101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2018 | Kids Out and About Minneapolis/St. Paul

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Twin Cities - 2018

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Santa Sightings

Nov 10 Cookies with Santa - Northtown Mall
Nov 10 Welcome Santa-Maplewood Mall
Nov 10 - Dec 24 Visits with Santa - Northtown Mall
Nov 23 - Dec 23 Holidazzle - Loring Park, downtown Mpls
Nov 24 - Dec 24 It's Santa Photo Time - Southdale Center
Nov 24 Holly Trolley with Santa - Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Nov 24 The Stocking Stroll - Maplewood Mall
Nov 29 - Dec 2, Dec 6-9 North Pole Express - Union Depot, St. Paul
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 Santa's Train Shop 2018 - Minnesota Transportation Museum
Dec 1 Grand Meander - St. Paul
Dec 1 Cookies & Crafts with Santa - Woodbury
Dec 1 Christmas in the Logging Camp Family Day - Forest History Center, Grand Rapids
Dec 7 Nature Hike with Santa - Eastman Natuer Center
Dec 7 Dinner w/ Mr. & Mrs. Claus - Langford Recreation Center
Dec 7 PJs with Santa - Vadnais Heights
Dec 13 Dinner with Santa - Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center
Dec 11 Toddler Tuesday - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Mall of Ameria
Dec 21 Skate with Santa - Neill Park

 

Old-Time Christmas

Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22  Christmas Saturdays for Families - James J Hill House
Nov 23, 24, 25, 30, Dec 1 A WW1 Christmas - Charles Lindbergh House & Museum
Nov 30-Dec 1 European Christmas Market - Union Depot
Dec 1  Christmas in the Logging Camp - Forest History Center
Dec 1, 2 A Norwegian Christmas - Eidem Homestead Farm
Dec 2 Comstock Christmas Light Tour - Comstock House
Dec 7, 14 A Little Women Christmas - Alexander Ramsey house
Dec 8 Lucia Celebration Concerts - American Swedish Institute
Dec 15,16 Christmas on the Farm Tour - Oliver Kelley Farm
Dec 15 Christmas with the Comstocks - Comstock House
Dec 15 Julbord - A Swedish Christmas Feast - American Swedish Institute
Dec 21 Winter Solstice Celebration - American Swedish Institute
Dec 29 Northwoods Holiday Fest - Forest History Center

 

Light Displays

Nov 17 - Dec 26 Bentleville Tour of Lights - Duluth
Nov 21 Winter Lighting Ceremony - Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
Nov 23-24 Taylors Falls Lighting Festival - Taylors Falls
Nove 23 - Dec 23 Holidazzle - Rice Park
Nov 24 Small Business Saturday, Tree Lighting Ceremony & Winter Market - 50th & France
Dec 1 Grande Meander & Holiday Lights - Grande Ave
Dec 1 Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration - Union Depot
Dec 1, 2 Seward Winter Frolic - Seward Neighborhood

 

Living Nativities

Dec 15, 16 Live Nativity at Knollwood Christian Church - St Louis Park
Dec 15 Living Nativity - St. Paul
Dec 15, 22 Living Nativity at St. Stephen Lutheran Church - St. Paul
Dec 16 Living Nativity at Messiah United Methodist Church - Plymouth

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 6 - Jan 6 Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Nov 13 - Dec 29 A Christmas Carol - Guthrie Theater
Nov 20 - 21 The Hip Hop Nutcracker - The Ordway
Nov 30 Holiday Movie Night: Elf - Union Depot
Nove 30, Dec 1 The Great Russian Nutcracker - Orpheum Theatre
Dec 5 -30 Elf The Musical - Orway Theater
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 23 A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles- Fitzgerald Theater

