Celebrating the upcoming new year can come in a variety of ways. Alyssa Hayes from Explore Minnesota joined me on WJON to highlight some fun things for Minnesotans to take part in.

New Year Events

  • Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, Friday, Dec. 30: Party at the special Sparklerama event from 6-9 p.m., a family-friendly NYE celebration with live music and crafts. $18 admission.
  • Skatin Place New Year’s Eve Party, St. Cloud, Saturday, Dec. 31: Celebrate the New Year with the family! With skating, bounce houses, laser tag, food/drinks, and one of the largest arcades in Central Minnesota; there’s FUN for the whole family! A massive balloon net is due to release at 3 PM & 7 PM. Over $1,000 in prizes lay Inside the balloons ready for you to pop open
  • Winter Lights New Year’s Eve Party at the Arboretum, Chanhassen, Saturday, Dec. 31: Bring family and friends together to celebrate the end of 2022 with a magical walk through the Arboretum’s Winter Lights display, family-friendly games and live music. Take your picture in a photo booth, add your wishes for 2023 to the New Year Wish Tree and make a craft to bring home. Enjoy countdown celebrations on the hour at 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
  • Light up the new year on a candlelit trail: There are special candlelit events scattered across the state’s scenic winter trails -- enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking with trailside luminaries (candles or lanterns) lighting the way.
    • Events suitable for all ages; candle-lit trails are usually 1-2 miles in length and mostly flat.
    • Many events feature a bonfires, hot chocolate and other refreshments to warm up.
    • Happening in state, regional and city parks and recreation areas. For example/coming up:
      • Dec. 31: Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield -- a New Year’s Eve party takes place from 5-9 p.m. at the nature center and features marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, nature art and a luminary walk.
      • Jan. 6: Luce Line State Trail, Plymouth

Embrace the Season with the MN Winter Sports Passport

  • Sign up for the MN Winter Passport to receive #OnlyinMN deals and discounts at exploreminnesota.com/mnwintersports
  • Explore Minnesota’s new MN winter passport is a great way to snag seasonal deals, such as ski area and lift ticket discounts, winter gear rental discounts, lodging deals and more.
  • Participating passport business offer winter sports activities and rentals such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, winter biking and snowmobiling.
  • Deals are instantly delivered via text and email. No apps necessary!
  • The passport program runs through March 15
  • The MN Sports Winter Passport guides visitors through new winter adventures while enjoying savings along the way.

If you'd like to listen to my conversation with Alyssa Hayes it is available below.



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