Tourism events around Minnesota, as provided by the Minnesota Office of Tourism. For more information, visit http://www.exploreminnesota.com or call (800) 657-3700 or (651) 296-5029 in the Twin Cities area.
The annual World Famous Fish House Parade will be held along the streets of downtown AITKIN on Friday, Nov. 23. Featured will be fish houses and other winter toys decorated as parade units, as well food. To learn more, dial (800) 526-8342.
A Christmas Lighting Celebration will take place in ALEXANDRIA on Nov. 23, with a downtown lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus and specials offered by area merchants. For further information, dial (800) 235-9441.
Christmas At The Hormel Historic Home will be offered Friday in AUSTIN. Visitors may view beautifully decorated rooms, as well as enjoy refreshments, music and demonstrations. To find out more, dial (507) 433-4243.
Downtown BEMIDJI and the Waterfront District will be the site of The Night We Light on Nov. 23. Featured will be an evening parade through downtown and countdown to the lighting of the pines, with a variety of food vendors also available. To find out more, dial (800) 458-2223.
A Camp Santa Holiday Music Festival will take place at Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America in BLOOMINGTON daily from Friday through Dec. 24. To learn more, dial (952) 883-8300 or check out (www.bloomingtonmn.org).
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in CHANHASSEN will be the site of Arbor Lights from 5 to 8 p.m. each Thursday through Saturday now through Jan. 12. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the arboretum's lighted winter gardens through self-guided garden walks. In addition, there will be children's nature crafts and entertainment each night. Food service is available, and the gift shop will remain open. For further information, dial (952) 443-1400.
Canal Park in DULUTH will be the site of A Christmas City Of The North Parade on Friday. Featured will be marching bands, lighted floats, reindeer, dancing elves, sled dogs and more. For further information, contact the city of Duluth at (800) 438-5884.
The Thorn Crest Farm in DUNDAS, just southwest of Northfield, will present Christmas In The Country each Friday through Sunday now through Dec. 9. Featured will be cut-your-own Christmas trees, a gift shop, craft shed, dried flowers, fresh evergreen wreaths and swags, evergreen garland and farm animals. In addition, there will be a visit from Santa from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. To learn more, dial (507) 645-4182.
Ice Adventures will be offered by Cabela's in EAST GRAND FORKS on Friday and Saturday with fishing experts on hand to demonstrate the latest ice fishing equipment. For more information, dial (218) 773-0282.
Ward Park in FAIRMONT will be the starting point for Fairmont Glows on Friday with a parade and the lighting of two city parks for the holiday season. To learn more, dial (507) 235-5547.
GRAND MARAIS will be the site of A Christmas Parade And Visit From Santa on Tuesday with a holiday parade, a social at the Senior Center and a chance to have your picture taken with Santa. To find out more, contact the Grand Marais Area Visitors Bureau at (888) 922-5000.
GRAND RAPIDS will present The Festival Of Trees from Friday, Nov. 23, through Monday, Nov. 26. Featured will be uniquely decorated trees and children's day Nov. 24 with sleigh rides and a craft fair. To learn more, dial (800) 450-4555.
HARMONY and surrounding area businesses will be the site of a Holiday Fest from Friday through Sunday. Featured will be holiday decorations, the lighting of the tree and gazebo in Selvig Park, as well as ethnic food demonstrations and a visit from St. Nicholas. To learn more, dial (800) 288-7153.
Twas The Lights Before Christmas Parade will be held along Main Street in INTERNATIONAL FALLS on Friday, Nov. 23. Kick off the holiday season with a parade filled with floats, bands and ice shanties. After the parade there will be cookies and hot chocolate, as well as dog sled rides in Smokey Bear Park. For more information, dial (800) 325-5766.
Razzle Dazzle Holiday Event will be held along Main Street in MADELIA on Friday. Beginning at 5 p.m., decorated downtown businesses will be lit, followed by Razzle Dazzle Light parade. There will be cider, food, entertainment and carolers, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. For further information, dial (888) 941-7283.
The American Swedish Institute in MINNEAPOLIS will present Christmas Fairs on Saturday. This annual event includes a Swedish bakery featuring several types of cookies, as well as crafts and gifts made by volunteer members of the institute. To find out more, dial (612) 871-4907.
