Event Schedule

Plan your trip to Holidazzle today or just show up and enjoy the fun!

Check out when you can visit Santa Claus, see our Holidazzle fireworks displays, and see our schedule daily entertainment below.

Visit often, as we’ll continue rolling out more details on daily events!

2018 Holidazzle dates:
Thursdays through Sundays, November 23-December 23

Thursdays from 5 p.m.9 p.m. | Fridays from 5 p.m.10 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m.10 p.m. | Sundays from 11 a.m.7 p.m.

Friday, November 23-Sunday, November 25

Thursday, November 29-Sunday, December 2

Thursday, December 6-Sunday, December 9

Thursday, December 13-Sunday, December 16

Thursday, December 20-Sunday, December 23

We can’t wait to see you at Holidazzle 2018! Check back throughout the year as we update dates and times for the activities below.

Photo credits: Movie, fireworks, kids zone, interactive art, games and singing photos courtesy of Dusty Hoskovec Photography. Santa and skating photos courtesy of Kurt Moses Photography.


Holidazzle Movie Nights presented by U.S. Bank

Join us for classic winter/holiday movies in our Winter Wonderland. Grab a spot on a haybale, or bring a chair/blanket and enjoy!

Friday, November 23 | 8:00 pm: Elf

Sunday, November 25 | 5:00 pm: Groundhog Day

Thursday, November 29 | 7:00 pm: The Mighty Ducks

Sunday, December 2 | 5:00 pm: The Chronicles of Narnia

Thursday, December 6 | 7:00 pm: The Santa Clause

Sunday, December 9 | 5:00 pm: Cool Runnings

Thursday, December 13 | 7:00 pm: It’s a Wonderful Life

Sunday, December 16 | 5:00 pm: The Polar Express

Thursday, December 20 | 7:00 pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Sunday, December 23 | 5:00 pm: Frozen


All movie showings at Holidazzle include closed captioning


Holidazzle Fireworks presented by Xcel Energy

Join us for winter fireworks at the Holidazzle Fireworks presented by Xcel Energy this holiday season!

Friday, November 23 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 1 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 8 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 15 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 22 | 7:00 PM

skating rink

Skate With Us At Holidazzle

Enjoy outdoor skating in Downtown Mpls at the Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate! The skating rink officially opens on Friday, November 23 and will be open daily throughout the winter skating season?including all Holidazzle operating hours. Skating is free and open to the public. Bring your own skates, or borrow a complimentary pair located in the Warming House courtesy of CenterPoint Energy. Skate sizes vary and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click Here for more information on skating downtown.


Meet Santa Claus

Stop by throughout Holidazzle and meet Santa! He’ll be visiting throughout the run and will be taking photos, hearing your wish list and spreading holiday cheer. Stop by and meet Santa this winter!

Friday, November 23 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, November 24 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, November 25 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, November 29 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, November 30 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 1 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 2 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 6 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 7 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 8 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 9 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 13 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 14 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 15 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 16 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 20 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 21 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 22 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 23 (11 am – 7 pm)

kids zone

Take In The Kids Zone

Don’t miss out on the Holidazzle Kids Zone, which will include a collection of fun activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. In 2016, the addition of the Kids Zone at Holidazzle was a huge hit for young and old enjoying a holiday night out, and this year the Kids Zone will be bigger and better than ever with a climbing wall, slides, maze, tunnel, hay bales and more. They’re a huge hit!

And Try The Thwing!

The Thwing is a must-try this holiday season. The Thwing is inspired by one simple idea?play. The approach is to create spaces where both kids and adults might find themselves caught off guard for just a moment and get swept up in the blissful joy. The mix of wonder and intuitive simplicity pulls people in to discover. What they leave with are a giant smile, an opened soul and a little windswept hair. Jump on. It?s time to Thwing. Tag your photos on social media #TheThwing.


Take a photo with Paul Bunyan’s Axe

Get your photo taken with Paul Bunyan?s Axe at Holidazzle! The University of Minnesota football team brought the Axe back home to Minneapolis this fall after beating the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and it will be making an appearance at Holidazzle on Thursday, December 20 from 6-9 pm. Stop by and enjoy this opportunity to see the Axe up close!


