Nov 30, 2023 - Things to Do

Twin Cities weekend events: Nordic Julemarket, "The Nutcracker"

Illustration of a shop inside a snowglobe.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

This weekend in the Twin Cities, check out Santa's village at the European Christmas Market, the "Nutcracker" ballet and more.

1. 🎅 Shop and see Santa

Missed snagging tickets to the American Swedish Institute's sold-out Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival?

  • You can still get your Scandinavian holiday fix at the annual Nordic Julemarket at Utepils Brewing Company.

What to expect: Nordic-inspired art from over 25 local artists.

Details: The market runs Friday 4pm–8pm, Saturday 12pm–8pm and Sunday 12pm–6pm. Admission is free, though we suggest buying a pint to sip while you shop.

Of note: There are plenty of other holiday markets across the Twin Cities this weekend, including many that are free (besides what you spend shopping, of course).

2. 🩰 "Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet"

  • Enjoy a Christmas classic by an international cast Thursday–Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets start at $34.
  • 7pm Thursday and Friday, 1pm and 5pm Saturday.

3. 🤘 56Mas Market & Punk Rock Christmas Show

  • Shop from 25 local makers and enjoy food trucks, photo-ops, craft beer and a punk rock party, 1–11pm Saturday at 56 Brewing in Minneapolis. Free.

4. 🚵 Global Fat Bike Day

  • Cycle along the Minnesota River and then enjoy a bonfire, donuts, hot chocolate and coffee from Northern Coffeeworks, 10am–noon Saturday. Free.
  • Join bikers between the Sibley House in Mendota and the 494 bridge.

5. ⛪ "Black Nativity"

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