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Family Holiday Fun In Shakopee
This holiday season, make Shakopee your destination for family-friendly fun! From Christmas lights displays to holiday crafts and activities, educational tours to photos with Santa, there’s something for kids of all ages.
Christmas in Color
November 19 through December 31, 2021
Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas in Color, a drive-through animated light show synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear on your car radio. The display includes millions of holiday lights and features giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways, and more. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online.
1 Valley Fair Drive, Shakopee
Sever’s Holiday Lights
November 25, 2021 through January 2, 2022
Wind your way through Sever’s Holiday Lights, a half-mile drive-through display of over two million twinkling holiday lights. Enjoy the full program from the observation lot after your tour, or drive through the course as many times as you like. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased online (choose a non-peak time for a budget-friendly option).
3121 150th Street West, Shakopee
December 4, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season at Shakopee’s Holiday Fest! Browse the market for holiday gifts from local vendors, enjoy holiday activity stations at downtown businesses, check out the walk-through parade, and get a photo with Santa. Food will be available for purchase from Kraz’d Foodnatik MN and Cookie Dough Bliss Twin Cities. Wrap up the day with the tree lighting in front of River City Centre and a fireworks display.
Lewis Street South and First Avenue East, Downtown Shakopee
Folkways of the Holidays: Village Guided Tours
December 7-9, 11, 15, 18-19, 21-22, and 28-29, 2021
Join a costumed tour guide at The Landing for a tour of historic homes decorated for the holiday season. Experience mid-winter traditions brought to Minnesota by 19th century immigrants, including spinning a dreidel, caroling, and more. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and can be made online.
2187 Highway 101 E, Shakopee
Kid’s Craft to Go
Pick up available December 11 and December 13-17, 2021
Stop by the Scott County Historical Society for a take-home activity kit to make a holiday craft. Instructions and supplies are included. Although the craft kit is free, pre-registration is required to ensure there are enough supplies—register online or call 952-445-0378.
235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee
Winter Lights at the Arboretum
November 18, 2021 through January 2, 2022
Enjoy 16 winter light displays spread across a half-mile, stroller-friendly walk around the Arboretum grounds. Warm up at a bonfire midway through your tour (s’mores packages are available for purchase) and admire ice sculptures. Family Nights—scheduled for December 2 and 9—include complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, and crafts. Advance tickets are available online.
3676 Arboretum Drive, Chaska
Shakopee Winter Wonderland
Through December 2021
Enjoy a huge, festive residential Christmas lights display that may even include a chance to visit with Santa. The public is free to walk the path whenever the lights are on, and crafts, cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee are available in the garage.
921 Shakopee Avenue East, Shakopee
This holiday season, book a stay in Shakopee! Shakopee is home to Valleyfair (the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest), Canterbury Park, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.