December–Holiday Fun and Family Resources

Can you believe that it’s December all ready?  The holiday season is upon us!  There’s so much fun stuff to do this time of year that it can be hard to pack it all in!   We hope to see you all at our annual Holiday Program on December 15th! Watch for signs at the center with more information.   Here are a few other family-friendly events going on this month that are worth checking out:

Rice Park Holiday Display: Downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park is all decked out for the holidays.  Come see the beautiful, GIANT tree covered in lights.  Runs November 19th through January 1st. Located at 109 W. 4th Street, St. Paul.   Cost: FREE!

Winter Skate: While you’re downtown checking out the lights, why not go skating?  Landmark Plaza/Rice Park has an ice skating rink where you practice your triple axel, or make slow, unsteady circles around the rink. Bring your own skates or rent some on site.  Open now through Feb. 5th.  Cost: No cost to use the rink.  Free skate rental with each WellsFargo  credit or debit card you have on you, otherwise, $4 per skate rental.  Check out their website for hours and other information.

Dinner with Santa: Meet Santa and eat some spaghetti!  December 6th, 6-7:30.  Located at: Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center, 800 Conway St., St. Paul.  Cost: FREE to registered families Check out the website to register.

Santa’s Workshop: If you would like to give your child the opportunity to give presents as well as get presents, take them to Santa’s Workshop.  Children will be able to shop for their friends and family.  All gifts will be under $2, with each child able to spend up to $10 dollars.  Gifts will be purchased and wrapped without parents being able to see, so make sure your child has a list!  A fun, affordable way for your child to experience the pleasure of giving.  December 13th, 6pm-8pm.  Call (651) 298-5709 for more information.  Located at Hazel Park Recreation Center, 945 Hazel Street N, St. Paul.

Or Emet Pre-Hanukkah Party: Enjoy a potluck meal, candle-lighting, dreidels, music and special entertainment.  December 17th, 5pm-6pm.  Located at: Wellstone Center at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie St E, St. Paul.  Cost: FREE, but register in advance by emailing

Winter Beach Party: Get out of the cold and enjoy some live music from the Teddy Bear Band and Sons of the Beach, meet Santa, eat some goodies and enjoy some fun pool activities.  This event is free, but open swim is $2.   Call 651-642-0650 for more information and schedule.  December 17th, 1pm-5pm.  Located at Oxford Recreation Center, 270 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul 

Global Games Youth Holiday Event: Give your kids ages 5-12 an opportunity to experience toys from other cultures.  Children will hear stories, learn a little history and get to try each toy they have learned about.  December 21st, 6pm-7:30pm.  Located at West Minnehaha Recreation Center, 685 W Minnehaha Ave, St. Paul. Cost: FREE!

Kwanzaa Celebration: Enjoy light refreshments at this Kwanzaa celebration.  December 30th, 1pm-3pm.  Located at Martin Luther King Recreation Center, 271 Mackubin St, St. Paul. Call (651)290-8695 for more information.


Family Assistance

If you or someone you know could use a little help this holiday season, the following resources might be useful:

The Salvation Army offers year-round as well as seasonal assistance.  Some local chapters include:

Minneapolis E. Lake Street

St. Paul, Payne Avenue

Downtown Minneapolis

Toy Shop Registrations (ENDS DECEMBER 2ND at 4:00pm!)

Toys for Tots distributes toys to children every Christmas. Check out their website for local centers.

Neighbors, Inc. offers toys and clothing for children and seniors. Registration information on their website.


We hope your holiday season is a wonderful one!



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