December 7 - 8
Best described as kitschy and quirky, Betty’s Danger takes the holiday market to a whole 'notha level with “Betty’s Bizarre Bazaar.” Not the craft sale of your youth held in an elementary school, the fourth annual bazaar serves up strong cocktails as you shop local vendors selling jewelry, clothes, accessories, and art. When you’re done, don’t miss riding Betty’s outdoor ferris wheel in the parking lot.
December 7 - 21
Some of the best holiday lights around can be seen along Lake Minnetonka, so pack up the car, grab the kids, and head to “Christmas in Excelsior.” After looping around the bays and checking out massive, decked-out homes, head to see Santa at the Masonic Lodge and hit up the hot cocoa bar.
Every year, Top 40 station KDWB brings a star-studded show to Xcel Energy Center, which that may or may not feature the performers belting out holiday hits. This year’s lineup is led by Katy Perry and also features Camila Cabello, 5 Seconds of Summer, and more. Expect a lot of the crowd to be under 18. (But if you have teens, it’s a show you can both enjoy.)
Cost: $36 and up
December 13 - 23
A classic holiday experience, Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy promises larger-than-life props, a 60-foot Christmas tree, and the best ballerinas. Even if your partner isn’t really into ballet, Nutcracker Fantasy is more of a theatrical production than anything. If you promise a pre-performance dinner, your odds of success may also increase.
Cost: $30 and up
As the popular Tattersall Distillery points out, going to its holiday market is a thousand times better than going to the mall. What could be more fun than drinking bourbon while buying gifts from more than 40 unique local vendors? Plan on pop-up bars, drink collaborations, foodie-centric finds, and lots of people in the, ahem, holiday spirit.