Holiday Cheer This Year in Minnesota | Winter 2020

Celebrating the holiday season is looking a little different in 2020 but don’t worry, organizations in the Twin Cities and all over Minnesota are hosting unique and fun activities and events. From light shows to downhill skiing and meeting Santa, you and your family won’t be bored this winter! Discover new, safe and exciting events starting now and going through late January and February. 

 

  • Drive-Thru Holiday Light Displays

 

      • There are multiple beautiful and interactive Christmas light displays throughout Minnesota, from free to paid events! These lengthy, light displays are like nothing you have ever seen before.
        • Sever’s Holiday Lights
          • Where: Sever’s Festival Grounds
        • Christmas in Color
          • Where: Valley Fair 
        • Glow Holiday Festival 
          • Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds
        • Nature Illuminated 
          • Where: Minnesota Zoo
        • Bentleyville Tour of Lights
          • Where: Duluth
        • Sertoma Winter Wonderland
          • Where: Northland Arboretum
        • Celebrate the Light of the World
          • Where: Robbins Island Regional Park

 

  • Candy Cane Institute 

 

      • A new, interactive Santa Experience at Mall of America (reservations required). During this virtual tour you will meet Santa himself and help the elves on their mission, “to find the true meaning of the holiday season and use those findings to make each year merrier than the last”.
      • https://www.mallofamerica.com/CCI 

 

  • Mistletoe, Memories and Magic Tour

 

 

  • Vintage Tree Painting Party

 

 

  • St. Paul Winter Carnival 

 

 

  • Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding 

 

    • A Minnesota favorite and while not technically a holiday activity, this is the perfect outdoor activity to get moving this winter season! Many resorts and ski destinations are open now, some require pre-bought tickets and day reservations so plan ahead. Some of our favorites include Spirit Mountain, Afton Alps, Wild Mountain and Welch Village Ski and Snowboard area but here is an extensive list of top places to get your shred on. https://www.exploreminnesota.com/list/18-popular-downhill-skiing-destinations-minnesota 

The Device Pitstop of Maple Grove knows this year can be difficult to keep the winter cheer with the ongoing pandemic but this is the time to get creative! Bake your favorite cookies, rent a holiday classic, listen to a Christmas playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. We are Minnesota strong and we will get through this together!