Minnesota will guarantee you a white Christmas. Most other Christmas necessities, however, you'll have to provide yourself. Here's a guide to Christmas shopping, Christmas food, Christmas activities, Christmas trees, volunteering for the holidays, Holiday lights, and Holiday events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
01 of 08
We are blessed with the largest mall in the country, and plenty of other malls here too. Brave the Mall of America - which starts getting busier and busier from around Thanksgiving - or try one of the several other large malls located all around the Twin Cities.
For bargain Christmas shopping, try one of our local outlet malls, there are a handful a short drive out of the Twin Cities. And in town, there are several designer outlet stores in and around Minneapolis.
02 of 08
I totally understand that you don't want to go to the Mall. There are several shopping districts around the Twin Cities which have many independent stores mixed in with some chain stores. Edina and Grand Avenue in St. Paul are the best known, but there are several more places to spend an afternoon shopping for Christmas gifts. Here's the best shopping districts and neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and around the Twin Cities.
03 of 08
One of the best gifts you can give this year is your time to help out a local non-profit. You can also adopt a needy family and buy them Christmas gifts, or help with their Holiday meal. Most community organizations and churches appreciate volunteers during the holidays. Here's a list of places you can offer to volunteer at for the Holidays.
Popular volunteer opportunities fill fast - so if what you want to do is already covered, make a resolution to volunteer sometime next year when volunteers are needed just as much.
04 of 08
A gift of tickets to a Holiday show will create much fonder memories for your loved ones than soap or socks. Here's the pick of Holiday shows in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities. There's something for everyone: big productions, college performances, children and family shows, and free shows.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Catch a break from all the expense of the holidays with these free holiday events, parades, skating, music, tours, and more.
06 of 08
Christmas Trees in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Where can you get a Christmas tree in Minneapolis? Christmas tree lots spring up all over the city ever year. Whether you want a Christmas tree, or maybe spend a little more and get a sustainably grown Christmas tree, here's where you can get a Christmas tree in the Twin Cities.
One of the most fun memories of Christmas is cutting your own Christmas tree. Here's where to find Christmas tree farms around the Twin Cities. Most offer extras like hot chocolate, cookies, wagon rides, baked goods to make it a family day out.
07 of 08
See a huge display put on to raise money for charity, drive around neighborhoods and past houses famous for their Christmas light displays, see the Governor of Minnesota's Holiday lights, or take in one of the indoor light shows around the Twin Cities. Here's the best places to see Holiday lights in Minneapolis, St. Paul and around the Twin Cities.
08 of 08
You've opened your presents and... now what? If you aren't needed to help with the cooking, here's what's open in Minneapolis on Christmas day. While most things are closed, there's still plenty of things to see do in Minneapolis and St. Paul on Christmas day.