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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2017

by Jennie Daddabbo

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Santa Sightings

Nov 9 Santa's Arrival Ceremony - Mall of America
Nov 11 - Dec 24 Visits with Santa - Northtown Mall
Nov 24 - Dec 24 Holidazzle - Loring Park, downtown Mpls
Nov 24 - Dec 24 Santa's Waiting - Southdale Center
Nov 25 The Stocking Stroll - Maplewood Mall
Nov 26 Sensitive Santa - Maplewood Mall
Nov 30 - Dec 3, Dec 7-10 North Pole Express - Union Depot, St. Paul
Dec 2 Grand Meander - St. Paul
Dec 2 Cookies & Crafts with Santa - Woodbury
Dec 2 Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day - Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Dec 2, 9, 16 Santa Saturdays - Minnesota Zoo
Dec 4, 6, 11, 13 Bedtime Stories with Santa - Woodbury Lakes
Dec 8 Dinner w/ Mr. & Mrs. Claus - Langford Recreation Center
Dec 9 Breakfast with Santa - Braemar Golf Course
Dec 9 Breakfast with Santa - Lincoln Center Elementary School, South St. Paul
Dec 14 Dinner with Santa - Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
Dec 19 Toddler Tuesday - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Mall of Ameria

 

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23  Christmas Saturdays for Families - James J Hill House
Dec 1 A WW1 Christmas - Charles Lindbergh House & Museum
Dec 1 European Christmas Market - Union Depot
Dec 2, 3 A Norwegian Christmas - Eidem Homestead Farm
Dec 2 Comstock Christmas Light Tour - Comstock House
Dec 2 Afternoon Christmas Tour - W.W. Mayo House
Dec 8 A Little Women Christmas - Alexander Ramsey house
Dec 9 Lucia Celebration Concerts - American Swedish Institute
Dec 9 Christmas on the Farm Tour - Oliver Kelley Farm
Dec 9 Christmas with the Comstocks - Comstock House
Dec 16 Julbord - A Swedish Christmas Feast - American Swedish Institute
Dec 21 Winter Solstice Celebration - American Swedish Institute
Dec 30 Northwoods Holiday Fest - Forest History Center

 

Light Displays

Nov 22 Winter Tree Lighting - Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
Nov 24-27 Taylors Falls Lighting Festival
Nov 25 Small Business Saturday, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Winter Market - 50th & France
Nov 26 Annual Tree Lighting - South St. Paul
Dec 1 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration - Union Depot
Dec 1 Seward Winter Frolic
Dec 7 CSE Winter Light Show - UMN
Dec 9 Holiday Lights & Fireworks - Forest History Center

 

Living Nativities

Dec 15, 16 Live Nativity at Knollwood Christian Church - St Louis Park
Dec 16 Bethel Lutheran - St. Paul
Dec 16, 23 Living Nativity at St. Stephen Lutheran Church - St. Paul
Dec 18 Living Nativity at Messiah United Methodist Church - Plymouth

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 7 - Jan 7 Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Nov 14 - Dec 30 A Christmas Carol - Guthrie Theater
Nov 21-22 The Hip Hop Nutcracker - The Ordway
Dec 1 Holiday Movie Night: Elf - Union Depot
Dec 2 The Great Russian Nutcracker - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 5 Toddler Tuesdays: The Polar Express - Mall of America
Dec 14 An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill - Mill City Museum
Dec 15-23 Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy - State Theatre
Dec 22-23 Celtic Holiday Hooley - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 23 Sounds of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas – A Musical Fantasy - Fitzgerald Theater

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 17 Salvation Army Big Brass Blast - Mall of America
Nov 25, 26, Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 Live holiday concerts at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Nov 30 - Dec 24 Black Nativity - Penumbra Theatre
Nov 30 - Dec 2 61st Festival of Christmas - Bethel University
Dec 9 Vocal Essence Family Concert: Star of Wonder - Plymouth Congregational Church
Dec 10 Christmas Concert - James J Hill House, St Paul
Dec 13 St. Paul JCC Winter Orchestra Concert
Dec 15 KS95 Clouds Choir for a Cause - Mall of America
Dec 18 JazzMN Orchestra Swings in the Holidays - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 21 A Minnesota Orchestra Christmas: Home for the Holidays - Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
Dec 22 Victorian Christmas Carols - James J Hill House, St Paul
Dec 30 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Xcel Energy Center

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 24 Christmas at Happy Land Tree Farms - Sandstone
Opening Nov 24 B & J Evergreen - Princeton
Opening Nov 18 Krueger's Christmas Trees - Lake Elmo
Nov 25, 26, 27, Dec 3, 4 Cut Your Own Christmas Trees - Santa Visits at Rum River & Hampton Hills (Trees through Dec 24)
Opening Nov 18 Hansen Tree Farm - Ramsey
Opening Nov 24 Pinestead Tree Farms - Isanti
Opening Thanksgiving Goldenman's Christmas Trees - Zimmerman
Opening Nov 24 Log Cabin Pines Christmas Tree Farm - Elko

 

Ice Skating

Nov 18 Grand opening of Rice Park - St. Paul
Nov 18 - Feb 11 Wells Fargo WinterSkate - St. Paul
  Northeast Ice Arena - Minneapolis
  Parade Ice Garden - Minneapolis
  OVALumination - The Guidant John Rose MN OVAL
Dec 17 Skate with Santa - Doug Woog Arena, South St. Paul 

 

Hanukkah

Dec 7 - 19 Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins - Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Dec 16 Hanukkah Comics & Game Day - Beth Jacob Congregation, Mendota Heights
Dec 17 Community-Wide Hanukkah Party - Talmud Torah of St. Paul

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 4-12 Peggy's Holiday Boutique - Roseville Skating Center
Nov 10-12 Minneapolis Holiday Boutique - U.S. Bank Stadium
Nov 10-13 Gingerbread Gift Show - Northtown Mall
Nov 25-28 28th Annual Christmas Craft & Gift Show - Rosemount Community Center
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 Christmas Barn Sale at Pleasant Valley Orchard
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 39th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar - Landmark Center
Dec 2-3 28th Annual Christmas Craft and Gift Show - Blaine National Sports Center
Dec 2-3 Holiday Craft Fair - Roseville City Hall
Dec 2-3 Julmarknad - ASI's 2017 Christmas Market

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31 Noon Year's Party - Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dec 31 New Year's Eve in the Wild - Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Dec 31 Family New Year's Eve Party - Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights
Dec 31 Candlelight and Ice: Wood Lake Nature Center's New Year’s Eve Program - Wood Lake Nature Center
Dec 22 A New Year Celebration - Alexander Ramsey House
Dec 31 Candlelight Snowshoe & Hike - Charles Lindbergh House & Museum
Dec 30 Countdown to Noon - South St. Paul

 

Miscellaneous

Sats/Suns, Nov 11-Dec 31 Holiday Slime Classes - Crayola Experience, Mall of America
Nov 18 2017 Jingle Bell Run - Minnesota State Fair
Nov 25-Dec 31 Handmade Holidays - Crayola Experience, Mall of America
Dec 2 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners - Mill City Museum
Dec 3 Holiday Traditions Family Baking Workshop - Mill City Museum
Dec 9 Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener - Elm Creek Park Reserve
Dec 15 Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtar & Extraordinary Elves - American Swedish Institute
Dec 16 Birch Bark Ornament WorkshopMille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Dec 26-29 Winter Blast - Langford Recreation Center

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Debra Ross, publisher of KidsOutAndAbout.com and BeyondTheNest.com at ross@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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