Minnesota Christmas Market
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this pop-up event showcasing homegrown brands and makers. Head to Lake Monster Brewing for a day filled with beer, food and goods from local makers. Added bonus that 7% of sales go to one of three Minnesota non-profits working with kids. November 11.
Wells Fargo WinterSkate, Landmark Plaza
Find your skates and venture downtown to the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink, opening Saturday, November 18. You’ll also want to check out Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy, a gleaming display of lights in the park, which lasts until the end of the 2018 Winter Carnival. To make the most of this ongoing event, pair it with another one of the events on this list or with a night out in the United States’ best local food scene. November 19-February 10.
Hip Hop Nutcracker, The Ordway
See the traditional Christmas tale told in a way that you've not seen it before. The Ordway's Hip Hop Nutcracker will stun you with its impressive showcase of dance, and you'll want to let loose as Kurtis Blow emcees. November 21-22.
A Victorian Christmas, Alexander Ramsey House
Another holiday event that’s unique to Saint Paul is the Alexander Ramsey House’s Victorian Christmas experience. The Minnesota Historical Society designs this tour to mimic how the Ramsey servants would prepare decorations, food and entertainment for guests in the same way in the 1860s. November 24-January 4.
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’s accomplishments through song, dance, food, beauty competition and more. November 24-26.
Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
In its 39th 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. November 30-December 2.
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 two weekends, you can browse this European-inspired, open-aired market for locally made ornaments, décor, art, gifts, food and drinks. December 1-3; December 8-10.
Grand Meander, Grand Avenue
Now in its fifth year, Grand Meander takes place on the first Saturday of December. This is one of the best ways to explore the avenue: boutiques offer exclusive deals, and restaurants square off in voter-based sample competitions. Take advantage of a trolley ride down the avenue’s 20 blocks or follow carolers as they move from spot to spot. December 2.
“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. Select days in December, matinees and evenings.
Annie, The Ordway
One of the most beloved musicals of all time comes to the Ordway this holiday season. Bring the whole family for a magical performance you won't soon forget. December 7-December 31.
Night Trains, Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum
For more than 80 years, the Twin Cities 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, November 4-February 24.