Holiday & Winter Events in the Neighborhood

By Christie Vogt

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 the happenings below.

Ongoing Events

Falcon Heights-Lauderdale Lions Club: Tree Sale

Falcon Heights Community Park, 2050 Roselawn Ave.

The Lions Club annual Christmas tree sale begins Nov. 26 and lasts until trees sell out. Note: The supply sold out in eight days last year. 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.

Dual Citizen Brewing Company: Winter Wonderland Beer Garden

725 Raymond Ave.

Through Jan. 31, patrons can enjoy a drink in Dual Citizen’s festive Winter Wonderland Beer Garden, a heated space adorned with 5,400 icicle lights and over 1,200 ornaments. The wonderland space is also available for private event bookings.

Twin City Model Railroad Museum: Night Trains

688 Transfer Road., Suite 8

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum decorates its collection of model trains for the holiday season. Open Saturdays through the end of February, with additional dates on Nov. 26, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21.

GLOW Holiday Festival

Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Now a walkthrough event, GLOW features light displays, rides, decorations, food, an ice palace and other festive activities. Open through Jan. 2.

Marjorie McNeely Holiday Flower Show

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive

From Dec. 4 through Jan. 9, visi­tors can view a holiday display featuring red, orange and yellow poinsettias, including several new varieties of the plant.

Events by dates

Nov. 26 and Dec. 11

Black Friday at The Black Market

The Lab, 767 N. Eustis St.

Shopping, food, entertainment and community connections can be found at this marketplace featuring Black, Indigenous and People of Color vendors on Friday, Nov. 26 from 2 to 7 p.m. The market will also be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Dec. 3-4

Horse Crazy Holiday Market

Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Warner Coliseum

The Horse Crazy Holiday Market gathers more than 100 vendors, artisans, makers and exhibitors featuring equine- and canine-themed goods, gifts and services on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 3-5

Blue House Boutique

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave.

The Blue House Boutique offers unique, handmade items, including knitwear, decor, food, jewelry and artwork. Proceeds benefit the Blue House, a charity serving children in Uganda. Early bird admission ($15) on Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., with free admission on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 4

Santa at Milton Square

2262 Como Ave.

Santa will light the tree in the Milton Square courtyard at 5 p.m.

Dec. 4-5

Holiday Craft Fair

Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center Drive.

Find handmade wares from more than 50 local crafters and artists on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

Dec. 5

Maker’s Market at Urban Growler Brewing Co.

2325 Endicott St.

Shop from 18 local vendors selling a variety of goods, including candles, jewelry, home decor, Belgian chocolates, pottery, house plants, holiday ornaments, aprons and prints from noon to 6 p.m.

Dec. 7

Senior Holiday Shopping & Sunset Stroll

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive

Adults ages 55 and up are invited to stroll the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory grounds and complete holiday shopping at the gift shop from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Dec. 10

Dinner with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

Langford Park Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park

Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for a spaghetti dinner, crafts and cookie decorating from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 651-298-5765 to register by Dec. 1.

Dec. 14

Winter Wonderland

North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 St. Albans St.

Kids will enjoy winter themed activities and a special visit from Santa from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dec. 18-19

Retro Vintage Holiday Market at Urban Growler Brewing Co.

2325 Endicott St.

Urban Growler will host a second market featuring vintage goods on Saturday, noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Dec. 20

Holiday ornament making

North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N.

Children and caregivers can create new ornaments together at four different craft stations from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Registration required in advance at stpaul.gov/parks.

Dec. 20

Candy Bouquet for Adults

North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N.

Learn how to make a candy bouquet using candy bars and boxes of ­candy—a great holiday gift idea—from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required in advance at stpaul.gov/parks.

Dec. 21-22

Craft ornament making

North Dale Recreation Center, 1414 St. Albans St. N.

Create two craft ornaments, one made of plaster and the other made of mystery materials from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required in advance at stpaul.gov/parks.

Dec. 22

Holiday ornament making

Northwest Como Recreation Center, 1550 N. Hamline Ave.

Make a unique keepsake or holiday gift at Northwest Como Recreation Center’s ornament-making party, for ages 6 to 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. Registration required in advance at stpaul.gov/parks.

Santa Bobble Art

Langford Park Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park

Young artists will use a variety of materials to sculpt a Santa Claus with a head that wobbles and bobbles, from 1 to 4 p.m. Registration required in advance at stpaul.gov/parks.

Dec. 22-23

Holiday art

Langford Park Recreation Center, 30 Langford Park

Kids ages 6 to 12 will have fun making holiday arts, crafts and ornaments from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Registration required in advance at stpaul.gov/parks.

Dec. 27-30

Winter Camp: Snow Day Science

Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., Falcon Heights

Third and fourth graders will explore the natural world as it freezes, including learning how to engineer a snow fort and identify tracks in the snow each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration at bellmuseum.umn.edu/events

Christie Vogt is a regular contributor to the Bugle.

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