There is so much to do this month both with and for others. Remember to take some time for yourself – and here’s a list of events from which to choose a way to fill that time.
It’s Holidazzle time at Loring Park! From now through December 20 you can enjoy the free ice skating, visits with Santa, live music, movies and loads of food. Holidazzle is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. Get information about parking at Holidazzle.com or download a free bus pass here. Loring Park is located at 1382 Willow St. in Minneapolis.
23rd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show
Ice fisher-people and winter sports aficionados will love this year’s show, with more than 190 exhibits, and tons of products and services to peruse. See the latest in ice fish houses, underwater cameras, augers and more. Even if you don’t enjoy ice fishing, this would be a great place to shop for holiday gifts for those on your list that do.
The show is open on Friday December 4 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, the 5th, from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 6 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It’s being held at St. Paul RiverCentre at 175 Kellogg Boulevard West.
A Scandinavian Christmas with the Minnesota Orchestra
What a great excuse to wear that Nordic sweater you love so much! In fact, bring the whole Nordic-bedecked family to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate a Scandinavian Christmas with the Minnesota Orchestra on December 19.
Who doesn’t like a singalong? You’ll also enjoy a live reading of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” an animated short film, “The Snow Queen” set to Grieg’s Symphonic Dances and lots, lots more. There will be two performances, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Orchestra Hall is located at 1111 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. For ticket prices, call 612.371.5656.
2015 Schwan Cup
Here we go – almost an entire week (December 26-31) of high school hockey games to help us bridge the gap between Christmas and New Year’s. This year’s tournament features 64 boys’ teams, 40 girls’ teams, and more than a dozen youth teams – for a total of 200 hockey games over the course of one week!
The Youth Division kicks off the tourney the day after Christmas and they wrap up on December 28. Then the Boys High School Division starts their tournament on December 28 and finishes on December 30.
On the 29th, the Girls High School Division takes to the ice and their tournament lasts until New Year’s Eve.
Boys play at both Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena while the girls and youth tournaments are being held at Schwan. Call Schwan Super Rink at NSC for ticket prices and details. (763) 785-3687
2015 Pinky Swear New Year's Eve Celebration
Who says New Year’s Eve celebrations are only for grownup? Not us and certainly not the Pinkyswear Foundation! In fact they want to invite the whole family to an evening of music, dancing, games and prizes – and the balloon drop at midnight. All that fun AND you’ll be supporting kids with cancer.
Ring in 2016 family-style at the Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul/Airport Mall of America. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $50 and children’s tickets are $20. Learn more online at pinkyswear.org.
If you haven’t yet made New Year’s Eve plans you’d best be getting to it. We’re here to help. International Market Square is the setting for the Crystal Ball, billed as the “best New Year’s Eve Party in Minneapolis.” This is not an event for someone that just shot their budget buying holiday gifts because it’s a bit on the pricey side. VIP tables with bottle service will run you from around $250 to $900 depending on the number of revelers in your group.
General admission and VIP ticket holders will have access to the entire venue this year a nice switch from last year. Get the details online at crystalballmn.com.