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Holiday Family Events

As you prepare your own homes in Minneapolis MN, don’t forget that the rest of the city and surrounding area is also preparing for the holidays. Plays, concerts, light shows and much more are taking place throughout the holiday season. If you’re looking to put a bit of extra sparkle into your December, don’t miss these fun family events.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in December, you can take a Holiday Lights Trolley Tour around the Twin Cities. Take a public tour or rent out a trolley for a private tour and see some of the best light displays in Minneapolis and St. Paul. As well as the beautiful lights, you’ll have holiday music and treats to get you in the spirit. Tickets are $25 for ages 17 and under, and $30 for adults.

Another option is the annual Holidazzle event at Loring Park. Taking place Thursdays through Sundays through December 24, this free, festive celebration highlights the best of Minneapolis people, places, and local products, covering the local food scene, art district, park system, active lifestyles, local entertainers and community groups. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

Minneapolis has a strong Swedish connection. This year, through January 7, the American Swedish Institute once again hosts Fest! Merry Mansion: Nordic Holidays, an annual exhibition of interactive displays showcasing Nordic and other cultures’ holiday celebrations. It’s a fantastic way to learn about other cultures and possibly find some new traditions to incorporate into your own family’s holiday celebrations.

If it’s not Christmas without A Christmas Carol, you’re in luck. The Guthrie Theater is presenting this classic Dickens tale through December 30. Don’t be a Scrooge; tickets start as low as $15.

When the kids are out of school for the holidays, homes in Minneapolis MN can soon feel a bit crazy with kids bouncing off the walls. Let them burn off some of that energy and use some brain power at the same time at the Mazes at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The whole family can take part in adventures, 3D puzzles, and full-body games as they climb through a rope maze, navigate an elaborate floor maze, give their fingers a workout in a finger maze, get turned around in a network of color in a color maze, and then take all you’ve learned to create a maze for others to try. The Mazes run through January 7 and are just one of many special events taking place at the Science Museum this holiday season.

This is just a small portion of all of the events taking place in Minneapolis this month. Choirs, Christmas plays and much more are available to keep everyone entertained and excited for the holidays.

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