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While many of the season’s large events have been cancelled or postponed, there are still lots of ways to explore the Twin Cities responsibly. Luckily, Minnesota knows how to get the most out of wintertime. Whether you explore virtually or in-person, here’s some ways to keep busy this season.

(Changes may occur. Check the official websites of your favorite fall events to see specific guidelines or updates.)

Virtual European Christmas Market | The St. Paul Christmas market is going virtual this year and will include online performances and vendors. Check it out from Nov. 10 to Dec. 24.

GLOW Holiday Festival | Visit the fairgrounds this season to view over a million holiday lights in a dozen different holiday scenes. Begins Nov. 19 and runs through Jan. 3, 2021.

Holiday Markets | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine put together a list of markets and shopping events still happening in the Twin Cities this year (whether virtual or with health restrictions). Get all your holiday shopping done locally.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival | The 2021 event will be the 135th Saint Paul Winter Carnival, a celebration of tradition that the whole family can enjoy. They will be implementing new health protocols, but plan to go forward with the carnival. Takes place January 28 – February 7, 2021.

Ice Castles | An announcement has not been made on whether this Minnesota staple will return this year, but interested parties can continue to check their website for updates.

As always, going outside for some fresh air and winter exercise is what Minnesotans do best. Remember to wear a mask around others and social distance.

Go cross-country skiing on Minnesota’s many trails.

Try ice fishing in style in an ice house.

Hit the slopes with your skis or snowboard. Check individual slopes to see their health guidelines.

You can also check out the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Explore Minnesota tourism sites for any other guides or lists. Additionally, we would like to highlight a guide that Explore Minnesota put together for safe ways to explore Minnesota.

We hope you stay safe enjoy all the fun events and activities that the Twin Cities in winter has to offer!