Celebrate the Season at 5 Entertaining Holiday Events in the Twin Cities and Rochester

November 23, 2015

Holiday_Activities_Twin_Cities.jpgThe holiday season is full of fun and good cheer, and that's evident in the number of festive activities scheduled in the Twin Cities and Rochester. With a mix of traditional and contemporary events, you'll find something for everyone. So get out of your Twin Cities or Rochester apartment and head to these events.

1. European Christmas Market at Union Depot
214 - 4th Street E., St. Paul
December 4-6 and December 11-13

Add some international flavor to your holidays by attending this market patterned after the open-air "Christkindlmarkts" of Germany, Austria and other central European countries. Local artisans will be on hand selling handmade gifts and ornaments, and you'll have a chance to sip spiced mulled wine as you sample a variety of Continental-inspired foods. Admission is free for all guests. Check the Facebook page for exact times.

2. Sharks After Dark: Ugly Sweater Edition
Sea Life Aquarium at Mall of America
Friday, December 4

Dig up that hideous sweater you got from Aunt Edna and head over to the holiday edition of "Sharks After Dark." A live DJ spins tunes as you nosh from the complimentary nacho bar, then it's up to the Sky Deck for unlimited non-ticketing games and drink specials. Festivities run from 9 p.m. until midnight. The $35 ticket includes admission to the aquarium.

3. Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
History Theatre
30 East 10th Street, St. Paul
Ongoing through December 20

You'll have a rockin' holiday with this lively musical about rock-and-roll legend Buddy Holly and his "Winter Dance Party" tour. The cast takes on a local flavor with the participation of eight students from St. Paul's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Shows are scheduled Thursday through Friday each week, with ticket prices ranging from $25-$45.

4. Christmas at Mayowood
3720 Mayowood Drive SW, Rochester
Ongoing through December 13

See the majestic estate built by Dr. Charles H. Mayo in the early 20th century decked out in all its holiday finery. Tours begin in the History Center with a brief introductory film and light refreshments before moving on to Mayowood. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids, with tours held every day but Monday.

5. First Avenue's New Year's Eve Danceteria
701 N. 1st Avenue, Minneapolis
Thursday, December 31

Shake your groove thing into the wee hours of 2016 at iconic Minneapolis club First Avenue. Four of the hottest local DJs have formed a collective called Get Cryphy, and they will be filling the room with tunes guaranteed to get you out of your seat. The party starts at 8 p.m. Admission is only $5 if purchased before December 25. The price increases to $10 until day of the show when tickets are $20 at the door.

What is your favorite holiday activity, past or present? Tell us about it in the comments!

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