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The Christmas cheer is just kicking off and a lot of places around Minnesota have month long celebrations. From magical shop fronts to decorative light displays, there’s always something to go see. I’ve round up some of those places so if you’re in town or decide to visit you can find something to see or do.
Bentleyville Tour of Lights
Every winter, Duluth puts on a massive light display in Bayfront Festival Park which is one of America’s Largest Free Walk-Through Lighting Displays as it usually includes 4 million lights. While you’re walking through the park you can enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn, and roasted marshmallows. It’s open daily from November 23rd to December 28th. Admission is free, but monetary donations as well as unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items are appreciated.
Kiwanis Holiday Lights
This is on my list for this year. Like Bentleyville, Kiwanis Holiday Lights is a display with 1.5 million LED lights and animated displays that is free where guests are encouraged to bring monetary donations, non-perishable food and personal care items for the local food shelter. At this event you can either walk or drive through the display located in Mankato. It also includes a skating rink and warming house, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa Claus, live reindeer, ice sculptures and more. This display is open from November 29th to December 31st.
Once a parade through downtown Minneapolis that I used to see which my family every year, it is not a festival in Loring Park with heated tents, food booths, festive drinks and more. It’s open Thursdays through Sundays, November 29th to December 22nd. You can also find Minnesota-made treasures from local artisans, see a holiday movie under the stars and enjoy the fireworks.
Destination Winter Saint Paul
If you want to get your skates, CHS Field in St. Paul has been transformed into a rink from December 6th to February 22nd. The rink is free but skates can be rented for $5. They have instructors there if you don’t know how to skate that are also free. There’s also a 130 feet of packed snow for sliding. This attraction is $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12 for unlimited slides during a one-hour time slot.
European Christmas Market
Want to find one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday decorations than scroll through a European-style Christmas market located at St. Paul’s Union Depot that’s open from December 6th through 22nd. You can enjoy a cup of Gluhwein or sample European-inspired dishes while you are there.
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