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Winter Lights at the Arboretum Jason Boudreau-Landis

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Winter Lights at the Arboretum

Every Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Nov. 22-Jan. 5
5-9 p.m.
Dec. 23
5-9 p.m.
Dec. 26
5-9 p.m.
Dec. 30
5-9 p.m.
Daily from Jan. 1-2
5-9 p.m.
$15; free for kids 15 and under
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Holiday

Just in time for the holidays, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Carver County transforms into a bonanza of lights, decorations, and yuletide cheer. Bundle up and shove a bunch of those hand-warmer things into your boots, then stroll through the 13 amazing light installations. There are plenty of new, botanically themed displays each year, so even if you visit every winter it’s still a fresh sensory experience. Oh, and the Arb boasts a giant metal snake, which is super badass no matter what time of year it is. Be sure to hop up on the ice throne and snap some pics for the ’gram, then pick up a s’mores kit and get your roast on at one of the bonfire spots located throughout the grounds. If you’re not in the mood to freeze but still want to be a part of the festivities, there is a bananas 25-foot-tall live poinsettia tree inside the Arboretum’s Great Hall, decorated with cool botany-inspired ornaments. There’s a cash bar, too, because the only thing better than staring at Christmas lights is staring at Christmas lights with a smooth hot chocolate-and-whiskey buzz.