Holidazzle will move to Loring Park this season

A map of last season's Holidazzle Village on Nicollet Mall Credit: File photo

Loring Park is set to get festive this season.

The Minneapolis Downtown Council is moving Holidazzle from Nicollet Mall to Loring Park this year due to construction on Nicollet Mall, which is going through a major remodel. 

Last year, the council moved away from the Holidazzle Parade, opting for a village-style holiday market on Peavey Plaza with a reindeer barn and several vendor booths. Instead of last season’s $3-6 admission, the Minneapolis winter festival will be free this year.

This year’s iteration will also have just one gathering spot rather than a separate area for vendors and more fireworks following the popularity of last year’s opening night fireworks display. 

“We’re excited about the opportunity to move Holidazzle to Loring Park during the Nicollet Mall Project,” said Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing, in a statement. “Our team is working hard to create an authentic holiday experience that best aligns with today’s downtown, and we have carefully crafted this year’s Holidazzle based on feedback we received last year.”

Holidazzle will begin the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 27 and run Thursdays to Sundays until Sunday, Dec. 20. The festival is open 5-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekends. 

The Downtown Council, which sponsors the annual festival, is working with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on this year’s Holidazzle. The festival will return to Nicollet Mall when the remodel is complete, which is expected to be in 2017.