Holidays in the North.

The turkey will barely be put away before the holiday, end-of-year rush kicks in. Whether your preparation includes decorating, shopping, or avoiding crowds until January, know there are plenty of events scheduled for you to come and go as you please.

Holidazzle in Loring Park is exactly as it sounds with lights and winter activities like ice skating to entertain the crowds. It opens on Friday, November 24 and runs through December 24. Holidays at Flyover at Mall of America is another stunning display of seasonal festivity that includes a 10-minute flight of America and the North Pole—perfect for the kiddos to enjoy!

On the more grown-up side of things, Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel takes the acrobatic amazingness of a Cirque-choreographed show and puts a holiday spin on the costumes and set. And Spirit of Winter Festival of Lights, hosted by Sovereign Winery, dazzles with a light show that extends over 8-miles and includes synchronized, holiday music.

Though the holidays can sometimes feel overwhelming, simply going with the flow can help us enjoy the excitement of it all, no matter how we choose to celebrate. One thing is for certain: the city will look beautiful lit up as it winds down the year. Soon we’ll be talking about ringing in a brand new one, but until then, enjoy the spirit and December’s many events ahead!

Wherever You Roam

Weekend Happenings

Do you have family in town for Thanksgiving? Are you already weighing your entertainment options? Or maybe you’re looking for a few hours of fitness after a day of marathon eating? A trip to Theodore Wirth Park may be the perfect activity for everyone. Sledding, skiing, and snowboarding are all on the agenda with lessons and gear available for rent. Afterwards, cozy up with cups of hot chocolate and snacks from the onsite grill.

You can also get out and about this weekend by shopping local for Small Business Saturday. Milkweed Books is hosting events throughout the day, including readings and free Peace Coffee and Able Seedhouse + Brewery beer, plus 10% off bookseller recommendations.

Northrup King Building will host sales on art and jewelry on all four floors and gives shoppers the opportunity to meet local artists. Plus, Showroom is offering in-store discounts of up to 30% on select items along with day-of events like live music and tarot card readings. If shopping is part of your holiday plans, why not get it on sale and support local at the same time?

Whatever brings you joy this holiday season, simply plan for more of that. Although the final months of the year can feel a bit chaotic, you have control over how much (or little) you do, and that’s surely something to feel thankful for this Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday weekend and good times with family and friends!

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.

-Edith Sitwell

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