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Night Trains at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum 

Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 - Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, St. Paul, MN 55114 

Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way. The lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make-believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations. Night Trains  begins on Sat., Nov. 3 and will runs every Saturday evening from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. through  Feb. 23, 2019. 

Admission: $15 for Individuals, group and family rates are available.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

Children’s Theatre Company 

Nov. 6, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 

2400 3rd Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55404 

A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the W hos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love. It’s the smallest of the Whos tiny Cindy Lou, who extends a hand. Through the combination of kindness and community, we witness not only a change in the course of Who-History, but also the size and capacity of the old green guy’s heart.

Cost: $15-$80 per person depending on seating and time of show. 

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Holiday Season Kickoff, Mall of America 

Nov. 9 – Dec. 31

2131 Lindau Lane, Bloomington, MN 55425 

The holiday season involves more than just shopping at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Spend time with family and friends as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season at some of the mall’s many winter events. It all kicks off the evening of Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus at the Rotunda and Nickelodeon Universe. The Salvation Army Brass Band performs on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., there’s holiday tea with American Girl on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and a whole lot more. 

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A Christmas Carol 

The Guthrie 

Nov. 13 – Dec.29, 2018 

818 South 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55415

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite that continues our holiday tradition for the 43rd year. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones!

Tickets starting at $97 per person 

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Snowflake Parade

Sat., Nov. 17, 5 p.m. 

Downtown Cambridge 

Downtown Cambridge will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays the evening of Nov. 17. Beginning at 5 p.m., the annual Snowflake parade, featuring lighted floats, will make its way through the brightly lit downtown streets. The parade will be followed by a community chili feed. 

More information: North65chamber.com

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Holidazzle 2018 

Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, Every Thurs. – Sun.

Thursdays: 5-9 p.m., Fridays: 5-10 p.m., Saturdays: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,

Sundays: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Loring Park, 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis  

Holidazzle creates a community gathering place and holiday destination for people of all ages to come together and celebrate winter in Downtown Mpls. This year’s Holidazzle features stories highlighting local people, products and places that make our city and our region unique and special. Enjoy local foods, beverages and gift options, fireworks, outdoor movies, a kids zone, free skating (with complimentary skates available), local entertainers, interactive art, games and more. 

Cost: Admission is free.

More information: Holidazzle.com (Directions, Metro Transit and ride sharing information is posted here as well).

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Light Up the Lake Festival 

Wayzata

Nov. 23, 4 p.m.  

Along Lake Street in Wayzata 

This event serves as the kickoff for the holidays in Wayzata. Attractions include Santa and his reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, a holiday lights parade, candy cane hunt and more! 

Admission is free. 

More information: Wayzatachamber.com

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Small Business Saturday & Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, 5 p.m.

50th and France (952) 922-1524

The annual tree lighting ceremony with Mayor James Hovland will kick off the holiday season in Edina on Sat., Nov. 24. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m., and will be preceeded by visits with Santa and carolers making their way around the 50th and France neighborhood.  This year enjoy the “Grinch” inspired theme with fun and whimsical decorations added to the planters, tree and winter market (inside the Edina 50 mall).  

During this event, free daycare and projects for the kiddos will be available while the adults shop thanks to the sponsorship of Lunds & Byerlys and College Nannies + Tutors.  

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Holiday Art Sale & Empty Bowls Fundraiser 

Lakeville Area Arts Center

Nov. 30 – Dec. 9, Noon – 4 p.m. 

20965 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044

Unique handcrafted gifts handmade by instructors and students including pottery, mixed media, painting, jewelry and more. Also as part of this sale, the Lakeville Area Arts Center pottery studio is proud to sponsor an Empty Bowls fundraiser. Our potters have donated their time to produce approximately 100 soup bowls which will be available at a suggested donation of $10 each. All proceeds benefit local food shelves.

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A Norwegian Christmas

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.  -Dec. 1 and 2 

Eidem Homestead

4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN , 55443

Celebrate the holiday season with some old-fashioned festivities, Norwegian traditions and a visit with St. Nick!  Activities available include hay rides, cooking in the kitchen, storytelling, carolers, make-and-take activities and more. 

Admission: $6 adults, $4 children (5-12), Free children 4 and under 

More information: Broooklynpark.org/ events/a-norwegian-christmas/2018

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Downtown Abbey Christmas Dinner

The Outing Lodge at Pine Point

Dec. 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

11661 Myeron Road N, Stillwater, MN 55082

Set in a European-style estate, this true aristocratic affair is marked by an authentic English Christmas meal.

Includes multiple served courses accompanied by elegant live piano music and terrific company. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner served at 7:30pm. Wine included with ticket and cash bar available. For ages 21 and up .

Cost: $90 per person, of $80 per person if reserved up to 7 days in advance.

Contact: 651-439-9747

Tree Lighting Ceremony   

Nov. 25, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Roundabout in front of Lakeside Memorial Park, 95 E. Broadway Ave.

There will be a tree lighting ceremony, photos with Santa, hot chocolate & treats. 

More information: Ci.forest-lake.mn.us

Celebrate the Season with All of Zimmerman

Nelson Nursery & Garden Center 

Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

25834 Main St, Zimmerman, MN 55398

The Zimmerman Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual “Celebrate the Season” community event on December 1st from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m.  A holiday boutique and pictures with Santa will be held at Nelson Nursery Garden Center.  At the end of the event there will be bonfire in the park with Santa arriving on a firetruck. Prizes and specials will be given at businesses throughout the town.

Admission: Free

More information: Zimmermanchamber.org 

PHOTO NOTE: HOLIDAZZLE PHOTOGRAPHY SOURCE: https://www.holidazzle.com/media/

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