Hub for the Holidays

Every Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Dec. 1-11
Time Varies
Many events are free; some events have admission fees
Family Events, Festivals, Holiday

For the next few weeks, the Union Depot in Lowertown St. Paul is turning into a winter wonderland with a variety of happenings scheduled. The European Christmas Market will offer dazzling decorations, local vendors, mulled wine, and European-inspired food from December 1-11. On Friday, December 11, folks looking to get into the holiday spirit can check out the tree-lighting ceremony, which will also include fireworks and live music starting at 5:30 p.m. The North Pole Holiday Express will be stopping in on weekends to bring Santa and his elves to the station. Free movie nights include screenings of Elf (December 2) and Polar Express (December 3). And the ever-popular Holiday Bake Sale will return December 10 for an afternoon of cookies and sweets from local bakeries and restaurants. For a complete schedule of happenings, visit Most events are free, some have admission fees.