What to do in Minnesota: 5 things to do this weekend (Dec. 9-11)

FILE - A couple moves a freshly sawn Christmas tree from a conifer tree plantage near the small Bavarian village of Tuerkenfeld, southern Germany, on Dec. 11, 2016, two weeks before Christmas. (CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

More holiday events are popping up around Minnesota this weekend, including small-town festivals, ugly sweater parties, and more!

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Winterfest Downtown White Bear:

  • Various locations, White Bear Lake
  • Dec. 9
  • Free admission

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with horse-drawn carriage rides and Santa strolling the streets. Carolers arrive at 3 p.m. Throughout the weekend, children can pick up an Elf Passport at a participating business and search for the elf in each store. Three completed passports will be chosen at random to win a Holiday Bear Basket giveaway.

North Pole Express:

Climb aboard this holiday train built in 1944 and get a visit from Santa himself! This show is produced by an all-volunteer crew.

The Frozen Experience:

  • Shops at the West End, Minneapolis
  • Dec. 9
  • Free admission

Meet your favorite winter characters, see live reindeer, watch a live ice sculptor and more at this winter event.

Lakes & Legends Anniversary Party:

  • Lakes & Legends Brewing, Minneapolis
  • Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Free admission

While the brewery will close at the end of the year, swing by this event for unique crafts, bites from KCM Eggroll, and tunes from a stacked lineup of DJs. 

Gift Drive and Ugly Sweater Party:

  • 1029 Bar, Minneapolis
  • Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Free admission

Grab your most hideous holiday sweater and head to 1029 Bar. They will be collecting gifts, donations, and toys for kids and teens throughout the event. Bingo and other games will begin at 2 p.m.