It’s easy to think of the holidays being all about the kids, but Minneapolis does a great job of pulling everyone together for family-friendly activities all ages can enjoy. After all, who doesn’t love gingerbread and steam trains? Here’s where to get your fill of both over the winter holidays in 2018.
Nov.17, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
Open daily; closed Mondays; times vary
If you’ve been putting off a trip to Norway House, this is the time to remedy that. Their signature holiday tradition comes alive on November 17 and turns the city into gingerbread utopia all the way to January 6 of the new year. The annual Gingerbread Wonderland recreates the Nordic penchant for gingerbread-baking in all its forms. Cinnamon and ginger fill the air day and night, culminating in bake-offs, art contests, frostings, gingerbread-house decorating and cookie creations. The center is open every day except Mondays, so join the fun, buy ginger gift goodies, and plan your dream cookie entry.
North Pole Express Train
Nov. 29 – Dec. 22, 2018
Magical holiday trains aren’t just for Tom Hanks and movie stars. You can ride the North Pole Express from Union Station through December 22 – and there’s no charge. But beware, you’ll be riding with elves and a big jolly man from the North Pole. Get ready for singing, dancing and plenty of hot cocoa. It’s a one-mile journey on the authentic 1944 Milwaukee Road #261 steam locomotive. The 1-5-hour trip includes letter-writing to Santa, who bursts through the train greeting families and collecting wish lists. Avoid traffic getting there by riding Metro Transit to Union Station at no charge; just download the pass and show it when boarding.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
December 11th, 2018
6:30 to 9:00pm
Corner of 37th Ave NE and Stinson Ave N
This one isn’t a ride, but that makes it even more accessible for anyone who wants to see the spectacularly decorated Canadian Pacific Holiday Train make its 2018 return to 37th Avenue. It’s literally a ‘holiday on wheels’ experience with caroling, special appearances and a first-class musical concert on the train featuring The Trews and Willy Porter. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., with the train pulling up at 7:55. It’s all free, and everyone is encouraged to bring food or financial contributions for charity. Donations go directly to addressing food insecurity in the communities served by the train during the year.
Being a part of the Minneapolis community is special any time of the year, so make your home in one of our Minneapolis apartment communities. Call today for more information and a free tour.