Holiday Activities in the Cities



Through December 23, spend your winter weekends at Loring Park for fireworks, holiday-themed movies, ice skating, and more! Holidazzle is a free event with food, performances, and holiday cheer.


Winter Skate:

Skate around Rice Park in downtown St. Paul this winter! Wells Fargo WinterSkate is free if you have your own skates, but rentals are available. Open through February 11, until 4:50 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on the weekends!

Holiday Flower Show:

From December 2 to January 7, enjoy the Como Zoo and Conservatory’s annual flower show. With poinsettias, azaleas, and more, this artful floral tradition has been a hit since 1925. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily!


Lights Display at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum:

Seven themed displays are aglow at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska this holiday season. Free with gate admission, you can drive through, enjoy the lights, and pick up some hot cocoa or wine from 5-8 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays until January 1.

Christmas at the Ramsey House:

Explore a historical Victorian house with fifteen festively-decorated rooms through December 31 thanks to the Minnesota Historical Society. Alexander Ramsey was Minnesota’s second governor, and his house is on display Thursdays through Sundays for a peek into old-fashioned decorations and cookies baked in the wood-burning stove.

European Christmas Market:

A German and Austrian-themed outdoor market at Union Depot in St. Paul sells crafts, food, and spiced wine December 1-17. Other festivities include train rides and a movie night, with baked goods from over 30 Twin Cities bakeries!