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Holiday Events in the Twin Cities

It’s that time of year again! Time to spend with family and friends getting festive. There are lots of things happening around town so I thought I would compile a short list to share with all of you!

Making Spirits Bright – MN Landscape Arboretum


I asked Jenn over at to share her experience at the Arboretum this year!  Read her full post about the event here. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too.

Grab your favorite scarf and head out to the MN Landscape Arboretum’s Making Spirits Bright lighting event. They have created six different magical environments to enjoy. My family and I had so much fun getting up close to the displays.  Amateur photographers were taking full advantage of the lights. The Arboretum has a light up farm, tunnels, pathways, trees and even an array of lights programmed to music. My favorite is the lights hanging down from the tree like a weeping willow. Everything is centered the main building, also known as the Snyder Building. Inside they are selling hot chocolate and coffee to help you warm up. Outside you can sit outside by the fire pits and roast your marshmallows. Get there between 5-6, and you’ll be able to drive right in. After 6, you’ll be waiting in a line of cars to get in. Parking is on site!


Runs: Fri-Sun Nov 24-Jan 1 and Tue-Thur Dec 27-28

Location: MN Landscape Arboretum 

Fest! Merry Mansion at the American Swedish Institute

Image result for fest merry mansion

Get your Nordic on at the American Swedish Institute this year. All of the rooms are decorated for the holidays and it couldn’t be more gorgeous! It features displays from all of the Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland and you get to learn more about each country’s holiday traditions. I found it really interesting to learn about each country and how they celebrate. For example, in Iceland, they have the 13 Yule Lads (trolls). Icelandic children place a shoe in the window each night for the 13 days before Christmas. A different Yule Lad comes each night and has a different personality. So cool, right? The gift shop is also full of beautiful Nordic holiday items so you can bring a bit of it home for yourself!

Image result for fest merry mansionPhotos via The American Swedish Institute’s website

For more information, check out ASI’s website here.

Runs from Nov 10, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018.


Holidazzle 2017
When I was a kid, Holidazzle was a parade that ran down Nicollet Mall featuring lots of people in light-up costumes. Now, it has evolved into a outdoor Christmas market! Find the perfect gift for the ones you love while stuffing your face with delicious food and drinks. Sounds like my kind of Saturday. 😉 If shopping isn’t your thing, there are also events everyone weekend as well. You can catch an outdoor holiday movie, listen to carolers, go ice skating and even catch a fireworks show! I did feel like some of the booths were too close together with long lines. I would recommend the little pancakes though!
Holidazzle 2017

For list of vendors and more information, head to the Holidazzle website here.

Runs: Thursday-Sunday November 24-December 23rd

Location: Loring Park (for directions, head here)


St. Paul European Christmas Market

This event is based on the traditional Christmas markets you see pop up in Germany, Austria and around Europe. There are different events each day so be sure to check the calendar if you’re heading there. This Friday from 4-6, they’ll even have Santa! 🙂

Photos via the Christmas Market Facebook page here

For list of vendors and activities, check out the Christmas market site here.

Runs: Friday 12/8- Sunday 12/10

Location: St. Paul Union Depot


Are there any other events I missed that you enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below!

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