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Looking for a family friendly alternative to Black Friday shopping? Look no further. Visit one of the many festive events on November 23rd, or search through our collection to find the perfect fit for you.

Choose your own Adventure

We’ve gathered thousands of kid-friendly places to go around Minnesota and surrounding states, ready for you to find in a quick & accessible way. Search by keyword, category or address and discover something fun near you! Click here to visit our search page, or choose one of our best of indoor and outdoor places to go.

  • Indoor Places for Early Risers – Rise and Shine! Do you feel like your children are wide awake and ready to go before most businesses are even open? You are not alone. Below are indoor places in the Twin Cities area that open before 10am. Now grab that cup of coffee and get moving!
  • Outdoor Winter Fun in Minnesota – Fresh snow on the ground, bright blue skies above, and that crisp, cool air in the lungs. It’s time to pull out the boots, mittens, and sunglasses… and enjoy one of Minnesota’s many wonderful outdoor winter activities.

Kid-Friendly In-Home Volunteer Opportunities

Let the Thanksgiving season continue one more day by staying in with the kids and volunteering from the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn about opportunities to make fleece blankets, create birthday in a bag kits, make people smile with cards and more.

November 23rd Events

Holidazzle Fireworks, Minneapolis MN
Enjoy fireworks as part of the opening ceremony of the Holidazzle

Hudson Light up the Night Hudson, WI
Santa arrives with Elves in town, music in the air, candy canes and much more. With a wave of his hand, Santa turns the dark of night into the festive glow of the holiday lights. A sparkling evening in Downtown Hudson for kids of all ages. Downtown Hudson, 7pm.

Forest Lake Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Forest Lake MN
Join us for The City’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!  Movies, Ice Sculpting Santa Claus, Performances and more.

Christkindlsmarkt, Excelsior MN
A celebration of the holiday season for the whole family. An open air market, puppet shows, face painting and more.

Light Up the Lake, Wayzata MN
Join the fun for Community Tree Lighting and festive activities, such as Santa’s reindeer, hot cocoa, s’mores, and candy cane hunt.

Lighting Festival, Taylors Falls
Craft show, bonfire, food, parade and lighting ceremony.

Christmas at the Fort, Alexandria MN (Runestone Museum)
Enjoy carolers, children’s choirs, Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cidar and music. At dusk Santa and Mrs. Claus flip the switch to light up the entire historic downtown district with lights.

Old Fashioned Christmas Stroll, Redwing MN
Pancake breakfast, caroling, lighted parade, cookie decorating, live penguins, Santa, horse drawn wagon rides and reindeer in Red Wing!

Here Comes Santa Claus, Rochester MN
The magical evening kicks-off with a thrilling rooftop rescue by the Rochester Fire Department.  Santa will make his dramatic rooftop landing and grand downtown debut.

Parade of Lights, New Ulm MN
60+ units, brightly lit with thousands of colored lights, travel along Minnesota Street from 4th South to 4th North.  The historic downtown is lined with real Christmas trees, and real garland hangs from above.

Click here for our full Christmas festival events, including longer running festivals.

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