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Holiday things to do around Minnesota

Here are some happenings around the area for the whole family to enjoy from now through December.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn — Thanksgiving is here, as are some fun happenings around Minnesota for you and your family to enjoy and kick off the holiday season!

Turkey Day 5K

Before you sit down for the holiday feast, grab your family, your running or walking shoes and come out to the Twin Cities Turkey Day 5K. The event starts at 8 a.m. on Nov. 24 and starts at 4 Street South and Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis. Kids 18 and under run free. 

For more information and to register for the event visit this website.

Vikings Thursday

While you're enjoying your Thanksgiving feast you can catch the Vikings head into week 12 as they play the New England Patriots at home on Thursday at 7 p.m. CST. After losing 40-3 to the Dallas Cowboys last week, the team is still 8-2 for the season, but the upcoming holiday game will be a tough matchup.

Free Minnesota State Parks

Once you've had your fill of turkey leftovers and Black Friday shopping, you can enjoy the Minnesota outdoors for free on Friday. All 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas are waiving vehicle permit entrance fees on Friday, Nov. 25, one of four free park days each year.

European Christmas Market

A holiday tradition held at Union Depot, the European Christmas Market has a wide variety of things to do, see and buy. From food vendors selling everything from baklava to German potato pancakes to handbags and ornaments for sale, you can find something for everyone here. The kids can do arts and crafts and even see Santa, and the whole family can enjoy performances by different music groups.

The market is open Nov. 25-27 and Dec 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18. For more information, visit the European Christmas Market website.

GLOW Holiday Festival

The annual holiday event returns to the Twin Cities! Held at CHS Field in St. Paul, this winter wonderland includes a "Northern Lights" light show spectacular to walk through, a 60-foot Christmas tree, a giant "Snowy" slide and a "Penguin Playground" for the kids. GLOW is open from now through Jan. 1. Tickets are $20.75 for adults, $12.75 for kids ages four through 12 and kids three and under are free! 

For more information, visit the GLOW website.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

The train is scheduled to stop at multiple towns across Minnesota on its annual tour through the northern U.S. This festive locomotive is decorated with holiday lights and designs, and visitors can enjoy free live performances by Alan Doyle and Kelly Prescott at each stop. 

The train will be in Minnesota Dec. 11-16. For more information, visit the website.

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