With winter and finals arriving at North Central, there is no better time to take a breather and enjoy the holiday cheer happening all over the cities.
Maybe the lack of snow is bringing you down or maybe you aren’t a fan of winter – wherever you are on the holiday season spectrum there are things to do. Plan a night out at one of these places and holiday cheer is sure to come your way.
Note: None of these involve being cold! You’re welcome.
- Holiday Lights in the Park: Grab some friends and pile in a car and drive through the winter holiday light displays in St.Paul. The park route has over 60 massive light sculptures. This is a great way to take in the holiday without freezing. Crank the heat in your car and enjoy the sparkling Christmas cheer.
Where: 1615 Phalen Drive East, in St. Paul
When: nightly until Jan. 1st 5-10pm
Cost: $10 per car, $8 per car if you pre-buy your tickets.
2. Holidazzle: Coming back even stronger than previous years, Holidazzle has more vendors than ever before. Stretching across Loring park, visitors can enjoy heated spots, interactive art, hot food stands, and of course, Santa Clause.
Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis
When: Weekends through the New Year
3. Macy’s 8th floor Christmas display: For over 50 years the Minneapolis Macy’s has been a holiday hotspot. Whip up some hot chocolate and walk downtown to check out the elaborate walk-through displays and get lost in the winter wonder that is Santaland. Immerse yourself in time and the Christmas spirit as you wander though the Santa’s workshop, Elf dorms, and Mrs. Clause’s kitchen.
Where: 700 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
When: 10am – 8pm daily until mid-December
4. Holiday Ball: hosted by Twin Cities Rebels Swing Dance Club the holiday ball will be a night of dancing, snacking, and surprises according to their announcement. Along with the cake and coffee being served, they encourage wearing your Christmas best.
Where: 6015 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis
When: 7 -10:30pm Dec. 18
Cost: $10 with student ID
- Wells Fargo WinterSkate: Bring your own ice skates or rent a pair. Located in St. Paul,the rink has amazing aesthetic and great energy being located in the heart of the city. Visiting the outdoor rink has been a tradition for many people over the winter season. Only closed on Christmas and New Years day and if the weather dips below -25, the Wells Fargo rink is the ideal place to rid yourself of winter blues.
Where: 5th Street & Washington Street, St. Paul
When: all winter, Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m
Cost: Free. $4 for skate rentals.
2. Red Bull Crashed Ice: This adrenaline-pumping event is back in Minnesota for the sixth year. Coined as “the fastest sport on skates” by Red Bull, Crashed Ice is sure be a highlight of your new year. The 2017 course is said to be around 1,600 ft. of glossy ice that wraps throughout downtown St. Paul with a drop of over 12 stories according the Crashed Ice official website. Gather with fellow adrenaline junkies outside of the St. Paul Cathedral to experience one of the nations fastest growing extreme sporting events.
Where: To be announced
When: February 3-4
Cost: To be announced
3. Winter Carnival: Located in Rice Park, the winter carnival is often the highlight of many people’s winters. With vendors, live entertainment and art the list of possibilities are endless. A highlight of the carnival is the ice sculptures, which include the ice thorn and an ice palace. Grab a hot beverage and some friends to wander through the carnival grounds. This is the ideal way to top off your winter.
Where: 109 4th St. W, Saint Paul
When: January 26 – February 5
4. Ice Castles: built from the ground up each year, the Ice Castles create a true winter wonderland. Put on some winter boots and trip down to Stillwater to catch some the most majestic structures. You are able to wander through the massive ice castle, and at night the ice is illuminated from within giving the whole place a multicolored glow that would be found in a fairy tail. It is well worth the trip, even if just for the great selfie.
Where: Stillwater, MN
When : Dec 26- March 4 Weekdays: 3pm-9pm Weekends 12pm-10pm