Weekend Best Bets: Nov. 29-Dec. 1

This Thanksgiving weekend around the Twin Cities: turkey dinners, Hmong New Year, holiday markets, ”Six,” and more
Schnitzel at St. Paul's European Christmas Market
Schnitzel at St. Paul’s European Christmas Market

Photo by Anne Kopas

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, so here are a few guides:

3 Holiday Markets

For shopping, European treats, mulled wine, live music, live reindeer, and live Santas, choose among German-inspired bazaars: the downtown Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt, Nov. 29-Dec. 1; the Holidazzle in downtown Minneapolis, Nov. 29-Dec. 22; and the European Christmas Market (with schnitzel, as seen above) in downtown St. Paul, Nov. 29-Dec. 15—plus pop-up markets throughout the metro.

Diva Showdown

What: Six
When: Nov. 29-Dec. 22
Where: The Ordway, St. Paul

The story of the six wives of King Henry VIII is told by an all-women ensemble via a pop singing competition rivaling The Voice. (Read our review here.)

Wayzata Wassailing

What: Light Up the Lake Celebration
When: Nov. 29, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Downtown Wayzata

tree-lighting ceremony comes after a meet-and-greet with Anna and Elsa from Frozen, holiday music, cocoa, treats, horse-drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, a candy cane hunt, and a parade of lights, followed by photos with Santa.

Opt Outside

What: Opt Outside
When: Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 860 Cliff Rd., Eagan

The Visitor Center of the Lebanon Hills Regional Park encourages families to get outside on Black Friday, with activities throughout the day. A superhero-themed scavenger hunt runs along a stroller-friendly half-mile trail. There are also geocaching missions and a riddle-cracking medallion hunt. Superhero attire is encouraged.

Christmas Mia-cle

What: Black Friday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
When: Nov. 29, 6-10 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

Mia has a tradition of opening the doors of its special exhibits on Black Friday. This year, that means both Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War: 1965-1975 and Artist Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War. Plus: complimentary coffee, treats, and gift-shop offerings.

Weird Ads

What: British Arrow Awards
When: Nov. 29-Dec. 29
Where: Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

The U.K.’s most spectacular, out-there, heart-wrenching commercials screen for the 33rd year.

RiverCentre New Year

What: Minnesota Hmong New Year
When: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

St. Paul brings in food and craft vendors, dancing competitions, and thousands of attendees for an experience rich in Hmong culture, arts, and food.

Hygge for the Holidays

What: Hygge Holiday Market
When: Dec. 1-22
Where: Lawless Distilling, 2619 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis

On Sunday evenings through December, slide into Lawless Distilling’s Miracle at Lawless for a good drink, even better shopping, and loads of holiday spirit. Peruse different vendors every weekend.

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