Holiday

Grand Gifts

Everyone knows that Grand Avenue offers some of the best shopping in Saint Paul. But did you know you could polish off your shopping list by stopping in just one building? The shopping mall at 867 Grand Avenue is brimming with stores and services for every audience. Whether your friend or family member enjoys receiving a gift they can cherish forever, experience, or consume right away, the shops at Victoria Crossing have something for everyone.

Have a Happy Holiday with Your Pet

Bright lights, shiny decorations and company at the house can create a very stressful time for your pooch. Below are a few quick and easy tips to help make your holiday more stress-free.

Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If perfectly cast, a supporting player can steal the show—just as thoughtfully culled accessories and accoutrements step out of an ensemble’s shadow to elicit appreciative nods and maybe even, “Where did you get that?” This year, our gift guide focuses on the big style impact of those supporting players: handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses and more.

Good Grief! A Charlie Brown Christmas at Stages Theater

For the first time ever, Stages Theatre Company brings A Charlie Brown Christmas to the stage. Closely adapted from the popular TV special, the storyline and music will be familiar to audience members, with a few extra surprises. Says artistic director Sandy Boren-Barrett, “When you select a beloved story like

A Charlie Brown Christmas to bring to life on stage, you give it a lot of thought. A program that has survived the test of time and is still so popular brings so much potential and excitement.”

Christmas Tree Clean Up

For those who choose pine over plastic, December 26 marks the first day of tree-disposal season. If you’re not sure what to do with your post-season tannenbaum, here are a few tips:

-Use curbside pickup. Many communities, including Wayzata (for utility paying Wayzata residents) and Shorewood, offer this service. Keep in mind that there might be a fee, depending on where you live.

-Take your tree to a drop-off recycling center. Minnetonka Public Works offers tree disposal for residents during winter pruning and brush drop-offs in March only.

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Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling

For the past 10 years, Scott Knight of Knight Family Farms, which specializes in old-fashioned horse and buggy rides, has been offering buggy rides through downtown Excelsior to ring in the holiday season. Beginning during the annual Christkindlsmarkt event, which also includes delicious food and a variety of family-friendly activities, the rides are offered each Saturday leading up to Christmas.

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Santa and His Reindeer Return to Colonial Square

Colonial Square in Wayzata is bringing back a popular holiday tradition: Santa and his reindeer will be outside in early December to welcome guests at the retail center. The event was well-attended last year, and organizers are planning on another large turnout. “We’re excited to be able to bring it back,” says event coordinator Joanne Mallon.

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