31 can’t miss events in Minnesota this July

Not much gets better than July in Minnesota! There’s plenty to do with long summer nights. Bonus: you don’t have to spend 20 minutes putting on a parka and scraping ice off your windshield!

I compiled a list of events happening around the state. Many are your suggestions! Is there one I forgot? Let me know! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Happy summer!

  1. July and fireworks go hand in hand. Here are Minnesota cities with great 4th of July shows:
  2. Check out a good ol’ fashioned community festival:
  3. Sing with the Twin Cities Beer Choir. The concept is simple and quite fun. The group gathers as a brewery, bar or restaurant and hand out “hymnals” to attendees. The music are melodies you are familiar with, but the words are switched out to involve drinking beer. Many Twin Cities Beer Choir participants are alumni from those really good Minnesota Lutheran college choirs, so as a group, they sound quite good. It’s a very lighthearted time. Their July meetup takes place at Spring Cafe, located at the Como Lakeside Pavilion in Saint Paul. (July 3)
  4. The PGA Tour stops in Minnesota with the brand new 3M Open. The field has yet to be announced when this list was published, but Phil Mickelson has already announced he will play. Tournament play takes place July 4-7, but festivities go all week at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. (July 1-7)
  5. Head down to the Mississippi River in Northeast Minneapolis to watch a Twin Cities River Rats show. Every Thursday night, this ski team puts on a free show filled with stunts, jumps and pyramids all on the water. They do have a show on the 4th of July, which is followed by fireworks. They also have a bonus performance on Friday, July 5th. They’re super family-friendly. Bring a blanket! (July 4, 11, 18 and 25)
  6. Little Mekong is the Asian business and cultural district in Saint Paul. It runs along University Avenue between Mackubin and Galtier Streets. At the tail end of the 4th of July weekend, businesses in the area hold the Little Mekong Night Market, which is a huge street festival with really good food,  unique shopping and lots of entertainment. It’s inspired by the night markets you would find in southeast Asia. It runs from 5-10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. (July 6-7)
  7. The Minnesota Orchestra starts their annual Sommerfest concert series by performing the soundtrack to the Disney Pixar movie, “Coco.” Sommerfest 2019 has a Latin American theme, with concerts throughout the month of July. It should also mark the expected debut of the new Peavey Plaza, the public park space next to Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. (July 6-7)
  8. If you can’t wait for the Minnesota State Fair to start, check out the Ramsey County Fair in Maplewood. Admission is free. (July 10-14)
  9. There’s no need to head west to catch a classic rodeo! The town of Hamel is just west of Plymouth and since 1981, has hosted a rodeo with barrel racing, steer wrestling and more. More impressive: the Hamel Rodeo is operated by 5 non-profit groups; the large event doesn’t have a single paid staff member. (July 11 – 14)
  10. Kacey Musgraves, Semisonic, Jason Mraz and Hanson headline the Basilica Block Party in Minneapolis. The two-night outdoor concert first started in 1995 to raise money for the Basilica of St. Mary. (July 12-13)
  11. A spot featuring one of the best meat raffles in the Minnesota is hosting a parking lot fish fry. Stop by Bull’s Horn in south Minneapolis on July 13 for a fishing tournament, music, drinks, and of course, fried fish.
  12. Celebrate French independence, Bastille Day, on either side of the Mississippi River. In Minneapolis, Barbette hosts its annual block party from 2-9 pm. In Saint Paul, Alliance Francaise and Meritage host an outdoor family-friendly celebration outside of Landmark Center from 12-6 pm. (July 14)
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      Cafe Lurcat in Minneapolis is one of more than 50 restaurants participating in MplsSt.Paul Magazine’s Restaurant Week July 14-19.
  13. Enjoy $10-25 lunches and $15-35 dinners at some great Twin Cities restaurants during MplsSt.Paul Magazine’s Restaurant Week. Over 50 spots are participating. My personal favorites include 4 Bells, Cafe Lurcat, Corner Table, FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, The Freehouse, Holman’s Table and Lela. (July 14-19)
  14. The Minneapolis Movies in the Park series continues all month with free films shown at parks across the city. Stop by the Nicollet Island Pavilion on Monday, July 15 for “Free Solo,” a National Geographic documentary following Alex Honnold as he attempts to climb El Capitan at Yosemite National Park without any ropes. I recently saw it and it’s riveting.
