In the heart of Nicollet Avenue this holiday season you will find a collection of little huts in Peavey Plaza, which is home to the Minneapolis Holiday Market. In the past, the month of December downtown has been home to the beloved Holidazzle Parade, but this is the first year of what may become a new tradition for the Twin Cities.
The market began the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Eve, open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The market has a European feel from it’s food and drink offerings to the handcrafted items for sale. With a one-time entrance fee, you then have a pass to return as many times as you would like throughout their tenure on Nicollet Avenue.
The market has something to offer anyone, whether you are gift shopping for a special someone after work, looking for a tasty snack during your lunch break, or just walking by and want to hear some of the live entertainment offered. I visited the market recently and with a large crowd, it felt like the State Fair but with a chillier edge. The close-knit quarters give off the feel of walking through a market in London, Prague, or Munich, with a variety of vendors at every stop.
Some of my favorite items I tried were the Apfelwein (German for hard apple cider) and the Éclairs from Soloman’s Bakery. However, the cheese sampling was also a big hit with flavors ranging from Cranberry to Pizza to Jalapeno. The live entertainment when I was there was a singer with the look and sound of Elsa from Frozen, which by itself was worth braving the chilly temperatures outside.
All in all, the Minneapolis Holiday Market is a one stop shop for food and fun with the family or by yourself this season. Add Peavey Plaza to your holiday to do list this year folks, you won’t leave disappointed!