Winter break is looming. Holiday guest are descending. How are you going to keep your kids and family busy during the Christmas season?
The Twin Cities are one of those places that go all out for the Christmas season and there are countless things for families to do for the holidays. We loved living here. Every season has something awesome to offer and the Christmas season is no different. #4 below is still one of my favorite holiday memories.
guest post from Rebecca Nutter
Living in the Twin Cities area, I am lucky to have an abundance of family friendly activities to do with our children during the Christmas season. When I say abundance, I mean there’s A LOT! It was hard to narrow it down to just 5, but these I feel are great for kids young and old and give you a variety of ways to celebrate this time of year in Minnesota.
This is a great way to enjoy over 60 holiday themed lights displays, from the warmth of your own vehicle. Kids will say “Ooooo” and “Ahhhh” at all the different bright light displays. It runs through St. Paul’s Phalen Park. Tickets are $10 per vehicle, but you can buy them for $8 online. This nightly event runs November 22 until January 1st.
Find more info here: www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com/holiday-lights/
The “Santaland” at Macy’s is 1 of 7 stores that puts on a magical holiday display. We have started to go every year with my daughter and she’s enchanted by it every time. It is a day in the life story of Santa’s Elves, as they get ready for Christmas. Each part of the story has animation, music, and lights that tell their story. At the end, you have the choice to see Santa and purchase some pictures. It’s a must see! It’s open until mid-December during regular store hours. Get there early! The line can be very long later in the day.
In St. Paul they have created an ice skating rink in front of the Landmark Center. It’s free and open November 19th (the night of the Rice Park tree lighting) until February 5th (the end of the Winter Carnival). You can rent skates for $4 a person or if you are a Wells Fargo debit/credit cardholder you get a skate rental for free. They have little kids skates too. It is a great holiday tradition and a way to burn off some extra energy from all those Christmas cookies!
Find more info here: http://www.visitsaintpaul.com/things-to-do/winter-fun/wells-fargo-winterskate/
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a favorite for many Twin Cities families. Of course it’s the story of the miserly old man named Ebenezer Scrooge who says, “bah humbug” to the Christmas holiday. I remember seeing it long ago and seeing it each year is still a joy. It fills you with the Christmas spirit! I’m excited to share it with our daughters. The show runs through November 16 - December 30th at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.
Find more info here: https://www.guthrietheater.org/plays_events/plays/_christmas_carol
Can’t forget this! The Holidazzle tradition has changed a bit over the past couple of years. Instead of the light parade, now it is a holiday and winter celebration that showcase Minneapolis vendors that sell food and gifts, and programming that includes an outdoor skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, and musical performances. It’s free to attend and a great experience for the whole family. Check out the website to get details on events. It runs Thursdays-Sundays November 25 through December 23th.
Find more info here: http://www.holidazzle.com/about/
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