The Twin Cities will dazzle you this holiday season with all of the twinkling light shows! You can either bundle up in your snow gear and walk through light shows, or stay warm and cozy by driving through! There are shows and festivals for everyone in the family!
Christmas in Color
WHEN: Now – January 2nd
WHERE: Valleyfair, 1 Valley Fair Drive, Shakopee MN 55379
Drive-through the animated light show at Valleyfair! Stay warm and dry while watching millions of lights dance to synchronized holiday music. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more!
Tickets are $35 per vehicle.
WHEN: Now – January 1st, on select nights
WHERE: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska MN 55318
Walk through the Arboretum gardens decked out in winter lights! Explore outdoor light displays, highlighting flowers, trees, and the beauty of nature, a .75-mile walking route! Stop by the s’mores village to warm up and roast marshmallows, grab dinner at The Eatery, open at 5pm daily, or visit the cash bar on the Oswald Visitor Center balcony for drinks and snacks! Need to finalize holiday shopping? Finish it off at the Gift and Garden Store and shop while listening to local music performers.
Tickets are $25 for non-members and children 15 and under are free.
GLOW Holiday Festival
WHEN: Now – January 1st
WHERE: CHS Field, 360 N Broadway Street, St. Paul MN 55101
Experience the magic of a winter wonderland! Wander through interactive light displays, meet Santa, navigate through the holiday maze, and more! Want to warm up? Stop by a campfire or power up the lights on the tremendous tree by riding the bright bikes! Enjoy holiday drinks and snacks at the many stations around the festival, and don’t forget to visit the GLOW gift shop filled with local goods!
Tickets: $20.75 for adults and $12.75 for children ages 4-12.
WHEN: Now – December 18th, Fridays-Sundays
WHERE: Loring Park, 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis MN 55403
A Minnesota Classic get-together! Features food, beverages, and shopping from local small businesses, amusement rides, roller skating, and photo-ops! Enjoy the many bonfires located throughout the park and visit Santa! Don’t miss the fireworks at 7:15pm every Saturday!
Festive Holiday Lights Tour
WHEN: All of December
WHERE: Pickup at Ridgedale Mall, 12401 Wayzata Boulevard, Minnetonka MN 55305
Ride in the comfort and warmth of a coach bus while viewing sparkling lights throughout the Twin Cities. With Santa at the wheel and sing-along music, it’s fun for the whole family! The bus provides 360° viewing, so you won’t miss any lights!
Kenny Armatage Holiday Light Tour
WHEN: December 9th – December 18th, 5-8pm
WHERE: Kenny / Armatage neighborhoods
Drive-through these two glowing neighborhoods on a self-guided tour of the holiday lights! The map of the lights will be available on December 8th, ready for you to map out your route! AND vote for your favorite lit-up house, free and open to all!
WHEN: Now-December 26th
WHERE: Bayfront Festival Park, 700 Railroad Street, Duluth MN 55802
Take a quick road trip to Duluth to view the Tour of Lights: Bentleyville! Walk-through over 5,000,000 lights on the shores of Lake Superior, a FREE event for the whole family! Stop by the cookie house for free cookies and hot cocoa, roast marshmallows, and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus!