MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — December is here and that means the holiday season is in full swing.  There are a ton of ways to get into the festive spirit.

Grand Meander on Grand Avenue

The halls will be decked on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue. This Saturday there is fun for the whole family at the Grand Meander. Kids can give their wish list to Santa over pancakes, meet some of his reindeer and ride a fire truck. For the older folks there are art shows, soup tastings and shopping along the Avenue.

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Landmark Center Holiday Bazaar

From Grand Ave., head over to the Landmark Center for its 38th annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar. This Thursday through Sunday, browse through 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by area artists. Admission is $5.

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University of Minnesota Winter Light Show

This year, the University of Minnesota winter light show is bigger and bright than ever. The student-designed light show features 250,000 LED lights set to music, some of which is written and recorded by U students.

The CSE Winter Light Show premieres this Friday and takes place only this weekend and next. Free hot chocolate and cookies are provided.

Tree Lighting at Governor’s Mansion

Finally, Thursday you can celebrate the holiday season at the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul. The public is invited to help light the outdoor garland and tree.

The 20-foot Balsam Fir tree harvested from the Nemadji State Forest will feature over 14,000 LED lights. The residence will be open for public tours on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

There will also be an evening tour on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No reservations are required. Holiday tours are open-house style, and typically last 20-30 minutes. Click here for more information.

Kim Johnson

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