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Minneapolis Minnesota Holidazzle Christmas Parade

Updated on September 3, 2012

Minneapolis MN

Minneapolis is a beautiful and exciting city. From the arts and Museums to Music and Theater, Minneapolis MN never leaves you with the option of 'nothing to do.' The winter is no exception. Go ice-skating on lakes, ponds and community center fields. Skiing down the hills or cruising cross-country on the snow-covered trails. Any sport or recreation in the snow is of abundance in the Twin Cities.

But the one thing I must advise you to attend is the Holidazzle Parade on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis.

Holidazzle Parade

The Holidazzle Parade is a popular Minnesota tradition. People far and wide come to see the lights and dazzle of this annual event. With over 200 costumed characters, you and your family are sure to find a favorite from your own childhood stories.

This year will mark the 19th year of this fantastic and wonderous event.

Downtown Minneapolis
Downtown Minneapolis

The parade originally began in the early 1990's as a way to drive in shoppers for downtown businesses but has become a must-do tradition for all in the area and surrounding. The parade is currently sponsored by Target Corporation who has also sponsored the State Street Parade in Chicago IL.

Local bands, choirs and sponsors make this event exciting for all! Whether you are a child or an adult, this really is a memorable event to plan with your family.

Commonly referred to as the 'Parade of Lights' the Holidazzle delivers just that. Floats full of lights that delight the young and young at heart. Holiday music fills the streets with dancing elves and beloved characters of Christmas that we have all grown to love.

And of course,what Holiday parade would be complete without the attendance of Santa Clause? He makes it a yearly to-do on his Christmas list.

Lorie Line
Lorie Line

Grand Marshal

There are many Grand Marshal's scheduled for the 2010 parade.

Big names like:

  • Wesley Johnson of the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Minnesota Vikings Ragnar and Cheerleaders
  • Olympian Natalie Darwitz
  • Pianist Lorie Line

And local favorites from KSTP-5 WCCO-4 and Fox 9 News.

Mini Donuts
Mini Donuts
8th Street Grill
8th Street Grill

Don't Forget the Food

You would think watching the display of lights and music would be enough. Oh goodness no.

Vendors will be available to by those warm little donuts with cocoa or hot cider. There are numerous stores downtown to do all your Christmas shopping and dine at as well.

Some nearby suggested shopping areas are:

  • IDS Center (numerous shops)
  • Macy's
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Sak's Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
  • Target

Dining options are huge, but here are just a few for you to choose from

  • Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse
  • Rudolph's BBQ
  • Solera Restaurant
  • Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant
  • Akwaaba Restaurant

My personal favorite is 8th Street Grill.

Not only do they have the Best Burgers in town but numerous beers to bring on the Holiday Cheer! I think it's like 35 different beers? And that on tap! Definitely check it out.

They are at:

800 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Don't Miss Out


Runs Downtown Minneapolis, on the pedestrian street of Nicollet Mall, between 12th and 4th Streets


Free of charge and open to the Public

Although this is a free event, there is a heated tent for your comfort located in the middle of the action at 12th Street. Complimentary hot cocoa and cider are available.

Cost is $9.00..


Every Thursday - Sunday: Beginning Friday, November 26th through Sunday, Dec. 19th, 2010.

Start Time

Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts approx. 30 minutes.

All Aboard For Holiday Fun!


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