Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

We all made it through Thanksgiving, then came Black Friday today. Well tomorrow is Small Business Saturday.  I like to seek out small businesses and support them, which is what Small Business Saturday is really about. American Express started the campaign back in 2010, and it has sort become it’s own thing.  Many small businesses have special events and discounts just for Small Business Saturday.  A few of my favorite small businesses:

Small Business Saturday

Rusty Rabbitiques, an occasional sale located just south of Lakeville will be open for the day.  They have furniture, gifts, clothing, outdoor garden iron and more.   Hours on November 28th will be 9-4.  If you can’t make it tomorrow, they will be open the first weekend of December and the hours are on their Facebook page as well.

Small Business Saturday

Sassy Knitwear, a clothing and accessory shop located in South Minneapolis.  Pretty much everything is made right there in that cute little store, with an emphasis on great comfy clothing!  Plus for Small business Saturday everything will be 20% off and hours are from 10-6.

Small Business Saturday

Gumball Collective, a fabulous eclectic shop in NE Minneapolis. Most everything in the shop is local and handmade, with a few vintage antique things mixed in as well.  Check out the website or FB for hours and upcoming art classes as well.

Small Business Saturday

There are countless small businesses in every community and town. Support your favorite ones, not just today but everyday so they can continue to exist and grow.

Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”

Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”

If you happen to be in, or around the Duluth area between now and December 27th, head to Bentleyville “Tour of Lights”.  We have managed to see it on two occasions and loved it each time.  It is quite honestly the most amazing display of lights I have ever seen. The best part is that it is free (*Bentleyville is free to the public, but donations are welcome and very much appreciated. We are a non-profit organization and all donations go directly to the operations and purchases of new light displays. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item for the Salvation Army as well.)  It opened November 21st and will be opening nightly through the December 27th.  Hours are Sunday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm & Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.


Macy’s Santa Land: A Day in the Life of an Elf

Macy's Santa Land

As a kid and now as a Mom, one of my favorite memories has been heading downtown Minneapolis for the Macy’s Santa Land.  Going up the escalator until you reach the magic level, or so I thought when I was younger.  Actually it is the 8th floor, but it really seemed like the magic floor when I was younger. Passing through several departments and then waiting in line.  The smell of fresh gingerbread greeting us as we made our way to the scene.  “A Day in the Life of an Elf,” is great for all ages, plus there is no admission to walk through it. Check out the schedule here.

2010 Macys Santaland Holiday Show in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, November 19, 2010. (Photo By: Adam M. Bettcher)

2010 Macys Santaland Holiday Show in Minneapolis, MN on Friday, November 19, 2010. (Photo By: Adam M. Bettcher)

Take in the magical, animated display of “A Day in the Life of an Elf,” telling the story of Santa’s elves as they prepare for Christmas. Then, visit Santa and tell him all your wishes!

Macy’s 53rd Annual Minneapolis SantaLand enchants guests of all ages as Santa Claus makes his annual appearance on November 21st through December 24th to gather the holiday wish lists of children across the world. Guests will be mesmerized as they walk through the animated story of Santa’s elves preparing for Christmas at the North Pole. Various photo packages are available when guests meet with Santa.

After meeting Santa, guests will discover Mrs. Claus’ Holiday Bakery, which includes her famous gingerbread cookies and other holiday treats, as well as Santa’s Toy Shop. Guests can also help make children’s wishes come true by throwing their coins and dollars into the Make-A-Wish® Wishing Well, all donations go to a local Make-A-Wish chapter.

Holiday Lights in The Park

Holiday Lights in the Park

Our family has enjoyed “Holiday Lights in The Park” at St. Paul’s Phalen Park, for a few years now. My favorite part is that I can stay warm, since it’s a drive through display. The other great thing, although there is an admission fee, it goes to a great cause. This year’s Holiday Lights in the Park event will run nightly from November 24 – January 1, 2016 at St. Paul’s Phalen Park. The cost to go through the display is as follows:

$8.00 vehicle ticket (online special); $10 at the gate (cash only)
$15.00 per limo/passenger van/mini bus
$30.00 per coach bus

You can go here for more information on the hours, cost, as well as directions.

Holiday Lights in The Park

Holiday Lights in the Park is a joint venture of the St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation with the sole purpose of creating a fun and affordable holiday event that is fun for the entire family. All of the net proceeds from this event will be distributed to a community non-profit partner, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy. This year’s Holiday Lights in the Park event will run nightly from November 24 – January 1, 2016 at St. Paul’s Phalen Park. For the cost of $10 per vehicle, visitors will experience a program of more than 60 larger-than-life holiday light sculptures and animated displays from the comfort of their vehicles as they cruise through the park in the evening hours. Guests can purchase tickets at our event at the park gate or in advance by clicking here.

To purchase tickets, click here, or for more information you can find us on Facebook:




Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

No the spelling is not wrong, the Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt is correct.  Germany is where the word Christkindlsmarkt is more common, and you will find them all over this time of year.  The sights and sounds of the markets are amazing: roasted nuts, bratwurst and children’s activities fill the air. The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt takes place on November 27th-29th. Event Hours: Friday & Saturday: 10am-7pm, Beer Garden Open Until 10pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm.  You can find the daily schedule here. 

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt

Christkindlsmarkt Comes to Excelsior

The Christkindlsmarkt Festival originated over 400 years ago in Germany, taking place during the Advent Season to celebrate the coming of the Christ child. The Festival has continued to this day as the original open air market featuring German Christmas traditions such as German Sausages and Potatoes, roasted Almonds, Sweet & Savory Strudel, delectable Chocolates, Cakes & Cupcakes, Kindercocoa, and “Gluehwein’’ a warm, sweet, spicywine. The Market also includes stalls filled with traditional gifts, handcrafted ornaments, wooden toys, nutcrackers, smokers, blown glass art, vintage pieces, Alpaca sweaters and mittens, Duluth, MN made Frost River leather goods, hand-crafted wooden boards, original art, German Pottery, and German Lanterns.

