Minnesota Festivals and Events in December, Week 3

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

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Finding Minnesota: Men’s Night Out
Dec. 14
It seems like there are always ladies’ nights out, but here’s a nice twist: guys, get help with your holiday shopping.

Making Spirits Bright
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features a lavish display in the Great Hall and the nearby grounds, as well as the traditional (and gorgeous) poinsettia tree. (We gave you a preview last week.) The weekend features live music on Dec. 19-20.

St. Paul
A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
Dec. 16-20
How did the Ramseys celebrate Christmas? This is the time to find out. And hey—your tour includes cookies baked in the home’s wood-fired stove.


Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
Dec. 19-20
Take a leisurely tour of festively-lighted homes in historic Winona, aboard the historic Trester Trolley. Reservations recommended.

Santa Fly-In
Dec. 19
Santa’s flying into the Fargo Air Museum! Bring the kids to see him arrive and visit with him.

Holidazzle Village
Dec. 17-20
Not a parade any longer, Holidazzle has been reimagined as a holiday village, complete with food, live music, and a holiday carousel. This year, the event moves to Loring Park. Metro Transit is offering free rides to the village on Saturday if you fill out this short survey. This weekend: Fireworks on Sunday.

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Enchanted Pioneer Village
Dec. 18-19
The Pioneer Village at Brainerd’s Paul Bunyan Land is decked out for the holidays, and you can enjoy it for free. Stroll through the scenery, then enjoy some hot cider or cocoa by a bonfire.

Glensheen Holidays
Dec. 18-20
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the gorgeous Glensheen estate, all decked out for the holidays in a manner befitting such a grand mansion.

BeirCycle Caroling Tours
Dec. 19
The BierCycle holds up to 13 people (reservations required at least one day in advance), and for the holiday season, you can pedal through scenic Stillwater while singing Christmas carols. Bring your own wine, beer or hot chocolate.

Christmas at the Hubbard House
Dec. 19-20
Visit the fully decorated 1905 Hubbard House to really get in the holiday spirit.

St. Paul
Santa’s Train Shop
Dec. 19-20
Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at the Jackson Street Roundhouse, which is decorated for the season. Take a ride on the Christmas Train, enjoy live music and jugglers, work on crafts, and partake of free refreshments.

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What else is happening in our state? Be sure to check out the 10 p.m. Sunday night WCCO newscasts, where you can learn more in the weekly segment, Finding Minnesota.