If you happen to find yourself in Minnesota this holiday season, this guide will be a useful tool in taking advantage of all the holiday festivities the state has to offer.
The Holidazzle Parade
This festive event is filled with lights, music, and local celebrities. It’s a great FREE way to start the holiday season, since the first parade runs on black Friday. Or, if you prefer to wait until Christmas is a little bit closer, the parade runs Sunday through Thursday until December 19th. If you do decide to attend this popular event, it’s recommended that you dress warmly and arrive early to snag a decent parking spot. If you’d like more information, you can find it at the holidazzle website.
Rice Park, St. Paul
New York may have Time Square, but if you can’t make it all the way to the Big Apple this holiday season you may find Rice Park in downtown St. Paul equally as festive. The park boasts of a beautifully groomed public ice-skating rink surrounded by lit trees and historic buildings, such as the Ordway and the St. Paul Hotel. Every year the city lights a huge Christmas tree to celebrate the season, which draws the attention of local residents and news stations. To find out more about what Rice Park and downtown St. Paul has to offer, visit their website – you’ll be surprised at how much this small Midwest metropolis has to offer.
Macy’s Annual Christmas Display
Every year the Macy’s store located in downtown Minneapolis helps get those young and old into the holiday season by setting up an elaborate Christmas display. The themes vary from year-to-year, but generally guests have the opportunity to walk through a large area that depicts various Christmas scenes. Macy’s also happens to be conveniently located near the holidazzle parade route. So, if you’re in the holiday spirit and want to go a little Christmas crazy, you can plan a day to watch the parade and visit the Macy’s holiday display. The display is only open during at certain days and times, so it’s recommended that you visit Macy’s website to find out more.
The St. Paul Winter Carnival
The St. Paul Winter Carnival might not technically take place during the holiday season, but for those of us who can’t wait to see the holidays come and hate to see it leave; this event will help extend the festivities just a little bit longer. The winter carnival takes place in late January, and boasts of winter royalty, ice-carving contests, and a giant ice castle constructed out of ice blocks harvested from local Minnesota lakes. If you missed it, this is a winter carnival with lots of ice, so dress warm but be prepared for fun as you’ll undoubtedly see winter wonders you would have never thought possible.