101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2022 | Kids Out and About Minneapolis/St. Paul

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2022

The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and please keep in mind that events could be canceled... so click through to make arrangements. Enjoy the holidays!

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Santa Sightings

Nov 4 - Dec 24, 2022 Visits with Santa - Northtown Mall Burlinton Court
Nov 15 -23, 2022 Visit Santa - Home for the Holidays Canton, MI
Nov 17 - Dec 24, 2022 Photos with Santa - Northtown Mall
Nov 19 - Dec 24, 2022 The Santa Experience - The Mall of America 
Nov 19 - Dec 24, 2022 Visit Santa - Bentleyville
Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Walk in the Woods - The Woods Gifts
Nov 25 - Dac 18, 2022 (select days) Santa, Playground & Food Truck - B & J Evergreen
Nov 23 - Dec 24, 2022 Santa Land at GLOW Holiday Festival - CHS Feild
Nov 23, 2022 Winter Lighting Ceremony with Santa & Mrs. Claus - Nicollet Commons Park
Nov 25 - Dec 18, 2022 (Fri-Sun) Meet Santa Claus - Holidazzle Loring Park
Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 The Miracle at Bedrock - Big Rock Creek
Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2022 It's Santa Photo Time - Southdale Center
Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2022 Santa Photo Experience - Southdale Center 
Nov 25-27, Dec 3-4, 2022  Santa Visits - Pinestead Tree Farm
Dec 2-4, 8-11 2022 North Pole Express - Friends of the 261
Dec 3 - Dec 1, 2022 Weekends  Breakfast with Santa - Excelsior Village
Dec 3 - 18, 2022 Saturdays & Sundays  Santa's Train Shop - Minnesota Transportation Museum
Dec 3, 2022 Santa Breakfast - Summit on the Park
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas Family Adventure - Oak Hill Church
Dec 4, 2022 Caring Santa - Southdale Center
Dec 9, 2022 Storytime with Mrs. Claus - Summit on the Park
Dec 13, 2022 Santa Claus is Coming to YOUR Town - Canton, MI

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 25 - Dec 4, 2022  Christmas on the Lindberg Farm - Charles Lindberg House and Museum 
Nov 25 - Dec 18, 2022 European Christmas Market - Union Depot
Nov 26, 2022 Julglädje (Christmas Joy) Concert - American Swedish Institute
Dec 2022 weekends The Nothern Express - Excelsior Village
Dec 3, 2022 Christmas in the Village - Village Art Factory
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day - Forest History Center
Dec 10, 2022 Ham Lake Hometown Holiday - Crosstown Mall

 

Light Displays

Nov 12, 2022 Rice Park Tree Lighting Celebration - Rice Park
Nov 17, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023 Winter Lights 2022 - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Nov 15, 2022 - Jan 4, 2023 Festival of Trees - Mall of America
Nov 18, 2022 - Dec 31, 2022 Magic of Lights - Clarkston, MI
Nov 21, 2022 Christmas Tree Lighting - Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
Nov 23 - Jan 1, 2023 Glow Holiday Festival - CHS Field
Nov 25 - Jan 1, 2023 Christmas in Color - Valleyfair
Nov 29 - Dec 26, 2022 Bentleville Tour of Lights - Duluth
Nov 23, 2022 Winter Lighting Ceremony - Nicollet Commons Park
Nov 24 - Jan 1, 2023 Sever's Holiday Lights - Shakopee
Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023 Miracle at Big Rock - Big Rock Creek
Nov 25 - 27, 2022 Lighting Festival - Taylors Falls
Nov 26, 2022 Holiday Tree Lighting - 50th & France
Nov 30- Dec 1, 2022 Winter Wonderland Walk - Heritage Park
Dec 3, 2022  Tree Lighting & Movie Night - Union Depot
Dec 3, 2022 Anoka Tree Lighting Celebration - Historic Downtown Anoka

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2022 A Christmas Carol - Guthrie Theater
Nov 25 - 26, 2022 Cirque Dreams Holidaze - Orpheum Theatre
Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 28, 2023 The Best Christmas Show in Three Years - Dudley Riggs Theatre
Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2022 Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 2 - 3, 2022 Presented by Talmi Entertainment: Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas with Cantus: Into the Light - Capri Theatre
Dec 18 - 12, 2022 Celtic Holiday Hooley - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 21 - 23, 2022 Christmas on the Prairie - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 22 - 31, 2022 Holidays with Bing - Bloomington Center for the Arts

