Winter Events 

Holiday Parties

Save the dates! Click on each event link for more details. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Some events require advance registration.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation programs will adhere to CDC and MN Department of Health guidance on COVID-19. Programs offered may require modifications based on future public health recommendations.

Event and Location
Wed, Dec. 8 10am - 12pm Tot Time Holiday Celebration at Battle Creek Recreation Center Registration recommended
Thur, Dec. 9 5:30 - 7:30pm Drive Thru Dinner with Santa at Dayton's Bluff Recreation Center Registration required This event is at capacity. Visit one of our other holiday events this season! 
Thur, Dec. 9 6 - 8pm Holiday Party at Linwood Recreation Center (Co-hosted with Palace Community Center and El Rio Vista Recreation Center)
Sun, Dec. 12 12 - 1:30pm Santa Paws at Palace Community Center $5 for photo with Santa (bring your own camera or use the on-site photographer for an additional fee)
Tue, Dec. 14 6 - 7:30pm Community Holiday Dinner at Hazel Park Recreation Center Registration required
Tue, Dec. 14 6 - 8pm Walk Through Winter Wonderland at North Dale Recreation Center
Wed, Dec. 15 5:30 - 7:30pm Santa's Workshop at Battle Creek Recreation Center Registration required
Wed, Dec 15 6:30 - 8pm Magical Holiday Stroll at Highland Park Community Center (Co-hosted with Groveland Recreation Center and Edgcumbe Recreation Center) Registration recommended
Fri, Dec. 17 6:30 - 7:30pm Holiday Outdoor Fun & Games at Duluth & Case Recreation Center Registration required
Sat, Dec. 18 1 - 4pm Winter Beach Party at Jimmy Lee/Oxford Community Center

For more information on recreation center events and activities, contact the recreation center hosting the event or activity you are interested in.

Other Community Events and Holiday Activities

We are partnering with community groups to bring festive and safe events to you this holiday season! Events and activities will be added as information becomes available.

Take a walk through Rice Park

Stroll through the park in downtown Saint Paul and enjoy the twinkling lights. 

Cathedral Festival of Lights (Dec. 15 - 19)

The Cathedral Heritage Foundation brings back the Cathedral Festival of Lights event this year with some added activities. The light shows, featuring separate indoor and outdoor shows, will run Wednesday, Dec. 15 through Sunday, Dec. 19. A Christmas Market is slated for Dec. 16-18. Tickets for the indoor event, "Starry Night", may be purchased now. The outdoor show, "The Beginning", is free and presented by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation and sponsors as a gift to the community. Learn more on the Festival of Lights website. 

Cathedral Heritage Foundation's "Festival of Lights"

Como Zoo & Conservatory

The Holiday Flower Show will run from Dec. 4, 2021 through Jan. 9, 2022. This year features hundreds of poinsettias, including "Orange Glow", the first truly orange poinsettia. Reservations are required to visit the Como Zoo & Conservatory.

Visit the Holiday Flower Show

Reindeer Cam is back and now live! Get to know Mabel, Abby, and Forest, the three reindeer that call Como Zoo their ho-ho-home! This live feed is available 24/7 and is a great alternative to the yule log.

Watch the Reindeer Cam 


Last Edited: December 3, 2021