  15. Once a month, The Spring Street Tavern in Northeast Minneapolis hosts Pundamonium, a pun slam competition. Those who think they are punny are welcome to show off their skills. Participants are selected first come, first serve. The five judges are pre-selected members of the audience. (July 17)
  16. Italian restaurant, Pazzaluna hosts its annual Wheels of Italy street party in downtown Saint Paul on Thursday, July 18. Stop by to see some of the finest street cars along with live music. The car show is free to attend.
  17. Twin Cities Summer Jam at Canterbury Park in Shakopee features three days of big names in music: Tim McGraw, Aerosmith, Pitbull, REO Speedwagon, Soul Asylum, and others. (July 18 – 20)
  18. People from around the Twin Cities will make their way to the Rondo neighborhood of Saint Paul for the Rondo Days Festival and Parade on Saturday, July 20. The parade begins at 10 am with the festival running from 12-7 pm.
  19. Enjoy Celtic music, Highland dance and a bag pipe band competition during the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games at Central Park in Eagan. (July 19-20)
  20. Minnesota Monthly hosts its Fine Spirits Classic inside Orchestra Hall. Sample cocktails from the best mixologists in the state. (July 24)
  21. Competitive eater Joey Chestnut will be at The Great Midwest Rib Fest at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake. His mission: to eat more than 13.76 pounds of pork meat in 12 minutes. The three day festival is free to attend and also includes performances by Gretchen Wilson and Sugar Ray. (July 25-27)
  22. The iconic Porky’s drive-in diner in Saint Paul has a new home in Hastings. It’s a part of the Little Log House Pioneer Village, a collection of historic buildings which are restored to make it feel like you are stepping back in time. The village is open to the public one weekend a year. Stop by the last full weekend of July for the Little Log House Antique Power Show, which allows you to walk through the Village. This year, they welcome artifacts from the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage Grove. (July 26-28)
  23. The British choral group, Libera, is astonishing. Boys range in age from seven to 16 and members are from schools throughout London. They tour internationally and are visiting Saint Paul once again. I had the privilege of hearing them the last time they were in Minnesota and I just wanted to melt in my seat. The venue is ideal, too: the gorgeous Cathedral of Saint Paul. (July 26)
  24. Fitness studio Alchemy 365 is taking over the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and will offer a free class as part of the Minneapolis Aquatennial festivities. All fitness levels all welcome, just bring your own yoga mat. Check in begins at 5 pm with the class starting at 6:00. (July 26)
  25. Watch (or walk in) a parade of dogs in northeast Minneapolis. The gathering point is right on the shores of the Mississippi at St. Anthony Main. (July 26)
  26. Say ‘ooh, ahh’ at one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. The Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks display start promptly at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. The best viewpoint is near the Guthrie Theater.
  27. The Loring Park Art Festival in Minneapolis features 140 juried artists in a beautiful setting. (July 27-28)
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  28. Avoid downtown Minneapolis traffic by taking a water taxi! That’s right, the Minneapolis Water Taxi is a solar powered boat and is currently privately operated, meaning that you can book it for your group of friends for an intimate ride down the Mississippi River. The Water Taxi can fit two to six people and does private events for up to one hour. It goes from 10 am to 10 pm.
  29. Rent a Lime or Spin scooter for a ride. They’re very simple to use and their max speeds only get to 15 MPH, so it’s hard to lose control. Pro tip: find someone who has already rented the scooters to refer you before you download the app. That way, you both get a free credit!
  30. Be in control of how much beer you want to sample. Stop by the new First Draft Taproom & Kitchen near Target Field in Minneapolis. They have over 50 beers, wines, ciders and kombucha on tap. You get to control how much you would like. If you’re curious, the average pour is about 5 ounces.
  31. Make sure you dine al fresco. Watch my Twin Cities Live segment featuring the 5 best restaurant, brewery and winery patios in Minnesota!Also on Give Me the Mike: Best places to play bingo in Minnesota

