We’re still sorting through and testing all the activities the Twin Cities offers during the holiday season, but there are a couple we’re happy to repeat from last year. One, the light show at Lake Phalen is such an easy outing that we’ll be sure to visit again this year. Put the kids in pajamas, pack them in the car, and, presto, you’re set. You don’t have to leave the comfort of your car and there’s no unpacking of kids and gear. Last year, there were no lines and the whole process was incredibly seamless and easy. Afterward, both kids fell asleep and we got a mini-date out of it, viewing the elaborate holiday house displays as we drove back home. Cheers to a repeat this year!
Two, we plan to visit Santa and see the Santaland display at Macy’s (one of only seven nationally!). I remember going to Macy’s with my mom many, many years ago when my brothers and sisters were young. We waited in an insanely long line and were all tired by the time we met Santa. Despite my experience and similar horror stories we’ve heard throughout the years, we decided to go last year. I don’t know if the stars were aligned or we picked a less crowded day but we had absolutely no wait. The displays were adorable and Santa was sweet and it was a fun outing. When it’s crowded and you can’t see the displays or spend ten minutes in front of the same display because the line is not moving, then it’s not as fun, but it truly is a magical display. I’m excited to see the kids’ reactions this year, so we’ll go and cross our fingers and hope for the best. Update: We went on a Monday around 5-no lines and Santa is absolutely wonderful! Macy’s is leaving so get down there this year before Santaland is gone.
Three, the American Swedish Institute (ASI) has loads of Nordic Christmas and kid-friendly events. Their Friday Kids at the Castle series are a great way to get acquainted with the museum, and there’s no better time than the holidays when the Turnblad mansion is decorated for the holidays. When we attended last year, the kids hunted for Tomte, listened to stories, and made a craft. Afterward, they played in the play kitchen with plastic Swedish cookies. We didn’t get a chance to try Fika; here’s to hoping this year.