Greater St. Cloud December Event Roundup 2018

They don’t call it the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for nothing! December is filled to the brim with holiday gatherings, family-friendly-fun, grown-up gigs and more – you’re going to wish you could be in two (or three) places at once! Here are some big ones to mark on your schedule, but for the full calendar of events you can click here. Happy Holidays!

December 1st: Sauk Rapids Parade of Lights & Family Fun Day

Kick off the holiday season in Sauk Rapids! Join the 2018 Sauk Rapids Ambassadors at the VFW for kids bingo, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and a silent auction, followed by a steak fry and meat raffle in the evening. Want to get moving? Join in the Trots for Tots 5K – it’s free to enter with a donation of a children’s toy! Don’t forget to dress in layers, the light parade starts at 5pm in downtown Sauk Rapids. Get more information here.

December 1st: KringleFest at the Stearns History Museum

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, create holiday crafts, and enjoy the music, activities, and treats of the holiday season at the Stearns History Museum. You can even design a masterpiece at the Cookie Decorating Station provided by Cold Spring Bakery. This event is $5 to attend, but museum members and children under 4 get in for free. Click here for more information!

December 6th: Festival of Lights

This annual tradition at the St. Cloud Hospital is a simple but beloved part of the holiday tradition in St. Cloud. 2018 marks the 30th year of celebration! Thsi free event is open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation. The lighting ceremony will commence at 7pm, and there will also be horse-drawn wagon rides, reindeer, carols, a living nativity, visits with Santa & the Mrs. and more! Find out more here and get ready to spread holiday cheer!

December 6th: St. Cloud Weihnachtsmarkt

Also known as a Christmas Market, this Germain-inspired tradition takes place downtown St. Cloud under the 5th Avenue parking ramp, just outside of the River’s Edge Convention Center. This is the perfect grown-up night out, with hot wine, cold beer, great food, entertainment and gift ideas. The perfect place to celebrate the season, and maybe even be able to pronounce it by the time you leave. More info here!

December 7th & 8th: Winter Nights & Lights Festival

The annual St. Cloud winter festival is here! Festivities kick off on Friday with a winter carnival full of rides and fun, followed by a free Brat Pack Radio concert at the River’s Edge Convention Center. Saturday starts off with Winter Wonderland at Lake George, featuring crafts, games, visits with the Claus’s, and more. Then head downtown for the Nights and Lights parade down St. Germain Street. Hope to see you there! Find out more details on times and locations here

December 12th: Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$14.5 million and gathered 4.3 million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States. This magical holiday tradition travels throughout the upper Midwest and Canada, making stops along the way to feature musical performances, holiday lights, and collect donations.

December 13th: Laughing All the Way

Back for another year of goofy fun, Laughing All the Way features the characters you love (Hank Hawkins and the Great Zipperelli) performing all new sketches and songs. Making spirits bright, this show is sure to get you in the holiday mood (among other things) and is the perfect way to spend a holiday date night, girls night out, or family get together! Shows run through December 23rd and tickets are available here – get yours before they run out!

December 15th: A Ceremony of Carols

Nothing sings holiday spirit quite like the St. John’s Boy’s Choir, especially at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Back for this beloved tradition, the boys will sing new and familiar carols, combining the talents of the SJBC Orchestra, the Heavenly Metal Handbells, and a special Alumni Chorus. Choose the matinee show or the candlelight concert and get your tickets before they run out. Click here for more information!

December 23rd: Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular

All star musicians take the stage to bring your favorite holiday classics to rock n’ roll life on the Paramount stage. This annual holiday headbanger is back for another year of jamming along to all your favorite holiday hits as well as a few you’ve never heard of – but will love! There is one show on the 23rd, one on the 27th, and two shows on the 28th. Tickets for this party sell out fast, so get yours now at the Paramount Box Office or online here