2013 Holiday Lighting Festivals

By Explore Minnesota Tourism

Holiday Lights

Get in the holiday spirit at one of many lighting festivals held in cities and towns in every corner of the state. Many celebrations feature parades, tree lightings and visits from Santa. Below is just a sampling; check out our Events section for a full list of holiday and winter events, searchable by date, type and location.

Magical Christmas
, Nov. 22-Dec. 21
This annual celebration includes free horse-drawn trolley rides, a living nativity and a lighted parade.

Bentleyville Tour of Lights
, Nov. 23-Dec. 28
Dubbed the largest free walk-through light show in the U.S., the 10th annual event at Bayfront Festival Park features a 12-story steel tree and numerous spectacular displays.

Rice Park Powered by Xcel Energy & Tree Lighting
St. Paul
, Nov. 23-Jan. 1
Downtown St. Paul lights up with a tree as tall as the one in Rockefeller Center, classic Nutcracker and angel statues, and other holiday decor.

IBEW Holiday Lights in the Park
St. Paul
, Nov. 26-Jan. 1
Phalen Park will shine with more than 50 holiday displays in this drive-through light show.

Target Holidazzle
, Nov. 29-Dec. 21
Every Friday and Saturday night for four weeks, the Target Holidazzle parade will light up Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis with illuminated floats, celebrity grand marshalls and Santa in his sleigh.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights
, Nov. 29-Dec. 31
Drive, walk or bike through Sibley Park to see animated and choreographed lighting displays. Santa and his reindeer will be there on opening night.

Lindenwood Park Lights
, Nov. 29-Dec. 31
Drive through the park to see more than 60 displays set up by local businesses.

Holiday Madness & Christmas Carol Parade
Pine City
, Dec. 6
Pine City's kickoff to the holiday season features campfires, a community sing-a-long and a lighted parade.

Winter Wonderland Celebration
, Dec. 6-8
An evening parade, community caroling, historic Christmas displays and breakfast with Santa are among the highlights of this weekend celebration.

Holiday Fest Celebration & Fireworks
, Dec. 7
Holiday events around town include a gingerbread house contest, carolers, Santa's workshop, storytime, a craft expo, lighted parade and winter fireworks.

Sleigh Bells & Sparkle Parade
Maple Grove, Dec. 7
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride before the parade, then stick around after to watch Santa light the tree.

Arlington, Dec. 7
More than 95 lighted floats parade down Main Street in this fifth annual celebration.

Anoka Christmas Tree Lighting
, Dec. 7
This tree lighting outside City Hall features a bonfire, visits with Santa and free horse-drawn carriage rides.

Grand Meander
St. Paul
, Dec. 7
Have breakfast with Santa, visit the reindeer and stay for the 5 p.m. tree lighting on St. Paul's Grand Avenue.

Twinkle Parade
, Dec. 7
Kids receive twinkle lights, cookies and hot chocolate at this Stillwater event, which features a teddy bear band, Santa's arrival and a tree lighting ceremony.

Winter Walk
, Dec. 12
See Northfield by candlelight while enjoying Christmas carols, horse-drawn carriage rides, and visits from Santa, Rudolph and Frosty.

Pine River Parade of Lights
Pine River
, Dec. 14
A parade is followed by free cookies and warm drinks, a yuletide bonfire and holiday fireworks.