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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is the perfect place for families to enjoy a Saturday afternoon. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lakeside lunch. Learn more...

Noerenberg Gardens

Situated on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka’s majestic Crystal Bay, Noerenberg Memorial Gardens offers a tranquil retreat to the quiet elegance and grace of days gone by. A favorite subject for local artists and an idyllic location for weddings. Learn more...

 

December Calendar of Events

15th -23rd

Minnetonka Center for the Arts - Holiday Show & Sale

A juried collection of handmade art and fine craft selected for character and value - ideal for holiday giving! Featuring more than 100 artists in one gallery. Discover original gifts in pottery, glass, fiber, wood, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry and more. Your holiday shopping supports the arts and local artists. Shop local and with purpose. Meet friends and family for a holiday respite. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The Art Center Café serves lunch Monday through Friday (9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.) in December. Enter our drawing each time you shop for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate on December 17.

Free & open to the public!

Location: 2240 North Shore Drive

16th

Chanhassen - Abrakadoodle Holiday Fun Art Class

9:30 A.M.

7700 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen, Minnesota

19th

Minnetonka Barnes and Noble - Classic Storytime

7:00 P.M.

Nestle in for timeless stories. Children of all ages are invited.

13131 Ridgedale Drive
Hopkins, Minnesota 55305

19th

Nicollet Mall - A Charlie Brown Christmas

10:00 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Youth Actors Perform Holiday Show With the Peanuts Gang

Join Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang in this fun, festive show that's a holiday treat for audiences of all ages. Performed by the young artists of Youth Performance Company and featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas brings all of your favorite characters from Charles Schulz's beloved comic strip to life on stage. Featuring a cast of talented kids, the show centers around good ol' Charlie Brown who, alarmed by the commercialism he sees all around him during the season of giving, tries to find the true meaning of Christmas.

Fee: $7.50

Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
1900 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

19th -20th

Saint Paul - Celtic Christmas Hooley

 

Traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids and... SANTA! Come for the mulled wine & popcorn; stay for the cheer. This family evening will feature the O'Shea Irish Dancers and musicians Norah Rendell, Todd Mention, Cormac O'Se and John Wright.

Music begins at 7:30pm.

$18 at the door. $50 Family maximum.

Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota

19th -20th

Hopkins - Holiday Swing Dance

Friday, 8:00 PM to Saturday, 9:00 PM

HOLIDAY SWING DANCE CONCERT featuring DON STRONG & The MOONDANCE Band.

Come swing to the Las Vegas-style sounds of vocalist/smooth jazz guitarist DON STRONG & The 5-piece, New MOONDANCE Band 
at the Hopkins American Legion!  

FREE!  6PM-9PM

10 12th Ave S
Hopkins, Minnesota

19th -20th

Nicollet Mall - Holidazzle Village

3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

The Holidazzle Village is a place for you and yours to enjoy the holiday season in Downtown Minneapolis! It blends the excitement of the season with food and beverage, music, shopping, demonstrations, stories, lights, laughter and fun. Bring your family and friends, and let’s enjoy the holiday season together!

Location: Nicollet Mall between 10th and 12th Streets.

20th -21st

42nd Annual Folkways of the Holidays

Discover the holiday traditions of 19th century Minnesotans. Enjoy folk art performances, riding a horse-drawn trolley, and tours of homes with culturally distinct decorations and crafts. Dress for the weather. Last admission at 3 PM.

Village Christmas Pageant, Santa Claus, Singers Curtis and Loretta, and Live Reindeer Display (Noon-4 PM)

Location: 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN 55379
763.694.7784

24th

Midnight Mass with Mozart!

An amazing tradition unlike anything else in the country. Experience Midnight Mass sung by the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale with members of the Minnesota Orchestra in the beautiful Baroque Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul, MN.

11:15 p.m. — Traditional Christmas Carols and Hymns with Procession
12:00 a.m. — Mozart's Coronation Mass

Visitors welcome!

The Church of Saint Agnes, 548 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul.

Directions: From the western suburbs, follow 394 east to 94 east. Follow 94 east to the Dale Street exit in Saint Paul. Proceed north on Dale. Turn right on Lafond Avenue. Proceed one block to the Church of Saint Agnes.

25th

Merry Christmas!

 

 


Ongoing Events

Through 1/31/15

Roseville Ice Oval - OVALumination.

Nightly until 10:00 p.m. through January 31st.

OVALumination is a celebration fit for the glamor of the holiday season — with over 100 arborvitae and evergreen trees decorated top to bottom with lights illuminating the OVAL.

It’s free to view or enjoy skating underneath the lights. Admission is only $5.50 and skate rental is just $4.00.

Skate with this fun illumination, not to mention the various family friendly activities. Don’t miss this splendor of holiday cheer - come for the sights, stay for the shopping and delicious food at nearby, convenient Roseville locations.

2661 Civic Center Drive, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55113

Year-round

West Hennepin Pioneer Museum.

Artifacts from the pioneer days. Saturdays, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. Call (952) 473-6557 for details.

Year-round

Bayside Live Music Venue in Excelsior

Bayview offers everything from rock and reggae to jazz and alternative music - all with a fantastic view of the lake.

Friday and Saturday at 9:00 P.M. Located one block East of Water St. on Excelsior Blvd. Call (952) 470-8439 for directions.

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Year-round

The Narrows Live Music Venue in Navarre

One of the hottest music bars in the Twin Cities area.

Located at the west end of Water Street. Call (952) 401-7902 for directions.

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Year-round

Three-Eighteen Live Music Venue in Excelsior

Excelsior's "Three-Eighteen" is one of the best kept secrets in the Twin Cities area. A favorite of musicians, this hip little "joint" offers some of the best live local and national acts in town.

Have a glass of wine and snuggle in for some great entertainment: Monday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. Located at the west end of Water Street. Call (952) 401-7902 for directions.

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Get Busy!

The winter months bring countless opportunities for wholesome family activities. To find out about happenings in the Lake Minnetonka area, visit our complete Calendar of Events!

Lake Minnetonka: An area steeped in history

From the days when Dakota Indians inhabited her shores, leaving behind ancient burial mounds which are still visible today, to the era of the steam locomotive and the paddle wheeler when grand Victorian hotels and amusement parks stood proudly on her banks, there has always been something alluring about this enchanted body of water. Learn more...