The Minneapolis holiday tradition Holidazzle returns to Loring Park on Friday, November 29 for four weekends of community festivities. This year’s Holidazzle adds new programming and offerings to the favorite weekly activities enjoyed annually at Holidazzle, offering a free outing filled with activities and holiday cheer for all ages and abilities.
Thursdays – Sundays, November 29 – December 22
Thursdays from 5 pm – 9 pm | Fridays from 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturdays from 11 am – 10 pm | Sundays from 11 am – 7 pm
Loring Park | holidazzle.com | Free & open to the public
“Holidazzle welcomes you and yours to Loring Park to celebrate the holiday season and create memories in our downtown Minneapolis community,” said Leah Wong, vice president of external relations, mpls downtown council. “There is a great lineup of activities to enjoy, and each weekend will include different festivities and shopping opportunities making each visit unique and special.”
This year’s Holidazzle presents a number of new things to see and do:
Lampworking Style Glass blowing demonstrations each Friday from 5-10 pm
Story time sessions featuring authors and Santa on Saturdays and Sundays
Local adoptable rescue animal visits on Saturdays and Sundays
Pop-up ice rink skating performances
Most Epic Dog Day featuring events & giveaways on Sunday, Dec. 8
Yeti Day giveaways on Sunday, Dec. 15
Expanded Holidazzle Kids Zone presented by U.S. Bank
Introduction of the new Yeti illuminated interactive art installation
Cooking demos featuring the talented Minneapolis culinary scene
New food vendors featuring a variety of styles, tastes, and options (including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free). Exclusive items on Thursdays & Sundays only.
Added offerings from Fulton Beer (the exclusive “Small Talk Stout” Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, as well as “Goodwill Gold” Golden Lager and Lime seltzer) and Sociable Cider Werks Candy Apple cold beverage
The Wandering Mug coffee, lattes and hot chocolate
Mpls Craft Market, hosting makers daily at Holidazzle, providing a rotating mix of holiday shopping options each weekend in addition to nine flagship, full-run Holidazzle gift vendors
Plus, annual favorites returning to this year’s Holidazzle include:
Holidazzle Fireworks presented by Xcel Energy (Nov. 29, Dec. 7, 14, 21 at 7 pm)
Meet Santa and take photos for free during all Holidazzle hours
Eight Holidazzle Movie Nights presented by Metro by T-Mobile (featuring Elf, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, The Grinch , Miracle, Polar Express, Smallfoot and Christmas with the Kranks)
Free skating with complimentary skates available at Mpls WinterSkate
Local Musical Performances
Bonfires & Warming Houses
The Thwing, an interactive multi-person swing
Photo and Instagram opportunities inside giant snow globes
Alpacas from The Abbey Alpacas on site each Sunday
Silent disco skating on Thursday nights
SolSta Vinyl Night in Fulton Beer Garden on Thursday nights
Drag Queen Bingo at the Fulton Beer Garden on the final Friday nights (Dec. 6, 13, 20)
Exclusive Holidazzle brunch each Sunday
Visit the Holidazzle schedule page for details: www.holidazzle.com/schedule
Holidazzle offers an incredible assortment of on-site prepared food and beverages representing Minnesota’s culinary scene, including limited time items: the exclusive Holidazzle sausage (featuring wild rice and cranberries) from Kramarczuk’s, two new Fulton Beers including a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout called Small Talk Stout and Golden Lager called Goodwill Gold, and Sociable Cider Werks’ Fat Bike hot mulled apple cider and a cold Candy Apple cider released first at Holidazzle. Other food offerings in the lineup include:
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
Heavenly Feast Bar-B-Que*
K-Town Street Foods
Poffertjes (The Littlest Pancake)
Root to Rise Kitchen*
Twin Cities Paella
* – New vendors for 2019
Complementing the prepared food and beverages, Holidazzle will have an assortment of shopping options including clothing, accessories, ornaments, craft artwork, syrups and more.
The Abbey Alpacas
The Beer Dabbler
Three Rivers Farms
North Shore Apparel MN/Martin’s
The Mpls Craft Market will also be bringing makers each day to Holidazzle. Their space will be packed full of local artists and makers selling handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, woodwork, home decor, prints, fiber art and more. The lineup of artists will be different each day, so visit us throughout the weekend and you’ll always find something new. For daily updates on the full listing of Mpls Craft Market makers, visit Holidazzle.com..
Also, of note: lighting and ambiance will be part of the Holidazzle experience, including twinkle lights within Loring Park, and a new illuminated interactive art Yeti exhibit by Christopher Lutter-Gardella, who created the Wolf and Moose found exclusively at Holidazzle from 2016-2018.
Exclusive food items on select days include Thursday Night Bites (including Fresco’s Foods’ beer braised beef pie, Heavenly Feast Bar-B-Que’s burnt mac & cheese with pork or beef, Root To Rise’s butternut squash & cashew ricotta fried veggrolls with maple cream dipping sauce and more) and Sunday Brunch (including K-Town Street Foods’ breakfast burrito, iPierogi’s beer soup, Fresco’s Foods’ sausage gravy and egg pie and more). Pair your brunch offerings with a Mimosa from Sociable Cider Werks or a Bloody Beer at Fulton Beer.
When planning a trip to Holidazzle, visitors can enjoy Free Ride Nights courtesy of Metro Transit each Saturday throughout the run. Get there by bus or light rail with a free-ride pass, which can be downloaded at Holidazzle.com. Print or digitally show your pass for each passenger to enjoy your free ride. The free-ride pass is good from 10 am-11 pm each Saturday from Nov. 30 through Dec. 21.
Other arrival opportunities include parking for $5 or less during all Holidazzle hours at Minneapolis College’s parking ramp (1420 Hennepin Avenue). A drop-off and pick-up location will be available on the corner of Yale Place and Willow Street includes Uber and Lyft zones, and ADA-accessible parking spots are available along Willow Street.
For more information on Holidazzle scheduling, vendors and entertainment, visit www.holidazzle.com and follow along on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Holidazzle. While at the event, patrons are also encouraged to use Holidazzle’s Snapchat filter. Holidazzle imagery can be found at www.holidazzle.com/media.