As residents will tell you, it's pretty much a sure thing up north, (and less so in the Twin Cities), with a statistically far lower opportunity for snow as you head south. The overall forecast calls for COLD, but that doesn't stop residents from enjoying the warm glow of the holidays.
Check out traditional Christmas celebrations planned in Minneapolis-St. Paul and elsewhere within the North Star State throughout the Christmas holiday season ....
DID YOU KNOW? Minnesota Christmas fun facts
Duluth is lit up like a Christmas tree at
the annual Bentlevyville Tour of Lights.
• Nathan Bentley's home holiday lights became so popular that the city of Duluth invited him to set up his "Bentleyville" display in Bayfront Festival Park in 2009. And the rest, as they say, is history. Today, the Bentleyville Tour of Lights is considered one of the top Christmas attractions in the Midwest.
• The holidays AND model trains? Yes, please! Kids of all ages will want to head to the Twin City Model Railroad Museum in St. Paul for the annual Night Train exhibit where the lights are turned down low to show off lighted vintage model trains, toot-tooting around a make believe town covered in snow.
• Take horse-drawn trolley ride back to the 19th century at Folkways of the Holidays at Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee featuring the holiday traditions of Europeans who helped settle frontier Minnesota. Cultures represented include Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, German, Jewish, French Canadian, and Irish.
More information about Christmas in Minnesota around the Web:
Merry Christmas from Minnesota
Christmas at Mall of America - The biggest mall in America is naturally big on holiday spectaculars. Check out the complete schedule as the holidays draw near.
Holidazzle - Check out the daily Minneapolis Christmas parade and choir perform at Nicollet Mall happening throughout the holiday season.
WinterSkate - Dust off your skates and head to downtown Saint Paul for this annual rite of winter with general information, opening hours and the full schedule.
Nutcracker Ballet - Minnesota - The giant list of Nutcracker
performances playing in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Stillwater, Rochester
and throughout the state with related links and contact details
at the American Swedish Institute - Find out what's happening
this Christmas featuring annual Minneapolis family fun - including choir performances,
craft activities and traditional Swedish holiday treats.
Christmas Events - Scroll down to see what's in store
in Duluth and surroundings with links and information for Winterfest,
the Snowflake Festival, Polar Express Train Ride, Nutcracker performances
and lots more.