The conversion of Holidazzle from a parade to a marketplace was met with a good deal of derision from those who considered the twinkling floats a cherished Twin Cities tradition. Three years later, however, the remade Holidazzle has won over many skeptics by refashioning the event as an extended celebration of the season. Admission to the Loring Park market remains free, and visitors can anticipate a vast array of family-friendly diversions. The skating rink will undoubtedly continue to prove a popular draw, providing a leisurely bit of wintertime exercise amid the nightly schedule of live concerts and holiday-themed movie screenings. Kids looking to plead their case for a special gift will even have the chance to appeal to Santa himself. Those falling more on the giving than receiving end of the gift-exchange spectrum will discover an abundance of uniquely Minnesotan presents in the bazaar, including local crafts, collectibles, and attire. As for edible options, enticing aromas lead the way to food stands offering up roasted nuts, pierogis, cheese curds, grilled sausages, and other sweet and savory standards. Visitors can pair their snacks with a diverse selection of warm beverages or opt for exclusive new concoctions from Sociable Cider Werks and Fulton Brewery. With select dates culminating in a fireworks display, Holidazzle has truly become a uniquely Minnesotan winter wonderland. For more info, visit www.holidazzle.com.