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Through Dec. 31

Holiday Lights on York Ave.

On York Avenue in St. Paul, 11 yards aree decorated with Christmas decorations featuring about 90,000 lights, choreographed to music you can broadcast on your car stereo.

When: 5-10 p.m. Through Dec. 31
Where: 1526 York Ave., St. Paul
Cost: FREE, but please bring a contribution for a food shelf

Thursdays Dec. 3, 10, 17

Holidazzle Show

The Holidazzle Show

Holidazzle is entirely online and features Santa, entertainment, local foods and retail, favorite sports figures and more.

When: Thursdays Dec. 3, 10, 17
Where: Online
Cost: FREE

Nov. 14-Dec. 20

Julmarknad Holiday Market

Julmarknad Holiday Market

The Swedish Institute’s holiday festival includes a virtual market, a few outdoor stalls on weekends and virtual concerts.

When: Nov. 14-Dec. 20
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: Admittance to museum $6-$12 or FREE for children under 5. Reservations required.

Nov. 19-Jan. 3

GLOW Holiday Fesitval

GLOW Holiday Festival

Drive through one mile of the State Fairgrounds and visit a dozen stops featuring holiday lights, illuminated trees, icicle and art installations, a gingerbread house and a State Fair food court finale.

When: Nov. 19-Jan. 3
Where: State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: $46 plus fees per car. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Nov. 21-Dec. 20

Mike Mann as Santa. Photo by Tracy Walsh
Mike Mann as Santa. Photo by Tracy Walsh

Santa & Albert’s “Christmas Magic Mischief” Holiday Play

This year’s original Santa and Albert play will be broadcast live through Facebook and Instagram. Kids will have a holiday activity to complete at home and a special surprise is planned for Dec. 24.

When: 10 a.m. Saturdays Nov. 21-Dec. 19
Where: Online
Cost: FREE

Nov. 26-Jan. 3

Sever's Holiday Lights

Sever’s Holiday Lights

This drive-through display of more than one million lights is synchronized to holiday music.

When: Nov. 26-Jan. 3
Where: Sever’s Festivals, Shakopee
Cost: $7 per person or $25 per car maximum

Dec. 10-13

Landmark Center

Online Holiday Bazaar

The 42nd Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar features items such as jewelry, décor, woven and wearable art, children’s toys and clothes, handmade lotions, soaps, food items and more. This year, in addition to online shopping, Landmark Center will include links to some favorite local musicians that regularly perform at the Holiday Bazaar, and a recipe for a festive holiday cocktail and mocktail for guests to make at home and enjoy while they shop.

When: Dec. 10-13
Where: Online
Cost: FREE


Dec. 19-Jan. 2

Gingerbread Wonderland

Norway House’s annual holiday tradition returns, and for the first time ever, you can view it online. Pick your favorite and vote for the people’s choice on social media using #MyGingerbreadWonderland.

When: Dec. 19-Jan. 2
Where: Online
Cost: FREE. Donations accepted.

Sept. 26-Jan. 3

Wild Kratts exhibit

Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure

Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and teamwork, visitors join the Wild Kratts team to solve problems, help animals and foil the villains’ nefarious plans.

When: Sept. 26-Jan. 3
Where: Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $14.95

PAUSED DURING STAY-AT-HOME ORDER: Saturdays through Feb. 27

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Night Trains

Model train layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the museum is offering limited advance ticket sales in 2-hour time blocks.

When: PAUSED DURING STAY-AT-HOME ORDER: Saturdays through Feb. 27
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $15 per person; kids under the age of 4 are free