Ice Skating With Santa

We found several Ice Skating with Santa events for 2018, and decided to share all of them.  If you know of one that we’ve missed please let us know and we can add it.  Some of the events are free and others have a small admission.  Click on the town for more information regarding each event.

December 9th:  Lakeville

December 15th:  Maple Grove, Edina

December 16th:  Elk River 

December 22rd:  Blaine

Winter Nights & Lights Festival & Parade in St. Cloud

This Thursday begins the 18th annual Winter Nights & Lights Festival & Parade in St. Cloud.  The fun takes place over the course of three days, December 6th-8th.  You can find the schedule and information here on their event page.

  • Parade
  • Free Music
  • Free Carnival Rides
  • Games, Prizes and Fun for all ages

Join us Downtown St. Cloud for the 18th Annual Winter Nights and Lights Festival and Parade. We will have a FREE Family Friendly Concert featuring Brat Pack Radio at the River’s Edge Convention Center Friday night, free carnival rides all weekend, a presentation of the North Star Sled Dogs and Professional Musher Friday afternoon, Winter Wonderland at Lake George Saturday, Hot Cocoa Bar on Saturday, also, and the Winter Nights and Lights Parade Saturday at 5 PM!



Winter in the Village

The St. Anthony Winter in the Village takes place this Friday evening, December 7th from 4-8pm. A family friendly event with lot’s of great activities to participate in.  A horse drawn trolley ride is always a favorite, sign up for a ride time at the St. Anthony Eye Clinic during the event.  With the new snow, it will make the evening even more festive and a chance to enjoy an evening of fun.  More information can be found here on the event FB page.

Join us at the annual Winter in the Village Celebration at the St. Anthony Village Shops.
Take a free Horse Drawn Trolley Ride
Join in the Happy Feet Scavenger Hunt @ participating merchants
Paint a Mini Masterpiece @ Cheers, Pablo
Try a taste of local & regional food at Annona Gourmet
Have some Tea @ TeaSource
Indoor Snowball Fights @ Fitness Crossroad (for the little ones!)
Craft Corner & Face Painting @ Fitness Crossroad
Hop on the Holiday Bus and vote for your favorite holiday decorated house. Sponsored by the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce
Fire Pits and S’mores in the parking lot!
Free Hot Chocolate courtesy of Step by Step
Most activities are free however some may have a minimal charge for materials.

Northfield’s Winter Walk

Walking in a winter wonderland, When it snows ain’t it thrilling, Walking in a winter wonderland… yes it’s Northfield’s 20th Annual Winter Walk.  Taking place Thursday evening from 5-9pm.  Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Carolers, Model Train Display, Santa, Frosty the Snowman and more.  Fun for all ages. Check out the schedule here.

Celebrate WiNTER downtown Northfield. Come downtown early to watch the parade, beginning at Family Fare. Talk to Santa and his helpers. Stop in all the shops to see their holiday specials, Sing along with the many carolers. See the trains at the library. Ride the horse-drawn wagons. Count the lights. Find the hidden snowflake. Don’t let the weather keep you inside, for it’s only once a year!

Winter Walk is set to take place on the evening of December 6th, in downtown Northfield. Visitors can wander through our unique shops and enjoy beautifully decorated storefront window displays. There will be horse-drawn carriages ready to take you for a short ride, carolers strolling through downtown along with thousands of twinkling lights to guide your path!

Santa Claus and his elves will be making an appearance as well as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer! We hope you will join us, as we usher in the holiday season with this fun and festive event.Winter Walk in Northfield


LAZER LIGHT Tubing at Powder Ridge

The dates for LAZER LIGHT Tubing at Powder Ridge have been announced, this also means advance tickets can be purchased.  Each event typically sells out, so buying soon is suggested.

You can choose from dates starting the end of December through March.  Check your calendars and find a date to enjoy some fun on the hill.  For those not familiar, Powder Ridge is located in central MN between St. Cloud and Kimball.

Join us for one or all of our Lazer Light Tubing events!

Tube with the lights off while lazers, strobes and flashing lights cover the hill. Each tuber receives a glow stick with their ticket. The fire pit will be burning and music will be playing. Our concession stand will be open with hot dogs, chips, popcorn, hot cocoa and more.

Snowtubing at Powder Ridge is a great family or group activity. Snowtubing requires no special skill or equipment, only warm clothes and a desire to have fun. We supply the tubes and you supply the laughs, screams and smiles.

Tickets are $22/person for 2 hours. Advance online purchase required. Please purchase tickets soon as these events tend to sell out fast!

December 28th & 29th
January 11th & 12th
January 25th & 26th
February 8th & 9th
February 22rd & 23th
March 1st & 2nd

Tickets can be purchased here on their website.

Folkways of the Holidays

Folkways by Candlelight

Folkways of the Holidays is taking place at the Landing in Shakopee.  A great way to step back in time for the holiday season, experience what it used to be like in the 19th century. The event begins December 1st and then on various dates after that through December 23rd. If you prefer an evening event, then the Folkways by Candlelight takes place on December 14th.

