Holly Trolley

Hope on the Holly Trolley with Santa.  The historic streetcar is decked out for the holidays and located in south Minneapolis.  Rides are about 20 minutes long and no tickets or advance registration required. You can find more information about the dates and times on the website here.  The Fare is $4 per person. 

Saturday & Sunday
November 25 & 26
December 2 & 3
12:30 to 3:30 PM
$4 per passenger

Please share in the joy of the season. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Gingerbread Wonderland Twin Cities

Gingerbread Wonderland Twin Cities

The Gingerbread Wonderland is a wonderful holiday tradition that’s not to be missed.  It starts November 21st and goes through January 7th 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 21 (through January 7), 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.

Minneapolis Kennel Club Show


Big dogs, little dogs, at the Minneapolis Kennel Club Show.  The show takes place today and tomorrow at Canterbury Park in Shakopee. Are you interested in a specific breed, the judging schedule can be found here on the event webpage.

Annually, the Minneapolis Kennel Club sponsors two shows: an all-breed dog show and obedience trial/rally. The all-breed show is a two-day event generally held in November. It attracts over 1200 dogs in all-breed conformation competition and junior showmanship. Participating dogs come from all AKC-recognized groups: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding and miscellaneous.

Minneapolis Kennel Club Show

@9:00 am

Canterbury Park

Come spectate over 1200 dogs in conformation competition and junior showmanship in this 2-day all-breed show!

Show Hours:
Saturday: 9am – 7pm, Gates open 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday:  8am – 7pm, Gates open 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

$8.00 – Adult, kids 11-5
$4.00 – Seniors 62+
Free – Under 5

Bachman’s Holiday Open House

With the warm weather and the lack of snow (we’re not complaining) it doesn’t seem very Christmassy yet, but you can still get into the Christmas spirit! Saturday is the annual Bachman’s Holiday Open House. The annual event is a favorite for many and takes place at the flagship store in Minneapolis. Not only will Santa arrive, but there will be lots of great fun for all ages.

Kick off your holiday season at Bachman’s! Be there when Santa and Albert the Elf arrive from the North Pole at 9:30 a.m. in a reindeer-drawn sleigh. Watch their annual holiday play, participate in a sing-along, enjoy live Christmas music, take part in kids’ crafts, meet Santa’s reindeer, snack on cookies from the North Pole, and have plenty of festive fun! 

Movies in the Outfield – Savage Sports Center

Movies in the Outfield - Savage Sports Center

Saturday night can be family movie night.  Not just any movie night, head to Savage for Movies in the Outfield.  There’s no admission fees and Moana is rated PG, so a great event for almost all ages.

Come to the Savage Sports Center for a FREE movie night! Bring your lawn chair and blankets, purchase some popcorn, hot chocolate, or a treat from the concession stand and enjoy the evening with your friends, family and community.

Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Movie begins at 7:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
(concessions available for purchase)
Age: All ages
Locations: Savage Sports Center, 13450 Dakota Ave., Savage
The temperature in the Savage Sports Center is 65 degrees.

Rondo Library Reopens

One of the busiest libraries in St. Paul was closed this past summer, for remodeling.  This Saturday, November 18th is the grand reopening celebration for the Rondo Library.  The celebration event takes place from 1-4.

Join us in celebration for Rondo Community Library’s grand reopening on Saturday, November 18, 1-4 p.m.

Enjoy music by DJ Michel.Be and sweet potato pie and cider. Make handmade paper with Mary Hark, enjoy demos of new library equipment (including a 3D printer!), and play bingo for prizes. Every Body’s In, a community partner organization, joins us to celebrate community mentors. Find out how you can share your skills and passions to support our local youth!

The library will open at 1:00 p.m. for the grand reveal by Mayor Chris Coleman. After 2 p.m., overflow parking will be available in the Saint James AME lot at Dale Street and Central Avenue.


Two Upcoming Special Event Movies at Riverview Theater – Minneapolis

We’ve mentioned the Riverview Movie Theatre in Minneapolis before, a great place for inexpensive movies.  Occasionally they also have some special event movies.

We spotted two great events coming up soon.  The first is the Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music, a great film that the whole family can enjoy.  Showing November 24-26, advance tickets can be purchased here on their website.

