Snow has finally arrived. In my mind this is what really triggers the holiday season. As I shoveled snow last weekend, it made me reflect on the holiday season and think about the gifts that I need to find in the next few weeks.
Everywhere you look you see ads for new electronics, toys, and clothes. Speaking for myself, the things I remember most from my past are not the physical gifts but much more the experiences. The great thing is that we live in a community where there are countless opportunities to create an experience for others that will help them see a new part of the community and spend time together with others. It could be an event you choose to do with them or you can be the conduit by giving them tickets to do it with someone else. The great side benefit this has for the community is that it allows people to try something new and then share the story with countless other friends. In effect you are creating ambassadors that help spread the word throughout the community.
The options are countless — Here are a five that come to mind that are worth considering:
Holidazzle — Outstanding parade of lights through downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. Free and runs Thursday – Sunday at 6:30 till December 23rd.
Christmas Carol – Classic experience that introduced many Minnesotans to the Guthrie Theater. The story by Charles Dickens about Ebenezer Scrooge and Christmas past, present and future. Playing now through December 29th.
St. Paul Union Depot — Just reopened after a huge renovation project. The Union Depot will serve as a vital transportation hub for downtown St. Paul and the region. This visit will give a chance to step back in time and look at some of the magnificent architecture and artwork of years gone by. While you are in the area, checkout some of the great local restaurants in the area.
St. Paul Winter Carnival — A great event of the winter season and a fantastic opportunity to explore St. Paul. The carnival runs from January 24 – February 3rd.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts — The MIA has a breathtaking collection of art from around the world. The Terracotta Warriors exhibition is currently showing in the main gallery and is on display through January 20th.
This holiday season, take time to give a new experience to someone else. It will live on in their memory and also assist the community in building new ambassadors for the future.
Have a Happy Holidays and a wonderful new year.