Are you a die-hard fan of Minnesota winters? Or maybe the only thing that’s getting you through the winter is counting the days until spring. Most of us are somewhere in the middle—appreciating the beauty of the season but still needing a boost as we face each new day that seems longer, colder and snowier than the last.
Thankfully, Minneapolis is not a city that slows down when the temperature drops. So, pull on your boots, pull down your hat, and get out there to embrace—and conquer—the last weeks of winter.
The Great Northern Festival
Jan. 27 - Feb. 6
The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters with 10 days of diverse programming that invigorates the mind and body, including public art, musical performances, lectures, workshops, and outdoor fun.
This Lake of the Isles classic lets visitors walk, ski or snowshoe through a candlelit trail across the lake—glowing with 1,200 luminaries—and warm up with hot chocolate, s’mores, food truck offerings, and more. Advanced registration is required.
Cross Country Skiing in Theodore Wirth Park
Theodore Wirth Park has over 14 miles of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. Trails are separated by natural or snowmaking for the discerning skier, many are lighted, and equipment rental is available at The Trailhead.
Minnehaha (Frozen) Falls
Impressive during the warm months, 53-foot Minnehaha Falls becomes a breathtaking, icy work of art in winter. Stay on the footbridge that crosses the river from above for the best (and safest) views.
(Heated) Outdoor Patios
Several distilleries and brewpubs have added heaters, ice rinks, firepits, and even igloos to their outdoor spaces for year-round enjoyment. Check out Twin Spirits Distillery, Sociable Cider Werks, Number 12 Cider, and Broken Clock Brewing.
Posted by Joe Grunnet