As fall winds down in Minneapolis, the Downtown Council prepares to bring Holidazzle to its new venue, Loring Park.
The council has released the schedule of this year’s winter festival, which will be a free festival and market in the Loring Park neighborhood near downtown Minneapolis.
With construction along Nicollet Mall, the council has moved away from the longtime Holidazzle Parade and last year’s village-style holiday market on Peavey Plaza, which had a $3-6 season passes.
Holidazzle will begin Friday, Nov. 27 and run Thursdays through 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 festival will begin with an opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 featuring a performance from Holidazzle regular MN Chorale and a fireworks display.
Holidazzle will be home to a free outdoor skating rink, which will begin to take shape this week. The rink, a collaboration between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis SafeZone Collaborative, will be built with support from Veit, Kraus-Anderson and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council.
“We Minnesotans embrace the winter months, and parks are the place where families, friends and neighbors come together to make memories. With construction along Nicollet Mall, we are honored to partner with the Minneapolis Downtown Council and to have Loring selected as the site of this wonderful event this season,” said Park Superintendent Jayne Miller in a statement.
The festival will also welcome Minneapolis-focused vendors with food, gifts and craft items, including sausage from Kramarczuk’s, beer from Fulton Brewery, ornaments from Kathe Wohlfahrt and more. Families can enjoy visits from Santa Claus, concerts, classic holiday films, themed days and a Holiday Minnstameets gallery.
“Holidazzle is all about stories unique to Minneapolis, and we’re thrilled to have many featured during this annual Minneapolis holiday tradition. This year’s Holidazzle will highlight stories of local people, products and places that showcase the food scene, arts, active lifestyle, local entertainment and community groups that make our city special,” said Leah Wong, the council’s vice president of events and marketing.
The council will be announcing more details beginning Nov. 16 via a “12 Days of Holidazzle” social media campaign leading up to the opening ceremony.
More details can be found on the festival’s website at www.holidazzle.com.
Designs from NELSON and RipBang Studioes for this season’s Holidazzle: