Winter Events: Celebrate the Season in Saint Paul

Winter Events: Celebrate the Season in Saint Paul

Embrace the cold-weather winter wonderland and hit the town for these seasonal events.


MN Christmas Market, Union Depot

Get a jump start on holiday shopping at MN Christmas Market, an annual pop-up market at Union Depot showcasing homegrown brands and makers. Added bonus—7% of all sales will be donated to The Reel Hope Project, a charity that fights for kids in the Twin Cities. Nov. 2.

Holiday Open House, GoodThings on Grand

Good friends, good samplings, good shopping, good times. Join in the fun and cross some holiday gifts off your list early at GoodThing's Grand Holiday Open HouseNov. 7.  

Black Nativity, Penumbra Theatre

Langston Hughes' homegrown Christmas show, Black Nativity, comes to Saint Paul's Penumbra Theatre with exceptional lead vocals, choreography and spirit. Nov. 21-Dec. 22.

Holiday Lights in Rice Park

Witness downtown come to life with the magic of the season at the Nov. 23 Grand Opening of Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy, featuring music, the lighting of the big tree, fireworks and more. Nov. 23.

James J. Hill House Christmas Traditions Tour

Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the home while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill's lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today. Nov. 27-Dec. 29.

Schmidt Brewery Holiday Market

Find unique gifts from local artists at Schmidt Brewery's 6th Annual Holiday Market. Browse everything from handmade jewelry to custom knitwear, artwork and pottery. Nov. 29-Dec. 1.

Keg & Case Holiday Market

Keg & Case West 7th Market is your one-stop-shop for holiday shopping and more. In addition to all of the usual market favorites, the holiday market will include 20 local pop-ups, weekend photos with Santa, a tree farm and ice rink. Nov. 29-Dec. 24.

A Victorian Christmas, Alexander Ramsey House

Another holiday event that’s unique to Saint Paul is the Alexander Ramsey House’s Victorian Christmas experience. This guided tour by the Minnesota Historical Society showcases the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. WeekendsNov. 29-Dec. 29.

Hmong New Year, Saint Paul RiverCentre 

Traditionally, a Hmong New Year is celebrated in November or December as a holiday of thanks at the end of a harvest season. Take part in the celebration at the Saint Paul RiverCentre and prepare for the coming year through song, dance, food, beauty competition and more. Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar 

In its 41st year, this holiday tradition is your go-to for finding unique and handcrafted merchandise. With over 75 of the area's best artists, there's a wide variety of what you'll find at the Landmark Center's Bazaar with holiday music and refreshments. Dec. 5-7.

It’s a Wonderful Life, The Saint Paul Hotel

See the classic Christmas movie brought to life through a live radio performance at The Saint Paul Hotel. The ticket price includes a three-course luncheon or dinner, the performance, coat check and a social hour. Dec. 5-24 (select days), matinees and evenings.

Destination Winter Saint Paul, CHS Field

Destination Winter Saint Paul is bringing a one-of-a-kind experience to Lowertown this winter. There’s excitement for all ages in one place with the relocation of Wells Fargo WinterSkate from Landmark Plaza to the playing surface at CHS Field and the return of the Securian SuperSlide for the first time since Super Bowl LII. Dec. 6-Feb. 22.

Tree Lighting and Movie Night, Union Depot

Join Union Depot for their annual tree lighting and movie night, hosted by Colleen and Bradley from myTalk 107.1. Stick around following the tree lighting for showings of "Elf" and "Polar Express". Dec 6.

Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas, The O'Shaughnessy

Celebrate Christmas in Celtic style at The O'Shaughnessy with Katie McMahon's family-friendly program of traditional carols, stories and Irish dance. Dec. 6.

Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Christmas Carol, James J. Hill House

See this holiday favorite like never before amidst the lavish setting of the James J. Hill House. Dec. 6-21.

European Christmas Market, Union Depot

Union Depot has become a holiday hub in recent years thanks to its tree lightings, movie nights, bake sales and decorated train exhibits. For three weekends, you can browse this European-inspired, open-aired market for locally made ornaments, décor, art, gifts, food and drinks. Dec. 6-8; Dec. 12-15, Dec. 20-22. 

North Pole Express Holiday Train, Union Depot

The Union Depot holiday fun doesn't stop there, but the North Pole Express does. Bring the family to enjoy the experience of a real steam train, featuring Santa and his elves. Dec. 6-8, Dec. 12-15.

Grand Meander, Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue will be all decked out for the season at Grand Meander, an all-day event featuring a visit from Santa, Victorian carolers, holiday performances and more festive fun up and down the avenue. Dec. 7. 

Holiday Open Haus, Germanic-American Institute

A two-day holiday event featuring authentic German food and drinks, local vendors and activities for all ages. Dec. 7-8.

Holiday Concerts, The Ordway

Join the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for holiday performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos and Handel's Messiah at The OrdwayDec. 14, 21-22.

5th Annual Christmas Together with Steven C, Cathedral of Saint Paul

Hear composer Steven C. Anderson play his Bösendorfer piano alongside award-winning jazz vocalist Patty Peterson within the majestic space of Cathedral of Saint PaulDec. 17.

Christmas with Cantus, The Ordway

Christmas with Cantus at The Ordway reimagines beloved stories, "The Little Matchstick Girl", "Christmas or the Good Fairy" and "The Nutcracker", with a backdrop of familiar carols and new holiday classics. Dec. 20.


Night Trains, Twin City Model Railroad Museum

For more than 80 years, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum has created to-scale displays of trains and depots. The annual Night Trains events illuminate these tracks at this great family outing. Saturdays, Nov. 2-Feb. 29.

Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, RiverCentre

Gear up for ice fishing season with over 190 exhibits showcasing winter sports products and services at RiverCentre's Ice Fishing and Winter Sports ShowDec. 6-8.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The most famous of all Capital City winter events is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, an outdoor spectacle that has been delighting locals and visitors since 1886. Take in the ice sculptures, multiple parades or frolic in the snow at Vulcan Snow Park. Jan. 23-Feb. 2. 

Doggie Depot

Union Depot is going to the dogs. The historic waiting room will be transformed into a dog-friendly marketplace for this free event filled with pet resources, vendors, experts, adoptable pups—even doga, yep, that's dog yoga. Feb. 1. 

Winter Beer Dabbler

Join the hardiest of Midwesterners at the 11th Annual Winter Beer Dabbler, an outdoor beer festival featuring over 500 beers from 160 different breweries. Feb. 22. 

Hockey, Hockey and More Hockey

It doesn't really feel like winter in State of Hockey's Capital City until you've made a trip to the Xcel Energy Center for a Minnesota Wild game. The 2019 Isobel Cup Champion Minnesota Whitecaps—the professional women's team returns for year two at Downtown's TRIA Rink after bringing home the championship in their inaugural season. Cap off the season by watching the best high school hockey around at the Minnesota Girls' and Boys' State High School Hockey Tournaments at Xcel Energy Center (Feb. 19-22 and March 4-7, respectively.)

New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day

Make Saint Paul your event headquarters for all of the holidays this winter. Check back for updated event listings on our New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day blogs. 

Of course, there are plenty of winter activities and holiday cheer to share in Saint Paul—we'll let you know what’s coming next on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL

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