The Twin Cities offer many events in the winter months. Whether you want to adventure out in the snow or stay warm inside, there are options for both!
Local Winter Events:
(Changes may occur. Check the official websites of your favorite events to see specific safety guidelines or updates.)
Christmas in Color: Drive-thru animated lights show with synchronized holiday music at Valleyfair. Open from November 18, 2022 – January 2, 2023.
The Santa Experience: Schedule a time for your kids to meet Santa! Held at the Mall of America, there will also be Santa photos and movies available. Open from November 19- December 24, 2022
GLOW Holiday Festival: Walk through millions of lights with features including sElfie Plaza, Enchanted Forest, Bright Bikes, Tremendous Tree, the GLOW Spectacular, and more! At the CHS Field in St.Paul from November 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023.
Holidazzle: The downtown Minneapolis holiday celebration. Enjoy holiday shopping, food, drinks, and activities for all ages! They also have a skating rink, firework shows, and a few movie nights. Open from November 25 – December 18.
Nature Illuminated: A drive-thru light show at the Minnesota Zoo with animal art installations. Features endangered animals with education on how we can help save our planet’s wildlife. Open from December 2, 2022– January 2, 2023.
Local Winter Activities:
Ice Skating: Minnesota offers many different ice rinks, including both indoor and outdoor options. Explore Minnesota put together a guide of the best ones near the Twin Cities.
Snow Tubing: Snow tubing is a fun activity whether you’re a child or an adult! Check out this guide for snow tubing opportunities near the Twin Cities.
Snowshoeing: If you’re looking for a winter workout, snowshoeing is your answer. There are multiple trails in various locations. The DNR put together this list of state parks that have snowshoe rentals!
Admire the Christmas Lights: One of the best parts of December is driving around looking at all the beautiful lights. This article talks about the best places in the Twin Cities to see the most extravagant displays!
All in all, even if you don’t care for the cold weather, it is important to bundle up and get outside occasionally to get some fresh air and vitamin D. We hope you enjoy your winter and go explore all the activities that the Twin Cities has to offer!