MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It may only be start of fall, but it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

The Minneapolis city council announced Wednesday that the Holidazzle Village will return, but with some slight changes.

Due to construction on Nicollet Mall, the village will be moved to Loring Park. And this year, it will all be one experience.

Instead of hosting vendors in one area and activities in another, all aspects of the Holidazzle Village will be held inside Loring Park. Food and beverage vendors will once again be present, along with artesian booths and entertainment.

Admission will also be free.

There will be no fee to enter the park to view vendors and join in the activities.

Finally, last year’s opening night fireworks were such a hit, they decided to have them again. And again and again!

There will be more opportunities for guests to view fireworks beyond opening night, due to popular demand.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to move Holidazzle to Loring Park during the Nicollet Mall Project,” Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing, Minneapolis Downtown Council, said in a recent press release. “Our team is working hard to create an authentic holiday experience that best aligns with today’s downtown, and we have carefully crafted this year’s Holidazzle based on feedback we received last year.”

The Holidazzle will begin the day after Thanksgiving and run through Sunday, December 20. It will be open Thursdays through Sunday, operating from 5 – 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

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