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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What: Field and Festival Holiday Market
When: 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.
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.
What: Cirque Dreams Holidaze
When: Nov. 25-26
Where: 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.
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.