The Minneapolis Downtown Council in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board announced today the schedule of events and new look for the 2015 Holidazzle, which will include a downtown Minneapolis skating rink located in Loring Park.
This yearâ€™s Holidazzle is free and open to the public, and it will take place in Loring Park. Holidazzle will begin the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27 and run Thursdays through Sundays, concluding on Sunday, December 20. Operating hours will be 5-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
â€œHolidazzle creates a community gathering place and holiday destination, and it offers an incredible opportunity to create memories for those who take part because of the variety of activities and festive atmosphere,â€ said Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing, Minneapolis Downtown Council. â€œHolidazzle is all about stories unique to Minneapolis, and weâ€™re thrilled to have many featured during this annual Minneapolis holiday tradition. This yearâ€™s Holidazzle will highlight stories oflocal people, products and places that showcase the food scene, arts, active lifestyle, local entertainment and community groups that make our city special.â€
The downtown skating rink, a collaborative effort between the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Minneapolis SafeZone Collaborative and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, will be available for use beginning Friday, November 27. There will be no cost to skate at the rink, and it will be open for use during posted hours. Construction of the skating rink will begin this week. The rink is provided by many organizations and will be built with support from Veit, Kraus-Anderson, and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council.
A Holidazzle Ceremonial Opening will take place on Friday, November 27. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include a musical performance by longtime Holidazzle participants MN Chorale, brief comments from local leaders, and fireworks. The Ceremonial Opening will officially launch the Holidazzle season which will be jam-packed with free activities for all ages.
Minneapolis-centric vendors will be providing options for prepared and packaged food, beverages and unique gift and craft items. This yearâ€™s programming lineup will include the outdoor skating rink, visits from Santa Claus, musical performances from bands and choirs, weekly movies featuring holiday classics, themed days, giveaways, surprise and delight moments, a Holidazzle Minnstameets gallery, and more.
More of this yearâ€™s on-site vendors will be announced throughout November, but there is an emphasis on local products. Key vendors that will be part of the 2015 Holidazzle include Kramarczukâ€™s sausages, Fulton Brewery beer, KÃ¤the Wohlfahrt holiday ornaments, Holidazzle Love Your Melon hats, Minnesota Awesome t-shirts, Barkleyâ€™s Bistro dog treats and more.
Holidazzle also unveiled new creative that will help to provide the right feel to this yearâ€™s holiday experience in Loring Park. The design, created by NELSON and RipBang Studiosâ€”a division of NELSON, focuses on Holidazzleâ€™s local roots and is home to various characters including Vikings, abominable snow men, moose and more. The festive, wintery atmosphere brings an â€œUp-Northâ€ feel to downtown Minneapolis.
â€œHolidazzle is one of the great traditions that make Minneapolis so special,â€ said Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Superintendent Jayne Miller. â€œWe Minnesotans embrace the winter months, and parks are the place where families, friends and neighbors come together to make memories. With construction along Nicollet Mall, we are honored to partner with the Minneapolis Downtown Council and to have Loring selected as the site of this wonderful event this season.â€
Additional programming and vendor details will be unveiled leading up to Nov. 27, including during a â€œ12 Days of Holidazzleâ€ social media series beginning November 16. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #Holidazzle.