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Discover the Magic: Top Things to Do in Minneapolis This Holiday Season

As the holiday season descends upon Minneapolis, the city transforms into a festive wonderland, offering an array of enchanting activities and events for locals and visitors alike. From dazzling light displays to seasonal performances, there's something for everyone to enjoy. In this guide, we'll explore the top things to do in Minneapolis this holiday season, ensuring you make the most of this magical time of year.

  1. Start stocking up on gifts: We understand that you may still have an extensive list of people to shop for during the holiday season. Enhance your shopping experience by exploring markets that offer festive food, live music, and holiday activities. Embrace the spirit of shopping locally this holiday season and discover unique gifts for everyone on your list. We've compiled a comprehensive list of holiday markets and pop-up shops in Minneapolis, providing you with options to visit throughout the entire season.
  2. Spend a night surrounded by lights: As the days grow shorter during this season, seize the opportunity to witness some of the city's most vibrant and dazzling lights.
    Explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where illuminated paths wind through adorned trees, flowers, and scenes of winter enchantment. Take a break at the s'mores village, offering a cozy spot by the fire and the chance to purchase s'mores kits for marshmallow roasting.
    In St. Paul, immerse yourself in the magic of The GLOW Holiday Festival at CHS Field. Experience the brilliance of over a million holiday lights and captivating art installations.
    For a unique drive-thru experience, head to Viking Lakes in Eagan. Traverse arching pathways while synchronized lights dance to holiday music. Encounter elves, reindeer, movie characters, and more as you enjoy the captivating Magic of Lights show.
  3. Be entertained by a holiday show: Theater and musical performances are perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Whether you are looking for classics like A Christmas Carol or a twist on some favorites you’ll want to see a show in Minneapolis during the holidays. Check out a list of the must-see shows of the season.
  4. Have a Nordic Christmas: Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at the American Swedish Institute, where the holiday season is celebrated with flair. Engage in a variety of holiday activities and unleash your creativity in Nordic craft workshops, crafting handmade cards, ornaments, or traditional Swedish foods. Don't miss the Julmarknad, the Scandinavian Christmas Market, hosted both inside the institute and at the ASI courtyard over the weekend. Explore and shop for unique handmade goods crafted by over 60 talented regional artists.
  5. Wander into a Gingerbread Wonderland: In the holiday season, Norway House transforms into a delightful gingerbread haven. Experience a sweet showcase featuring gingerbread renditions of well-known buildings and landmarks from both the Twin Cities and beyond. This delectable spectacle is made possible by the generous contributions of local bakers and community members who donate their gingerbread creations. Additionally, you have the opportunity to showcase your own gingerbread craftsmanship at Norway House—no prior experience is necessary!

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