Are you ready to embark on a winter wonderland vacation like no other? Minneapolis, known for its enchanting snowy landscapes and vibrant holiday markets, beckons you to experience the magic of the season.
Minneapolis is dotted with over 22 picturesque lakes, making for countless icy trails to explore and winter sports to enjoy. Experience a dazzling celebration of winter, community and art at the Lake of the Isles’ Luminary Loppet. Imagine strolling along the stunning pathways illuminated by thousands of twinkling candles and lanterns. As you explore, you are greeted with tents pouring hot chocolate, food trucks, local beer and live music.
Next, spend the day at the Chain of Lakes Trail where you venture through a five-mile cross-country ski excursion. Ski under a canopy of tall pine trees and past charming lakeside homes, all while feeling completely immersed in nature. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings such as deer and foxes.
Finally, try your hand at some Minneapolis ice fishing! Rent an icehouse on Lake Minnetonka via Ice Fishing Warriors, and spend the day catching Walleye and Northern Pike. Ice Fishing Warriors provides all the equipment and guidance you need to make this fishing trip unforgettable.
Holiday Markets and Shops:
Experience all that Minneapolis local culture has to offer at one of their Holiday Markets! Stroll through two full floors of homemade goods in the heart of downtown at the Old St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar. While you shop, enjoy a live DJ and grab a coffee at The Get Down Coffee Co.
Step into a fairytale as you enter the St. Paul European Christmas Market. The aroma of Glühwein, baked pastries and sizzling sausages will transport you to the charming streets of the world-famous Germany Christmas markets. Explore quaint wooden stalls adorned with handcrafted ornaments, festive decorations and one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones.
Family Holiday Fun:
From theatrical shows to outdoor events, there is an endless amount of family holiday fun to be had in Minneapolis. Prepare to be spellbound as you immerse yourself in the luminous enchantment of the Arboretum Gardens Winter Lights. The gardens themselves become a canvas for a winter artistry that will leave you in awe. Visit the color-changing arch, 16-ft weeping willow tree and field of sunflowers all with more lights than ever before!
Additionally, don’t miss out on the Glow Holiday Festival, where dreams come alive, and the spirit of giving and joy fills the air. Wander through over a million lights, Enchanted Forest, Bright Bikes, Tremendous Tree, Penguin Playground and Reindeer Run!
Mark your calendars and plan your magical winter escape to Minneapolis – where snowflakes, smiles and unforgettable memories await! It’s only a convenient, low-cost, nonstop flight away from PGD.