Holiday & Winter Events in the Neighborhood

Compiled by Kathy Henderson

There are plenty of opportunities this month to shop local, enjoy holiday entertainment, savor festive treats and appreciate the season with friends and family. Browse all of the following happenings:


Dec. 4
Community Carol Sing-Along
Centennial United Methodist Church, 1524 County Road C2 W., Roseville
Sing-along with the Roseville String Ensemble. Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7-8
Christmas Together
Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave.

Steven C will perform his annual concert as a part of the Cathedral Christmas Festival. Proceeds will go towards ongoing Cathedral restoration and preservation projects. Thursday-Friday, 7 to 9:30 p.m. $10.

Dec. 8-10
Concordia University Christmas Concert
Buetow Music Center Auditorium, 300 Hamline Ave N.

A festival service featuring the choral and instrumental ensembles of Concordia University-St. Paul. Friday, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free, reserve tickets at

Dec. 10
Lucia Celebration concert
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

A concert featuring the youthful voices of the ASI Lucia Choir singing traditional music. Sunday, 1 and 3 p.m. $25-$20.

Dec. 11
Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra holiday concert
SAP Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave.
Community orchestra. Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. 651-645-0371.

Dec. 13
Star of the North Concert Band holiday concert
Landmark Center, 75 5th St. W.

The band of over fifty musicians performs a festive holiday concert. Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free.

Dec. 14
Holiday Sing-Along with Dan Chouinard
St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave.

Join Twin Cities-based pianist, accordionist, storyteller and vocalist Dan Chouinard for a holiday sing-along at the library’s Second Thursday Forum on Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No registration required. For a Zoom link to the program, contact:

Dec. 15-17
Celtic Holiday Hooley
Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave. N.

Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling and more. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1 and 6 p.m. $36-Free. Reservations recommended,

Dec. 18
Community Sing-Along with Dan Chouinard and Ann Reed
Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave.

The monthly St. Anthony Park sing-along, 7 p.m.


Dec. 1-2
Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St. W.

Find beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items sold by area artists, plus music and treats. Featuring over 60 vendors. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5/Under 12 free.

Dec. 1-2
Horse Crazy Holiday Market
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Warner Coliseum

Equine-theme marketplace. Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; donations accepted.

Dec. 1-3
Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival
American-Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Scandinavian marketplace. Friday preview party, 6-8 p.m., $30-$25; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., reserve half-hour time, $18-$15.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17
European Christmas Market
Union Depot, 240 Kellogg Blvd. E.

Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of an authentic European Christmas Market while supporting local crafters and artisans who are selling unique, handmade holiday gifts and delicious European and festive foods. Dec. 1 and 8, 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Dec. 3, 10, and 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission.

Dec. 2
Holiday Bazaar
St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave.

Handmade and heartfelt gifts and gourmet baked items. Egg coffee and cookies available all day. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 2-3
Holiday Craft Fair
Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive

More than 50 crafters on two levels. Free coffee and cookies plus a special Hot Cocoa Station sponsored by PNC Bank, Roseville. The Holiday Craft Fair is put on by volunteers from the Harriet Alexander Nature Center, and all vendor fees go to support environmental education programs. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Dec. 7-9
Cathedral Christmas Festival
239 Selby Ave.

Festively decorated European-styled outdoor Christmas Market in the Cathedral Courtyard. The festival will feature delicious warm food, drinks, and unique gifts for sale. Thursday-Saturday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Free admission.

Dec. 16-17
Minnesota Merry Market
Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Warner Coliseum

A brand-new holiday market featuring over 70 local artists and makers, enjoy food, and fun family activities. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And Much More

Dec. 2
Cookies & Cocoa with Kris Kringle
Cedarholm Community Building, 2323 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville

Bring your camera and capture a holiday photo of the kids (ages 2-10) with Santa. Enjoy hot cocoa and create your own holiday cookies and crafts. Parents must accompany children throughout the event. Saturday, Session I, 9 to 10:15 a.m., or Session II, 10:45 a.m. to noon. $12 per person. Pre-register in person, by phone at 651-792-7110 or online at

Dec. 2
Tree lighting, crafts, movie
75 W. Fifth St.

