Ring in the Holidays at 5 Festive Events Around the Twin Cities

December 05, 2016

Nutcracker-MN.jpgMinnesota is a natural winter wonderland, making it a perfect backdrop for a variety of seasonal activities. Here are some of the festive events taking place near our Springs Twin Cities luxury apartment communities.

1. The Polar Express
Savage Sports Center
13450 Dakota Ave
Saturday, December 17

Movies are a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Savage Parks & Recreation is sponsoring a screening of The Polar Express, a modern holiday classic that uses motion-capture to turn the performances of Tom Hanks and other actors into realistic animated images. Showtime is 7 p.m. and admission is free, but be sure to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets or other seating.

2. A Minnesota Nutcracker
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11

The Twin Cities Ballet adds some local color to the traditional holiday story that's beloved by all ages. The show is set in front of familiar Twin Cities locations such as Rice Park and the banks of the Mississippi River. There will be two evening and three matinee performances, and tickets range from $18 to $36.

3. Christmas in the Village
Dakota City Heritage Village
4008 220th St W
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11

Take a step back in time to the early 1900s at this annual event, which is centered around the theme of the Charles Dickens favorite, A Christmas Carol. Ride a horse-drawn trolley through the beautifully-lit village, where you'll discover demonstrations of traditional holiday activities such as woodworking, printmaking and cooking. Hours are 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 4 to 12.

4. Santa Saturdays
Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley
Saturday, December 10 and 17

The Zoo is a delightful place to visit any time of the year, but the addition of Santa Claus makes it even more magical. The big guy will be available for photos from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Zoo admission is $18 for adults and $12 for kids ages 3 to 12.

5. Folkways of the Holidays
The Landing
2187 Hwy 101 E
Weekends through December 18

Get a glimpse of 19th-century Minnesota holidays at this historic park that includes original features dating back to the mid-1800s. Enjoy traditional folk art performances and tour homes that display culturally authentic decorations. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 2 to 17. Visit the website for dates and times.

Does your family have a favorite holiday tradition? Share it with us in the comments!

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