Is there something I missed? Please let me know!



A Minnesota holiday lights display guide, 2018 edition

Looking for the 2019 guide? Click here

‘Tis the season for holiday light displays! Check out this roundup of displays around Minnesota.

Many other websites have outdated information — don’t trust them! The listings below are accurate for 2018 and nearly every single listing has information submitted by the homeowner or organizer.

I was on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live on December 10th with a roundup of some of the best spots on this list. Take a look!

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Albert Lea

Carter Christmas Lights Show
1905 Brookside Drive
Albert Lea, MN 56007

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Courtesy: Carter Christmas Lights Show
  • November 17th – December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Tune in to 93.5 FM to hear the music that is synced up to the 34,000 LED lights on display
  • The Carter Christmas Lights Show is drawing awareness to Spruce Up Albert Lea, a $75,000 fundraising campaign to help update the city of Albert Lea’s holiday display — something that hasn’t been done over in 20 years
  • This display is just minutes away from Interstates 35 and 90, so if you’re traveling this holiday season, it’s easy to check out if you find yourself in southern Minnesota
  • Watch their 2018 light show on YouTube


Albertville Lights
5669 Large Avenue
Albertville, MN 55301


  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am Friday – Saturday)
  • Tune in on 89.1 FM to hear music that is synchronized to the lights. Don’t miss the singing Santa!
  • Albertville Lights includes more than 300 blow mold figurines and over 20,000 lights


Cairl Family Christmas Lights
2342 145th Avenue NW
Andover, MN 55304

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Courtesy: Cairl Family Christmas Lights via Facebook
  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 5th, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:30 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:30 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Tune into 99.1 FM to hear the music that goes along with the light show
  • Approximately 86,000 lights are included!
  • The Cairl family reminds you to make sure you turn off your headlights so you can really enjoy the display. Also, a friendly reminder to not park in or block any driveway in the neighborhood
  • The display raises awareness for Hope4Youth, a non-profit based in Anoka helping homeless young adults meet basic needs

Apple Valley

Lights on Flagstaff
13452 Flagstaff Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Courtesy: Lights on Flagstaff via Facebook
  • Thru December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:30 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • It will be hard to miss the 100 plus blow mold figurines!
  • Turn your radio to 87.9 FM for music synced up to the light show
  • This display raises awareness for lyme disease

Porter’s Holiday Light Show
13596 Hollins Court
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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Courtesy: Porter’s Holiday Light Show via Facebook
  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Tune your car radio to 89.9 FM to hear music that is synced to the light display
  • Features 16,000 lights


11395 Third Street
Becker, MN 55308

Courtesy: Joseph Rand
  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 11:00 pm
  • 50,000 lights!


Durrant Family Lights
1750 130th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449

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Courtesy: Durrant Family Lights via Facebook
  • November 23rd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tune in to special music on 87.9 FM from your car
  • Features 10,000 lights


SnoMutt Lights
1913 Waterford Circle
Chaska, MN 55318

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Courtesy: SnoMutt Lights via Facebook
  • December 7th – December 25th, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (6:30 – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 6:30 – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Make sure your radio is tuned to 87.9 FM when you drive by!
  • Includes approximately 15,000 pixels

Christmas on Crest
1561 Crest Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

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Christmas on Crest (submitted photo)
  • November 17th – December 26th, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (6:00 – 9:00 pm Monday – Thursday, 5:00 – 9:00 pm Friday – Sunday)
  • Tune your radios to 89.9 FM for music
  • If it isn’t windy outside, keep an eye out for a 20 foot inflatable nutcracker!

Winter Lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318

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Courtesy: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum via Facebook
  • Fridays thru Sundays until January 6th, 2019
  • Additional dates December 26th – 27th, December 31st and January 1st
  • 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Approximately 100,000 lights on 14 outdoor displays
  • This is a walking display; 90% is ADA accessible
  • New highlights include a s’more village — make 4 s’mores for $5
  • Stop by on Friday nights for wine tastings from Schram Vineyards
  • $15 admission if you are not a member of the Arboretum
  • Kids 15 and under are always free at the Arboretum!

Circle Pines

Barno Family Lights
4102 88th Lane NE
Circle Pines, MN 55014

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Courtesy: Barno Family Lights via Facebook
  • November 23rd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:30 – 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 – 11:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Around 10,000 lights
  • Raises money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House


Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound and Light Show
2725 Exhibition Drive
Duluth, MN 55811

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Courtesy: Exhibition Drive Holiday Sound and Light Show via Facebook
  • November 23rd – December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Don’t forget to tune your radio to hear the music! Look out for signs with the frequency
  • They have won Duluth’s lighting contests every year since 2012

The Great Glensheen Tacky Christmas Display
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN 55805

Courtesy: Glensheen via Facebook
  • November 23rd – December 31st, 2018
  • Friday and Saturday nights
  • Additional dates December 26th – December 31st, 2018
  • 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • The ‘tacky’ outdoor display is made of 62 snowmen, 8 bears, 3 beavers, 3 sharks, 2 foxes, 1 unicorn, 1 Santa band, 1 yeti and 1 elf car
  • Don’t forget to tour the inside of Glensheen! It’s decked out on the holidays and is open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

East Bethel

Enchanted Forest
1206 226th Avenue NE
East Bethel, MN 55005

  • December 1st, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • See 140 mold figurines and 4,000 lights!