The second special event show, although not for the whole family, should be quite popular – the Lord of the Rings Trilogy!  The Lord of the Rings event takes place December 17th and you can purchase advance tickets here on their website.



Local Author Fair – Meet Local Authors and Learn about Writing

Do you love to read, or perhaps you’ve been quietly working on your own book?  There’s a Local Author Fair coming up this Saturday. An event to meet some local authors, do some networking or just gather some autographs.

Local authors and book creators will be showcasing their work and discussing and selling their books. There will also be the opportunities for authors to network with each other and all current or aspiring authors can learn more about the business of writing and publishing.

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The event takes place at the Dakota County Galaxie Library, in Apple Valley from noon-4pm.  Thirty different local authors are scheduled.  You can find the complete list on the library website.


Join us for our Local Author Fair on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, noon–4 p.m. at the Galaxie Library, 14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley.

The Local Author Fair 2017 is an opportunity for authors and book creators to showcase their work, discuss and sell their books, network with one another, and learn more about writing and the publishing business. Thirty local authors will be present throughout the day to showcase their talent and offer books for sale. Browse local author booths and discover your next favorite read.

Hear keynote speaker Laurie Hertzel, book journalist and editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune and author of News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist. Hertzel has been a fellow at Duke University, a writer-in-residence at the James Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and a faculty member and speaker at the Nieman Conferences on Narrative Writing and Editing at Harvard and at Boston University. Hertzel’s journalism has appeared in literary and academic journals, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, Minnesota Monthly magazine, and many other publications.

The Loft Literary Center is presenting two workshops. All are welcome to attend. Learn about making a Creative Writing Sampler or Literary Agents: What to Look For and What to Look Out For.

Books sales and prize drawings will be held throughout the day.

Snapology Discovery Center Grand Opening

With the weather getting colder, it’s even more important to find indoor activities for the kids.  The Snapology Discovery Center Grand Opening is next weekend.  Taking place over the course of three days, November 17-19.  Snapology is geared towards kids ages 1-14 and is located in the uptown area of Minneapolis.  You can find more specifics about the grand opening event here on the FB event page.

Snapology of Minneapolis offers fun programs for a wide variety of ages and interests. With an emphasis on play, children acheive academic enrichment and social development objectives. At Snapology there is something for everyone with everything from LEGO-themed programs, robotics, engineering, animation, and more!

Tons of activities all weekend long!  Free and open to the public!

Friday, 11/17 – 5-8pm
Open House & Reception
Cupcake bites provided by A Cupcake Social
6-8pm Art project lead by Articulture

Saturday, 11/18 – 9am-6pm
10am – Family Fun Twin Cities curated dance party
3pm – Music by Jack and Kitty
2-4pm – S’mores provided by North Mallow

Sunday, 11/19 – 9am-6pm
Coffee from 9-11am provided by Bob’s Java Hut
12:30pm – FREE yoga class for parents upstairs from Snapology at Your Yoga
1pm – Magic by Alan Smola



Rice Park Tree Lighting

With the snowflakes falling last night I can finally say, the holidays are around the corner.  Prior to that, I was really hoping winter wasn’t quite here and the holidays were months away.  Yes indeed, sooner than later.  It also means, mark the calendars for upcoming holiday and winter events.

Next Saturday, November 18th, is the Rice Park Tree Lighting event.  The lights will stay lit until mid March, which means plenty of opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful scene.

Date: Saturday, November 18 2017

Saint Paul will officially kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy.

Location: Rice Park

Time: 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM

109 W 4th Street , Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102Those who attend the free grand opening event will be the first to skate on the free, outdoor, artificially-chilled ice rink in downtown Saint Paul as well as view the 11th annual lighting of Rice Park and the city’s holiday tree will be lit with 15,000 LED lights. There will be musical performances, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.

  • Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink open November 18 – February 4, 201
  • Grand Opening – Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Festivities begin at 3:30pm
  • Photo Opportunity with Live Reindeer and Sleigh
  • Teddy Bear Band
  • Skating Performances
  • Fireworks in Rice Park at 6:30pm
  • Ribbon Cutting at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink at 7:00pm
  • Rink opens for Skating at 7:15pm