Holiday Markets & Festivals in Minnesota – 2021 Edition


The holidays are near and it seems like every year they creep up on us earlier and earlier! With only a small window of time to capture all the holiday spirit, I’ve rounded up some holiday markets in the cities and beyond, so you can plan ahead for your holiday season!

Most all of these feature local vendors and makers so we really can celebrate small businesses and support local this season! Read on for my top picks and scroll through for over 25 additional markets happening too! Happy Holidays!

Lizanne’s Top Picks

The Northern Express – Excelsior & Moorhead – Weekends starting December 3rd- December 19th – A brand new immersive holiday festival, The Northern Express is located in Excelsior and the Moorhead area! They’ll feature Santa’s workshop, llamas, festive bars, and shopping local. Tickets required.

MN Xmas Market – Multiple Locations – November 6, 13, 14, 27th – An Annual popup market that features home grown brands and makers. 7% of all sales from the event go back to a local charity that fights for Kids in the Twin Cities. Catch this market in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester, and Duluth this year!

Off the Rails – Brainerd – December 11th – A pop-up market in the Brainerd Lakes Area at the historic Northern Pacific Center, this event carefully curates Minnesota’s best makers and brands who have a vision for providing uniquely sourced and handmade goods.

Plate & Parcel – Linden Hills – Every Weekend in November & December – Minneapolis Craft Market, Wagner Garden Centers, and Linden Hills Farmers Market vendors create a bustling and festive hub of farmers, food makers, and artisans. Free to attend and vendors change daily!

European Christmas Market – St. Paul – Weekends starting Nov 26- Dec 19 – Shop for handmade European crafts or unique gifts from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired delicacies during four weekends in November and December.

Duluth Winter Village – Duluth – December 4th & 5th – The Duluth Winter Village is a free, two-day festival where local small businesses sell their goods out of wooden cabins. In addition to shopping, visitors will enjoy food and beverages, campfires by the lake, live animals, carolers, and more.

Northern Lights Festival – Rochester – December 2-19, Thurs-Sun – The Northern Lights Festival has something for people of all ages to enjoy; chances to eat and drink, enjoy our 25,000+ sq. ft. light park, shop in the Mini MN Christmas Market, countless photo ops, make-and-take experiences and more.

Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival – Minneapolis – December 4th & 5th – Shop handmade goods from more than 60 regional artists at booths inside the American Swedish Institute and out in the courtyard. Browse exceptional items from ASI’s own Jul Shop, alongside distinctive artisan glass, clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles.

Additional Holiday Markets!

A Handmade Holiday Market – Lakes & Legends Brewing – Weekends in December

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt – Excelsior – November 26th-28th, December 3rd-6th

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique – Minneapolis – December 10th-12th

Gift & Art Expo – Minneapolis – November 5th-7th

Hollidazzle – Minneapolis – Dates TBD

Julebyen Christmas Village – Knife River – December 4th & 5th

Nordic Julemarket – Utepils Brewing – Minneapolis – December 3rd-5th

Holiday Open House – Downtown White Bear Lake – November 11th

French Vintage Holiday Market – Anoka – November 5th & 6th

Porch Pot Pop Up & Holiday Market – Hugo – November 28th

Handmade Christmas Indie Maker Market – Austin – December 3rd & 4th

Made in MN Expo – St. Cloud – November 20th

Homespun Holiday – Waconia – November 27th

100 Miles of Christmas – Driftless Region/Great River Road – December 4th and 5th

December Gift Market at the Arboretum– Chaska – December 10th & 11th

Winona Holiday Market – Winona – December 11th

Northeast Outdoor Winter Market (Farmer’s Market) – Minneapolis – Nov 6th & Dec 4th

Over the River Holiday Festival – Fergus Falls – December 4th

Holiday Bazaar – Stillwater – November 21st & 22nd

Christmas Market At North Shore Winery – Lutsen – November 26th

The Depot Great Hall Marketplace – Duluth – December 18th


Did I miss your favorite? Comment below or email me at as I will continue updating this list!

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