Holidays in the Twin Cities are a time of sharing fun and making memories with friends and family. Start the season on a high note with these festive Thanksgiving events near our Springs Twin Cities luxury apartment communities.
1. Holidazzle Loring Park 1382 Willow St, Minneapolis 612.376.SNOW 19.9 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
As its name promises, Holidazzle is a truly spectacular event that transforms Loring Park into a holiday wonderland. What really makes Holidazzle special is that it celebrates the people, products and lifestyle of our local community. Activities include outdoor skating, live music, movies, fireworks, food and beverage vendors, and unique craft and gift items. Holidazzle is open Thursdays through Sundays from November 24 through December 23. Admission is free for all visitors, including leashed pets. Visit the website for daily hours and schedule.
2. The Hip-Hop Nutcracker State Theatre 805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis 800.982.2787 19.8 miles from Springs at Apple Valley
Hip-hop meets classical at this creative reworking of the holiday classic. A dozen all-star dancers, a DJ and a violinist enact the story of Maria-Clara and her Nutcracker prince traveling back in time to her parents' first meeting at a club in 1980s Brooklyn. Hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow will be on hand as the special guest MC. Performances are scheduled for Tuesday, November 21 and Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50 to $68.50.
Sparkling lights help to create that magical holiday ambiance. Be there when the glow goes up in Burnsville at the 19th annual Winter Lighting Ceremony. The display includes 230 streetlight snowflakes and more than 200,000 mini-lights, with a 30-foot tree as the centerpiece. Entertainment will be provided by local school choirs. The ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
4. Turkey Trot The Meadows at Mystic Lake 2100 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake 952.445.9400 7.3 miles from Springs at Egan Drive
Enjoy a guilt-free Thanksgiving dinner after burning off calories at the Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 18. A 5K run/walk kicks off at 8 a.m., followed by a kids' half-mile fun run at 8:45 a.m. Registration fees are $25 for adults and $10 for kids, which includes a t-shirt.
5. Happy Hour for Hunger Eden Prairie Liquor 8018 Den Rd, Eden Prairie 952.949.8433 11.1 miles from Springs at Egan Drive
Helping others is an important part of giving thanks. Find the perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner while supporting a good cause at Happy Hour for Hunger on Thursday, November 16. More than 90 wines will be available for sampling, and admission of $5 or three cans of nonperishable food items goes to benefit PROP Food Shelf. Hours are 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
What traditional Thanksgiving event are you looking forward to most? Tell us in the comments!