Minnesota will guarantee you a white Christmas. Most other Christmas necessities, however, you'll have to provide yourself. Here's a guide to Christmas shopping, Christmas food, Christmas activities, Christmas trees, volunteering for the holidays, Holiday lights, and Holiday events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
We are blessed with the largest mall in the country, and plenty of other malls here too. Brave the Mall of America - which starts getting busier and busier from around Thanksgiving - or try one of the several other large malls located all around the Twin Cities.
For bargain Christmas shopping, try one of our local outlet malls, there are a handful a short drive out of the Twin Cities. And in town, there are several designer outlet stores in and around Minneapolis.
I totally understand that you don't want to go to the Mall. There are several shopping districts around the Twin Cities which have many independent stores mixed in with some chain stores. Edina and Grand Avenue in St. Paul are the best known, but there are several more places to spend an afternoon shopping for Christmas gifts. Here's the best shopping districts and neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and around the Twin Cities.
Popular volunteer opportunities fill fast - so if what you want to do is already covered, make a resolution to volunteer sometime next year when volunteers are needed just as much.
Catch a break from all the expense of the holidays with these free holiday events, parades, skating, music, tours, and more.
One of the most fun memories of Christmas is cutting your own Christmas tree. Here's where to find Christmas tree farms around the Twin Cities. Most offer extras like hot chocolate, cookies, wagon rides, baked goods to make it a family day out.