Festive Holiday Lights Tour

Treat yourself to the magic of the holidays by viewing beautiful light displays on this two-hour tour! Your expert guide will escort you to your warm, heated coach bus where you’ll ride in comfort while viewing twinkling lights and nibbling on holiday treats. We’ll have music, we’ll have games, we’ll have fun for the whole family! We may even have an ugly sweater or two! (Feel free to wear your own! We know you have one!) The brightly decorated streets of the Twin Cities are sure to get you in the spirit of the season, so join us for some festive fun!

The tour runs from December 1 through December 30. Tour times are as follows:

Fridays – 7:30pm
Saturdays – 5pm and 7:30pm
Sundays – 5pm and 7:30pm

Adult tickets are $35, 17 and under $30.

The bus pickup/dropoff is located at the north side of Mall of America at the new North Entrance with convenient access from American Boulevard. This is located in the Mall parking lot that is east of IKEA and north of Lindau Lane.

Festive Holiday Lights Tour

Treat yourself to the magic of the holidays by viewing beautiful light displays on this two-hour tour! Your expert guide will escort you to your warm, heated coach bus where you’ll ride in comfort while viewing twinkling lights and nibbling on holiday treats. We’ll have music, we’ll have games, we’ll have fun for the whole family! We may even have an ugly sweater or two! (Feel free to wear your own! We know you have one!) The brightly decorated streets of the Twin Cities are sure to get you in the spirit of the season, so join us for some festive fun!

The tour runs from December 1 through December 30. Tour times are as follows:

Fridays – 7:30pm
Saturdays – 5pm and 7:30pm
Sundays – 5pm and 7:30pm

Adult tickets are $35, 17 and under $30.

The bus pickup/dropoff is located at the north side of Mall of America at the new North Entrance with convenient access from American Boulevard. This is located in the Mall parking lot that is east of IKEA and north of Lindau Lane.

R. Kelly is playing a Christmas concert in Minneapolis

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R. Kelly // Photo via minneapolis-theater.com

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: R. Kelly is coming to town.

That’s right, the “Ignition” starter himself will perform songs from his recently released “The 12 Nights of Christmas” on Dec. 10 at the Orpheum Theater.

According to the write-up on Minneapolis Theater, “R. Kelly switches from sexy songs to something more Festive in support of his new studio record and first ever Holiday album, ‘The 12 Nights of Christmas.’ Fear not though, it’s still full of the signature sexual healing he’s known so well for, with songs like ‘Christmas Lovin’ and ‘Mrs Santa Claus’ guaranteed to heat up the frosty nights ahead!”

Tickets start at $94.


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How to celebrate Christmas like they did in the 1800s: Get drunk

"Revelry at an Inn," by Dutch painter Jan Steen

“Revelry at an Inn,” by Dutch painter Jan Steen

Some 200 years ago, people celebrated Christmas not with family meals and cutely wrapped gifts, rather by getting “stinking drunk in public,” reports NPR.

“I guess [the way] Christmas used to be celebrated, you’d just get drunk,” says University of California, Santa Barbara historian Erika Rappaport.

Christmas was one of the few times that working-class men had off, and many would use it to blow their wages drinking and gambling at the pub.

Then, in the 1830s, teetotalers set their sights on Christmas and turned it into, wait for it, a tea holiday. Members of the movement in the U.S. and the U.K. would hold massive tea parties, often on Christmas Eve, in halls festooned with pine tree boughs and fruit. As many as 4,000 working and middle-class attendees would drink tea at long tables, while listening to a sermon or the testimony of reformed alcoholics preaching the virtues of an alcohol-free life.

[H/T NPR.org]


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Anonymous couple thanks Salvation Army with $500,000 check

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The previous record for a single kettle donation was $25,000. Typically, a kettle takes in about $30 an hour. // Photo via Salvation Army

A check made out for $500,000 was dropped in a Salvation Army kettle over the weekend at a Cub Foods in Rosemount, reports Star Tribune.

The quiet act of generosity was made by a couple who said it was their way of saying thank you. Salvation Army spokeswoman Julie Borgen said they’ve been in touch with the donors, but they wish to remain anonymous.

The couple told Borgen they hope their gift “encourages others to stretch their generosity to the limit,” adding that they were inspired by memories from their younger years when they had to rely on discarded food from a grocery store to make ends meet.

Read more at Star Tribune


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A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20