Family Holiday Fun in Minneapolis
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.
Looking to get out of the house but want to keep your little ones with you? We've compiled a list of family-friendly holiday activities to get you moving. From musical performances to seasonal exhibits, there is an endless amount of family fun to be had in Minneapolis during the holidays.
You can relax knowing that Metro Transit makes it easy and affordable to travel from place to place! They even offer deals such as museum discounts and free rides. Make your weekend even easier by staying at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, in the heart of the Mill District and close to the action.
About: From Minneapolis to Eldoret to Harbin, people from around the globe celebrate their culture’s holidays in many different ways. This winter, ASI gives you the chance to explore different holiday traditions. Fest! Merry Mansion is an annual exhibition of interactive displays showcasing Nordic and other cultures’ celebrations. The perfect place to get the family in the holiday spirit while learning more about different Swedish customs.
When: November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: American Swedish Institute
Price: Free for members | Adults $10 |Ages 62+ $7 | Ages 5-16 and students $5
About: Enjoy the classic holiday favorite with the whole family. Get the kids excited for the holidays with Charles Dickens haunting tale while treating yourself to a night out!
When: November 14 – December 30, 2017
Where: Guthrie Theater
Price: Starting as low as $15
About: Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave—and who, oh who will save Christmas? CTC’s all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain—and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes.
When: November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Where: Children’s Theatre Company
Price: Buy Single Tickets Now!
About: Come celebrate the winter wonderland that is Minneapolis at the annual Holidazzle! A holiday destination for people of all ages, this year’s Holidazzle features stories highlighting local people, products and places that showcase the food scene, art district, park system, active lifestyle, local entertainers and community groups that make Minneapolis unique.
When: Thursdays – Sundays | November 24 – December 24, 2017
Where: Loring Park
About: Songs, stories and smiles are the hallmarks of Julglädje; the word translates as “Christmas joy,” and the entire family is invited to share and create memories at this annual holiday performance hosted by Ross Sutter. Ross and his friends play a rollicking collection of Swedish and American holiday tunes that evoke the feeling of standing around the family piano and sharing music, old time tales and laughs. Ross will be joined by Marya Hart on piano and Cheryl Paschke on nyckelharpa and fiddle. Storytelling by Rose Arowsmith-Decoux.
When: November 25, 12pm & 2pm | November 26, 1pm
Where: American Swedish Institute (ASI)
Price: Kids 6-17, $3 | ASI adult member, $5 | Non-member adults, $6 | Kids under the age of 6, free | Register Online Now! (Advanced tickets recommended)
About: Spend a day stocking up on holiday gifts and enjoy the beautiful holiday décor at the Mall of America. The rotunda features two towering silver Christmas trees taller than the third floor while festive decorations brighten the rest of the mall. Bring the kids to Santa in early November and come back for more when the family is in need of some extra holiday spirit!
When: November – December, 2017
Where: Mall of America
About: Take a seat in the Science Museum’s Omnitheater on board an early 20th century steam engine and explore one of the greatest engineering feats in modern history. The story will come to life for viewers of all ages through the aerial footage of the breathtaking Canadian Rockies. See the sights, feel the sound, and experience the spectacle of a transcontinental journey that shaped a nation.
When: Show times vary | Now through March 1, 2018
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
Price: Buy Tickets Now!
About: Maneuver your way through a collection of mind-bending adventures, 3D puzzles, and full-body games. Join fellow visitors in a fun quest to perfect your problem-solving skills and cultivate your creativity!
Climb through an intricate rope maze, wind your way through an elaborate floor maze, run a marathon with your fingers in a finger maze, get lost in a network of color in a color maze, and use all you’ve learned to create your own maze for others to navigate. Perfect for families of all sizes and age ranges!
When: Now through January 7, 2018
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
Price: Buy Tickets Now!
About: December is a great time for the Minnesota Zoo! If you’re looking for the perfect holiday photo, bring your family and camera for a day out.
When: December 2, 9, & 16 | 11am-1pm
Where: Minnesota Zoo
About: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will return to St. Louis Park Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, stopping at West Lake Street and Library Lane! Festivites include activities, hot food and beverages, and music by Tim Mahoney
When: December 10 | The festivities start at 5:30 p.m. | The Holiday Train’s estimated arrival is 6:15 p.m.
Where: West Lake St. & Library Lane, St. Louis Park
Price: The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring food or financial donations for the local food shelf–St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP).
About: The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series kicked off in June 2016 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Now, coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center this winter, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ will dazzle us all. For every Harry Potter-loving adult and child, the viewing of the complete film with a live orchestra will capture your heart like it’s the first time.
When: December 15-16, 2017: 7pm | December 17, 2017: 2pm
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
Price: $42 - $90
About: Come support (and listen to!) the amazingly talented MN Boychoir in their annual winter show. The choir group has been around for 56 seasons, visited 5 continents and currently has 157 boys singing. Perfect for musically inclined kids!
When: December 17, 2017 | 7 – 8:30pm
Where: Tedd Mann Concert Hall
Price: Freewill Donation
About: Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some warm-fuzzies and holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling and more. Beyond that, it's wacky good fun for everyone with brief guest appearances from well-known holiday characters including The Grinch and yes, even Santa Claus!
When: December 22 & 23, Dinner at 6pm, Show at 8:15pm | December 23 Matinee, Lunch at 11am, Show at 1pm
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Price: Dinner & Show, $55 | Show-Only, $40
About: Enjoy the Holiday lights with a chauffeur driven tour. They provide holiday music or you’re welcome to bring your own mix. The chauffeurs will show you the finest lights available in the Eastern Metro, or if you have an area you are particularly fond of, let them know.
When: Tours start the second week of December with a two hour minimum Sunday-Thursday, 3 hours on Friday and 4 on Saturday.