Enjoy The Interactive Illuminated Art Wolf and Moose Installations

Enjoy the Interactive Illuminated Art Installations at Holidazzle. Holidazzle has enhanced lighting this year including the Wolf and Moose exhibit, which made its first appearance in 2016. The Wolf and Moose, a Christopher Lutter-Gardella creation, are interactive exhibits that light up and allow viewers to peddle and engage in the art itself. The animals are comprised of 90 percent recycled waste-stream materials. Total products for each sculpture include 7,179 recycled plastic materials (bottles, jugs), 320 yards of recycled window screen and more. Come down and enjoy the displays.


Activities and fun at 2018 Holidazzle

There is so much to do each day throughout Holidazzle. In the Fulton Beer Garden, enjoy fun activities for all ages, including card games, cribbage, puzzles, Jenga, TVs to watch the big game each weekend, live music, bingo and more. Plus, don’t miss the activities below throughout Holidazzle.


Thursdays: Silent Disco on the Mpls WinterSkate ice rink (5 pm – 9 pm) Lace up your skates and grab a pair of headphones for Silent Disco skating. You can choose between three different channels and its all FREE!


Thursdays: Craft Night at Fulton Beer Garden (5 pm – 9 pm) Test your crafting skills on Thursdays in the Fulton Beer Garden.


Thursdays: Vinyl Night at Fulton Beer Garden (5 pm – 9 pm) While you are at craft night, Solid State Vinyl will curate the playlist for your listening pleasure. Lets face it, music always sounds better on vinyl and you can purchase some for your own collection from the vinyl pop up shop!


Fridays: S’mores Stations with North Mallow (5 pm – 10 pm) Grab a token and enjoy a delicious smore by the campfire with our friends from North Mallow. Choose your ingredients from a variety of mallows and chocolates. It?s fun for the whole family.


Fridays beginning Nov. 30: Drag Queen Bingo at Fulton Beer Garden (7 pm – 9 pm) We’ve got bingo every week! Bring friends, family, colleagues and neighbors and join in the fun.


Sundays (11/25, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/16): Alpaca animals on site (11 am – 7 pm) Come visit us on Sunday and meet Lincoln, Blinkin? and Nod, our friendly Alpacas or visit our Fulton Beer Garden and find your next best friend from one of our featured animal shelters. Who doesn?t love animals?!


Sundays: Rescue animals on site (between 11 am – 4 pm) Stop by and see these rescue groups on site during Holidazzle! Nov. 25: Midwest Animal Rescue and Services, Dec. 2: Secondhand Hounds, Dec. 9: Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue, Dec. 16: Underdog Rescue, Dec. 23: MN Rabbit Companion Society


Sunday Brunch: Micheladas at Fulton Beer Garden and Mimosas at Sociable Cider Werks (11 am – 3 pm) Bring your Sunday Funday Brunch plans to Holidazzle and enjoy a Michelada in our Fulton Beer Garden or a Sociable Cider Works Mimosa. Pair these delightful beverages with the Holidazzle Omelet or Littlest Pancake and watch the game on one of our TV?s or finish your Holiday shopping in our Craft Market tent.

Lands End

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

Look for Lands’ End at Holidazzle from Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16 as they make a special stop on their Lands’ End Heritage Tour! They?ll be setting up shop with their Airstream Seagoing Duffle, featuring items from their Heritage Collection and a few special things from their holiday shop!


2018 Daily Events Schedule & Performances (musical performances take place at Holidazzle Stage presented by PCL Construction)


  • Friday, November 23 

  • Saturday, November 24 

  • Sunday, November 25 

  • Thursday, November 29 

  • Friday, November 30 

  • Saturday, December 1 

  • Sunday, December 2 

  • Thursday, December 6 

  • Friday, December 7 

  • Saturday, December 8 

  • Sunday, December 9 

  • Thursday, December 13 

  • Friday, December 14 

  • Saturday, December 15 

  • Sunday, December 16 

  • Thursday, December 20 

  • Friday, December 21 

  • Saturday, December 22 

  • Sunday, December 23