Weekend Best Bets: November 24–26

It’s your first weekend to get in the holiday spirit with Twin Cities shopping deals, gingerbread, the Holidazzle, and more

Friday, November 24

Destination: North Pole

What: FlyOver America
When: 10 a.m.­­–9:30 p.m.
Where: Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington
Come, sit in a suspended chair, and fly over the U.S. as you make your way to the enchanted North Pole. Along your journey, you can help Santa by finding his missing elves through battles of mist and wind. Then, since you’re at the mall already, enjoy shopping for Black Friday deals. Learn more.

‘Tis the Season for Dazzling

What: Holidazzle
When: 5–10 p.m.
Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis
Celebrate the holiday season as Holidazzle opens with caroling, interactive lights, and fireworks. Have your picture taken with Santa or shop through the local vendors, enjoying Minnesota-created art and fashion, K-Town Street Food, Fulton Beer, and other local food and beverages. Learn more.

Saturday, November 25

Brewing for Local Businesses

What: Small Business Saturday: Drink Beer, Shop Small, Do Good
When: 2–8 p.m.
Where: Burning Brothers Brewing, 1750 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul
Think local this weekend as Small Business Saturday kicks off with homemade candles, jewelry, and Minnesota-themed hats. It’s a prime event for relaxing with a beer, crossing some gifts off your holiday checklist, and supporting family-based charity Keystone Community Services. Learn more.

For Old Times’ Sake

What: 8th Annual Old Fashioned Holiday
When: 1–5 p.m.
Where: Mainstreet, Downtown Hopkins
Take a selfie with Santa, decorate cookies, and sip on some eggnog or hot chocolate. Hopkins leans into the holiday season with family yoga, ice sculptures, and wagon rides. There’s even an opportunity to enter contests for gingerbread-house making and window decorating. Learn more.

Sunday, November 26


What: Free Art Workshop using fibers with Artist Knitteapolis
When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland, 755 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul
Knitteapolis, a local yarnbomber, will teach you how to weave a colorful coaster in a mere half hour. You’ll also have the chance to make your own yarn doll and create an intricate design for your home, office, or to contribute to the yarnbombing movement, which deals in cozy street art. Learn more.

Walking in a Gingerbread Wonderland

What: Gingerbread Wonderland
When: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
For the third time, the Norway House is transforming into an edible Twin Cities gallery. You can bring a Twin Cities’ landmark made of gingerbread to add to the collection, or simply peruse through the gingerbread artists’ recreations of Gold Medal Flour, U.S. Bank Stadium, and more. Learn more.