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Your Guide To Fun In The Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area

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How to Make the Most of Winter

Courtesy of Explore Minnesota

Winter in Minnesota is the perfect time of year to get together with loved ones, embrace old traditions or even start some new ones. Here are just a few of the many ways to make the most of this special season.

A hallmark of the holiday season in Germany and Austria, holiday markets — called Christkindl markts — have made their way to Minnesota. Holidazzle will take place in Loring Park again this year and will feature more than 40 vendors selling ornaments, candles and other handcrafted gifts, as well as mulled wine and brats. Other highlights include fireworks, Santa visits, holiday movie screenings and free ice skating. The destination is open Thursdays-Sundays from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 and is free to attend.

Guthrie Christmas Carol

Guthrie Christmas Carol

Holiday plays and performances are a tradition for many families this time of year. Festive favorites include “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theater and Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.

At the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul, “Sportsology” makes learning about the body in motion fun, and “Rocky Mountain Express” is featured in the Omnitheater. Open through late April 2018, the “Renewing What They Gave Us: Native American Artists in Residence” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center features original beadwork, birch bark and textile artworks by five contemporary American Indian artists. While you’re downtown, be sure to stop by Rice Park to see the ice sculptures and live entertainment as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

Other museums worth a winter visit include the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which recently debuted a new entrance and restaurant as part of its major renovation project.

Lazy rivers and splash pads aren’t just for the summer months. Several Minneapolis-Saint Paul area water parks can be found indoors, offering a tropical escape no matter the weather.

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark

Plan your stay and visit one of the indoor waterparks in the area:

Great River Water Park in Saint Paul

Safari Island in Waconia

AmericInn Splash Bay Adventure in Shakopee

There’s even a waterpark right by Mall of America. If you are staying overnight, the Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect place to take a dip after completing all your holiday shopping.

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