The holidays are upon us and if you’re looking for family friendly holiday events in the Twin Cities this November, look no further than those listed below.

Holiday Events in the Twin Cities this November

Night Trains
When: Saturdays – November 2nd – February 29th, 2020
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum
668 Transfer Road, Suite 8
St. Paul, MN

Night Trains season is a special Holidays tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. Night Trains will begin on Saturday, November 2nd and runs every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (Saturday, February 29th, 2020).

What is Night Trains?

The museum’s collection of model trains of all scales and toy trains of yesteryear come alive throughout the Museum (Sorry, no real trains to board and ride on ? !). 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.

Holiday Market 2019 at Cal’s
When: November 9th, 2019
Where: Cal’s
6403 Egan Drive
Savage, MN

Holiday Market is a fantastic annual event, hosted inside Cal’s beautiful greenhouse, where you’ll find numerous quality artisans and makers!

Elf the Musical, Jr.
When: November 22nd – December 28th, 2019
Where: Stages Theatre
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN

Join us this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

Hometown Holidays
When: November 22nd – December 31st, 2019
Where: Downtown Stillwater
100 Main Street
Stillwater, MN

Experience the holidays like you remember. Historic Main Street Stillwater is alive with Christmas decorations, lights, and traditional events and celebrations from November to New Year’s Eve. Get in the old-fashioned holiday spirit! Downtown Stillwater’s independently owned unique boutiques and restaurants welcome you. Shop small and local throughout the season to support local businesses and Minnesota-made gifts. Find joy in shopping and dining during the holiday season with many free family friendly events.

Christmas at the Courthouse
When: November 22nd – 24th, 2019
Where: Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 W Pine Street
Stillwater, MN

Experience the splendor of the holiday season with the 27th Annual Christmas at the Historic Courthouse!

This 3-day event is full of holiday spirit and merry memories. All proceeds raised from this event benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund and help preserve this historic landmark. Whether you’re looking for a special date night or fun the whole family can enjoy, Christmas at the Historic Courthouse has memorable experiences for all!

Bachman’s Holiday Open House
When: November 23rd, 2019
Where: Bachman’s on Lyndale
6010 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Kick off your holiday season with Santa and Albert the Elf as they arrive from the North Pole at 9:30 a.m. at Bachman’s on Lyndale. Watch their annual holiday play, participate in a sing-along, enjoy live Christmas music, have your kids take part in a seasonal craft, meet Santa’s reindeer, snack on cookies from the North Pole, and have lots of festive fun!

Grand Opening of Rice Park
When: November 23rd, 2019
Where: Rice Park
379 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN

The Grand Opening of Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy—the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season in Minnesota’s capital city. Attendees of this free event will witness downtown Saint Paul come to life with all the magic of the season as the holiday tree is lit. The event will also feature music, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.

Pas de Deux’s “Nutcracker Ballet”
When: November 23rd, 2019
Where: St. Paul U of M Student Union Theater
2017 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN

Pas de Deux Dance Studio is a “new” kind of ballet school.  We teach classical ballet, but with a twist.  Classes are traditional ballet based on the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet, and we offer traditional performance opportunities, such as “The Nutcracker Ballet”.  Our “twists” include fun music, flexibility in the number of classes taken at each level, and nontraditional performance opportunities such as dance competitions and dance trips.

Turkey Day 5K Minneapolis
When: November 28th, 2019
Where: Downtown Minneapolis
501 N 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with the 31st Annual Turkey Day 5K Minneapolis! Since 1989, the Turkey Day 5K has brought family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Join runners, joggers and walkers for Minneapolis’ Thanksgiving day – turkey trot – tradition.

When: November 29th – December 22nd, 2019
Where: Loring Park
Minneapolis, MN

Get ready to enjoy a little North Country right here in Downtown Mpls.

The mpls downtown council is excited to bring Holidazzle to Loring Park. As downtown Mpls’ premier holiday celebration, Holidazzle has delighted residents, visitors and downtown employees for years. In 2019, this tradition is again bringing family-friendly programming to Loring Park and is free and open to the public. You and yours are invited to join in the festivities!

WinterSkate in Loring Park
When: November 29th – February 29th, 2020
Where: Loring Park
Minneapolis, MN

Wells Fargo Mpls WinterSkate in Loring Park (1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402) offers you a chance to skate under the downtown Minneapolis skyline. Join us for one of Minnesota’s favorite winter activities. The skating rink will be open once again during the 2019-20 winter season beginning November 29 and running through the beginning of March.

Skating on the rink is free, and complimentary skates are available during warming house hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Sizes and quantities vary.