Ten Minnesota Ways to Get in the Christmas Spirit-2016
Are you feeling like Christmas yet? Would you like to start a new family tradition? Here are ten unique Minnesota Christmas event ideas that are sure to get you and your family in the Christmas spirit!
1. Go back in time and experience Christmas the way people did a hundred years ago. There are all kinds of historic houses, mansions, and villages across Minnesota that are open for tours. Check out the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul, Mayowood Mansion in Rochester, Paul Bunyan Land Enchanted Village in Brainerd, James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Alexander Faribault House in Faribault, Historic Dunnell House and Village of Yesteryear in Owatonna, Gilbert Mansion in Grand Rapids, Pioneer Christmas at the Forest City Stockade in Forest City, and Christmas on the Praire at Bonanzavile in Moorhead. There are even more! Check with your local historical society to find a historic house near you.
2. Experience Christmas from new heights by trying Sand Creek Adventures’ Christmas Zip-Line Wonderland! The adventure includes a Zip Line Tour, a Christmas Light Display, and a Holiday Hayride. Available on Weekends November 25th through December 31st. Check out their website for more details and to schedule a reservation.
3. Walk or drive through a giant Christmas light display. The vast number of lights and whimsical Christmas figurines are sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Check out these amazing light displays : Sertoma Winter Wonderland in Brainerd, Bentleyville in Duluth, and the Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato.
4. Come to watch or take a ride on a holiday train. The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is stopping in twenty different Minnesota cities and performing a free concert. Or if you would like to go for a ride, climb aboard the Christmas City Express in Duluth. As you ride through Duluth, you’ll listen to Christmas carolers, experience the new Christmas City Express story, and visit with Santa.
5. Head to the rink and view the beauty of a holiday ice show. There are several shows across the state including Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Braemar City of Lakes Figure Skating Club in Edina, Three Rivers Figure Skating Club in Brooklyn Park, Alexandria Skating Club in Alexandria, Coon Rapids Skating School in Coon Rapids, and Elk River Figure Skating Club in Elk River. In the video below, the ice show starts at the 14:00 minute mark.
6. Attend a holiday parade! There are holiday parades in many cities around Minnesota. This list from Day Tripper will get you started on finding a parade near you. Also, check out these two unique parades: the Harding Horse Parade in Harding and the Frazee Snow Plow Parade in Frazee.
7. Experience Christmas on a miniature scale at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. Now through February 25th, visit the museum to view the exhibit Night Trains. The lights of the museum are turned down and the train models are decorated for Christmas and winter.
8. For a modern and artistic spin on experiencing holiday lights, head to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and view the exhibit Winter Light at the Arboretum by artist Bruce Munro. The exhibit features five outdoor large-scale light installations, one large scale indoor installation, and four indoor audio-visual light animations.
9. Learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. In the exhibit Nordic Holidays: Celebration of Light at the American Swedish Institute, several rooms in the Turnblad Mansion are decorated with the holiday traditions of the five Nordic countries including Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Also, check out Julebyen: A Scandinavian Christmas in Knife River.
10. Attend a live Nativity Pageant to see the story of the birth of Jesus. For over thirty years, the citizens of Springfield, Minnesota have put on a Nativity Pageant using live animals, a community choir, and local actors. The play is outdoors and lasts about an hour. This year it will be held on December 9th and 10th at Riverside Park.
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!