We’re coming down the home stretch, but there’s still plenty to do.
Color Spirits Bright
Through Jan. 1
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features a lavish display in the Great Hall and the nearby grounds. The weekend features live music on Dec. 17-18 from Jazz on the Prairie and Arbor Bells.
A Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House
How did the Ramsey’s 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
Take a leisurely tour of festively lighted homes in historic Winona, aboard the historic Trester Trolley. Reservations recommended.
Santa’s flying into the Fargo Air Museum! Bring the kids to see him arrive and visit with him.
Holidazzle is a holiday village, this year at Loring Park, complete with food, live music, and a holiday carousel. Metro Transit is offering free rides to the village on Saturday if you fill out this short survey.
Enchanted Pioneer Village
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.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of the gorgeous Glensheen Estate, all decked out in the holidays in a manner befitting such a grand mansion.
BeirCycle Caroling Tours
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.
Sand Creek Adventures offers a holiday zip-line experience where visitors can take the zip-line tour and also enjoy Christmas lights and a holiday hayride.
Christmas at the Hubbard House
Visit the fully decorated 1905 Hubbard House to really get in the holiday spirit.
Santa’s Train Shop
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.
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.