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
Black Nativity, Penumbra Theatre
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. Weekends, Nov. 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
Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Christmas Carol, James J. Hill House
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 Ordway. Dec. 14, 21-22.
5th Annual Christmas Together with Steven C, Cathedral of Saint Paul
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.
ADDITIONAL WINTER EVENTS
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
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.
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