 2021. Get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air of a winter evening, as you experience 16 outdoor light displays, featuring flowers, nature and winter fun, on an accessible, stroller-friendly walk that’s just over a half-mile. Warm up midway through the walking tour at a bonfire. Artist Jennifer Hedberg’s luminescent ice sculptures will also be part of the display. Tickets are required for all and are selling fast, so reserve yours now.

Festive Holiday Lights Tour 

December 2 - 26, 2021

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. There will be music, games, and fun for the whole family! The brightly decorated streets of the Twin Cities are sure to get you in the spirit of the season.

All Is Bright Holiday Lights Tour 

December 2 - 26, 2021

Don't let this cold and crazy winter stop you from having fun, Minnesota!

Let's be bold, embrace the cold and make your holidays brighter in the Twin Cities' only open-air fun bus. Join the fun with holiday lights, music, AND Santa as your chauffeur! It's a perfect outing for families. Choose your date and time slot to book the bus for your private party!

Nature Illuminated 

December 2, 2021 – January 2, 2022

This winter, there's a magical world waiting for you at the Minnesota Zoo. Join us for Nature Illuminated: a one-of-a-kind drive-thru experience featuring stunning light work and larger-than-life animal art installations. Nature Illuminated invites you on a spectacular journey into a world of art, awe and light, all from the comfort of your own vehicle. Join us as we shine the spotlight on some of the world’s most endearing and endangered animals, and learn how our collective actions can help save our planet’s wildlife.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Union Depot 

December 4, 2021

See the sparkle of the lights at this annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. The event will begin at 4:30pm. Enjoy complimentary entertainment and holiday activities. At 6:30pm, head outside for the official tree lighting celebration followed by a fireworks display. Afterwards, stick around for the holiday movie night – featuring a classic favorite: Elf

CSE Winter Light Show

December 9 - 11, 2021

Now in its 10th year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become a campus winter tradition. Lights will surround the semi-circular Civil Engineering Courtyard and will be synchronized to music for a 360-degree sensory outdoor experience. Features include a giant 22-foot lighted tree, two 8-foot 3D snowman signs, 8-foot lighted arches, a 5-foot-by-12-foot lighted pixelated changeable sign, a 6-foot circular light structure, 10 two-foot lighted snowflakes, and several lighted trees. The students estimate that the show includes more than five miles of lights and extension cords.

The light show is presented by the University of Minnesota Tesla Works student group. The show features the technical and creative skills of University of Minnesota science and engineering students and their ability to have fun on campus—even in the winter.

Armatage Holiday Light Tour

December 10 - 19, 2021

Enjoy the colorful city streets and light displays of the Armatage Neighborhood this holiday season! The tour is self-guided and the tour map will be available by Friday, December 11.

Please be courteous and respectful of neighbors on your adventure. If you leave your vehicle, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Open to all, even if you don’t live in Armatage.

Holidazzle at Loring Park

December 17 -19, 2021

A free and fun-for-the-whole-family experience complete with seasonal entertainment, Santa, local foods and beverages, holiday shopping from local small businesses, and amusement rides (Ferris wheel, carousel, and a giant slide). Plus, Friday and Saturday feature festive fireworks at 7pm.