Universe of Light: Holiday Light Show at the Mall of America through Dec. 24


Mall of America® has brought back Universe of Light with a holiday twist. Celebrate the holiday spirit with a magical display of lights, festive music and a breathtaking grand finale!

The Holiday Light Show takes place in Nickelodeon Universe on the south end several times a day:

Monday – Thursday: 7, 8 and 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 7, 8 and 10 p.m.
Sunday: 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

We watched this show this week on a weekday evening. It’s brief – about 5 minutes – but it’s a fun experience for kids, especially if they’re on level one and can dance in the lights. We were on level 3 and couldn’t see it very well. Best places to view are level 1 and 2. (-Lisa)

Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Stillwater – Weekends through December 31st



As part of Stillwater’s “Hometown for the Holidays”, you can enjoy a free horse-drawn carriage ride along the St. Croix River on weekends through December 31st. carriage

Start your Victorian Wagonette on Nelson Street, just off Main between the Dock Cafe and Tin Bins.  Pick up your free tickets for the carriage rides in most Main Street stores and restaurants or at  Stillwater lodging properties. Rides are free, tips are appreciated. Dates and times to be advised

Free S’mores with Santa at Guidant John Rose MN OVAL in Roseville – Friday, Dec. 19th

The Roseville Visitors Association is hosting one last holiday event during OVALumination, before the trees come down. This Friday, December 19th, from 8:00 – 10:00pm, visitors can come to skate and enjoy FREE “S’mores with Santa” at the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL.

Visitors are invited to pull up by the fire pit at the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL and visit with Santa while enjoying complimentary s’mores and hot chocolate courtesy of Johnston/Martineau Attorneys at Law. Visitors will also have a chance to stop by for a chance to win a $50 Rosedale gift card.


Live Nativity at Knollwood Christian Church in St. Louis Park Dec 19 & 20


A live nativity will be available to see at Knollwood Christian Church in St. Louis Park on Friday, December 19th & Saturday, December 20th. It’s an annual drive-through display and it’s free (though food shelf donations are accepted).

Come experience the events surrounding that very first Christmas.  For many years now, many families and individuals make visiting our Live Nativity a Christmas tradition.  You’ll see many live animals and members of the church dressed up in costumes portraying the events surrounding Jesus’ birth.  And afterwards you’re invited to come inside and enjoy some delicious treats.  It all takes place on the lawn of the church on December 19th & 20th from 6-8pm.

Free Holiday Concerts at Landmark Center in St. Paul – Thursday, December 18th

Enjoy two FREE holiday-themed concerts at the Landmark Center in St. Paul this Thursday, December 18th:

Schubert Club Courtroom Concert – 12:00pm

This is a holiday themed concert featuring the carols of MN composers. Artists featured will be Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Linda Kachelmeier, alto; Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Tim C. Takach, bass and Min Kim on harp with Hannah Peterson on flute. For more information visit http://schubert.org/concerts/courtroom-concerts/.

Star of the North Concert – 7:30pm

This holiday themed concert will feature holiday favorites.

Santa’s Workshop at Landmark Center in St. Paul – Sunday, Dec. 14th


Santa’s Workshop is a fun, free family event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul this Sunday, December 14th from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

Spend the afternoon with Santa and his reindeer!

In addition to free pictures with Santa, families will be treated to a performance by the Heartbeat Studios Choir, and the kids can make gifts for family and friends at the “Make It & Take It” craft tables.

Christmas in the Village at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington – Dec 13 – 14



Experience Christmas in the 19th century at Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington this weekend, December 13 -14 from 1:00 – 8:00pm. Cost is $5.00 per person which includes trolley rides.

Buildings will be lit with lights inside and out throughout thevillage. Trolley rides are free with paid admission. Santa will be in the depot and Mrs. Santa will be in the village library to help children write letters to Santa. There will be cooking in the Harris House, Christmas trees in all the buildings, choirs and individuals providing holiday music in the church. Drive through the Village any evening during the month of December and see the buildings decorated with lights – a delightful photo opportunity!

Waterpark of America All-Day Passes Only $15 + Bonus Arcade Pass

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If you’re planning ahead about how to fill the time during Winter break, there is a great deal right now on discount Waterpark of America passes. You can grab them for only $15 each and they include a BONUS arcade pass! The two options are:

  • Family 4-Pack + $20 Arcade Pass – $76 (Includes Service Fee)
  • All-Day Pass + $2 Arcade Pass – $21 (Includes Service Fee)

The passes are valid Any Date Through July 31, 2015.

Free Christmas in the ’60s Exhibit in Fridley – Dec 13 & 20


The Fridley Historical Society presents “Christmas in the ’60s” on Saturdays in December from 11:00am to 3:00pm and Tuesdays through December 16th from 2:00 – 4:00pm. Admission is FREE.

This is a great holiday event full of memories of “toys and celebration.” Experience the lifestyle of the 1960s through home furnishings, fashion, music, TV, and more. In addition, take part in trivia, a children’s craft, see our model railroad, and more. As always, admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Fridley Historical Society is located at 611 NE. Mississippi St., Fridley.



Discount Vikings Tickets vs. Bears Starting at Only $19.50

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The Minnesota Vikings take on the Chicago Bears on December 28th and you can get discount Vikings tickets starting as low as $19.50! This might be a nice Christmas gift for a Vikings (or a Bears) fan! Seats are limited and many of their deals are already selling out, so hurry!