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Thanksgiving is almost behind us and Christmas is right around the corner. What do you do to celebrate? There are a ton of towns and cities in Minnesota that go all out on the holiday festivities! Here are some of the best!

These towns have the most Christmas spirit!

Plainview - The small town of Plainview transforms for one weekend so you can enjoy all the holiday festivities with their Old Fashion Christmas. Craft show, festival of trees, horse drawn carriage rides, letters to Santa and so much more. You can join in the fun December 1st and 2nd. For more info, head to their Facebook page. 

Also see: The Ultimate Guide to Minnesota's Holiday Lights. 

Rochester - Santa Claus is coming to town!! Enjoy a Winter Workshop at Historic Chateau Theatre, book readings with Mrs. Claus, Santa's Daring Rescue at Residences of Old City Hall, and the Magical Tree Lighting on the Peace Plaza. Click here to get all the details. 

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Stillwater - One of my all time fave Minnesota towns, Stillwater. The magic of the holidays fills the city with Hometown for the Holidays. Participate in one or all of the many fun holiday events like a wreath making workshop, a pet parade, tree lighting festival, the Nutcracker ballet, holiday beertique, horse and buggy rides and so much more. Plus, hear the sounds of the holidays with the strolling Victorian carolers. For more info, check out the Discover Stillwater website.

Little Falls - Ring in the holiday season with The Little Falls Christmas Tours. The four locations that are part of the tour this year each have their own theme: The Nutcracker Suite at the Rosenmeier Home Tours, Christmas at the Mansions at Linden Hill Historic Estate, Christmas Tree Lane & Special Displays at the MN Fishing Museum & Hall of Fame, and A Holiday Flight at the Charles Lindbergh House & Museum. Click here to learn more.

Also see: MN Vikings Winter SKOLstice Event is Back. 

Duluth - Home of Bentleyville, consistently named one of the best light shows in the country! It's one of America’s largest free walk-through lights displays. More than 5 million lights spread across a 20-acre park on the shores of Lake Superior. Yes, please!! You can snap a pic with Santa, warm up with a cup of cocoa, and enjoy delicious festive snacks.


St Paul - With the incredible Glow Holiday Fest, it's no surprise that St. Paul made the list. With events until December 31st, there's something for everyone. Take it all in up high on the zipline, make a s'more while warming up by the fire, head down the snowy slide, and so much more. Click here to get your tickets. 

Also see: The 12 Places You Can Get a Real Christmas Tree.

Owatonna - A lighted parade through downtown Owatonna kicks off the holiday season in early December. Followed by Christmas in the Village. The annual event designed to "bring out the child in all of us." Christmas music, carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa, and so much more! Head to Owatonna's city website to learn more. 

Sam's Christmas Village Now Features 12-Million Lights!

For a safe and joyous family outing that's full of festive fun, don't miss out on the opportunity to visit Sam's Christmas Village! You can enjoy this wonderful attraction from November 24th to December 31st, 2023.

Gallery Credit: troy dunken

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