Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic Discount Tickets – Xcel Energy Center

Little Disney fans and their grown-ups are in for a treat when Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Magic at the Xcel Energy Center next month!

More than 50 of your favorite Disney characters from 14 beloved stories take the ice in this celebration of 100 Years of Magic. Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White, and Tiana will be there to join the party.

Sing along to more than 30 unforgettable songs including “Let It Go,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and “Hakuna Matata,” and thrill to exciting moments from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Frozen and more, providing the whole family with memories to last a lifetime at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Order your tickets now through Goldstar and save BIG! Tickets start as low as $18, plus service and agency fees. Goldstar has tickets available for shows on Friday, December 7 at 7 pm; Saturday, December 8 at 7 pm; and Sunday, December 9 at 5 pm.

Free MN State Parks Vehicle Permit for Active Military Personnel

Did you know that military families get in FREE to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas? It’s true! In 2017 the Minnesota legislature approved a statute to provide FREE year-round vehicle permits to active military personnel in any branch or unit of the United States Armed Forces and veterans with a service-related disability.

These vehicle permits are normally $35 for a full year and provide qualifying military families unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. To apply, present valid military ID at any staffed state park and let the park attendant know your military status.

Annual Bags, Bows and Boxes Warehouse Sale


Each fall and spring I head to my favorite warehouse sale to stock up on bags, envelopes and wrapping paper.  The awesome Bags, Bows and Boxes Gage warehouse sale is located in Shakopee near Canterbury Park.   The bright yellow signs point you in the right direction when you get close.

C L O S E O U T!  1st Quality!


Giftwrap, Jewelry & Gift Boxes
Gift Bags & Tissue
Favor Boxes, Ribbons & Bows
Paper Plates & Napkins
Basket Making Wrap & Shred
 Bakery Boxes  & Goodie Bags
Wine Bags & Boxes
Save 40-80% off retail!

The sale happens in the fall and again in the spring on select weekends:


November 16th-18th

November 30th-December 2nd


March 29-31

April 5-7

April 11-13

You can also check their FB page or website for hours and possible short notice pop up sales. 


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.



Davanni’s: Free Solo Pizza and Pop for Veterans and Active Service Members

To celebrate Veterans Day, Davanni’s is offering a FREE Solo 1-Item Pizza and a Regular Pop for all veterans and active service members! Offer is valid Sunday, November 11th only; must show proof of service.

The North Pole Express at the Union Depot

This recent snow has us thinking it’s December and although we don’t want to rush things, we know it will be here soon.  If you love trains the The North Pole Express at the Union Depot is something you’ll want to put on your list and get spots reserved.  It takes place November 29-December 2nd.  There’s a great video and more information about this event here.   Tickets can also be purchased in advance here.  It’s not a long ride but it will be a memorable one for the kids.

The North Pole Express

Children and trains go together during the Holiday Season like colorful lights, brightly iced cookies, festively wrapped gifts, family and friends. Please join the nonprofit Friends of the 261 annual journey on the North Pole Express.

The North Pole Express is our group’s largest yearly fundraiser enabling us to continue to operate and maintain the star of the show the Milwaukee Road #261 steam locomotive, built in 1944, and experience a ride in one of our of historic rail cars.

Our show is brought to you by our excited ALL volunteer crew, Santa and his elves that promises to make this a memorable Holiday Tradition.

Climb aboard this holiday train from the past that includes the North Pole and a visit from Santa himself! Avoid the trouble of setting up your old train set around the tree this year and let us provide you with a REAL steam train for the holidays.

Military Promotion at Minnesota Zoo


Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day, a time we honor and thank our veterans, present and past, who have served our country. Many places are offering discounts and free items on Sunday, including the Minnesota Zoo which has a military promotion from now through January 1st.

November 11, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Minnesota Zoo
Military personnel receive free admission, free parking, and half-price admission for family members.

SSA Gift Shops
Military personnel receive 20% discount on purchases, excluding promotional and clearance items.

Lancer Food Service
Military personnel receive 20% discount on food purchases, excluding free-standing kiosks and alcohol.

IMAX Theatre
Show your military ID at the IMAX Theatre box office to receive $12 Hollywood Feature tickets or one (1) free ticket for an IMAX Documentary. No further discounts apply.


100 Years of Christmas at Dayton’s: Edina Historical Society Event

Many of us remember shopping at Dayton’s and have fond memories of the holiday display each year.  Even though I grew up in rural MN, I was able to see the holiday display several times and it was always magical.

The Edina Historical Society is hosting 100 Years of Christmas at Dayton’s, a program that reflects on the history and magic of Dayton’s.  This event takes place on December 7th from 7-8:30.  It sold out last year, so you’ll want to get your tickets sooner than later.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Edina Historical Society directly or here on their website.

100 Years of Christmas at Dayton’s

For 100 years Dayton’s department store helped Minnesotans celebrate Christmas.? We will look at how Dayton’s made the Christmas season magical by reviewing various window displays, unique gifts, store promotions, Santa Land, the unforgettable auditorium displays, along with a general history of the Minneapolis retail store.? We will also look at the behind the scenes action by examining anecdotes from the management and the ever-helpful store employees, who made the name Dayton’s synonymous with Christmas shopping.

Try Hockey for Free Day – Saturday, November 10th


Try Hockey for Free Day is Saturday, November 10, 2018! USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL’s Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.

To find the closest location to you, visit the Minnesota Hockey website and scroll down to see the map of participating locations. Click the link to find time/location information and to register.

Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Beacon Lighting

Some of us may not remember the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter sinking into the waters of Lake Superior.  Those that do, will remember where they were when they heard the news.  It was a tragic event and 29 crew members lost their lives.

This Saturday, November 10th you can join others at the Split Rock Lighthouse near Two Harbors, for an event to reflect and remember the tragic event. You can more information on the Minnesota Historical Society page.

This annual event commemorates the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald and the loss of her 29 crew members on November 10, 1975. It is also a time to reflect on the memory of all lives lost in Great Lakes shipwrecks. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open. Costumed guides will greet visitors and provide historic site and shipwreck information. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can view a film about the Edmund Fitzgerald in the visitor center.

At 4:30 pm, the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit, and the tower will be open again to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb the tower after dark and see the lit beacon.