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Guide to Free Christmas Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul

With the holidays approaching, you know there will be plenty to do in the Twin Cities. From flower displays to ice skating and so much more, Minneapolis and St. Paul are full of fun and exciting events to get you in the holiday spirit. Best of all, lots of these events are free! Who knows, you may find decorations and holiday ideas to take back to your homes in Woodbury MN, which fortunately aren’t far at all from the Twin Cities.

  • The 54th Annual Macy’s Minneapolis SantaLand is a magical mix of animated holiday characters and fantastic holiday decorations for the SantaLand display. This classic is open every day between November 19 and December 24, except for Thanksgiving Day. While the festivities are free, including actually meeting Santa, there is a fee for a photo with Santa.
  • Holidazzle in Loring Park is a spectacular way to celebrate. From November 29 to December 22, 2019, there are a variety of family friendly events to entertain all ages. For example, there are classic winter/holiday movies, winter fireworks, outdoor skating, visits with Santa, the Kids Play Zone, interactive illuminated-art wolf and moose installations, and so much more. Check the website for the full schedule of times, events and locations.
  • The Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink in downtown St. Paul is a wonderful outdoor skating rink located in the heart of the city next to the Landmark Center and Rice Park. If you have your own skates, you can skate for free; or you can rent some skates for just a few dollars. Of course if you bank with Wells Fargo, you get one free skate rental by showing a check or credit card at the kiosk.
  • The Minnesota Boychoir is just one of the many groups performing free concerts throughout the holiday season. Many of the local organizations, colleges, and music groups also perform free shows throughout the Twin Cities.
  • Flower lovers won’t want to miss the Como Park Holiday Flower Show. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in the park hosts an annual holiday flower show, featuring thousands of blooms. This year, there’s a Victorian theme with a focus on red poinsettias, purple salvia, lavender,​ and scented geraniums.​ The flower show is open every day, including Christmas and New Year’s Day, from December 7, 2019, through early January. In addition to the conservatory, the Como Park and Como Zoo are also free to visit, ideal for children who may get tired of the flowers.

These are just a handful of the free events taking place this November and December. You can always take in the Grand Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in early December, complete with carolers, free hot soup, visits with Santa, and more, or see the St. Paul’s Christmas Tree in Rice Park, or drive down Summit Avenue and take in the beautiful Victorian-style homes—including the Governor’s Residence— that are decorated in classic white lights for the holidays. After a fun day in the Twin Cities, head back to your homes in Woodbury MN, filled to the brim with holiday cheer.

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