Winter Events

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

Did you know we’re one of 2018's Best Winter Holiday Destinations? With events like the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, City of Lakes Loppet, great shows at the Minneapolis Convention Center and numerous outdoor activities, it’s no secret as to why we’ve ascended into “Winter Wonderland” status. Check out these cool (pun absolutely intended) events going on during the winter in Minneapolis. 

The Santa Experience

November 2nd-December 24th, 2019
Mall of America

Schedule an appointment with Santa! Visit with Santa in an intimate setting—Santa movies and photos will be available for purchase, along with other premiums like portrait enlargements + Christmas cards printed on-site. Book your appointment now!

5th Annual Trip Around the Sun

November 16th, 2019
Insight Brewing

One score and five years ago they opened our brewery, and they kinda feel like celebrating. You’ll enjoy live music in an outdoor heated tent, spectacular food, a deep list of taps and, of course, the annual bottle release of Gravity Well!.

Northeast Winter Market

November 17th & December 15th, 2019 (Post-holiday markets: January 19th, February 16th, March 15th & April 19th, 2020)
Chowgirls at Solar Arts

Support local food vendors and artisans throughout the winter months! The market will feature music on vinyl by The Ring Toss Twins, prepared foods, local beer and Bloody Mary bar, monthly kids activities and a variety of local vendors.

Gingerbread Wonderland

November 23rd, 2019 - January 5th, 2020
10:00am-4:00pm Tuesdays-Saturdays
| 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!


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.

Best of Minnesota Party

December 4th, 2019
Aria Event Center

The Best of Minnesota Party celebrates the spirits of Minnesota, including the people, culture, and landmarks! Join Minnesota Monthly for an evening of critically acclaimed food, savor award-winning wine, craft beer and cocktails, games of chance, and win fabulous prizes.

26th Annual Women's Art Festival

December 14th, 2019
Colin Powell Center

Over 130 local women artists show and sell their wares in a variety of genres including jewelry, pottery, fiber, photography, painting and more. Live music all day. There is live music by women performers throughout the day and a women-owned coffee shop providing food, beverages and treats. Free admission, free ramp parking, all are welcome.

Winter Solstice Celebration 2018

December 20th, 2019
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. 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! Pre-registration required.

The Great Northern

January 23rd-February 2nd, 2020
Times and Locations Vary
Check out the schedule of events

The Great Northern is here to showcase The North at its wintry best. 10 days of events and programming across Minneapolis and Saint Paul. A new, annual tradition that promotes year-round outdoor activity and provides fun and accessible programming for locals and visitors of all ages. Have fun at the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the 130-year-old Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships among other major events!

15th Annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

January 23rd-26th, 2020
Lake Nokomis

Have a ball at this Great Northern event! Celebrate the joy of hockey "the way nature intended" on Lake Nokomis!

St. Paul Winter Carnival

January 23rd-February 3rd, 2020
Times and locations vary

Have a ball at this Great Northern event! Through city-wide special events, fun activities and more, the Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation celebrates winter like only Minnesotans can! Most events are FREE, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul.

Lake Harriet Kite Festival

January 25th, 2020
Lake Harriet

Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, fat bike riding, snowshoeing, and a marshmallow roast! This year will also feature special Art Shanty Projects!

Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally

January 2020 (Specific date TBA)
Western slopes of Powderhorn Park

Create your sled and see how fast it can take you! Participate in or just come to watch the 13th annual Powderhorn Park Art Sled Rally. Dress warm and bring your helmet!

Luminary Loppet: A Celebration of Winter in Minnesota

February 1st, 2020
Lake of the Isles

Have a ball at this Great Northern event! This annual winter tradition returns with a slew of extraordinary frozen features including the famous illuminated arctic puppets, an ice concert, and so much more. Walk, snowshoe, or ski along candlelit trails on frozen Lake of the Isles – with plenty of hot cocoa stops along the way – right in the heart of Uptown!

2020 Winter Beer Dabbler

February 22nd, 2019
Minnesota State Fairgrounds

The 11th Winter Beer Dabbler returns to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in 2020. Don't miss the biggest outdoor winter beer festival around!

Twin Cities Auto Show

March 7th-15th, 2020
Minneapolis Convention Center

The Twin Cities Auto Show is your chance to compare more than 575 vehicles from 37 foreign and domestic brands side by side - without driving all over town. You will see new models in every category, from compacts and family sedans to the latest in SUVs and luxury cars. You'll hear about financing options. You will learn about on-board navigation and communication technology and see the growing variety of electric and hybrid vehicles. And of course - instead of just dreaming about it - the Auto Show is where you can actually sit behind the wheel of one of those sleek, shiny new sports cars!