November is here! Where does the time go? Seems like just a few weeks ago it was summertime. November in the Twin Cities can be gloomy, it’s one of the more cloudy months of the year, but it also offers many opportunities to get out and enjoy Minnesota before it’s too cold. If you’re looking for family friendly events in the Twin Cities this November, there are plenty. Grab your flannel, a cup of warm cider and check out these fun events in the Twin Cities this November!
Events in the Twin Cities this November
Third Annual Pumpkin Chuck
When: November 2nd, 2023
Where: Peter Thompson Park
6327 Highland Hills Ln S
Cottage Grove, MN
Looking for the perfect way to wind down after the horrors of Halloween? Well, what’s better than destroying those rotting old pumpkins that have been sitting on the porch for weeks, no clean-up involved! This free family event is sure to get out some energy! Bring all your old pumpkins along to chuck, toss and roll them down the hill! Afterwards, the staff on site will clean up all the pumpkins guts.
Arboretum Applehouse Holiday Boutique
When: November 4th – December 21st, 2023
Where: 7485 Rolling Acres Road
The Arboretum’s popular AppleHouse — located at 7485 Rolling Acres Road, Victoria, 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum’s main entrance — becomes a Holiday Boutique in November and December. Find everything you need to make the holidays special, including seasonal decor, gifts and gourmet goodies for your holiday meals. Apples and Arboretum-grown squash will also be available while supplies last.
Arboretum members receive a 10% discount with their membership card on AppleHouse purchases. During Double Discount Days (Nov. 8-22), members will receive a 20% discount for showing their membership card at the register, but you do not need to be a member to shop!
When: November 4th – February 24th, 2024
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum
668 Transfer Road, #8
Saint Paul, MN
Night Trains® season is back for the 2023-2024 season. Enjoy this unique holiday tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum from November through February.
The museum’s collection of model trains of all scales and toy trains of yesteryear come alive throughout the Museum. Night Trains Season magic begins as the lights are turned down and the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of operating vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
Wintertime in Stillwater
When: November 8th – February 29th, 2024
Where: Downtown Stillwater
Discover the beauty and fun of Wintertime in Stillwater!
Starting in December, the traditional experiences will continue outdoors including Hometown for the Holidays, carriage rides, carolers, Winterfest and the lighting of the Main Street Christmas Tree. Some new outside experiences being considered: A Fat Tire Rally, a downtown ice-skating rink, Fire & Ice Hot Air Balloons, Ice Cream Social, European Market, a mini Ice Castle with a maze inside, outdoor firepits, hockey and boot hockey games and more.
Fall Cheese and Chocolate Weekend
When: November 11th and 12th, 2023
Where: Saint Croix Vineyards
6428 Manning Avenue North
Join us for our Cheese, Chocolate and Wine Weekend!
Each attendee will enjoy five samples of pre-selected wines, accompanied by samples of cheese from Eichtens Hidden Acres, chocolate from Knoke’s Chocolates, and our custom made Raspberry Infusion Wine Truffles! Attendees may enter to win a basket of wine, cheese, and chocolate!
No reservations required or available
I Am Betty
When: November 22nd – December 1st, 2023
Where: History Theatre
30 East 10th Street
Saint Paul, MN
Betty Crocker has helped shape America’s homes and appetites for over a century.Surprising to many, she was not a real person! As a radio and television personality, a letter-writing confidante, and a relatable icon, “Betty” has been a subject of both admiration and scorn as multiple generations have grappled with questions of women’s role in American society. You’ll catch yourself humming the memorable music from this world-premiere production and be inspired to go home to bake something new!
European Christmas Market
When: November 24th – December 17th, 2023
Where: Union Depot
214 4th Street E.
Saint Paul, MN
The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is the most authentic traditional holiday market of its kind in Minnesota, offering a unique shopping experience, family-friendly entertainment & intercultural activities. It is an admission-free public event based on the festive open-air Christkindl Markets that spring up in Germany, Austria, and other European countries during the Advent season.
Shop for handmade European crafts or unique gifts from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired delicacies during four weekends in November and December.
Shop Small Saturday
When: November 25th, 2023
Where: Downtown Stillwater
Downtown Stillwater Minnesota is home to 100+ independently owned shops on a historic main street. Find fashion & gift boutiques, art galleries, culinary shops, restaurants, salons, and vintage/antique dealers all within walking distance in this beautiful rivertown just outside the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Conquer your holiday shopping list in a traditional festive environment while supporting local business. Stillwater is a top midwest getaway destination, so consider gift certificates for lodging, dining, spas, or attractions as well!