Kick off the first day of the historic 2020 MN Winter Carnival with this celebration of lights. Get decked out in all your glow gear and join the parade as it makes its way from the Landmark Center to Kellogg Mall Park. Compete in this year’s new KIDS’ decorating contest by adorning your stroller, a wagon, yourself or other nonmotorized forms of transportation in light. The contest categories include best use of lights, most creative and best Winter Carnival related entry. 651.223.7400 Read more about Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade
For the Kids
Want a day of fun and family time? Come and participate in numerous outdoor activities at Fort Snelling State Park. Activities include ice-fishing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking, archery and more! All the necessary equipment is provided and make sure to grab a hot chocolate in between activities! All ages. Read more about Winter Trails Day 2020
This show is for lovers of all things canine. Watch your favorite breed compete in the show or attend one of the many programs which celebrate everything from working dogs to hunting hounds. Pick up a treat for your furry friend at the marketplace but please leave your own pooch at home. Visit the Land O’ Lakes Kennel Club website for a full schedule of activities and events. Read more about Land O’ Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show
Visit Winter Wonderland for some holiday fun the whole family can enjoy. Experience the Shoppes’ holiday décor and discounts while shopping for gifts and enjoy festive activities. Spend your morning with a visit to Santa and his reindeer, and attend the Pixie Dust Winter Princess Ball in the afternoon. Read more about Winter Wonderland
Head to Main Street of Arbor Lakes to take pleasure in a series of festive activities. There will be carriage rides, carolers and hot chocolate. The return of the Sleigh Bells and the Sparkle Parade is also something to look forward to. The parade will start at 5 p.m. at the intersection near Coldstone Creamery, continue down Main Street, and end at the plaza. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus there for the tree lighting ceremony.
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Join the Jellybeans on their adventure through kindness and inclusivity during story time reading at Barnes & Noble. This thoughtful poem takes your kids on a journey of finding their uniqueness, but also how we’re ultimately the same. Free bookmarks available while supplies last, as well as a free bag with each book purchase. Ages newborn-8. Read more about Jellybeans at Barnes & Noble
Join Rock Elm Tavern in Maple Grove at a magical brunch in partnership with the Maple Grove Senior High School Music & Theatre Boosters! Students will be dressing up as popular Disney characters, caroling & an appearance by Santa. Read more about Character Brunch Featuring Santa
Photos with Santa Claus
Only $10 Per Family at the door | Pets welcome | Please bring your own camera!
Skip the Register the day of and register today! Head straight to Santa’s line. You will receive a confirmation after purchasing and a few days before the event. Simply show from your phone. Read more about Holiday Open House
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at Union Depot on Tuesday, December 10 for a musical performance. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash or a healthy food donation to benefit local food shelves. Canadian Pacific is committed to raising awareness about filling community food shelves with heart-healthy foods. Read more about Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Stops at Union Depot
The Holiday Tree Lighting celebration will begin with entertainment and holiday activities then move outside to the North Plaza for the annual tree lighting celebration followed by a celebratory fireworks display. Afterwards, stay for a Holiday Movie Night double feature of holiday favorites Elf then The Polar Express. Read more about Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting + Movie Night