Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert

The Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert takes place this Sunday beginning at 7pm.  All four ensembles of the Boychoir will perform a free concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. No tickets are necessary.  If you can’t make this concert they will have additional concerts in January.  More information about all of their events can be found on the website here

For 56 years, the Minnesota Boychoir has helped boys find their voice. In the 2017-18 season, the organization boasts 160 members from nearly 50 communities from Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding suburbs. The Boychoir’s excellence is observed around the world. The choir has performed in the Sydney Opera House, in St. Peter’s Basilica inside The Vatican, and on National Public Radio.

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, all four ensembles of the Boychoir will perform a free concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. No tickets are necessary.

Additional winter concerts will occur on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Landmark Center in Saint Paul. Those concerts will begin at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike in Little Falls

It’s never too early to think about activities for New Years Eve.  We found a free event near Little Falls.  The Candlelight Snowshoe and Hike takes place from 5-8pm at the Charles Lindbergh House and Museum near Little Falls.  You can find more information on the Minnesota Historical Society website.

Spend New Year’s Eve exploring trails by candlelight. The annual hike will include luminaries along trails connecting the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum.

Guests can drop in at any time during the event and hike whatever distance is comfortable. Snowshoes are welcome if conditions allow. Both museums will be open with free admission for guests to warm up and grab a refreshment.

This program is co-sponsored by Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Museum and the Friends of the Lindbergh Heritage.

Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle

Perhaps you’ve attended one of the open street events in the summer, well now there’s one in the winter.  The Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle takes place this Saturday, December 16th from 11am-5pm.  This time it will downtown Minneapolis. The route follows Nicollet from 5th St S to Grant St and Grant St from Nicollet to Holidazzle in Loring Park. In the heart of downtown, this event will be full of opportunities to explore all the best that downtown Minneapolis has to offer, including the new Nicollet.  A great day to enjoy winter and downtown Minneapolis.  

Open Streets is back with the first-ever Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle event! Connected with Holidazzle in Loring Park, Winter Open Streets will be a celebration of our streets and winter in Minneapolis along the newly reopened Nicollet.

With food, local businesses, and family fun all along the route bringing you to the Holidazzle, Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle is a unique experience that you won’t want to miss.

Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle is presented by Our Streets Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis, the ​mpls downtown council, and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Visit www.holidazzle.com/directions to download a free-ride pass from MetroTransit for December 16th. Beginning at noon, you can take the light rail to Nicollet Station to get off right at the beginning of Open Streets! The light rail will be down for maintenance until noon.

Family Arts Day in Bloomington

Check your calendar and plan to get the family together.  Saturday, December 16th is Family Arts Day at the Bloomington Arts Center. A day to enjoy free interactive art activities, theater games, artist demos, and get an inside look at the studios and theaters.  You can find the schedule for the day here on their website

FAMILY ARTS DAY
Saturday, December 16
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Arts

Bring your entire family to our special day for all generations at Artistry. Enjoy free interactive art activities, theater games, artist demos, and inside looks at the studios and theaters. Plus: treats, take home projects, a summer camp raffle, and more! While you’re here, stop by the Inez Greenberg Gallery to find unique, handcrafted treasures at the Gifts in the Gallery sale and finish up your holiday shopping. Did we mention you get a special Gifts in the Gallery discount for participating in the family art activities? All ages will enjoy celebrating the arts on this festive, fun-filled day!

Candy Cane Hunt at Silverwood Park

What could be more fun in the winter than a Candy Cane Hunt?  Silverwood Park in St. Anthony is hosting a Candy Cane Hunt this coming Saturday, December 16th.  This is a great event for the kids.  You can register in advance here on the park website.

Search for candy canes hidden by Santa’s elves, find 3 and get a prize. Look for canes with golden ribbons for larger prizes. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, warm treats, arts, winter games, and photos with Santa. Hunts for children ages 0-4 begin at 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM; hunts for children ages 5+ begin at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. $6/person.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

An “Eventually” Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

One of our favorite events is coming up at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis.  The famous slogan “Eventually—Why Not Now?” comes to life during this holiday event.  We went to the event a few years and really enjoyed it, watching the story unfold during each scene as we rode the Flour Tower elevator ride. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up.  You have four different dates and several time slots to choose from.  Advance tickets can be purchased here on the Minnesota Historical Society Website.

Join the Ghost of Mill City Past for an intimate look at the 1920 Washburn Crosby holiday party in this unique play set in the museum’s Flour Tower elevator ride. Scenes unfold on different floors where the audience meets characters drawn from the pages of the company’s employee newspaper, the Eventually News.

Witness the rocky romance of Celia and Otto; meet marketing mastermind Benjamin S. Bull; experience the awesome sweeping power of Bill Smith and learn the secret origin of the Washburn Crosby marketing slogan, “Eventually—Why Not Now?”  Performances are at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.

 

 

Teen Sledding Party – Whitetail Woods Regional Park

It’s often difficult to find things in the winter for the teenage group.  We found an event you can put on your calendar that’s specifically for teens.  The Teen Sledding Party at Whitetail Woods Regional Park in Dakota County takes place December 29th.  Sledding, a live DJ and a bonfire.  This event is free, no registration needed and for age 13 and up.  More specifics can be found on the FB event page here.

Bring your sleds for a night on the big hill. Enjoy DJ music and roaring bonfires.
Ages: 13 and older
Fee: Free
No pre-registration

 

Dunn Brothers Coffee: FREE Prepared Beverage with $30+ Gift Card Purchase

Love Dunn Brothers, or know someone who does? Now through 12/31 now you can purchase $30 or more in gift cards and receive a FREE prepared beverage! Offer available at participating locations.

And if you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit plus a $3 credit when you first download the app.

Anoka Holiday in Lights

The Anoka Holiday in Lights event takes place this weekend, December 8-10.  Fun for all ages at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.

  • Holiday Lights
  • Hayrides
  • Entertainment
  • Toys for Tots Drop off

Take a look at the website here for more information.

Sensory-Friendly Skating at Skateville

Roller Skating is something everyone should be able to enjoy.  For some, the music and lights create a difficult atmosphere.  Skateville in Burnsville is offering Sensory-Friendly Skating on December 12th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The music will be lower, the lights won’t flash and even the bathrooms will be quieter, offering paper towels instead of the loud dryers.