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. 

Egypt’s Sunken Cities

November 4th, 2018 - April 14th, 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art

More than 1200 years ago, two ancient cities were lost to natural disasters and the rising tides of the Mediterranean Sea. Two decades ago, underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered those cities, revealing monumental statues, religious images carved in stone, exquisite jewelry, and delicate ceramics—and a greater understanding of life during the age of the pharaohs. Don’t miss this epic story of their discovery at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's new exhibit! Tickets on sale now.

Gingerbread Wonderland

November 17th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
10:00am-4:00pm Tue-Sat | 11:00am-3:00pm Sunday 
| 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 23rd-December 23rd, 2018
Thursdays from 5:00-9:00pm | Fridays from 5:00–10:00pm | 
Saturdays from 11:00am–10:00pm | Sundays from 11:00am–7:00pm
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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.

Miracle at Lawless

November 23rd - December 31st, 2018
4:00-10:00pm everyday 
Lawless Distillery

Miracle at Lawless is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit!

Skate the Star at Mall of America

December 8th, 2018 - January 27th, 2019
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 for just $5, 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

Jazz Night at BANK

December 12th, 19th, 2018
4:30-7:30pm each day
BANK Restaurant

Swing in Bank to hear their Jazz Band perform LIVE every Wednesday. Great Music with special priced small plates, cocktails, wine and beer. It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing...swing on in and reserve a seat soon.

Beer & Cupcake at Pryes Brewing Company

December 12th, 2018
Pryes Brewing Company

Enjoy unique cupcake flavors to pair with each beer, giving your taste buds a run for their money. Each tasting set will include 10 mini cupcakes and 5 tasting size brews! Everyone will get a tasting card to explain tasting notes in the beers, and also the flavors for each cupcake. Each beer will be matched with 2 mini cupcakes, so you can be sure to have enough to start and finish each brew.

Northside Holiday Crawl

December 16th, 2018
Times vary each day for each market
Locations vary

The Northside Holiday Crawl is an evolution of Northside Holiday Boutique pop ups and Black Friday on Broadway. Visit 8 shops on Black Friday (11/23), 9 on Small Business Saturday (11/24), and 7 other pop up shops throughout December all across North Minneapolis!

Button Poetry Presents: Raych Jackson + Dave Harris

December 16th, 2018
honey mpls

Come join Button Poetry at Honey MPLS for amazing sets from forthcoming Button Poetry authors, Rachel "Raych" Jackson and Dave Harris! With poems from Miss K and music from K.Raydio.

Candlelight Yoga and Cocktails

December 16th, 2018
January 13th, February 17th & March 24th, 2019
7:00-8:00pm each time
Tattersall Distilling

Join Annie Hayes Wellness for Sunday night candlelight yoga in the distillery! Enjoy a 50-minute vinyasa flow in the rejuvenating space — paired with a cocktail created just for the evening. $15 includes yoga and a cocktail - just bring your mat!

Holiday Tea Service

December 16th, 2018
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 singers will be at the pub between 1:00 and 3:00pm.

Winter Solstice Celebration 2018

December 21st, 2018
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!

Trinity Taylor’s Love for the Art Drag Competition

December 21st, 2018
The Pourhouse

Join Trinity as she performs, hosts, and judges a one-time-only drag event. Contestants will show off a signature look and perform a talent. Come on out and support local drag!

Snowta NYE Festival

December 30th & 31st, 2018
Doors open at 6:00pm
The Armory

The 3rd annual Snowta NYE Festival will be BIGGER and BETTER than any NYE event you have ever been to. Marshmello, Skrillex, Chief Keef and Rich the Kid are just a few of the many acts that fill the lineups. Tickets available now!

Transmission presents 80s Prom - A New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31st, 2018
First Avenue & 7th St. Entry

The New Years Eve celebration featuring DJ Jake Rudh will feature music videos of Top 40 (Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael...), R&B/Funk (Prince, Rick James...), New Wave, Underground, Synth Pop, Hip Hop/Rap and Soundtracks. Don't miss out on this blast from the past!

Beyond The Veil: A Dark Masquerade

December 31st, 2018
Loring Bar & Restaurant

Celebrate the death of 2018 with a funerary themed masquerade, featuring some unearthly out-of-town talent to help provide the soundtrack! Complete the cathartic experience with a midnight champagne toast, all black balloon drop, photobooth by CalebFoxes, and a raffle with spoooky prizes - all included with your entry. Musical guests include Void Vision, Andi Harriman, Autumn and local DJs, Apollolypstic + Grant Mayland.

Star Wars in Concert

January 3rd-6th, 2019
Times Vary
Orchestra Hall

Journey to a galaxy far, far away to relive the excitement of the original Star Wars movie as the Minnesota Orchestra performs an exhilarating live accompaniment of the Oscar®-winning score.

002 Fulton Brewery

January 8th, 2019
Fulton Taproom

Not your traditional networking event, Link N' Drink is the new way to link up with more hustlers, go-getters, and people who see the bigger picture all while sippin’ on some brews.

Singles (1992 Digital)

January 17th, 2019
The Parkway Theater

In Seattle during the era of grunge music, the lives and relationships of a group of young people, all living in the same apartment building, go through a period of flux. Come down for a screening on this 1992 film!

St. Paul Winter Carnival

January 24th-February 3rd, 2019
Times and locations vary

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.