Christmas By Candlelight will be offered in downtown REDWOOD FALLS on Friday-Sunday. This nostalgic holiday event kicks off the holiday season with hundreds of luminaries, horse-drawn sleigh rides, strolling carolers, entertainment, Christmas goodies and in-store specials. There will be various other activities throughout the weekend, including game time with Santa, a school play and a holiday tour of houses. To find out more, dial (800) 657-7070.
Friday through Sunday, the Mayowood Mansion in ROCHESTER will be the site of Christmas At The Historic Mayowood with tours of the historic mansion all decked out for the holidays. For more information, dial (507) 282-9447.
A Festival of Trees will be offered at the Mayo Civic Center in ROCHESTER on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 & 25, with a large display of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, as well as lights, music and a craft boutique. For further information, dial (507) 289-8683.
Downtown ST. PETER will be the site of a Winter Wonderland on Wednesday to kick off the holiday season in historic downtown St. Peter. Highlights will include a parade at 5 p.m., a variety of foods, holiday lights and decorations outlining downtown buildings and more. This will be the first event of its kind since the 1998 tornado destruction. To learn more, dial (800) 473-3404.
Weekday Holiday Tours will be offered at the Alexander Ramsey House in ST. PAUL each Tuesday through Friday through Dec. 28, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. The house will be filled with the aroma of holiday baking on a wood-burning stove, and this lovely Victorian home will be full of Christmas decorations, as well as Ramsey family heirlooms and fresh poinsettias. And Weekend Holiday Tours, beginning Friday, Nov. 23, will run Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 30. Additional highlights will include vignettes of life at the Ramsey House, as well as Victorian-style ornaments, Christmas decorations and holiday books at the Carriage House gift shop. Tours leave on the hour and reservations are required. For further information, dial (651) 296-8760.
Historic Murphy's Landing in SHAKOPEE will be the site of Folkways Of The Holidays on Friday, Nov. 23, and then each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23. Featured will be award-winning re-creations of the holiday traditions of various 1800s ethnic and religious communities of the Minnesota River Valley, with traditional music, dance, games and festivities. To find out more, dial 952/445-6901 or contact the city of Shakopee at (800) 574-2150.
A Lighting Festival will be offered in TAYLORS FALLS on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 23-25. Nov. 23, festivities will kick off with the Grand Lighting, and parade with Santa Claus. On Nov. 24 and 25, houses all decorated for Christmas will be open to guests, with horse-drawn wagon rides, a holiday booya, craft fairs, winter hikes and other entertainment. To learn more, dial (651) 257-3550 or (800) 447-4958.
The City Auditorium in THIEF RIVER FALLS will be the site of a Holiday Fair on Saturday with numerous booths selling holiday crafts and special items at this juried show. To learn more, dial (800) 827-1629.
The Bluff Valley Campground in ZUMBRO FALLS will be the site of an Amazin' Lights Maze, daily through Nov. 25. Featured at North America's first Autumn Season Drive-Thru Light Tour & Lite Maze is a one-mile driving tour with 410 light displays, 11 theme areas, 155 animated displays, nightly live entertainment and dinner buffet, park & play activities, Night Light Mini-Golf, Night Light Driving Range, wagon tours and more. For further information, dial (800) 226-7282.
And, just some of the upcoming concerts & performances will include: A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul each Saturday through Dec. 1; MAMMA MIA at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, through Dec. 4; THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, through Nov. 25; JAZZ DANCE at the O'Shaghnessy Auditorium in St. Paul, Friday-Sunday; THE HONEY DOGS at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Saturday; BETTER THAN EZRA at the Quest Club in downtown Minneapolis, Monday; SOUL ASYLUM at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Wednesday; THE CITY CHILDREN'S NUTCRACKER at the Historic State Theatre in Minneapolis, Nov. 23-25; TAB BENOIT at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, Nov. 24; DISNEY ON ICE-BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Target Center, Nov. 28-Dec. 2; HOOTY & THE BLOWFISH at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, Nov. 28; BRITNEY SPEARS at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Nov. 29; HARRY CONNICK JR. at the Historic State Theatre, Nov. 29; JOHN HIATT at the O'Shaghnessy Auditorium in St. Paul, Nov. 29; LUCIANO PAVAROTTI at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Nov. 30; SONIA DADA at the Fine Line Music Cafe, Nov. 30; SUZANNE VEGA at the O'Shaghnessy Auditorium in St. Paul, Dec. 6; THE JAYHAWKS at First Avenue, Dec. 21; THE GLOBETROTTERS at the Target Center, Dec. 29.
For further information on any of these performances, contact TICKETMASTER at (612) 989-5151.
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