10 Fun Things to Do in the Minnesota Winter

The Minnesota winter is too long to sit inside all day. And while it can be fun to veg on Netflix, or hibernate for a time, here are some fun ideas to fill your winter season with delight:

1. Go Sledding or Skiing with a Mug of Hot Cocoa

2. St Paul Winter Carnival

3. Crashed Ice Competition in St Paul

Hosted by Red Bull, this crazy competition draws record-breaking crowds to St Paul over it's several days of races.

4. Catch a Minnesota Wild Game

5. Winter Farmer's Market

6. Eden Prairie Ice Castles

7. US Pond Hockey Championships

Pond hockey sure breaks up the monotony of winter, and gets the muscles moving. Take the game to a new level by experiencing the US championships of pond hockey, held in the Twin Cities each year!

8. Twin Cities Cross Country Skiing "Loppet" 

City-wide Cross Country Ski Festival on the first weekend of February. Come join the fun!

9. Ice Skating at The Depot in Minneapolis

There's hardly a more beautiful, classy spot to take your date to ice skate than The Depot's windowed rink in downtown Minneapolis, off Washington Avenue.

10. Holidazzle Village & Winter Market

Many were sad to see the Holidazzle Parade canceled, but there is still hope as the city announced the Holidazzle Village & European Style Winter Market starting.

11. Unique Minnesota Winter Sports

There are a whole list of outdoor sports you can do in Minnesota's snowy winter, that you can't do in many parts of the country: ice skating, ice fishing, cross country skiing, pond hockey, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, dogsledding and more!

12. Macy's Eighth Floor Santa-land Exhibit

Long a fun tradition in Minnesota, Macy's decks the halls, and puts on a fun show for the whole family: a walk-through exhibit that will leave the kids enchanted.