In downtown Minneapolis, holiday festivities stretch from Loring Park to the Hennepin Theatre District, Nicollet Mall and the riverfront.
Events to catch: Dec. 12-15 and 19-22, free Holidazzle market in Loring Park, with a Kids' Zone, concerts, ice-skating, a beer garden with games and Saturday fireworks.
What to do: See "A Christmas Carol'' at the Guthrie. See a Christmas play or ballet in the Hennepin Theatre District.
Nightlife: The Dakota music club at Nicollet and 10th schedules many holiday shows.
Details: See A jolly holiday in Minneapolis.