Established first in Dresden in the 1600s, the Christkindlsmarkt festival spread to Nurenberg, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Augsburg, Berlin, Munich (the Heart of Bavaria); continued throughout Germany and then to Bern, Baseland Zurich, Switzerland, and on to Salzburg, Austria. Finally, in 1995, it crossed the ocean to downtown Chicago, where there is currently a fabulous Festival inspired by Christkindlsmarkt in Nurenberg, Germany.

The Excelsior Christmas Group, a non-profit community organization is sponsoring and coordinating the seventh Christkindlsmarkt festival in Excelsior, Minnesota. In keeping with the German traditional Christkindlsmarkt, enjoy the holiday sounds as you take in the aromas and delight your senses with fresh grilled sausage, roasted nuts, and other delicacies. The Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt is held on Thanksgiving weekend.

At Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt  there is a little bit of fun for everyone! Kinderworld is a main attraction for the children, where they can enjoy story-telling, crafts, face painting, parades and more!

Adults can keep the fun going even after the events end, at the Beer Garden located at the Excelsior Brewing Company (Open until 10pm).

See the schedule of events for more info on the weekend of fun!

Twin Cities Nutcracker Performances – Discount Tickets

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It’s that time of year again – time to see the Nutcracker. I remember as a kid going to see the Nutcracker at Northrup Auditorium with my family. It was a special way to celebrate the season.

There are several versions of the Nutcracker that you can see in the Twin Cities this year and three in particular with discount ticket offers.  They are:

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy Celebrates the Season at the State Theatre in Minneapolis

Nutcracker (not so) Suite Dances Through ’60s New York at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis

The Nutcracker: Holiday Tradition Featuring Broadway’s Giuseppe Bausilio (Billy Elliot) and a Full Symphony at Hopkins High School Performing Arts Center

Discount tickets are all limited to a certain number for performance, so you’ll want to grab them sooner rather than later. Once they are gone, they are GONE!


Abandoned Homes Event At Fort Snelling State Park Today

Abandoned Homes Event At Fort Snelling State Park Today

Are you looking for something to do today?  If you happen to be near the twin cities, you could check out an event called: The Abandoned Homes At Fort Snelling State Park. Head over and take a hike, a way to get out and enjoy nature. You just might learn something new and unexpected. It takes place today, November 22nd between 1-2pm.

Abandoned Homes Event At Fort Snelling State Park Today

Join the Naturalist for this hike to search the park and look for the vacated homes of the park’s summer residents. Learn how birds and other animals construct and furnish their summer homes. Program will start at the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center.

Directions:  Take the Post Road exit off Highway 5 and follow the signs.

More information: Call (612) 279-3550 or Visitor Center (612) 725-2724.



Night Train Season is here!

Night Train Season is here!

Do you have a train enthusiast at your house?  Or perhaps you love model trains?  Guess what? The Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum, Night Train Season is here! It started on November 7th and goes through February 27th. Saturday evenings from 6-9 pm in St. Paul.  Located in the upstairs level of Bandana Square. Admission is $10.00 for Individuals, Children 4 and under FREE and Family/Group Rates available.

Night Trains 2015 – 2016 Season

Night Trains
Night Trains
Night Trains

Night Trains Season is a special Holidays tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. New this year, Night Trains will begin November 7th, 2015 and running every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (February 27, 2016).

Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.

Special appearances:

Santa Comes to Night Trains December 12th and 19th, 2015


$10.00 for Individuals

Family and Group Rates available

Children 4 and under FREE

Triple Espresso: The Zany Hit Comedy is Back! Discount Tickets!

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Triple Espresso The Zany Hit Comedy is Back

If you didn’t see Triple Espresso when it was in the metro previously, I can tell you that you missed a great show. Never fear, because it is back, and we have a deal for you.  When it was here previously, I went to see it with a friend, and we both loved it.  We laughed and laughed and then laughed some more.

A hit across America and Europe, the madcap comedy Triple Espresso is the story of a singer/pianist, a magician and a comic, who recall a lifetime of show-business disasters — from dust storms in Nebraska and dancing in Zaire to an incident involving a gorilla and 4 glorious minutes of failure on live television — in hilarious fashion. The show’s twelve-year run at the Music Box, stretching from 1996 to 2008, broke Minneapolis theater records, and now it’s back home for another strong jolt of music and mayhem.

Triple Espresso The Zany Hit Comedy is Back

Tickets are normally $37 to $43 but currently you can get them for only $18-21 via Goldstar.

Family Concert: WindSync: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

WindSync Oh, the Places You’ll Go

I was bummed when I saw this event.  I would really like to attend, but we are already booked. Hopefully some of you are able to attend.  The WindSync Oh, The Places You’ll Go sounds like a great event for any Dr. Seuss fans. Taking place tonight, at 6:30. Located in St. Paul at the Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church.  It’s a free event, with donations accepted.

WindSync Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Family Concert: WindSync 

Program Title: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Engaging and interactive for children and families, WindSync takes audiences on a musical and emotion-filled journey in this exciting and educational program inspired by the writing of Dr. Seuss. Learn about the sounds of the instruments, the teamwork of musicians, and your own potential to grow, change, and conquer adversity. Congratulations, today is your day!
Friday, November 20, 2015 • 6:30pm
Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church
2323 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
co-presented by Music in the Park Series & Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church

FREE! Donations will be accepted.