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Why We Love Christmas in Minnesota

Why We Love Christmas in Minnesota

The holidays are one of the most magical times of the year. What better place to spend them than a real-life winter wonderland? Let us tell you all about why we love Christmas in Minnesota.

Why We Love Christmas in Minnesota

Christmas is a time to celebrate with the people you love, and there’s no better place to do it than Minnesota. Why do people love Christmas in Minnesota so much? Because there’s a little bit of holiday magic no matter where you go.

Minnesota Is a Real-Life Winter Wonderland

Minnesota is the place to be if you dream of a white Christmas. With Christmas snowfall a virtual guarantee in many areas of the state, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of tall pine trees and a blanket of snow nearly everywhere you go. (And if you don’t like shoveling snow yourself, you can always check out an assisted living community, where we’ll handle all the winter weather chores for you while you kick back and relax!)

Minnesota Has Holiday Lights Done Right

There’s nothing like a stroll through a beautiful Christmas lights display on a clear winter night. Visit “America’s Largest Walk Through Lighting Event” in Bentleyville, where over four million Christmas lights are put on a dazzling display. If you’re a nature fan, the Winter Lights display at the St. Paul Arboretum will delight you with a 500-foot Poinsettia tree, among other green holiday highlights. Not up for a walk? Minnesota boasts multiple beautiful drive-through lighting displays that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. Just don’t forget to stop for hot chocolate on the way home.

Minnesota Has One-of-a-Kind Holiday Shopping

Are you looking for that perfect Christmas gift you can’t find anywhere else? Minnesota boasts some of the best Christmas shopping around. You can create a new holiday tradition by visiting one of Minnesota’s beloved European Christmas Markets, where you can find unique items and delicious food alongside puppet shows, skating demonstrations, and other old-fashioned holiday fun. Or, take a more modern field trip to the Mall of America, where holiday-themed shopping events will let the little ones meet Santa, and the adults will get their pick of over 500 stores for their Christmas shopping needs. The Mall of America Festival of Trees is a walk-through winter wonderland you won’t want to miss.

Minnesota Charms with Historic Holiday Home Tours

Do you want to visit some of the homes of Christmas past this holiday season? Minnesota has you covered with some of the most beautiful historic homes open to the public. You can experience what Christmas was like in the Roaring Twenties by visiting the Lindbergh House and Museum or travel back to the era of Charles Dickens with a Victorian Christmas at the Comstock House. If exploring the outdoors is more your speed, the Glensheen Mansion opens its gardens to the public with a massive Christmas tree and decoration display the whole family will enjoy.


There isn’t enough room in one blog post to share everything we love about Christmas in Minnesota, but we hope this gets you interested in learning more. Why not plan a visit to the Shores of Lake Phalen and see it yourself?

Are you looking for a community that provides a positive, healthy atmosphere where you can live out your golden years? The Shores of Lake Phalen is an assisted living and memory care community in a quiet, peaceful environment in Maplewood, Minnesota. Surrounded by a gorgeous wooded setting between two lakes, our residence offers the accessibility of apartment-style housing with the atmosphere and elegance of a resort. We offer numerous health and safety amenities, fun events and activities, a friendly and accommodating staff, and so much more. Schedule a tour of the community to explore our spacious apartments, elegant dining room, and more. We look forward to hearing from you!