Free fun alert!
Holidazzle is back in Loring Park in Minneapolis this year! It’s this weekend: Friday, December 17th – Sunday, December 19th, 2021. It’s a FREE and fun-for-the-whole-family event with seasonal entertainment, local foods and beverages, shopping, a ferris wheel. carousel rides, Santa visits, and FIREWORKS! (Yes, in December!)
Friday, December 17 5 – 9 p.m. Fireworks at 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 18 2 – 9 p.m. Fireworks at 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 19 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Santa Storytime at 11:45 a.m.
Parking is low-cost and nearby too:
Low Cost and Free Nearby Parking
Park at the ramp at Minneapolis College (1420 Hennepin Ave., entrance on Laurel Ave.). A parking fee of $5 will be charged on Friday until 8 p.m. After that and through the weekend, parking will be FREE!
Enjoy a Ferris Wheel, carousel, and giant slide!
In-Person Santa Visits
Santa will be at Holidazzle all weekend for socially distant wish-list listening and photos.
Who’s Yeti to party?
Yeti is! A Christopher Lutter-Gardella creation, stop by to bring this interactive and illuminated art installation to life – waving and dancing in the heart of Minneapolis.
Support Local Businesses
Holidazzle brings incredible local small businesses together for a fun shopping and gathering experience in mpls downtown. This year, you can find 30+ food and shopping options, including Holidazzle flagship vendors and a collection of fantastic local makers through the Minneapolis Craft Market. Find the full vendor list at holidazzle.com/vendors.
Holidazzle Foods & Beverages
Fair Favs – local cheese curds and sweet mini donut
Fulton Beer – Lonely Blonde, Sweet Child of Vine, Snow Emergency Stout, as well as Blood Orange and Citrus Ginger hard seltzers
Heavenly Feast Bar-B-Q – wood smoked ribs, pulled pork, chicken and traditional sides
Holidazzle’s special local hot cider
ipierogi – traditional Polish pierogis, stuffed cabbage, and crepes
Kramarczuk’s Sausages – German brats, Polish sausage, all-beef hot dogs, and a special Holidazzle sausage with cranberries and wild rice
KCM Eggrolls –jumbo egg rolls on a stick, cream cheese wontons, chicken dumplings, and gluten free avocado spring rolls
Roots to Rise – 100% plant-based and from scratch vegan fare
The Wandering Mug – hot chocolate, hot tea, hot coffee, chai lattes, and pumpkin spice hot chocolate
Shop Local Retail Entrepreneurs
More than 20 area businesses, from family farms to local artists, will display and sell a wide variety of goods that are sure to please everyone on your shopping list.
Enjoy the Talents of Fellow Twin Citians
Local performing groups will entertain the crowds each day, including Dan Rodriguez, Phil Thompson, U of M Drumline, Mike De’cole, the Minnesota Chorale, Community of Peace Academy Choir, Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Elves, MinnesoTAP and more. For a complete schedule, visit holidazzle.com/schedule/.
5 p.m. Singers from the Minnesota Chorale
5:45 p.m. Community of Peace Academy Choir
6:30 p.m. Dan Rodriguez
7 p.m. Holidazzle Fireworks
7:30 p.m. Sarah Morris and the Sometimes Elves
NEW: Cheer on a sensational A Capella sing-off
You will hear the holiday cheer at our Holidazzle A Capella Sing-Off! Join us on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. for an incredible showdown between Vocal-U A Capella and 7Days A Cappella—two University of Minnesota groups. They’ll be going head-to-head in three categories: Favorite song to perform, a Prince song, and a holiday song. The winning group, selected by audience vote on their phones, will receive the Holidazzle golden microphone trophy.
2 p.m. Ash St. John
3:15 p.m. Headline Dance
4 p.m. MinnesoTAP
5 p.m. 7 Days Acapella vs. Vocal U Acapella Sing-Off
6:15 p.m. The Avant Garde Presents: A Christmas Special with Mike De’Cole
7 p.m. Holidazzle Fireworks
7:10 p.m. UMN Drumline
7:30 p.m. Phil Thompson
NEW: The 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four Trophy
The most prestigious award given in women’s collegiate athletics, the NCAA Final Four Trophy, will be on display at Holidazzle on Saturday, December 18. Fans can take photos and pose with the iconic trophy, spin the prize wheel to win Women’s Final Four goodies, and register for a chance to win a special VIP Experience which includes 2 tickets to the Women’s Final Four taking place in Minneapolis April 1-3, 2022, a 4-night hotel stay and a $500 gift card.
It’s the perfect place to VanGogh this holiday season
Holidazzle is pleased to welcome the Immersive VanGogh exhibit to Loring Park during Holidazzle. Stop by on Saturday, December 18 from 2-9 p.m. and pick up a Holiday Sunflower with a promotional 20% discount card attached. Immersive VanGogh will be in Minneapolis through Feb. 27.
Chill out with Snowga and the YWCA Minneapolis
On Sunday at 11 a.m., bring your mat and join YWCA Minneapolis for outdoor yoga at Holidazzle. Enjoy this winter flow that moves with your breath to warm your body, mind, and spirit. Dress for the weather and add some seasonal bling. Ages 10 and up. No registration necessary.
Mini Yeti Giveaway
Stop by beginning at 11 a.m. and get a cozy souvenir of your time at Holidazzle – a mini Yeti! Simply take a photo with our 17-foot-tall Yeti and post it on social media using the hashtag #Holidazzle, then show us the post to get your free Yeti (while supplies last)
Mr. Claus will read “The Polar Express” at 11:45 a.m. at the Holidazzle Stage
2 p.m. Enchantments
2:45 p.m. Tiny Christmas Elves
4 p.m. St. Louis Park Choirs
For more information, please visit Holidazzle.com.