Best Bets: Dec. 12-18

To-do this week: swing dancing, musical theater, holiday markets, and more

Holiday Train

What: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m.
Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul 

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is rolling back into the Twin Cities again this year after a two-year hiatus. This 14-car train is decked out in thousands of lights and serves as a food bank fundraiser, so bring a donation if you can. A free concert from one of the cars starts at 6:45 p.m. and will feature Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott.

GLOW Holiday Festival

GLOW Holiday Festival

What: GLOW Holiday Festival
Dec. 12-Jan. 1
CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St Paul

This year, the holiday festival will be hosted at CHS field, with over a million lights, an enchanted forest, and other art exhibits. There will be food and beverage stations throughout the festival, as well as a giant slide, a gift shop, and a reindeer run through a maze. 

Shop and Sip

What: Pints and Prints
When: Dec. 13, 5 p.m.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 NE Tyler St., Minneapolis

Local artists will be selling art prints, posters, books, and more intricate goods. Shop the arts as you enjoy a local pint from Bauhaus Brewing. 

“Beauty” On Stage

What: “Beauty and the Beast” at the Ordway
When: Dec. 13-31
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St Paul

Head to the Ordway for a musical theater production of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, told in a fun new way. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the stage. 

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Holiday Shopping

What: Keg and Case Holiday Market
When: Dec. 14-18
Where: Keg and Case Market, 928 7th St. W., Minneapolis

With new vendors every day of the holiday season, try out the holiday market and shop local for the season.

Cider and Swing

What: Swing Night at Minneapolis Cider
When: Dec. 15, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Cider Company, 701 SE 9th St., Minneapolis

Whether you like swing dancing or you’re new to it, this will be an evening of jiving with the Minneapolis Cider Company. Enjoy cider and try some new swing dances with complimentary lessons. 

European Christmas Market in St. Paul


Shopping and Festivities 

What: European Christmas Market
When: Through Dec. 18, various times
Where: Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E., St. Paul 

The European Christmas Market supports local artisans and artists and brings the traditional European holiday market experience to Minnesota. Peruse unique gifts for loved ones or enjoy live music and entertainment.  

Nature on Canvas

What: Karen Savage-Blue: “Laughing Waters” 
When: Through Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Where: Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Drive, Winona

Karen Savage-Blue is an Anishinaabe artist whose work reflects on the connection between nature and humanity. Her ethereal, dreamlike paintings are on display at the museum through Dec. 21.