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 18 - Dec 23, 2022 Winter Music Series -  Oswald Visiitor Center
Nov 25 - 27, 2022 A Three Tenors Christmas - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Nov 20, 2022 Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Orchestra Hall
Dec 1-4, 7-11, 2022 Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 2 - 3, 2022 The New Standards Holiday Show - State Theatre
Dec 1 - 3, 2022 Festival of Christmas - Bethel University
Dec 2,3, 2022 St. Olaf Christmas Festival PROMISE OF PEACE - Orchestra Hall
Dec 8, 2022 The Concordia Christmas Concert "Star of Bethlehem, Lead Us to Peace" - Orchestra Hall
Dec 9 - 11, 2022 El Mesías (The Massiah) - Orchestra Hall
Dec 10, 2022 MN & Adult Teen Challenge Christmas Concert - Gtace Church in Eden Prairie
Dec 11, 2022 Merry & Bright with Charles Lazarus - Orchestra Hall
Dec 12, 2022 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train - Union Depot
Dec 16, 2022 An Evening of Christmas Carols - Heart of the City Music Factory
Dec 14, 2022 Christmas...With a Whole Lot of Soul - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 15-17, 2022 A Kat Perkins Christmas - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 17, 18, 2022 Elf in Concert - Orchestra Hall
Dec 23, 2022  Trans-Siberian Orchestra:The Ghosts of Christmas Eve - Xcel Energy Center
Dec 26 - 30, 2022 An Andy & Bing Christmas - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 19, 2022 Jan's Christmas Tree Farm - Clear Lake
Open Nov 17, 2022 (Reservations only) Krueger's Christmas Trees - Lake Elmo
Open Nov 18, 2022 Hansen Tree Farm - Ramsey
Open Nov 19, 2022 Cut Your Own Christmas Trees - Rum River Tree Farm
Open Nov 19, 2022 B & J Evergreen - Princeton
Open Nov 19, 2022 Pinestead Tree Farms - Isanti

 

Hanukkah

Nov 26, 2022 Hanukkah and Advent Calendar Count Down Boxes - The Makery
Nov 27, 2022 Southside Shtel:Chanukah Market - Black Forest Inn
Dec 18, 2022 Chanukah Carnival - Talmud Torah of St. Paul
Dec 21, 2022 The Great JCA Gelt Together - Jewish Community Action Office

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 5, 2022 Brooklyn Park Holiday Market - Community Activity Center
Nov 6 - Dec 20, 2022 AppleHouse Holiday Boutique - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Nov 25 - Dec 18, 2022 select dates Holidazzle - Downtown Minneapolis
Nov 25 - Dec 18, 2022 European Christmas Market - Union Depot
Nov 26, 2022 Rosemount Christmas Craft & Gift Show 2022- Hope Fieldhouse
Dec 1 - 2, 2022 Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar - Landmark Center
Dec 2 - 4, 2022 Auxillary Holiday Sale - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Dec 3 - 4, 2022 Holiday Craft Fair - Roseville City Hall
Dec 4, 2022 Field and Festival Holiday Market - Wagner's Garden Center
Dec 18, 2022 Padzieski Art Gallery’s Holiday Market - Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 31, 2022 A Big Rock'n NYE - Miracle at Big Rock
Dec 31, 2022 Family New Year's Eve Party - Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Dec 31, 2022 A New Year's Celebration - Orchestra Hall
Dec 31, 2022 Sparklerama: A New Year Celebration - Minnesota Children's Museum

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 22, 2022 Gingerbread Wonderland - Norway House
Nov 26, 2022 Julglädje: Family Holiday Concert - American Swedish Institute
Starting Nov 28, 2022 Minnesota Ice Castles - Long Lake Regional Park 
Dec 2 - 11, 2022 (select dates) North Pole Express - Friends of 261
Dec 10, 2022 Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day -  Forest History Center
Dec 10, 2022 Reindeer Run  - Lake Harriet

 


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