Saturday activities include: Winter Carnival button revealed, 5 p.m.; holiday musical performance by The Mistletones, free cider, photo ops, craft stations and lightup wand giveaway for kids, 5:30 p.m.; tree lighting, holiday sing-a-long, fireworks, 7 p.m.; Elf movie viewing, 7:30 p.m. Free admission. Refreshments at various prices.

Dec. 2-3
Christmas in Germany
Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave.

German holiday traditions with food and drink, local vendors and fun activities for all ages. An outdoor food market will have beer, hot mulled wine, bratwurst and German cake. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission, refreshments at various prices.

Dec. 9
Holiday Bake Sale
Union Depot, 214 Fourth St. E.

Annual sale with local bakeries and food vendors and live entertainment. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments at various prices.

Dec. 10
Pictures with Santa photo op
Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive

A holiday “Artist, Photographer & Family Photo Morning” featuring Santa. Guests are welcome to bring in their own camera and find the perfect spot for a photo. Sunday, 8 to 10 a.m. $5 per person. Advance, online reservations required.

Dec. 10
Santa’s Workshop
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St. W.

Get a free photo with Santa and stay for games and listening to an engaging story teller reading classic children’s Christmas stories, all within a festive holiday setting. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Free admission.

Dec. 14
Winter Wonderland
North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N.

Winter-themed activities for youth under the age of 12 along with a special visit from Santa. Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. Free. No registration needed.

Dec. 20
Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service
St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Ave.

A special service to provide a time and place of solace during the often frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. Wednesday, 7 to 8 p.m. 651-645-0371

Dec. 20
Winter Solstice
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Mark the shortest day and longest night of the year with tours of the Turnblad mansion and special festival menu and warm glögg (Swedish mulled wine) available for purchase. Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., register for time entry. $18-$6.

Dec. 21
Festival of Lights
Alden Square Park, 1169 Gibbs Ave.

Join the Neighbors of Alden Square in celebrating their Festival of Lights. Bring an ice lantern or luminaria to Alden Square at 5 p.m. and the lanterns will be lit during the evening. All neighbors are invited to walk through the park during the evening, whether they bring a lantern or not. The Neighbors of Alden Square will gather again at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 to sing “Auld Lang Syne.”

Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve on Ice
Roseville Skating Center, 2661 Civic Center Drive

Skate indoors in the arena or outdoors on the oval on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. Face painting, 4 to 6 p.m.; magic show, 6 to 6:45 p.m.; photo buttons, 7 to 9 p.m. Admission, $10. Limited skate rental, $5. 651-792-7007.

Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Noon Year’s Confetti Dance Party
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive

A family event to ring in the “Zoo year” that’s so fun, they’re doing it twice. A countdown to noon, when colorful biodegradable confetti will rain down. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

Ongoing December Events

Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club Tree Sale

Falcon Heights Community Park, 2050 Roselawn Ave.

The Lions Club annual Christmas tree sale starts on Nov. 24 and lasts until trees sell out. Note: The supply has sold out in as little as eight days in the past. Proceeds go to support, among other things, local block nurse programs. Weekdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.

Hill House Holidays

240 Summit Ave.

Experience Christmas, 1910—both upstairs and downstairs—in the Summit Avenue mansion of railroad titan James J. Hill. Admission includes self-guided access to holiday-themed exhibits and a 60-minute guided tour highlighting holiday stories and memories from both the Hill family and their staff. Thursdays-Sundays, Dec. 1-31, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tours start every half-hour based on availability throughout the season. $20-free. Reservations

Holiday Flower Show

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive

The Holiday Flower Show opens on Dec. 2 and continues through Jan. 7, 2024. Poinsettias accompanied by flowers and tropical foliage fill the Sunken Garden with warmth and light. Regular hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A voluntary donation of $4 for an adult and $2 for a child is appreciated, which helps care for plants and animals.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum: Night Trains

688 Transfer Road., Suite 8

Holiday decorated model trains will run through the holiday season on Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Santa visits Dec. 16 and 23. Holiday bonus nights Dec. 18, 20, 22, 26 and 29. Admission tickets available in two-hour time blocks: $15 per guest, children 4 and under are free. Family rates available. While the Christmas decorations will be removed in January, Night Trains will run through February. 

Kathy Henderson lives in St. Paul and is a freelance writer for the Bugle.

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