‘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.
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.