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 25 - Dec 26 Holiday Musical Festival - Mall of America
Nov 29 - Dec 23 Black Nativity - Penumbra Theatre
Nov 29 - Dec 1 61st Festival of Christmas - Bethel University
Dec 1 Welcome Christmas 
Dec 2 St. Thomas Christmas Concert: O Wondrous Night - Orchestra Hall
Dec 8 Holiday Concert with Great Northern Union Chorus - Northern Heights Lutheran Church
Dec 10 - 18 Minnesota Opera Silent Night - Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Dec 14 KS95 Clouds Choir for a Cause - Mall of America
Dec 14, 15  A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles - The Fitzgerald Theatre
Dec 17 JazzMN Orchestra: Jingle Bell Jazz - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Dec 20 Courtroom Concert featuring Songs of the Season - Landmark Center
Dec 14, 16, 20 A Minnesota Orchestra Christmas: Home for the Holidays - Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis
Dec 29 Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Xcel Energy Center

 

Christmas Tree Experience

Opening Nov 17  Krueger's Christmas Trees - Lake Elmo
 Nov 17  Hansen Tree Farm - Ramsey
Opening Nov 23 Blackwoods Tree Farm - Stillwater
Opening Nov 23 B & J Evergreen - Princeton
Opening Nov 23 Pinestead Tree Farms - Isanti
Nov 24, 25, 26, Dec 4, 5 Cut Your Own Christmas Trees - Santa Visits at Rum River & Hampton Hills (Trees through Dec 24)
Opening Thanksgiving Goldenman's Christmas Trees - Zimmerman
Opening Nov 24 Jan's Christmas Tree Farm - Clear Lake

 

Ice Skating

Nov 17 Grand opening of Rice Park - St. Paul
Nov 17 - Feb 11 Wells WinterSkate - St. Paul
  Northeast Ice Arena - Minneapolis
  Parade Ice Garden - Minneapolis
  OVALumination - The Guidant John Rose MN OVAL
Dec 21 Skate with Santa - Neill Park

Hanukkah

Dec 7 - 19 The Chanukah Guest- Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company
Dec 9 Hanukkah Family Fun Day - Beth Jacob Congregation, Mendota Heights
Dec 17 Hanukkah Carnival- Talmud Torah of St. Paul

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

Nov 3-11 Peggy's Holiday Boutique - Roseville Skating Center
Nov 9-11 Minneapolis Holiday Boutique - U.S. Bank Stadium
Nov 24-29 28th Annual Christmas Craft & Gift Show - Rosemount Community Center
Nov 29,30, Dec 1 Christmas Barn Sale at Pleasant Valley Orchard
Nov 29 - Dec 1 40th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar - Landmark Center
Dec 1, 2 28th Annual Christmas Craft and Gift Show - Blaine National Sports Center
Dec 1-2 Holiday Craft Fair - Roseville City Hall
Dec 1-2 Julmarknad - ASI's 2018 Christmas Market
Dec 7, 8 Holiday No Coast Craft-O-Rama - Midtown Global 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 A New Year Celebration - Minnesota Orchestra

 

Dec 31 New Years Eve Sparkerama - Minnesota Children's Museum
Dec 21, 28  A New Year Celebration - Alexander Ramsey House
Dec 31 Candlelight Snowshoe & Hike - Charles Lindbergh House & Museum
Dec 30? Downtown Countown - Fort Lauderdale

 

Miscellaneous

Sats/Suns, Nov 11-Dec 31  
Nov 3 2018 Jingle Bell Run - Minnesota State Fair
Dec 1 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest Winners - Mill City Museum
Dec 7 The New Standards Holiday Show - State Theatre
Dec 8, 9, 15, 16,22 Holiday Traditions Family Baking Workshop - Mill City Museum
Dec 8 Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener - Elm Creek Park Reserve
Dec 8  Reindeer Run Minneapolis - Lake Harriet
Dec 15 Kids at the Castle: Tiny Tomtar & Extraordinary Elves - American Swedish Institute
Dec 16 Youth Slojd: Needle Felt a Dala Horse Ornament - American Swedish Institute
Dec 26-28 Winter Blast - Langford Recreation Center

 

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