Kid-Friendly Christmas Events in the Twin Cities
Are you looking for some fascinating ways to please your kids this festive season? Welcome to Twin Cities!
Christmas events in the urban centers are well enough to spend the “Santa fever” merrily. Some kid-friendly Christmas events and a few places to visit in Twin Cities can allow your kids to welcome your new year in a GRAND style.
Holidazzle Village is popular for its occasional market. Set as a European-style outdoor bazaar, this business sector contains some extraordinary gift vendors for your kids.
However, this time, the old convention of Holidazzle Parade is going to be replaced with the fresh one. But that’s not all! There are more in store for your kids – some amazing back to back stories from guest storytellers and fun time in the carousel.
The Parade which starts on Black Friday lasts till the Christmas Eve. It is sure that your children will love the lights, parade and floats featuring storybook characters Jack and Jill.
Breakfast with Santa
‘Breakfast with Santa’ in the Twin City can be a fun activity for your children. Take your kids to this event with their appetite and mental wish list. Watch your kids get entertained by Mrs. Claus, snow fairies, man of the hour, balloon animals, face painting, and artistic crafts.
This event is held on Saturdays in the month of December. And, it surely gets some hype on Christmas.
Macy’s Santaland is another preferred destination for your kids this Christmas. Little elves and balloon animals are two major highlights of this event.
Your children can stop at the Macy’s ‘believe’ mailbox to drop off a letter for Santa. For every letter dropped in the mailbox, a dollar is donated to the ‘Make-A-Wish’ foundation.
Another highlight here is The Moose Crossings Puppet show. The show includes songs and fun puppets with sweet story lines for your children.
Indoor skating at the Depot
USA Today named The Depot Rink one of the top ten indoor skating places in the United States. This family friendly event is more focused on kids. The Renaissance Depot Minneapolis hotel can be a great place to stay during your holidays. The hotel is attached to a great water park for kids. Macy’s Santaland and Holidazzle parade are within walking distance from this great hotel.
The water park portion even includes video arcade bar with snacks. Mississippi river and Mill City museum are other fun offerings in the city. These are the advantages of the hotel being right at the downtown.
American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute, a holiday venue, is composed of baking, music, and shopping with a Nordic (includes Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland) twist. This institute features a visit by Tomte (a Swedish Santa) who reads stories for kids. Moreover, your children will love the Swedish fish served by the Tomte.
Disney Castle – kids know this means fun! Don’t miss out on showing your kiddos some well-built castles and mansions. This is a do-not-miss place for your children on Christmas.
Mall of America
Mall of America and Nickelodeon have collaborated to form a ‘one of a kind’ theme park. Nickelodeon Universe, arguably the number 1 entertainment brand for kids, has seven acres of uncommon attractions and fun. This fun place features famous Nick characters, spine-tingling rides, and extraordinary gift shops.
Trust me! This mall will make your kids feel better than they have ever felt. The Lego land is a place you don’t want your kids to miss. Building stuff from the blocks provided or seeing the magnificent Lego creations from the food court (third floor) is one of the reasons to be there.
For more fun, you can also visit
- The Barbie store
- American girl
Minnesota children’s Museum
Children up to 10 years old can explore seven fun-filled galleries right at this museum. The place may not be the one for you, but it has a lot to offer to your kids.
“Sparking children are learning through play.”
– Mission statement of the museum
Rooftop ArtPark (one of the galleries) on the fourth floor is the blend of nature and art. Habitot gallery allows infants and toddlers to explore some well-designed learning landscapes. Some other attractions are:
- Burrowing through a giant anthill
- Creating own thunderstorm
- Operating a big crane and much more.
Holiday lights in the park
Lights delight kids. This is why the mesmerizing lights in the park can be a special treat for your little ones.
Dazzling Brightness prevails everywhere in the city, but this event is surely the brightest. This kid-friendly Christmas event features more than 60 holiday-themed scriptures, Christmas theme being the best one. Visitors can enjoy animated light displays from the comfort of their own cars. If you buy the “Holiday Lights Vol. 6”, you will get a free pass to this light-filled event.
Como Park Zoo
Como Town, located next to the zoo has more than 18 rides to offer for the little ones. Gorilla park is the newest and an adventurous place to take your kids this Christmas.
Even in the dead of winter, Como Park Zoo can revive the energy and fun in your kids. ‘Garden Safari gifts’ and ‘Glacier gift shop’ have stuff to cover from snacks to souvenirs. Como Golf with its mini-court will surely draw your kids’ attention. Leonard Wilkening Children’s Gallery, near the conservatory part, dedicates space for children to enjoy hands-on activities.
Ojibway Park, Woodbury
Ojibway Park, in the city of St. Paul, has a lot to offer to your kids. If your little ones are into sports then they will love some amazing features like Horseshoe courts, soccer fields, bike rides and sand volleyball courts.
And if you and your children are tired, you can sit and enjoy concerts in the open air shelter playground.
Some other kid-friendly Christmas venues/events in the Twin Cities are:
– Round Lake Park
– Vali-Hi Drive-in movie theater
– Big Stone mini-golf garden
– Kiddywampus and on and on
We all love Christmas, but children love them even more. Make this one of the best Christmas holidays for them.