Your Holidazzle Guide: December 17-20

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It’s amazing to think that Holidazzle’s final weekend is already here. It kicked off on the day after Thanksgiving and has a four-week run leading through the holiday season, but here we are on December 14 with just four more days ahead to enjoy the Holidazzle festivities. This is a good and back thing—bad, obviously, because time is running out to come down and celebrate the holiday season through this wide variety of activities in Loring Park. But good, because there are so many great things happening at Holidazzle this weekend that you’ll want to enjoy.

So without further ado, here are the things you need to know about attending Holidazzle this weekend:

Plan your trip around these fun activities:

During Holidazzle’s hours (see below), the Downtown Minneapolis Skating Rink is open along with the Holidazzle Warming House courtesy of CenterPoint Energy. Stop down and enjoy an evening skating on real ice in downtown Minneapolis. You can bring your own skates (suggested), or you can try to find a pair your size in the warming house—there is a limited supply of varying sizes that you can borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.

While you’re in the warming house, check out the Minnestameets gallery on the wall. This gallery is a compilation of 75 different local photographers that were selected via Instagram. It is a Minneapolis-centric theme and a way of seeing our city from 75 different perspectives, and it really is a neat way to celebrate all the great views we have right in our own back yard.

Santa Claus will be at Holidazzle on Thursday through Sunday this weekend. He’ll be mingling with the crowd and taking photos in our Santa photo station. Stop by, take a photo with St. Nick and even bring him your wish list for the season.

On Thursday night, stop by and enjoy a carriage ride through Loring Park. These carriage rides take place from 6:30-8:30 pm and are free courtesy of the Loring Park Neighborhood (provided by Citizens for a Loring Park Community, Friends of Loring Park and Loring Park Community Center). It’s great for a date night or for the whole family, and they’ve been very popular each weekend. What a great way to see our city!

We have a jam-packed lineup of music lined up throughout the weekend, so stop by any time and listen to great performances from local bands and choirs.

On Sunday night, our final Holidazzle Movie supported by North Memorial will be played. Join us for the instant classic Frozen at 5 p.m. on the Holidazzle screen. Bring a lawn chair, or sit at a picnic table or hay bale and watch with the group. Come early as it is expected to be a very crowded event. Also, there are Faribault Woolen Mill Co. blankets available to borrow on a limited supply basis.

While you listen to music or watch Frozen, enjoy a s’more at our Holidazzle bonfire. S’mores are available for purchase on-site, and you can borrow a fire roasting stick when you purchase your s’mores kit. S’mores are available in chocolate, caramel, coconut and jumbo packages.

From 5-7 pm on Sunday, stop by the Warming House courtesy of CenterPoint Energy and check out Fire & Flour bread on site. They’ll be doing another bread drop with a limited number of loaves to purchase. They have multiple types of bread, including the special Holidazzle loaf they’ve created. They go fast, so be sure to stop in and get yours when they arrive.

After the movie on Sunday, stay and enjoy the fireworks display. We had a great fireworks show during our ceremonial opening on Nov. 27, and we’re looking forward to another on Sunday. It will take place around 6:30 pm.

See you there:

Holidazzle runs Thursdays and Fridays from 5 pm-9 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am-9 pm. If you are unable to come this weekend, it will be open during those times on Dec. 17-20 as well. Stop down and have fun!

We’re located in Loring Park this year. You can enter Holidazzle via the Walking Paths supported by North Memorial at the corners of Grant & Willow, Maple & Harmon or Hennepin/Lyndale & Oak Grove.

Parking nearby is affordable and easy to find. Stop by and park for $5 or less at Walker Art Center, Parade Park, Minneapolis Community & Technical College or IDS Center Parking Garage. Directions and addresses are listed on holidazzle.com/directions.

If you’re coming on Saturday, visit holidazzle.com and print off your FREE Ride Voucher courtesy of Metro Transit. Each rider needs a printed pass, and they are valid from 10 am-10 pm on Saturday.

Shop, Browse and Sample:

These great food vendors are on site and have sensational eats: Minnesota Harvest apple treats, Cheese Curds, Cindy’s Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Kramarczuk’s sausages, Mrs. Olson’s Lefse, Walt’z ribs and mac & cheese, K-Town Street Foods’ kimchi fries and Korean taco bowls, Polish Bistro’s pierogis, The Littlest Pancakes’ poffertjes, Burbach’s potato pancakes, Black Forest Inn’s soups, Venus’ spaetzle, and Sweet Dreams Concession’ mini donuts and s’mores.

Wash it down with several great beverage treats, including hot cider, hot chocolate or water. For the adults, there is Fulton Beer’s Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine, The Ringer and a SPECIAL Holidazzle Stout (limited supplies, running out fast), as well as Sociable Cider Werks’ spiced mulled cider.

For shopping, try out these great vendors: Faribault Woolen Mill Co., Heather’s Dirty Good Seasoning, Kathe Wohfahrt ornaments, Love Your Melon Holidazzle hats, Minnesota Nice shirts, Moshiki hats and products, Nordic Cinnamon Sprinkle, Stein House Steins, Stroopwafels, Three Rivers Farm maple syrup and Wintercraft ice globes.

And ONLY for this weekend, visit these sensational pop-up shops: Barkley’s Bistro gourmet dog treats, Hagen and Oats hand-crafted Minnesota woodworking, and Sota Clothing apparel.

If you need any assistance in getting to Holidazzle or questions regarding programming, don’t hesitate to email holidazzle@downtownminneapolis.com. Have fun and enjoy the season! We’ll see you here in Downtown Minneapolis.