Winter Events

Snow and cold doesn't slow us down. There are still plenty of winter activities and events keeping us busy in Minneapolis.

Gingerbread Wonderland

November 6, 2020 - January 2nd, 2021
Norway House

Norway House and our warm family, friends, and community members are creating a Gingerbread Wonderland city in our gallery—a tradition we have come to love, and one that will soon be a part of your family’s annual holiday to-do list, too!

This year, due to public health concerns, only a third of those will safely be able to see the exhibit in person. A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the public.

British Arrows Greatest Hits

November 19, 2020 - January 4th, 2021
Virtual Event

As an online presentation this year, a ticket to this annual, beloved event includes a collection of the most inventive ads compiled from more than 40 years of British Arrows Awards history. This unique screening experience shows how the Arrows has evolved over the decades—leading up to a special section of new ads created in the UK during the global pandemic lockdown.

GLOW Holiday Festival

November 19, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Sundays-Thursdays: 4:30pm-9:00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Minnesota’s newest holiday light experience and must-see holiday attraction at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this winter. The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together is a one mile drive-thru with a dozen stops featuring over a million holiday lights, illuminated trees, icicle and art installations, a festive gingerbread house, plus a State Fair food court finale!

Northeast Winter Market

First Saturday, November through April
St. Boniface Catholic Church

Support local food vendors and artisans throughout the winter months!

The Northeast Winter Market will be outdoors this season! A true Northern winter experience for hardy Minnesotans who like to brave the cold to support local small businesses.

Christmas in Color: Drive Thru Animated Light Show at Valleyfair

November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021

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!

Nature Illuminated

December 3rd, 2020 - January 17, 2020
Minnesota Zoo

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.

St. Paul Winter Carnival

January 28th-February 7th, 2021
Times and locations vary

The “Coolest Celebration on Earth” is back for another year. This will be the festival’s 135th anniversary further fortifying the fact that it is the oldest winter festival in the United States. Changes have been made to accommodate protocols related to COVID-19 while still making it possible for the community to celebrate and embrace winter.

There will still be plenty of opportunities for safe fun for all ages in Saint Paul and beyond, including new twists on signature events, virtual opportunities, activities to get people outdoors and exploring our great City of Saint Paul and a Drive-Thru Ice and Snow Sculpture Park at Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The Great Northern

January 28th-Feruary 7th, 2021

The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, we seek to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world.