Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Few Holiday Happenings for the Whole Family

Santa Train

Date(s): Dec 1, 2012 - Dec 2, 2012, Dec 7, 2012 - Dec 9, 2012, Dec 15, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012
193 Pennsylvania Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55130
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Phone: (651) 228-0263
Type: Festivals & Events, Other Events
Event Location: Jackson Street Roundhouse
December 2012 marks the 10th year for the Santa Train at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul.

The train will run for three weekends in December (1-2, 7-9 and 15-16). The weekend of December 7,8 & 9, Pies and Aprons, an original Minnesota creative entrepreneur, will be on-site for the first annual Holiday Happening. The Holiday Happening will feature vintage and upcycled wares, organic and sustainable floral selections and unique foodie gifts for that special holiday gift.

Music, crafts and refreshments will be provided along with meeting “the man” himself… Santa Clause. Take free pictures with Santa using your own camera or $5 if you use our professional photographer.

The Jackson Street Roundhouse is an official drop site for Toys for Tots. Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy this holiday season.


  • Additional Rate Information: $10 for adults, $8 for students (5-15 yrs.) and seniors, and $5 for kids 5 and under 
  • Accessible to Disabled
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Target Holidazzle

  • Date(s): Nov 29, 2012 - Dec 2, 2012, Dec 6, 2012 - Dec 9, 2012, Dec 13, 2012 - Dec 16, 2012, Dec 20, 2012 - Dec 23, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Phone: (612) 376-7669
Alternate Phone: 612-338-3807
Type: Festivals & Events, Other Events
Event Location: Nicollet Mall from 12th Street to 4th Street

Other Date Information

  • Additional Date Information: Target Holidazzle occurs every Thursday - Sunday starting Friday, November 25th through Sunday. Each parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts approx. 30 minutes.
  • Additional Rate Information: Free and open to the public.
  • Accessible to Disabled

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Night Trains

Date(s): Nov 23, 2012 - Feb 23, 2013
1021 Bandana Boulevard East
Suite 222
St Paul, MN 55108
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Phone: 651-647-9628
Fax: 651-644-5805
Type: Arts & Exhibits, Special Exhibit
Event Location: Bandana Square
Night Trains Season is a special Holidays tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 24, 2012) and running every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (February 23, 2013). New this year will be two Night Trains Extras, a season premiere on Friday, November 23rd and a New Year’s Eve special on December 31st.

Night Trains Season comes to the dozens of model railroad layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
This year Santa will be hanging out the Museum each Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on December 8th he will have sack of goodies for good girls and boys. Bring your camera and tell him about the train you want for Christmas. There’s no additional admission to see Santa!
Night Trains takes place at historic Bandana Square, 1021 Bandana Boulevard East, Suite 222, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Originally a Northern Pacific Railway car repair shop, Bandana Square has been home to the Twin City Model Railroad Museum’s O-scale model railroad since 1984. Added in 2009 is the Museum’s Toy Train Division in the historic Chimneys Building just north of Bandana Square. On display there are many model railroad layouts in a variety of scales. Many are new since last year’s Night Trains season and allow kids (and adults!) hands-on experience operating select trains and many great operating accessories.

Directions to the Twin City Model Railroad Museum can be found on the Museum’s web site, Admission to this special show is $8.00 per person, $25.00 for immediate families and $30 for extended families (max. 10)—FREE for children age four and under.

For information about Night Trains and other upcoming events, please visit the Museum web site at, or contact Chad Kono at or 612-220-3384.

Other Date Information

  • Additional Date Information: Every Saturday, 6-9pm;except Christmas Eve.

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