Best Bets: Dec. 5-11

Things to do this week: Dark Sky Festival, Run for a Claus, holiday markets, and more

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree 

What: Rock & Roll Christmas Spectacular 
When: Dec. 1-10, various times 
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen

Dance, laugh, and sing along to rock ‘n’ roll favorites and parodies of classic Christmas hits at this multimedia musical extravaganza. 

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.  

Mercado in Northfield 

What: Mercado Local
When: Saturdays through Dec. 17, noon-6 p.m. 
Where: Northfield Depot, 204 3rd St. West, Northfield 

Inspired by the Mercado Central in Minneapolis, Mercado Local is bringing Latin American jewelry, clothing, and art to Rice County to publicize minority-owned businesses in the area.  

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.

Cook County’s Dark Sky Festival.


Starry Night 

What: Dark Sky Festival 
When: Dec. 8-10, various times  
Where: Cook County, 116 West Highway 61, Grand Marais 

Home to one of the darkest skies in the world, Cook County’s Dark Sky Festival boasts an impressive million-plus acres of protected land that welcomes stargazers from around the world.   

Dreams Come True 

What: Disney on Ice 
When: Dec. 8-11, various times  
Where: Xcel Energy Center, 199 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 

Get the little ones excited for their favorite characters from “Frozen,” “Moana,” and “The Little Mermaid” to come to life with a magical performance on ice. 

Jolly Jog

What: Run For a Claus/Family Fun Run 
When: Dec. 9, 5:30-6 p.m. 
Where: Independence Park, 200 South A St., Marshall 

Gear up in Santa hats and beards to run or walk for charity. Proceeds go toward Prairie Home Hospice and Community and YMCA scholarships.  

Glensheen Mansion


Merry and Bright 

What: Christmas Candlelight Tours 
When: Dec. 9-31, 5-8 p.m. 
Where: Glensheen Mansion, 3300 London Road, Duluth 

By the glow of Christmas tree lights, explore the Glensheen Mansion’s merry holiday decor on this self-guided tour.  

Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener.


Ski For Free!  

What: Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener 
When: Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Where: Elm Creek Park Reserve, 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove 

Professional or amateur, the Minnesota Nordic Ski Opener invites all to ski for free. There will be free rental gear and equipment, as well as free mini lessons available. 

Christmas and Canines  

What: Emery’s Howliday Pawty 
When: Dec. 10, 2-5 p.m. 
Where: Hotel Emery, 215 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis 

Furry friends are welcome at this holiday gathering featuring a Yappy Hour with festive drinks, pet photo opportunities, and even an adoption event.