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Events

December

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Making Spirits Bright! Colors of Nature and Joy

Live Holiday Music, Lighting of the Trees, Breakfast and Photos with Santa & More!

Enjoy live musical performances of holiday favorites by talented local chiors, instrumental groups and more!

The glow of the holidays add a special brightness to the Arboretum indoors and out. An outdoor holiday lights display welcomes from the moment visitors enter on Alkire Drive. With LED lights, up-lighted hoops, and even a snow creature to show the way, the gatehouse takes on a festive air.

Location:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN
952-443-1400


8-10

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Making Spirits Bright! Colors of Nature and Joy

Live Holiday Music, Lighting of the Trees, Breakfast and Photos with Santa & More!

Enjoy live musical performances of holiday favorites by talented local chiors, instrumental groups and more!  Sponsored by Ovation Orthodontics

The glow of the holidays add a special brightness to the Arboretum indoors and out. An outdoor holiday lights display welcomes from the moment visitors enter on Alkire Drive. With LED lights, up-lighted hoops, and even a snow creature to show the way, the gatehouse takes on a festive air.

Location:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN
952-443-1400


9-10

Winter Playland Festival at Ridgedale

Upper Level, Nordstrom Lane.

Cast off the cold and join us at Ridgedale Play area Grand Opening Event for a weekend of festive fun for the entire family.

Celebrate the grand unveiling of our brand-new and expanded play area with a yuletide romp, jump, climb and slide. Enjoy an exciting array of activities, crafts, holiday-inspired entertainment, face painters, storytime with Mrs. Claus, balloon artists and more.

 We’ll be giving away a special gift bag for the first 100 attendees each day. Plus, there will be chances to win exciting prizes throughout the weekend!


9

Plymouth – Old Fashioned Christmas

Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the holidays. Visit Santa, Mrs. Clause, the elves and reindeer. Nibble on cookies and listen to tales of Christmas past. Enjoy hay rides as sleigh bells ring.

Toys will be collected for PRISM.
Free event. No registration required.
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location:
Plymouth Creek Park
3625 Fernbrook Lane N.
Plymouth, Minnesota 55447


9

Hopkins Farmers Winter Market

Time:

10:00 am–1:00 pm

33 14th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN 55343


12

Excelsior Library – Men’s Book Club

6:30 – 8:00 pm

This club meets at Davanni’s Pizza. Join our discussion of new and interesting titles. Bring along your recommendations for future meetings. Sponsors: Friends of the Excelsior Library, Friends of the Minnetonka Library.

Davanni’s Pizza, Hwy 7 and Highland Road, Minnetonka, MN


15-17

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Making Spirits Bright! Colors of Nature and Joy

Live Holiday Music, Lighting of the Trees, Breakfast and Photos with Santa & More!

Enjoy live musical performances of holiday favorites by talented local chiors, instrumental groups and more!  Sponsored by Ovation Orthodontics

The glow of the holidays add a special brightness to the Arboretum indoors and out. An outdoor holiday lights display welcomes from the moment visitors enter on Alkire Drive. With LED lights, up-lighted hoops, and even a snow creature to show the way, the gatehouse takes on a festive air.

Location:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN
952-443-1400


16

Hopkins The Four Freshman Holiday Show

7:00 pm–10:00 pm

The Four Freshmen could be America’s most enduring vocal group.  From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and present, The Four Freshmen deliver a world of music that will take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment unique to the legendary Four Freshmen.

Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
952-979-1111


16
Winter Gift Market at the Arboretum

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST

Finish or start your holiday shopping at the Winter Gift Market. You’ll find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and crafters. There’ll be a great mix of Arboretum favorites and new artisans to discover. Shop amongst 47 craftspeople and artisan food producers for gifts, stocking stuffers, or even something special for yourself!

Make a day of it at the Arboretum! In addition to finding great gifts, stop by the Gift & Garden Store for Ames Honey demos, grab something good to eat from the food trucks, soak up nature by taking a walk around the grounds and stay for a special musical performance by Prairie Brass Band in the Great Hall from 1:30-3 p.m. (seating is limited).


16
Hopkins – Santa & the Gift Shoppe

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Come tell the big guy all your hopes and dreams for this Christmas! We will be having Santa at the shoppe December 16th from 9am-12pm. There will be time slots to sign up for each half hour, and you’ll be able to take your own pictures! Bring your phone, or bring your DSLR, and snap away!

Please show up on time for your time slot, and it will be first come first serve during that time. To sign up, you need to purchase a ticket on our website.

701 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343


23
4th Saturday Cafe: Free Community Breakfast

9:00 am–10:30 am

Free community breakfast offered every 4th Saturday of the month.

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
715 Minnetonka Mills Road
Hopkins, MN 55343


27

Long Lake Library – Brodini Comedy Magic

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Magician Graylyn Morris will raise spirits and test kids’ powers of concentration as he manipulates ropes, scarves, balls and other magician’s props in a perplexing “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” performance!

1865 Wayzata Blvd. W.
Long Lake, MN 55356


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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum – Making Spirits Bright! Colors of Nature and Joy

Live Holiday Music, Lighting of the Trees, Breakfast and Photos with Santa & More!

Enjoy live musical performances of holiday favorites by talented local chiors, instrumental groups and more!  Sponsored by Ovation Orthodontics

The glow of the holidays add a special brightness to the Arboretum indoors and out. An outdoor holiday lights display welcomes from the moment visitors enter on Alkire Drive. With LED lights, up-lighted hoops, and even a snow creature to show the way, the gatehouse takes on a festive air.

Location:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN
952-443-1400


ONGOING

Now through December 24
Photos with Santa at Ridgedale

Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa—just reserve your time and skip the line! Save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th).

Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa.

Regular Hours: 
Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Special Hours:
12/15 – 12/23: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Christmas Eve: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, No Breaks

*Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum — Live Music Schedule:

  • Saturday, Nov. 25, Minnesota Chorale,1-2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 26, Westwind Big Band,1-2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 2, Festive Flute Loops, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 3, The Silverwinds Flutes,1:30-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, Messiah Sing Along,2:30-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 9, The Holiday Singers,5-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, Waconia Suzuki Ensemble, 1-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 10, Irish Christmas Music,2-2:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 16, The Prairie Brass Quintet, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 17, Partners in Praise Girls Chior, 1:30-3p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 23, Jazz on the Prarie Big Band, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 30, Just One More! 1-3:30 p.m.

Fees/Admission:
Visitors age 16 & up:  $15
Children 15 & Under: Free admission

Members: Free admission year-round, children up to age 15 free. Adults accompanying members in the same vehicle are $12 if they are not included under member’s membership level.

University of Minnesota Students: Free

Location:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN
952-443-1400