What is there to do in Minneapolis or St. Paul on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? The answer is there's plenty to do and much of it is outdoors. Before you head out, check to make your destination is open. Whatever you choose, keep it joyous and inexpensive, something parents or the whole family can do without breaking the bank.
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This makes a lot of sense if you consider that some lucky people will be receiving new snow sports gear for Christmas, and they'll want to try it out right away.
Check the following websites or call for the most up-to-date hours and snow conditions.
Welch Village and Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area are reliable treats on other days during Christmas week.
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Go For a Walk or Hike in a Park
Depending on how much it snows, you could be either hiking or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You could visit places like Minnehaha Park and the fantastical frozen Minnehaha Falls, go snowshoeing at Fort Snelling State Park or watch for winter birds and other wildlife at the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area.
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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is open daily from 6 a.m. until midnight. Its centerpiece, the colossal "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture, is one of the icons of Minneapolis and a great place for photos with out-of-town visitors. The giant spoon keeps company with some 40 other works. If you are interested in photography, then the shapely sculptures, many with stark lines or bold colors, take on new meaning against the white snow.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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See a Movie
Movie theaters are traditionally busy on Christmas Day. See a long-anticipated special feature and make you and your family happy.
Some movie theaters may just be screening the blockbusters at Christmastime; some screen classic Christmas movies. For instance, the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis usually shows Christmas movies in the run-up to Christmas day, and prices are bargain-basement.
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Christmas Dinner Restaurants
Many bars are open on Christmas day, and several metro area restaurants are open for Christmas lunch and dinner. Treat yourself to a fancy meal for the holiday.
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Bars and Clubs
As with restaurants, some bars and clubs are open, some are closed on Christmas Day. O'Gara's Garage in St. Paul always has a Christmas party with live music from The Outside and several other bands.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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