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!

2019 Holidazzle dates:
Thursdays through Sundays, November 29-December 22

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 29-Sunday, December 1

Thursday, December 5-Sunday, December 8

Thursday, December 12-Sunday, December 15

Thursday, December 19-Sunday, December 22

We can’t wait to see you at Holidazzle 2019! Maximize your Holidazzle experience by planning your trip before you arrive. Here are a few “How to Holidazzle” suggestions!

Holidazzle Scavenger Hunt and IG giveaway

Saturday or Sunday outing for kids

Families with small children

Thursday night on the town

Friday after work

Sunday outing

Special events to remember

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


Holidazzle Movie Nights presented by Metro by T-Mobile

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 29 | 8:00 pm: A Christmas Story

Sunday, December 1 | 5:00 pm: The Grinch (2018)

Thursday, December 5 | 6:30 pm: Miracle

Sunday, December 8 | 5:00 pm: The Polar Express

Thursday, December 12 | 7:00 pm: Home Alone

Sunday, December 15 | 5:00 pm: Smallfoot

Thursday, December 19 | 7:00 pm: Christmas with the Kranks

Sunday, December 22 | 5:00 pm: Elf

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 29 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 7 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 14 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 21 | 7:00 PM

skating rink

Skate With Us At Holidazzle

Enjoy outdoor skating in Downtown Mpls at the Mpls WinterSkate! The skating rink officially opens on Friday, November 29 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 29 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, November 30 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 1 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 5 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 6 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 7 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 8 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 12 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 13 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 14 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 15 (11 am – 7 pm) | Thursday, December 19 (5 pm – 9 pm)

Friday, December 20 (5 pm – 10 pm) | Saturday, December 21 (11 am – 10 pm)

Sunday, December 22 (11 am – 7 pm)

kids zone

Take In The Kids Zone with by U.S. Bank

Don’t miss out on the Holidazzle Kids Zone with by U.S. Bank, which will include a collection of fun activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. The Kids Zone at Holidazzle is 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.


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.


Are you ready for the Yeti? Enjoy The Interactive Illuminated Installation

Enjoy the Yeti, a new Interactive Illuminated Art Installation at Holidazzle. This year’s exhibit will be a must-see stop at Holidazzle. A Christopher Lutter-Gardella creation (the same artist who created the Wolf and Moose at Holidazzle from 2016-18), the Yeti will dazzle you during your visit. The Yeti was created with recycled materials including steel and aluminum, up-cycled mattress packing waste, pine lumber, up-cycled window screening and more. It stands nearly 17-feet-tall and weighs about 340 pounds!


Enjoy activities in the Fulton Beer Garden and throughout 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: Thursday Night Bites (5 pm – 9 pm) Each Thursday, a number of Holidazzle food vendors will provide special offerings on their menu. Check out the special Thursday Night Bites menu here. Stop by and try delicious new meals during your Thursday night out!


Thursdays: Vinyl Night at Fulton Beer Garden (5 pm – 9 pm) While you are at Thursday Night Bites, SolSta Records 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: Glass Blowing Demos (5 pm – 10 pm) Stop by each Friday night for lamp lighting style glassblowing demonstrations at the Holidazzle performance deck next to the Mpls WinterSkate rink. Purchase one of their hand-crafted ornaments while you’re there.


Fridays: Drag Queen Bingo at Fulton Beer Garden (7-9 pm) We’ve got bingo on three Fridays: Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20! Bring friends, family, colleagues and neighbors and join in the fun.


Saturdays and Sundays: Story Time at Holidazzle Don’t miss out on Story Time at Holidazzle featuring children’s books told by great story tellers, authors and even Santa! Stop by for stories on Saturdays and Sundays.


Saturdays and Sundays: Rescue animals on site (between 11 am – 2 pm) Stop by and see these rescue groups on site each Saturday and Sunday during Holidazzle! Nov. 30: North Star Great Pyrenees, Dec. 1: Underdog Rescue, Dec. 7: RAGOM Rescue, Dec. 8: Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue, Dec. 14: Pet Haven Rescue, Dec. 15: Midwest Animal Rescue, Dec. 21: MN Pitbull Rescue, Dec. 22: MN Companion Rabbit Society


Sundays: Alpaca animals on site (11 am – 7 pm) Come visit us on Sunday and meet Lincoln, Blinkin, Nod, and our other friendly Alpacas on site!


Sunday Brunch: Bring your Sunday Funday Brunch plans to Holidazzle and enjoy a Bloody Beer in our Fulton Beer Garden or a Sociable Cider Works Mimosa. Pair these delightful beverages with our exclusive Sunday Brunch items created by our Holidazzle food vendors and watch the game on one of our TVs. Click here for the Sunday Brunch food offerings menu.


Sundays: Fire Engines on site: Bring the kids and stop by to see the Mpls Fire Department’s rigs, equipment and crew up close. They’ll be on site each Sunday (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22) from 11 am-1 pm.

Special Event Dates


Most Epic Dog Day – Sunday, December 8

Your pets are always welcome at Holidazzle but on Sunday, December 8 we will take it to another level. Dress your dog in its favorite costume and enter them into the costume contest at 3:00 pm in the heated Fulton Beer Tent. There will be prizes for the top three chosen by our judges. Winning prizes include a doggie Spa Experience courtesy of Downtown Dogs Daycare & Boarding (including three nights of boarding, one day of daycare on the day of departure, and bath/nail trim/teeth brushing/full groom if desired), 5 pack of daycare visits courtesy of Metro Dogs in the North Loop, and three (3) Chuck and Don prize packages featuring treats, toys and more! Plus, the first 100 pet owner on site will receive a Holidazzle branded doggy bag dispenser. Don’t forget to get your free photos taken with Santa and your best fury friend. It is our Most Epic Dog Day!


Craft Culture: A Night with the Owners of Fulton | Thursday, December 12

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7 pm for Craft Culture: A Night with the Owners of Fulton Beer! Hosted by Brian Oake, this event will feature a conversation with Fulton as it celebrates its 10th anniversary–looking back at a decade of brewing here in Minneapolis. Plus, Fulton will be bringing its Jameson Caskmates special edition beer: The Barrel Brown Ale! Have a fun evening with Fulton at Holidazzle.


Yeti Day – Sunday, December 15

This year, you can enjoy the giant Yeti interactive illuminated art exhibit each day at Holidazzle, but we’re taking it one step further on December 15! Join us for Yeti Day, featuring a select number of plush Holidazzle Yetis that will be given away throughout the day!


Paint Your Pet Night – Thursday, December 19 at 6 pm

Register online and join us in the Fulton Tent on Thursday, December 19 and create a masterpiece of your favorite pet to give to someone special or keep it for yourself. The class will take place starting at 6 pm in the Fulton Beer Tent and better yet Fulton will treat you to your first beer! Click here to sign up in advance online.


2019 Daily Events Schedule and Performances (musical performances and activities take place at Holidazzle Stage sponsored by Mall of America and the Holidazzle Performance Deck)


  • Friday, November 29 

  • Saturday, November 30 

  • Sunday, December 1 

  • Thursday, December 5 

  • Friday, December 6 

  • Saturday, December 7 

  • Sunday, December 8 

  • Thursday, December 12 

  • Friday, December 13 

  • Saturday, December 14 

  • Sunday, December 15 

  • Thursday, December 19 

  • Friday, December 20 

  • Saturday, December 21 

  • Sunday, December 22