What to do in Minnesota: 5 things to do this weekend (Dec. 22-24)

Plenty of holiday events are popping up across Minnesota, including a brunch with Santa, Elf trivia, and light displays.

PD Shimmers synchronized light show:

  • 4320 Ithaca Ln N, Plymouth
  • Dec. 21-Dec. 24
  • Free, donations encouraged

Mike Justak, who has Parkinson's disease, has put on a synchronized holiday light show called PD Shimmers to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's for more than a decade. He pulled the plug on the light show in recent years due to it being too difficult to put on, but recently came across a promise he made that the show would go on as long as there was a tremor. So for a few nights this month, Justak will have lights on one of his trees synced to music. Justak recently published a memoir about his battle with Parkinson's, titled "Puck Farkinson's."

Elf Trivia and Ugly Sweater Party:

  • Forgotten Star Brewing, Fridley
  • Dec. 23
  • Free admission

Head to Forgotten Star Brewing for an Elf-themed party. Be sure to wear your most hideous holiday sweater! Festivities begin at 4 p.m.

Champagne Brunch with Santa:

Enjoy an unlimited menu including 24 food items and cocktails along with wine, bubbles, and mimosas. Visitors might even catch a glimpse of Santa at brunch! Reservations are valid for a two-hour dining window.

Christmas Meals at the Lowell Inn:

  • Lowell Inn, Stillwater
  • Dec. 24-25
  • Reservations required

Enjoy a brunch or dinner buffet at Stillwater's historic Lowell Inn. Call 651-439-1100 for reservations.

Christmas Luminaries:

Every year, the Marti family lights luminaries on the Schell's Brewery grounds and invites the public to come stroll through the park. Lightings are on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 6 p.m.