Best Bets: Nov. 21-27

To do this week: a holiday festival, a European market, a theater production, and more
GLOW Holiday Festival


GLOW Holiday Festival

What: GLOW Holiday Festival
When: Nov. 23-Jan. 1
Where: CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul

This year the holiday festival will be hosted at CHS field, with over 1 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.

“The Best Christmas Show in Three Years”


Christmas Comedy

What: The Best Christmas Show in Three Years 
When: Through Jan. 28
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre (formerly Brave New Workshop), 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 

Looking for a laugh? The Brave New Workshop promises to restore the holiday cheer that was lost in the past few years with a collection of comedic sketches and songs, culminating with a brilliant take on “The 12 Days of Christmas.” 

Courtesy of Minneapolis Downtown Council


When: Weekends, Nov. 25-Dec. 18
Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Minneapolis

This holiday tradition in Loring Park will have a host of activities to experience, including interactive art exhibits, seasonal entertainment, holiday shopping, and lights to enjoy. Also, check out the winter fireworks.

Lighting Festival

What: Taylors Falls Lighting Festival
When: Nov. 25-27
Where: Angel Hill Historic District, Bench St., Taylors Falls

This lighting festival has a full schedule of events, including a Santa parade, a lighting contest, a medallion hunt, and more. Check out the bake sale, listen to a local orchestra, make an advent wreath, or enjoy a dance performance by the Greenfire Irish Dancers.

Courtesy of European Christmas Market

European Market

What: European Christmas Market
When: Nov. 25-Dec. 18
Where: Union Depot, 240 E. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

This weekend marks the opening of the European Christmas Market, hosted at Union Depot in St. Paul. The Christmas Village will have a variety of seasonal shopping with a multitude of vendors. 

Trampled by Turtles

Zoe Prinds

Wait So Long

What: Trampled by Turtles with Charlie Parr
When: Nov. 26
Where: The Armory, 500 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis

Minnesota’s favorite bluegrass band returns home to play an all-ages show at The Armory in support of its 10th album, “Alpenglow,” released in October and produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Fiddle fans, unite.

Photo by David Youngren

Holiday Hoopla

What: Holiday Hoopla and Small Business Saturday
When: Nov. 26
Where: Historic Hastings District, 100 2nd St. E., Hastings

Decorate cookies, sing along to holiday music, go on a horse and wagon ride, paint and glaze ceramic ornaments, and enjoy a fire show and tree lighting at this day-long event in Hastings.

Photo by Darin Kamnetz

Holiday Market

What: Field and Festival Holiday Market
Saturdays through Dec. 18
Where: Wagner Garden Centers, 6024 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis

The popular holiday markets at the Wagner greenhouses are back for another year. Join community members and shop for seasonal gifts from a number of food and craft vendors, as well as local farmers and growers. 

Theatrical Tradition

What: “A Christmas Carol” 
When: Through Dec. 31
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Enjoy this classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens at the Guthrie Theater. This performance tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and attending is a timeless tradition of holiday theater lovers.

Holiday Theater

What: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
When: Nov. 25-26
Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

This annual tradition aims to delight audiences with a theater production complete with contemporary circus arts. The performance includes twists on holiday classics and new sets and scenery to enjoy. 


Winter Lights 2022

Delightful Lights

What: Winter Lights Opening Night 2022  
When: Nov. 17-Jan. 1
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska 

Let the Christmas festivities begin! The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will showcase lights, s’mores, and local performers on select nights.