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406 Sixth Street Court NE
Kasson, MN 55944

  • Thru January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tune in to 88.1 FM for music synced to these 32,000 lights
  • They are accepting donations for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Kasson Fire & Rescue
  • Kids can enter a coloring contest for the chance to win a new bicycle! Check out the front of the display for how to enter

Lake Elmo

Valley Lights at Rockpoint Church
5825 Kelvin Avenue N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

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Courtesy: Rockpoint Church via Facebook
  • Thru December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Check out this church sharing the Christmas story
  • Turn your car’s radio to 97.9 FM as you drive through the display of 100,000 lights
  • Free to attend


Trinity Christmas Lights
9118 161st Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044

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Courtesy: Trinity Christmas Lights via Facebook
  • December 1st – 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week starting at 6:00 pm, last show starts at 10:00 pm
  • Features approximately 10,000 LED pixels
  • This year’s theme is “A Nutcracker Christmas,” a modern interpretation of the traditional Nutcracker ballet
  • Tune in to 91.7 FM to hear music
  • Trinity Christmas Lights started in 2017

Lino Lakes

Holiday Lights on Cinnamon Teal Court
7188 Cinnamon Teal Court
Lino Lakes, MN 55014

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Courtesy: Michelle Gooder via Facebook
  • November 23rd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated
  • Includes 15,000 lights


Kiwanis Holiday Lights
903 Park Lane
Mankato, MN 56001

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Courtesy: Kiwanis Holiday Lights via Facebook
  • November 23rd – December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • 1.7 million lights are on display at Sibley Park in Mankato!
  • Turn your car radio to 97.3 FM as you enter the park; that station has music, Christmas trivia and information about the event
  • You can also walk through the display; speakers will play music
  • Once you enter the driving loop, switch over to 90.1 FM
  • Nearly 80 non-profit groups are involved in putting this event on each year
  • Non-perishable food and monetary donations are accepted and given back to the participating non-profits
  • Free to attend


University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE)
Civil Engineering Building
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Courtesy: College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • November 30th – December 1st and December 6th – 8th
  • November 30th at 5:30 pm, shows other days at 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30 pm
  • The 15 minute show features 250,000 LED lights set to music written by University of Minnesota students
  • Free hot chocolate on opening night!
  • An annual tradition now in its 8th year
  • Find directions and parking information here

House on Howard
2418 Howard Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

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Courtesy: House on Howard via Facebook
  • December 1st – 25th, 2018
  • Friday – Sunday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Lights will be other days as well, but hot chocolate and candy canes will be handed out Fridays – Sundays from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Santa makes an appearance on December 15th at 7:00 pm
  • Includes 10,000 lights


Mindy Lane Holiday Display
135 Mindy Lane
Montrose, MN 55363

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Courtesy: Mindy Lane Holiday Display via Facebook
  • November 24th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • 30,000 lights all aglow
  • Tune your radio to 105.9 FM to hear their music!
  • They are collecting new and gently used coloring and activity books which will be donated to Kruzin 4 Kids

New Hope

Larson’s Lights
3549 Ensign Avenue
New Hope, MN 55427

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Courtesy: Larson’s Lights via Facebook
  • November 23rd, 2018 – January 3rd, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Over 500,000 lights! That’s a lot
  • Listen to music synced with lights on 87.9 FM
  • You can also get updates on their Facebook page


PD Shimmers
4110 Juneau Road and 4320 Ithaca Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55446

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Courtesy: PD Shimmers
  • November 23rd – December 28th, 2018
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Ithaca, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Juneau)
  • PD Shimmers is a multi-block holiday light display drawing awareness to Parkinson’s
  • Over 60,000 lights are included — one for every American diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018
  • Organizer Mike Justak is battling Parkinson’s, and said 2017 would be his last year. However, neighbors stepped up to help plan this year’s display
  • Both areas will have synchronized shows to music on 97.9 FM
  • Check out their website to see the best way to navigate the neighborhood from your car

Joy of the Season
4810 Orchid Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55446

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Courtesy: Joy of the Season via Facebook
  • November 23rd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • Tune your car radio to 87.9 FM for music
  • Raises awareness for the Animal Humane Society

Prior Lake

Lights at the Cove
3490 Cove Point Circle NW
Prior Lake, MN 55372

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Courtesy: Lights at the Cove via Facebook
  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week
  • 15 minute shows begin at 5:00 pm, with a five minute break between shows (shows are at :00, :20 and :40 past the hour)
  • Last show is 9:40 pm Sunday – Thursday, 10:40 pm Friday – Saturday
  • As you enter the cul-de-sac, tune your radio to 89.1 FM