Discover the holiday traditions of 19th-century Minnesotans. Watch folk art performances, ride a horse-drawn trolley, and tour homes with culturally-distinct decorations and crafts. Dress for the weather. Great for scouts working on badge requirements.

$8 ages 18-64
$5 ages 2-17 and 65+
Children under 2 free.

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

Candle Flame

Christmas in the Village at Dakota City

It’s time for Christmas in the Village, at Dakota City.  Located inside the Dakota County Fairgrounds, in Farmington.  It takes place the first two weekends in December.  Some of the activities include:  Holiday lights, Demonstrations, Trolley Rides, Silent Film, Make and Take Ornaments, Children’s Castle Theater Performance of A Christmas Carol.  Fun for all ages at this historic village.

(Weather permitting)

Dec. 1, 2, 8 & 9,
Hours: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Saturday & Sunday   **December 9 Hours are 1:00-7:30 pm.

$7.00 – 13 and up
$4.00 – 4 thru 12
Free – 3 and under
Trolley rides are free with paid admission.
Dakota City Heritage Village
4008 220th Street W
Farmington, MN 55024
Cash and checks only at gate. Purchase tickets online with credit or debit cards via PayPal here. No PayPal account required.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens will be the theme throughout the village this year. The horse-drawn trolley will transport you through the village streets as you explore the traditions of Christmas 1900s style. Join in the caroling, warm yourself by an inviting wood-burning stove, delight in the demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, printmaking and holiday cooking as our villagers prepare for Christmas. As a special treat, a presentation of A Christmas Carol will be featured in the Fire Hall by Children’s Castle Theater. Two performances each day will be given at 4:30pm and 6:30pm. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit St. Nicholas!

Christmas in the Village is a community favorite, an annual event you won’t want to miss!

You are welcome to drive through the Village any evening during the month of December to enjoy the buildings illuminated with holiday lights.

For more information contact the Dakota City Heritage Village office at 651-460-8050, or email [email protected]

Dakota City

Old Fashioned Holiday at the Holz Farm

We always enjoy the events at the Holz Farm in Eagan.  The Old Fashioned Holiday takes place on December 2rd.  A free event for the entire family.  It’s an old fashioned holiday, 1940’s style with lot’s of great outdoor activities.   Dress for the weather. The full schedule and more information can be found here on their website.

Old Fashioned Holiday at Holz Farm
Sunday, December 2nd
Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Gather the family and celebrate the holidays 1940’s style with an old fashioned holiday experience at Holz Farm Park. Remember a simpler time of singing carols by the fire, making s’mores, the smell of cookies baking, hot cider and spending time together. Bundle up with warm winter gear and enjoy a winter hayride and outdoor activities. Kids are invited to write a letter to Santa at home and bring it to the celebration as Santa and his live reindeer will be available to visit and for photos. Don’t forget your camera!

Holiday Flower Show Opening Weekend – Como Park Conservatory

This weekend is the Holiday Flower Show Opening Weekend at the Como Zoo and Conservatory. This year the show will feature mostly pink Poinsettias.  The best part about viewing the flowers, no admission fees, although donations are always appreciated.  Don’t miss out on enjoying the rest of what the zoo has to offer.  Como Zoo is one of the few completely free zoos left in the United States.

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has been a local St. Paul favorite for over 100 years, opening in 1915. While beautiful any time of year, the Holiday Flower Show makes a gorgeous setting to snap a few family pictures – the perfect holiday card setting!

The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory today. The Holiday show will feature mostly pink Poinsettias with traces of white throughout the garden.

Gingerbread Wonderland Twin Cities

Gingerbread Wonderland Twin Cities

The Gingerbread Wonderland is a wonderful holiday tradition that’s not to be missed.  It started November 17th and goes through January 6th so plenty of time to get it on your calendar.  I don’t know of anywhere else where you can find Twin City buildings and landmarks made out of Gingerbread!  The event takes place at the Norway House, and more information can be found on their website. Admission is very reasonable, at only $5 for age 12 and up.


Enjoy holiday treats at ‘Also Ingebretsen’s’ and surround yourself with all things gingerbread. Starting on November 17th (through January 6), Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House is open to visitors!

There’s something special baking at Norway House! For the third year in a row, Norway House is building the Twin Cities out of Gingerbread in our Galleri!

Gingerbread (or in Norwegian, pepperkake) is a quintessential feature of the Norwegian holiday season. You will find gingerbread cookies, ornaments, and houses everywhere — in offices, stores, homes, and schools. Some towns and cities in Norway even go so far as to build replicas of their city out of gingerbread!

Together with families, friends, and neighbors, young and old, Norway House will be creating Gingerbread Wonderland – Twin Cities in our Galleri. You will find familiar buildings and landmarks — both contemporary and historical — created by everyone from professional bakers to first-time gingerbread enthusiasts.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years.