10 Virtual Christmas Events (2020) in the Twin Cities Area

Twin Cities Holiday Tree Lights Tour

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and jolly everyone will be! No one is going to let a pandemic get them down! Enjoying Christmas may be hard during the time of COVID-19, but it isn’t impossible. Getting into the Christmas spirit, virtual events are the in-thing in the Twin Cities area, Minnesota this year. These ten tempting virtual Christmas events won’t let you down.

Twin Cities Holiday Lights

Virtual Event # 1 – Tree Lighting at Union Depot, St. Paul

What better than a huge tree that lights up your home straight through Facebook! You can drive by after December 4th to see it in all its realistic glory. It will be lit through the holidays.

Virtual Event # 2 – Julmarknad Holiday Virtual Market, Minneapolis

Held by the Swedish Institute of America, this runs till December 20th. A virtual market with interaction with vendors you can chat with virtually. You can connect with local artisans and shop online. https://www.asimn.org/virtual-julmarknad

Virtual Event # 3 – Albert and Santa’s Holiday Annual Play

Running every Saturday, through the Christmas season, at 10 a.m., is this tradition of Minnesota. Virtual Christmas holidays would be nowhere without it. You can see it on Facebook. https://www.bachmans.com/event/FEV00000057

Virtual Event # 4 – Chanhassen Tree Lighting, Chanhassen

Another great tree to marvel at, even if it isn’t a live event. The tree lights up on December 5th, and stays lit till January 2021.

Virtual Event # 5 – The Holidazzle Show

This show, held virtually (only in 2020!), is one to add to your to-do holiday list. Offered in December (10th and 17th), it features Santa’s visit, creative ideas for holiday craft, ideas for gifts, and all-around entertainment. https://www.holidazzle.com/

Virtual Event # 6 – Union Depot North Pole Express, St. Paul

You may not be able to go to the North Pole, but you sure can online with this virtual Christmas event. Kids love getting video messages from Mr. Claus himself, with special guests to add to the magic.

Virtual Event # 7 – Virtual Holiday Train (Canadian Christmas Train)

Stopping at Minnesota to collect donations for food banks, this is one virtual event that you will want to be a part of. Contribute towards a cause while you enjoy the virtual splendor of the train. https://www.exploreminnesota.com/article/holiday-train-rolls-into-minnesota

Virtual Event # 8 – Ordway Concerts

Live shows for you to see virtually, you will have to book to see any show on the list this season, from a hip-hop Nutcracker to other holiday concerts.

Virtual Event # 9 – A Christmas Carol, by the Guthrie Theater

This is one great Christmas story every kid has to see. Running through December, you can see it on demand. It is free for children up to 10 years. Others have to pay $10.

Virtual Event # 10 – Winter Carnival, St. Paul

In Minnesota, virtual Christmases would be lost without this. You can drive through snow scenes and ice sculptures. Other events can be enjoyed virtually.

10 Places to See Christmas Lights Displays in the Twin Cities Area

Twin Cities Holiday Lights Tour

The Twin Cities Area in Minnesota has become somewhat of a household name to view some of the best Christmas light displays in the United States. There are both drive-through and walk-through illuminations to make your Christmas truly unforgettable. Since the pandemic started, it has put a major dampener on festivities of any kind, but humans are learning to adjust to life now. Christmas is something you simply cannot give up, even for COVID-19. With precautions and social distancing, there are ways to enjoy light displays, largely in open-air areas.

Just for the Love of Christmas

The people of Minnesota are awesome in this respect. They adore the holidays and put up these spectacular light displays, not for monetary benefit, but because they want to share the joy of Christmas with others. Some folks do raise money for charities of their choice, and it’s all a very “giving” affair in keeping with the spirit of the season. Every year, they get out in the cold of Minnesota (and it’s mighty cold) and, with great vigor and enthusiasm, put up those lights. Below you will find most of the superb light displays worth getting out in the cold for.

Twin Cities Holiday Lights

Lights at the Governor’s House

The Governor’s residence at St. Paul is the seat of Christmas, Twin Cities style. At the front of the house stands a tree, 25-feet tall, and a 400-foot garland. There are at least 15,000 multi-colored lights on display and the whole scene looks like a magnificent magical garden. You can take a self-tour, but small donations are welcome.

The Glow of the Holiday Festival

Aptly called “Glow”, the display of lights at the State Fairgrounds is something to take in. You can drive through the mile-long dozen or more scenes of the holiday, each featuring intricately woven-in lighting. There are a million lights here, no mistake. There is also a 100-foot illuminated Christmas tree, as well as unique icicle installations, a glorious gingerbread house and other must-see attractions. You can buy some great Christmas goodies at the end of your tour in a grand theme park of Christmas charm.


Home on Lyndale

Here, lights are put up by homeowners, and they are a sight to behold, as you wonder how these innovative light extravaganzas capture your attention.


Other Light Displays

Rice Park has some beautiful light walk-through areas and drive-through ones too. Explore more lights at the Union Depot, where the tree is lit (virtual viewing only) on December 4. After this, you can drive by the North Plaza to see one of the most popular Christmas light displays in Minnesota.


Twin Cities Holiday Lights