South Metro Holiday Guide


Santa Saturdays at the Minnesota Zoo – Apple Valley

Visit Santa at the Minnesota Zoo! Click here for dates & times.

Holz Farm Old Fashioned Holiday – Eagan

Enjoy a 1940′s holiday celebration with a visit from Santa, live reindeer, bonfire smores, holiday crafts, cookies, hot cider, and carol performances.

Christmas In The Village- Farmington

First two weekends in December, stroll through a decorated historic Heritage Village including Santa, Mrs. Claus, trolley rides, choirs and more.

All About Santa – Lakeville

Click here for details regarding letters & phone calls from Santa, Santa’s Secret Store (for children to purchase inexpensive gifts) and decorating cookies for Santa.

Holiday on Main – Lakeville

Santa, carols, entertainment, crafts, live reindeer, & trolley rides all downtown Lakeville!

Decemberrr Dazzle Free Family Event – Prior Lake

Click here for more details.


Christmas Tree Farms- South Metro area

A listing by county, of Christmas tree farms, lots, sleigh rides, and more.

Folkways of the Holidays – Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee

Discover the holiday traditions of 19th century Minnesotans.

Holiday Lights in the Park – Lake Phalen, St. Paul

Holiday Lights in the Park will run nightly. Visitors will experience more than 60 larger-than-life holiday light sculptures and animated displays from their vehicles.

Holidazzle – Downtown Minneapolis

A 3-block stretch of Nicollet Mall will be transformed into a “winter wonderland”.

Macy’s Santaland & Breakfast & Dinner with Santa – Macy’s Downtown

Take in the magical, animated display of “A Day in the Life of an Elf,” or plan a breakfast or dinner with Santa. Click here for dates, times, and ticket prices.

St. Paul Winter Carnival- St. Paul

Lots of fun family events going on during St. Paul’s Winter Carnival- skating, a winter run, concerts and more!

The Depot – Indoor Ice Rink – Downtown Minneapolis

The Depot Rink is a historic train shed that now houses an indoor rink with great views of the city.  It’s fun, romantic & warm in the winter!

Twinkle Parade - Stillwater

The children’s twinkle parade in downtown Stillwater, followed by Santa’s arrival by firetruck and fireworks! Click for details, and an entire month of holiday events.

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