101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2019 | Kids Out and About Minneapolis/St. Paul

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2019

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Santa Sightings

Nov 2 - Dec 24 The Santa Experience - Mall of America 
Nov 7 - Dec 24 Photos with Santa - Mall of America 
Nov 16 Cookies with Santa - Northtown Mall
Nov 16 Santa's Arrival - Maplewood Mall
Nov 16 - Dec 24 Visits with Santa - Northtown Mall
Nov 22 - Dec 24  It's Santa Photo Time - Southdale Center     
Nov 29 - Dec 22 Holidazzle - Loring Park
Nov 29, 30  North Pole Trolley - Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Dec 6  PJs with Santa - Vadnais Heights     
Dec 6 - 8, 12 - 15 North Pole Express - Union Depot, St. Paul
December 7, 8,1 4, 15, 21, 22 Santa's Train Shop 2019 - Minnesota Transportation Museum
Dec 7 Grand Meander - St. Paul
Dec 7, 14 Cookies & Crafts with Santa - Woodbury
Dec 8  Sensitive Santa - Maplewood Mall     
Dec 17 Toddler Tuesday - Nick Jr. Holiday Party - Mall of Ameria

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 29, 30, Dec 1,6,7  A WW1 Christmas - Charles Lindbergh House & Museum     
Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, 28 Christmas Saturdays for Families - James J Hill House

Nov 30, Dec 1, 21, 28

Julglädje (Christmas Joy) Concert - American Swedish Institute
Dec 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 European Christmas Market - Union Depot
Dec 7, 14 Christmas in the Logging Camp - Forest History Center
Dec 7, 8 A Norwegian Christmas - Eidem Homestead Farm
Dec 14, 15 Christmas on the Farm Tour - Oliver Kelley Farm
Dec 14 Christmas with the Comstocks - Comstock House
Dec 15 Julbord - A Swedish Christmas Feast - American Swedish Institute
Dec 20 Winter Solstice Celebration - American Swedish Institute

 

Light Displays

Nov 8 - Jan 5 

Sever's Holiday Lights - Shakopee

Nov 23 - Dec 28

Bentleville Tour of Lights - Duluth
Nov 23 - Dec 23 Holidazzle - Rice Park     
Nov 27 Winter Lighting Ceremony - Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
Nov 29, 30, Dec 1 Taylors Falls Lighting Festival - Taylors Falls
Nov 30 Small Business Saturday, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Winter Market - 50th & France
Dec 6 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration - Union Depot
Dec 7, 8 Seward Winter Frolic - Seward Neighborhood
Dec 7 Grande Meander & Holiday Lights - Grande Ave     

 

Living Nativities

Dec 6, 7 Live Nativity at Knollwood Christian Church - St Louis Park
Dec 7 Living Nativity - St. Paul
Dec 14 Living Nativity at St. Stephen Lutheran Church - St. Paul
Dec 15 Living Nativity at Messiah United Methodist Church - Plymouth

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 3 - Jan 5 Cinderella - Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Nov 13 - Dec 29 A Christmas Carol - Guthrie Theater
Dec 5 - 30 Elf The Musical - Orway Theater     
Dec 6 Holiday Movie Night: Elf - Union Depot
Dec 6, 7 The Great Russian Nutcracker - Orpheum Theatre     
Dec 13, 14 An "Eventually" Christmas: Holidays at the Mill - Mill City Museum
Dec 14 - 23 Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy - State Theatre
Dec 18 - 19 Celtic Holiday Hooley - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 20 

Christmas with Cantus - Ordway

Dec 23 A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles- Fitzgerald Theater

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 15

The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Hennepin Theatre Trust

Nov 21 - Dec 22 Black Nativity - Penumbra Theatre
Dec 1 - 26  Holiday Musical Festival - Mall of America     
Dec 5, 6, 7  63rd Festival of Christmas - Bethel University
Dec 7, 8, 13, 15

VocalEssence: Welcome Christmas - Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

Dec 8 Holiday Concert with Great Northern Union Chorus - Northern Heights Lutheran Church
Dec 12, 13, 14 Holiday Concerts: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos      
Dec 13 KS95 Clouds Choir for a Cause - Mall of America
Dec 14, 15, 19  A Minnesota Orchestra Christmas: Home for the Holidays - Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis     
Dec 15  Winter Concert - Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Dec 17 JazzMN Orchestra: Jingle Bell Jazz - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 19

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Songs of the Season: Carols by Minnesota Composers

Dec 19, 20, 21, 22  Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah     
Dec 28 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Xcel Energy Center

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 23  Jan's Christmas Tree Farm - Clear Lake
Open Nov 23 Krueger's Christmas Trees - Lake Elmo
Open Nov 23 Hansen Tree Farm - Ramsey
Nov 23, 24, 25, Dec 1, 2  Cut Your Own Christmas Trees - Santa Visits at Rum River & Hampton Hills (Trees through Dec 22,23)     
Nov 29 - Dec 15 Blackwoods Tree Farm - Stillwater
Open Nov 29 B & J Evergreen - Princeton
Open Nov 29 Pinestead Tree Farms - Isanti
Opening Thanksgiving Goldenman's Christmas Trees - Zimmerman

 

Ice Skating

Nov - Dec Open Skate - Ramsey County
Nov - March   OVALumination - The Guidant John Rose MN OVAL     
Dec 6 - Feb 22, 2020 Wells Fargo WinterSkate - St. Paul
Dec 13

4th Annual SPFSC Holiday Celebration - SPFSC

Dec 16  Skate with Santa - Vadnais Sports Center
  Northeast Ice Arena - Minneapolis     
  Public Skate - St. Paul Groveland Ice Rinks     
  Parade Ice Garden - Minneapolis     

Hanukkah

Dec 6 - 22

Hanukkah Lights in the Big Sky - Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company

Dec 15 Pre-Hanukkah Carnival- Talmud Torah of St. Paul
Dec 22 Be the Light: A Community Celebration of Giving - St. Paul JCC

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 24-29

Rosemount Christmas Craft & Gift Show 2019 - Rosemount Community Center

Dec 5, 6, 7 Christmas Barn Sale at Pleasant Valley Orchard
Dec 5, 6 ,7  41st Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar - Landmark Center
Dec 7, 8 Holiday Craft Fair - Roseville City Hall
Dec 7

Julmarknad – ASI’s Holiday Market & Festival - American Swedish Institute

Dec 7

Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama 2019 - Midtown Global Market

Dec 14  Blaine Christmas Craft & Gift Show 2019 - Blaine      

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 27 A New Year Celebration - Alexander Ramsey House     
Dec 31 Noon Year's Confetti Dance Party - Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Dec 31 New Year's Eve in the Wild - Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Dec 31 New Years Eve Party - Minnesota Children's Museum
Dec 31 Winter Break: Minnesota Music Celebration - Minnesota History Center
Dec 31

NOON Years Eve Family Yoga - Blooma

Dec 31 A New Year Celebration: Auld Lang Syne! - Minnesota Orchestra 

 

Miscellaneous

Dec 6, 7 The New Standards Holiday Show - State Theatre
Dec 7  Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners - Mill City Museum     
Dec 7 Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener - Elm Creek Park Reserve     
Dec 14, 15, 22 Holiday Traditions Family Baking Workshop - Mill City Museum
Dec 14 Reindeer Run Minneapolis - Lake Harriet
Dec 14 Grandparents and Me Holiday Party - Burnsville
Dec 16  Youth Slojd: Needle Felt a Dala Horse Ornament - American Swedish Institute     
Dec 20 Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtar & Extraordinary Elves - American Swedish Institute
Dec 26 - 28 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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