Holiday Season

Wander Minnesota: Ice CastlesIt’s back. A couple of years ago, Ice Castles premiered a couple of years ago at the Mall of America, and now it’s making an appearance at Eden Prairie’s Miller Park.
Wander Minnesota: Sunny Spots For Cold DaysWhen cabin fever strikes, where can you go that will at least give you the illusion of sunniness and warmth? Turns out there are quite a few places across the Twin Cities to do that.
Time Running Out For Last-Minute Holiday ShoppersWith only a pair of days still left until Christmas, analysts are already predicting a milestone shopping season for retailers. This past weekend alone added up to the biggest two-day sales period ever, totaling $42 billon. Of course many shoppers aren't finished yet.
Last Weekend For Holidazzle VillageIf you haven't made it down to this year's Holidazzle Village in downtown Minneapolis, this weekend marks your last chance. The village runs along Nicollet Mall between 10th and 12th Streets, centered around Peavey Plaza. It opened this year as a replacement for the Holidazzle parade.
4 Things To Do: Winter Break Fun For KidsPublic schools across the Twin Cities are giving students a full two weeks off over winter break. Are you looking for some fun activities to try this winter vacation?
Movie Blog: Worst Christmas Movies EverI'm not going to lie. Most holiday movies are at best mediocre. The noisy, overdecorated holiday movies are all too profuse. Instead, we should reserve our contempt for the movies that are not only stupid, but crassly manipulative.
Wander Minnesota: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Making Spirits BrightOne of my favorite places to visit at the holidays is the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The McGuinn Great Hall in the Oswald Visitor Center is the home of several beautifully decorated Christmas trees, often including items found on the Arboretum grounds.
The Morning Show Cookie Decorating Contest Winner Is ...Have you decorated your Christmas cookies? Look no further than our WCCO This Morning studio for some decorating ideas. Jason DeRusha, Jamie Yuccas, Kim Johnson and Ali Lucia put their skills to the test.
Mpls. Office Workers Battle For Best Holiday CubicleThe sales office at the W Hotel at The Foshay in downtown Minneapolis looks awfully festive. There's a winter wonderland, presents and stockings hung with care. And then, there's Angela Westfield's log cabin.
Bite Of Minnesota: Local Food GiftsIt seems that people are in one of two camps: early shoppers or last-minute shoppers. I grew up in a family of last-minute shoppers. My mom would be finishing her shopping list on Christmas Eve, and still be wrapping as we arrived. As an adult, I have retained some of those last-minute tendencies, but certainly not in the gift-buying department.
Guy On A Bike: Last-Minute Gifts For The Cyclist In Your LifeHanukkah begins tonight and Christmas is right around the corner. That means a number of us are feverishly searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones. If you've got a cyclist in your life and just don't know what to get him or her, here are a few nearly fail-safe ideas.
Smaller Christmas Trees Are Getting PopularWhat kind of Christmas tree do you like? Real? Fake? Or are you just someone who likes to wait until the last minute to decorate for the holidays? The Famers Market Annex in Minneapolis sells thousands of trees every December. Owner Scott Barriball says he sees customers' interests change every year as they search for that perfect living room centerpiece.