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Holiday Highlights in Minneapolis

Holiday Highlights in Minneapolis
Holiday Highlights in Minneapolis

Holiday Boutique Crawl, Holidazzle, and Holiday Yoga

Minneapolis knows how to do the holidays, and there’s living proof at every twist and turn. From downtown parks to neighborhood boutique crawls, craft brewery markets and even candlelight holiday yoga, there’s something for just about everyone in the Mini Apple.


Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2018
Loring Park, Downtown

Holidazzle in Loring Park is the ultimate symbol of holiday cheer and good will for the season. For starters, it’s all free. An ice skating rink is open every day, and there are professional fireworks displays on Saturday nights at 7 p.m. through December. Kids can meet Santa and jump aboard free rides, climbing walls, mazes, tunnels and the mysterious “Thwing.”

Family-friendly outdoor films light up the park, including Polar Express, Chronicles of Narnia, Frozen and It’s a Wonderful Life. Bring your own seating and blankets or just perch on one of the scattered hay bales. Keep an eye out for giant interactive illuminated art installations such as the Wolf and Moose exhibit by artist Christopher Lutter-Gardella.

Holiday Boutique Crawls and Markets

The Northside of Minneapolis rocks the holiday pavements with pop-up boutiques every year, featuring the art and gifts from small businesses and local artists. Specialty holiday boutique events take place every Saturday until Christmas at 931 West Broadway, each with its own theme focusing on things like fashion, handmade, stocking stuffers and last-minute shopping. There’s also a ‘Holiday on 44th’ event on Friday December 7 that focuses on local artists and fosters understanding of different cultures.

Nordic Julemarket at Utepils Brewing bursts at the seams with unique Nordic-inspired crafts and gifts as well food and craft beer. Get over there on December 6, 7 or 8 for three days of yuletide merriment. Cultural activities include music, dancing and storytelling; don’t miss the children’s ‘song dances’ with Carol Sersland on Saturday the 9th at noon.

There’s also a brewery-based holiday market at Modist Brewing on December 9 and the ever-popular Tootie’s “Mix and Mingle” Holiday Market on the 15th on Lowry Avenue. You’ll find everything from contemporary hand-blown glass pieces to steampunk jewelry and Flavorhouse sauces and seasonings. A children’s gift sale takes place on the 8th at Plymouth Christian Youth Center, but it’s not for purchasing toys – it’s a chance for kids to buy gifts for their loved one at a price of just $1 per gift.

Candlelight Yoga and Cocktails

Sunday, December 16, 20187:00-8:00 p.m. 

It wouldn’t be the holidays without at least one quirky activity that your crazy uncle would roll his eyes at. Tattersall Distilling takes the cake this year with a Sunday night candlelight yoga session in the distillery. For 50 minutes, you’ll be in the throes of a holiday vinyasa flow enhanced by an original cocktail created just for the occasion. Bring your matt and $15 on December 16 to start the countdown to a brand-new year.