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.

CSE Winter Light Show

We’ve attended the CSE Winter Light Show the last three years in a row.  The College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota puts on a great show.  The knowledge and talent of the students is none other than amazing to watch and listen to.  The show is outdoors and lasts about 20 minutes.  They will be hosting shows on Dec 1, 6, 7, and 8, .  More information can be found below or on the website page here.

  • Dress Warm
  • Be prepared to stand for the 20 minute show

The CSE Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music. All of the light features and much of the music is designed, sequenced, composed, and performed by University of Minnesota students. Now in its eight year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become an annual campus tradition.

There will be shows at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m. and each show will last about 20 minutes. All shows are free and open to the public.

The show is presented by the Tesla Works student group and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.

Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday Play at Bachman’s

Traditions are a huge part of the holidays. The Santa & Albert Play at Bachman’s in Minneapolis has been a tradition for more than 30 years! It takes place at the Bachman’s flagship store on Lyndale in Minneapolis. This weekend (Nov 17-18) is your first opportunity to catch this great free event.

Christmas is coming, and there are toys to be made! This year, Albert the Elf has earned a coveted spot competing in one of the North Pole’s most popular contests, “Who Wants To Be A Toymaker?” The goal is to craft something uniquely new with only leftover odds and ends from the toy making process. Albert certainly has the talent, but will his creativity waver or will he have what it takes to design a toy that wins over the hearts of children across the world?


The play lasts approximately 20 minutes and seating is first come, first served. Following the play, Santa and Albert will lead a sing-along of carols and take pictures with guests. Please bring your own camera to have your picture taken with Santa and Albert.

Saturdays | 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm & 2:30 pm
Sundays | 11:30 am, 1 pm & 2:30 pm

November 17 – December 16, 2018

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 first went to this 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.  Not sure if this will sell out but many holiday events this time of year do so keep that in mind.

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 5, 6 and  7 p.m. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Ticket includes museum admission and refreshments after the play.



Annual Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market


One of my favorite places to do some holiday shopping, is the Green Gifts Fair. I’ve purchased some great soaps, clothing and art at this sale.  This year is the 13th annual event, taking place at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. It’s a one day event, Saturday November 17th, from 10-5pm. With over 80 different vendors, all caring about our environment and being green, there’s sure to be something for everyone.


• SHOP. 80+ eco-friendly vendors for holiday gifts
• EAT. Plan to eat lunch or dinner at the Midtown Global Market, offering over 30 global food options
• LEARN. Complete a passport for prizes with the whole family
• CELEBRATE. Music, live stage demonstrations, and a family exploration space
• VOLUNTEER. Help us make the event a success by volunteering and get a Do It Green! Minnesota recycled t-shirt and an eco-friendly appreciation gift by contacting [email protected]
• PROMOTE. Please invite your family, friends and co-workers through email, Facebook or Twitter hash tag #GreenGiftsFair!


Three 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 three great events coming up soon.  The first is something new, the Adventure Film Festival.  It takes place this Thursday, November 15th. Enjoy the 2018 lineup of the best independent adventure films of the year.

Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music, a great film that the whole family can enjoy and yes even sing along with!.  Showing November 23-25 and again on December 1-2, advance tickets can be purchased here on their website.

The third 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 30th and you can purchase advance tickets here on their website.



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

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! I went to see it with a friend when it was here previously, and we both loved it. We laughed and laughed, and then laughed some more!

Right now you can save 50% on tickets when you order through Daily Deals. Tickets are available for the following performances:

  • Saturday, Nov 10, 8 pm – $43.50 for 2 tickets
  • Saturday, Nov 17, 8 pm – $43.50 for 2 tickets
  • Wednesday, Nov 21, 7:30 pm – $39.50 for 2 tickets
  • Saturday, Nov 24, 5 pm – $43.50 for 2 tickets



Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean, a musician, an illusionist and a comic entertainer for whom nothing ever goes quite the way it was meant to. It’s high-energy, vaudeville-inspired comedy that grabs the funny bone and just won’t let go!

Get your tickets HERE!

Running and Skating inside the U.S. Bank Stadium

As our weather turns colder, we have to get creative when and how we exercise.   We can choose to bundle up or we can find alternative locations.  The U.S. Bank Stadium is offering opportunities to skate or run inside it’s walls in the upcoming months.

The U.S. Bank skating or running will only be offered on specific dates starting November 19 through mid January.

If you would like to skate, you can more info on that here.  If you would like to run inside the stadium, you can find more information on that here.

Do you have a favorite place to exercise in the cold weather, perhaps a unique venue that we could share with our readers?  Please comment or send us a message.



Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House

We all know winter is coming.  It always does, maybe not at the exact same time, but eventually it will be here.  We all have different reasons for enjoying it, or making the best of it, but either way if we live in Minnesota, somehow we get through winter. The Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is a great way to get into the mood for winter.  A place to see some great decorating ideas while at the same time supporting a great cause. There’s a $5 admission into the house and 20% of ticket proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

*$5 Tickets Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling 612-861-7311. Each ticket includes a coupon for $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase, with 20% of ticket proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are not refundable; see our Returns and Exchanges page for details.

Each season, our designers transform the historical Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue by painting, furnishing, and decorating the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage.

Schedule a self-guided tour to see trendsetting décor and creative concepts firsthand. Welcome inspiring ideas for the change in season.

The Holiday Ideas House is open seven days a week November 8-through December 16th. Self-guided tours ($5) are sold in 30-minute increments during the following times: Mon.-Wed. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.



Discount Tickets for The Official “Supernatural” Convention

Are you a fan of the show Supernatural? Seems like everyone I know is; it’s even a topic at my book club!  We found a deal on tickets for The Official Supernatural Convention, coming to the Twin Cities November 2nd – 4th. Get specially priced tickets via Goldstar and save 50%!

North America’s longest running genre TV series, Supernatural, keeps delivering thrills, chills and humor in its 14th season, and Creation Entertainment is thrilled to celebrate by bringing The Official Supernatural Convention to the Minneapolis Convention Center. With appearances from Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and more of your favorite celebrities from the hit show, the convention is an action-packed weekend that includes parties, panels, contests, photographs, full musical concerts, photo and autograph opportunities, and more surprises. See the website for up to date info on guests and ticket availability.

Choose from Friday from 9 am – 7 pm ($25), Saturday from 9 am – 7 pm ($45), and/or Sunday from 9 am – 7 pm ($67.50). Get your tickets HERE.