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Holidazzle Holiday Market Wraps Up 1st Year

It’s the final day of the Holidazzle Holiday Market in downtown Minneapolis. The Holidazzle Village featuring the Minneapolis Holiday Market opened on Nov. 28. Since that time, The Minneapolis Downtown Council has seen a steady flow of people of all ages taking part in the festivities.

12/24/2014

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Free Admission To Holidazzle Market On Christmas Eve

Looking for an excuse to go to the Holidazzle Holiday Market in downtown Minneapolis? Here’s one: free admission on Christmas Eve.

12/22/2014

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Last Weekend For Holidazzle Village

If 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.

12/19/2014

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Wander Minnesota: December Festivities (Part 4)

We’re coming down the home stretch, but there’s still plenty to do.

12/15/2014

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Holidazzle Holiday Market Reopens After Water Pipe Break

The Holidazzle Holiday Market in downtown Minneapolis will be back open Tuesday after being shut down. The shops in downtown Minneapolis were forced to close Monday after a nearby water pipe break. Crews worked overnight to clear about four to five inches of standing water.

12/09/2014

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New Holidazzle’s Debut Mostly Well Received

If you take a stroll along Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, there’s a feeling of Christmas in the air. The Minneapolis Holiday Market in Peavey Plaza has more than 30 huts, with local and international vendors selling everything from candles to candies, as well as brats and beer.

11/28/2014

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Podcast Page: 11-28-14 The WCCO Morning With Dave Lee-BLACK FRIDAY!

A Black Friday special on the WCCO Morning News wIth Dave Lee…Click the link above.

11/28/2014

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With The Parade No More, Holidazzle Village Readies For Its First Year

Some of the hammering and construction noise in downtown Minneapolis lately has nothing to do with a new high-rise. It’s the creation of a new open air village to attract Minnesotans during the holiday season.

11/19/2014

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RECYCLE YOUR HOLIDAYS

Don’t know what to do with those old or no longer-working strings of holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Either way, recycle the old lights with us!

11/14/2014

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St. Paul To Open European Christmas Market

Minnesota’s capital city will be opening its own Christmas market this holiday season. The European Christmas Market will open in St. Paul beginning Friday Nov. 28.

11/11/2014

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Holidazzle Marketplace Opens Nov. 28 In Downtown Minneapolis

The Holidazzle Parade in downtown Minneapolis is no more, but the city of Minneapolis is getting ready to take on a new adventure in its place. Starting Nov. 28 and lasting through Christmas Eve, a three-block stretch of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis will serve as host to the Holidazzle Village.

11/06/2014

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New Holidazzle Market Coming To Downtown Minneapolis

The next chapter of the Holidazzle has been announced. After the long-standing Nicollet Mall parade came to a close last year, Minneapolis officials said it was time for something new.

09/25/2014

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Report: Winter Market Part Of New Holidazzle

We’re finding out some details about what’ll replace the popular Holidazzle parades in downtown Minneapolis this winter. The president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Steve Cramer, says there will be a winter market centered around Peavey Plaza.

06/21/2014

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Holidazzle Was More Than A Tradition For Local Woman

Taking her last parade route down Nicollet Mall, Mary Marion still remembers her first Holidazzle 20 years ago. “I started out as what they called an ambassador, a pacer, and it was primarily to get some extra holiday money,” Marion said. In her fifth year on the job, she met her husband, Marty. “I popped out of what was the Princess and the Pea float one night, and he goes ‘Hey, you want to go out for a turkey sandwich afterwards?'” she said.

12/21/2013

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Good Question: Reply All: Black Friday, Quarterbacks & Holidazzle Floats

James from Apple Valley and Anna from Sartell wanted to know: When did Black Friday start? According to BlackFriday.com, the term “Black Friday” was coined back in the 1960s, but it was really 1924 – the first year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – that the day after Thanksgiving became the unofficial start to the Christmas shopping season. Early on, when the term was coined in 1961, it had a negative connotation because Philadelphia Police used it to describe the traffic jams and clogged sidewalks of that day. But, by the 1980s, the idea of the Friday after Thanksgiving putting the retailers back in the black (or profitable) started to take hold.

11/29/2013

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