By Clara James
Where are you going to see in 2011? Where to see New Year's Eve fireworks in Minneapolis and St. Paul, where to go to celebrate New Year's Eve, and where to find family events for New Year's Eve in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Minneapolis used to have an annual New Year's Eve firework display over the Mississippi, but it was shelved in 2007 after falling attendances. So where are New Year's Eve firework displays held in Minneapolis/St. Paul?
Local ski resorts hold New Year's Eve parties with skiing and snowboarding until just before midnight, then fireworks at the slopes.
Buck Hill ski resort in Burnsville holds a New Year's Eve party with skiing, snowboarding and tubing until 11.30 p.m. and fireworks at midnight.
For those who go to bed before midnight, there are family-friendly New Year's Eve events with noon and early evening celebrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
There's ice skating, encounters with wild animals, candlelit hiking, dance parties, water park fun, and many more events at local family-friendly venues around the Twin Cities, most of which include a countdown to a more child-appropriate hour. Here's a list of family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Depot's ice rink in downtown Minnepolis, is open on New Year's Eve from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Wells Fargo Winterskate ice rink in downtown St. Paul is also open until 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve.
Another ice event for New Year's Eve: Minnesota Wild will be playing the Nashville Predators at the Xcel Energy Center. The game starts at 5 p.m. on December 31.