Since it first began in 1992, the Holidazzle Parade had become a holiday-time tradition with its illuminated floats, celebrity Grand Marshals, and of course, Santa. And the marching bands and choirs who delighted the spectators lined up along Nicollet Mall were nothing to sneeze at, either.
But the parade marched down Nicollet Mall for the last time a few years ago, and Holidazzle has morphed into something entirely different, giving people a new holiday tradition.
This year, Holidazzle will will return to Loring Park for the second straight year beginning Friday, November 25 . The fun will run Thursdays through Sundays starting Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 23. That includes 17 dates that feature local people, places and products that highlight incredible food, beverages and merchandise, activities, entertainment and more.
Holidazzle will include a collection of programming throughout the run that will provide excitement and entertainment for all ages. Some of this year’s programming includes:
Fireworks Displays: Holidazzle will have fireworks displays each weekend at 6:30 pm on Nov. 25, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17 and Dec. 23.
Santa Visits: Holidazzle is your opportunity to meet and take photos with Santa Claus
Movie Nights: Two outdoor movies will be played each week, including; Miracle (Nov. 25), Miracle on 34th Street (Nov. 27), Home Alone (Dec. 1), A Christmas Story (Dec. 4), Elf (Dec. 8), Happy Feet (Dec. 11), Serendipity (Dec. 15), Frozen (Dec. 18), Ice Age (Dec. 22) & A Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec. 23)
Free Skating: Come to Holidazzle and enjoy free outdoor skating in Loring Park! The Wells Fargo Minneapolis WinterSkate will be open seven days a week plus during all Holidazzle hours and includes the Warming House courtesy of CenterPoint Energy. Bring your own skates or use a complimentary pair available in the warming house (sizes vary and are available on a first-come, first-served basis)
Kids Zone: This year’s Holidazzle includes a kids zone with activities that offer creative opportunities that let kids build, navigate a haybale maze, participate in yard games and more.
Local Musical Performances: Musical performances from local groups and community bands/choirs will provide entertainment throughout this year’s Holidazzle. Look for the full performance list on Holidazzle’s schedule page.
Bonfires & Warming Houses: Stay warm at Holidazzle by enjoying outdoor bonfires scattered throughout the area as well as multiple warming houses.
Surprise & Delights: Look for special events, appearances and activities to be announced throughout Holidazzle this year.
Holidazzle has an incredible assortment of on-site prepared food and beverages including limited-time items like the new Holidazzle sausage from Kramarczuk’s, as well as Fulton Beer’s new Holidazzle Baltic Porter, which will be on sale throughout the Holidazzle. What’s more, Sociable Cider Werks Fat Bike Mulled Apple hot cider will first be released at Holidazzle and if that weren’t enough, a whole slew of other food and drink options will be available including Breadsmith pretzels, local cheese curds, cinnamon roasted almonds, Spyhouse coffee, pierogi’s, mini donuts, bar-b-que and more.
Complementing the food and activities are a wide variety of local merchandise vendors that offer a chance to shop for unique items from right here in our community. Plan to do your holiday shopping at Holidazzle! Check www.holidazzle.com/vendors for weekly schedule.
When planning a trip to Holidazzle, you can enjoy Free Ride Nights courtesy of Metro Transit each Saturday throughout the run. Get there by bus or light rail with a free-ride pass, which can be downloaded at Holidazzle.com. The pass must be printed and shown during the free ride, and the free-ride pass is good from 10 am-11 pm each Saturday.
In addition, look for parking options near Holidazzle with ramps offering low-cost parking opportunities. A drop-off and pick-up location will be available on the corner of Yale Place and Willow Street, and ADA-accessible parking spots are available along Willow Street.
Holidazzle, is free and open to the public, will run 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Thursdays, 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Fridays, 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Saturdays and 11:00 am until 7:00 pm on Sundays. Opening night will also include a Ceremonial Opening celebration at 6:30 pm at the Holidazzle stage including holiday lighting, a musical performance, and a fireworks display to kick off this year’s holiday season.
For more information and an up-to-date schedule of events, please check out the Holidazzle website.