By Kate Raddatz

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The City of Lakes is about to shimmer.

Despite Friday’s record warm weather, a holiday tradition started in downtown Minneapolis. For the third year in a row, Loring Park is aglow for the Holidazzle celebration. It runs Friday night through the Saturday before Christmas.

What better way to work off that Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing than a magical skate on the ice at Loring Park? The free skating rink is back again this year for the Holidazzle.

“When you come down to Holidazzle, you can really curate your own experience,” Leah Wong of the Downtown Council said. “If you like fireworks, you can come down. If you want to see a movie, we have that a few nights a week.”

There are plenty of activities for kids and adults. Meeting Santa is always popular, and parents will like the local brews and food available — everything from Social Ciderworks mulled cider, to Kramarczuk’s sausage.

Steve Vanzyl has been serving up his famous, mini, Dutch-inspired pancakes since the Holidazzle’s first year — though he didn’t anitipcate wearing a t-shirt while setting up his booth.

“We were hoping for snow, but maybe with the warm weather we’ll have a big crowd today,” he said.

Getting into the Holidazzle is free, but the experience is priceless.

“Really make your own memories here at Holidazzle and create that experience that is tradition to you and your family,” Wong said.

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Kate Raddatz