Saint Joseph

Morningside Loop Lights
802 Morningside Loop
Saint Joseph, MN 56374

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Courtesy: Morningside Loop Lights via Facebook
  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 9:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Lights synchronize to music you can tune in from your car
  • Features 50,000 lights

Saint Paul

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at Union Depot
214 4th Street East
St. Paul, MN 55101

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train rolls into Lowertown Saint Paul on Monday, December 10. Courtesy: Canadian-Pacific/Union Depot
  • The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop by Union Depot at 7:00 pm on Monday, December 10th
  • The event is free and open to the public
  • VIP tickets are $10 and provide a special viewing area nearest the stage
  • Better yet, thru December 2nd, you can enter to win 4 VIP tickets! Click here.
  • Those attending are encouraged to bring a heart-healthy non-perishable food donation for Keystone Community Services

Holiday Lights on York Avenue
1526 York Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

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Courtesy: Holiday Lights on York Avenue/Schultz Family Lights via Facebook
  • November 23rd – December 31st, 2018
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 10:00 pm
  • 65,000 lights span across houses along a block in Saint Paul, just north of 94
  • Drop off a donation for Merrick Community Services Food Shelf
  • Tune in to 91.5 FM for some tunes
  • Get updates on their Facebook page

Sleepy Eye

Sleepy Eye Holiday Lights
Sportsman’s Park (on Sleepy Eye Lake)
MN Highway 4
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085

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Courtesy: Sleepy Eye Holiday Lights
  • November 22nd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week, 5:00 – 10:00 pm daily
  • See 200,000 LED lights! Listen to music on 89.1 FM
  • Plan a trip for some of their special events:
    • Friday, November 23rd: horse and carriage rides
    • Saturday, November 24th: Santa!
    • Friday, December 7th – Sunday, December 9th: hay wagon rides
    • Friday, December 21st and Saturday, December 22nd: horse and carriage rides
  • Sleepy Eye holiday lights is a non-profit organization

White Bear Lake

Our Last Holiday Light Show
5590 West Bald Eagle Lake Blvd
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

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Courtesy: Our Last Holiday Light Show via Facebook
  • November 26th, 2018 – January 3rd, 2019
  • 7 nights a week from 5:00 – 11:00 pm
  • For the last few years, Our Last Holiday Lights Show said that year would be the last year they would put up lights. They tell me that 2018 is the finale. But that’s what they told me in 2017 🙂
  • This show is in its 37th year
  • The display on the shores of Bald Eagle Lake is quite popular and includes 200,000 lights


Holiday Lights of Woodbury
8846 Glacier Road
Woodbury, MN 55125

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Holiday Lights of Woodbury
  • November 23rd, 2018 – January 1st, 2019
  • 7 nights a week (5:00 – 10:00 pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 – 11:00 pm Friday – Saturday)
  • Turn your radio to 97.9 FM as you drive by
  • Boasts 13,000 lights

Crazy Light Display
7401 Wyndham Way
Woodbury, MN 55125

  • Thru December 25th, 2018 (possible extension through December 31st, 2018)
  • 7 night a week (Sunday – Thursday dusk – 9:00 pm, Friday – Saturday dusk – 10:00 pm)
  • Drive by to see 100 figurines and about 20,000 lights!

40 Ways to Holiday, Day 36: December 28

In 2017, there are exactly 40 days from Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day. And with the elimination of the eighth floor display at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis and Holiday Lights in the Park in Saint Paul, along with the disappointing change from tradition at Holidazzle, more people than ever are looking for new holiday activities. Enter “40 Ways to Holiday.” Each day between November 23 and January 1 will have at least one event worth checking out, along with plenty of giveaways along the way! Find the full list of days here.

Day 36: Thursday, December 28

Featured pick: Free indoor ice skating

Open Skate
It’s free to skate inside the Highland Arena in Saint Paul at Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights. Photo credit: Ramsey County

The Charles M. Schulz – Highland Arena in Saint Paul and the Vandais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights are open for free open skating today. Highland Arena is accessible from 3:15 – 5:15 p.m. In the north metro, hop on the ice at Vadnais Sports Center from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. If you don’t have skates, you’ll be able to rent them for $5. They’ll also sharpen your skates for $5.

Open skate in Ramsey County
Highland Arena in Saint Paul and Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights
Select dates through December 29
Free admission, skate rental $5

Other happenings

Inline Skating
It’s the last night for inline skating at U.S. Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis. Photo credit: U.S. Bank Stadium
  • Burn off the kids’ built-up energy with a trip to U.S. Bank Stadium. It’s the last night for inline skating. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. and family skate goes from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Athletic skating goes from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Learn more.