With these above average temps the city of Burnsville wants to tee it up. But they won’t be using golf balls. Instead they’ve chosen bright-colored dodgeballs for their first-ever winter golf tournament this weekend at Birnamwood. Despite the unknowns, the tourney sold out right away. The public can still come out to watch and grab a bite or beverage. It starts Saturday the 16th at 9am.
Calling all wings, avocado and breakfast lovers! Graze Provisions & Libations is a food and beverage collective in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood is starting off the New Year with some good news. Three new food concepts have opened up; B.A.D. Wingz, Avocadish and It’s 7am Somewhere. The food hall reopens Thursday, January 14th for indoor dining. They are still offering takeout and delivery as well. For more information visit: https://grazenorthloop.com/
People are flocking to local parks seeking new winter hobbies like cross-country skiing, kicksledding and snowshoeing during the pandemic. We visited the Lowry Nature Center in Victoria to see what goes in to snowshoeing for first-timers. For more information visit: https://www.threeriversparks.org/
56 Brewing in Northeast Minneapolis has created an outdoor oasis with heaters, fire pits and even blankets to entice customers to visit often and stay longer. And to have a little fun with the current situation, they’re offering beer pricing based on the temperature. The colder it gets the cheaper the beer. They will keep this pricing and outdoor setup in place into next week when they reopen their indoor space on Wednesday at 50-percent capacity, per the latest guidance from Governor Walz.
The pandemic has us embracing winter like never before with folks dining outside and even catching a movie at the drive-in. FOX 9’s Shayne Wells headed to the St. Michael Cinema in St. Michael, Minnesota where drive-in holiday movies have been a big hit.
St. Paul’s Café Astoria is known for its over-the-top lattes including rainbow foam art, real gold flakes and fresh toasted marshmallows. But their newest creation is out-of-this world and Instagram is loving it. The Baby Yoda latte is almost too cute to drink featuring the infant alien sporting a Santa hat. The meringue’s are hand-made and peppermint flavored, while the rim of the decadent drink is dipped in chocolate and graham crackers. Café Astoria is located at 180 Grand Avenue. They just opened a second location in St. Paul called Side Hustle at 1124 Payne Ave.
Tonight is the United States debut of a very unique light show that’s gained a following in Europe. Murals depicting the Christmas story will be projected on to the front of the Cathedral of St. Paul and set to music. ‘Cathedral Illuminated: The Manger’ runs 12 minutes and will be shown on a continuous loop from 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 17 - 19, 2020. It’ll play on the eastern side of the Cathedral. Officers from the Saint Paul Police Department will direct traffic one-way heading north along Summit Avenue and allow vehicles to stop temporarily in front of the Cathedral to watch the show. Spectators must remain in their vehicles at all times. If you can’t make it to the show, it will be live streamed on the Cathedral Heritage Foundation’s Facebook page from 6 to 7:30pm, Dec. 17 – 19th.
Tis the season to flood those backyard rinks! And there may be more of them than ever as demand has skyrocketed due to the pandemic. Calls have been pouring in to the crew behind T-Rex Rinks. We joined them at one of their builds in Woodbury to find out what goes in to creating the perfect backyard ice oasis.
This would typically be the time of year malls would be bustling with holiday shoppers and kids dressed up for their pictures with Santa. But with COVID-19 restrictions in place, there won’t be any in-person visits with Old St. Nick. Still, malls are finding ways to keep the tradition alive, online. The Mall of America constructed the Candy Cane Institute, an interactive virtual experience that starts with a tour of the elves workshop and ends with a Santa visit. The cost for the 10-minute virtual holiday experience is $20 and it runs through December 24.
This year's holiday attractions look different, but there is still plenty of dazzle to be found. Shayne Wells checked out Sam's Christmas Village which boasts millions of lights sure to impress visitors on foot or on four wheels.
Drive-thru light shows have popped up all over the metro, but only one showcases the world’s most endearing and endangered animals. ‘Nature Illuminated’ is a new event at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. It features dazzling lights and larger-than-life animals custom-made by Landmark Creations in Burnsville. There are nearly 30 inflatable art pieces including a 30-foot red panda and a moose that towers over your car. ‘Nature Illuminated’ is open now and will run through January 17th. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time online
Northeast Minneapolis has a new distillery and cocktail room; one that promises to deliver whiskey flavors that don’t exist anywhere else. Brother Justus Whiskey Company tapped in to Minnesota’s natural resources to bring the flavors of the North to their products. Founder and Owner, Phil Steger said the plan was to open their spacious location the week before Thanksgiving, but that’s the same week Governor Walz announced the four-week closure of bars and restaurants. Until they can open to the public they’re offering delivery and curbside pickup. And this week Steger expects their whiskey to arrive in Minnesota Liquor stores.
The St. Paul Farmers’ Market is hosting a Thanksgiving market today. It’s a big deal because this is the one day each year that the market is open on a weekday. They’ve got all the fixings from turkey to sides and baked goods. The market will be open from 10am to 4pm at 290 5th St. E. Below are two recipes we shared on the Fox 9 Morning News. Both were made with ingredients from this special edition of the Farmers’ Market. Savory Squash Ingredients • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper • salt to taste • 1/2 cup shredded Romano cheese Directions • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. • Mix butternut squash, olive oil, thyme, black pepper, and salt in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread mixture in a large baking dish in an even layer; cover with aluminum foil. • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes; remove foil and stir in half the Romano cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Return to oven, uncovered, and continue to bake until tender and golden brown, about 20 minutes more. Sparkling Cranberry Kombucha Mocktail Ingredients: 1” slice of fresh ginger, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish 1 large sprig fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish, ½ cup 100% cranberry juice, 2 12-ounce bottles Live Original or Ginger Kombucha (may substitute kombucha of choice), Fresh cranberries, rosemary sprigs, and thinly sliced ginger for garnish Instructions: Fill 4 double old-fashioned glasses with ice and set aside. In a pitcher or quart-size Mason jar, muddle sliced ginger and rosemary together using the end of a wooden spoon or a muddler if you have one. Add cranberry juice and kombucha; stir gently to combine. Pour into ice-filled glasses (using a strainer, if necessary) and garnish with sprigs of rosemary, a slice of fresh ginger, and a few cranberries before serving.
There’s another drive-thru light show to add to your holiday bucket list. It’s in the southwest metro at a place people typically get lost in corn maze. Sever’s Fall Festival is now Sever’s Holiday Lights. There are 1.2 million lights on the half-mile drive that are timed to Christmas tunes on a special radio frequency. The show opens for the season on Thursday, November 26th. It will be open seven days a week. At the end of the drive-thru there is a concession stand with mini donuts and hot apple cider.
The music industry, like many, has taken a big hit from the pandemic. But one bright spot is the sales of vinyl records which are up more than 11 percent in the last year according to data from Nielsen Music. The Twin Cities most well-known independent record store, that sells plenty of vinyl, is Electric Fetus. They’ve seen a surge in interest in vinyl in the last year, but have also benefitted from getting their hands on signed merchandise from artists like Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi and Megan Thee Stallion. We visited the shop to see what they’re expecting to be the biggest sellers this holiday season.
Burnsville's Buck Hill has been furiously making snow and will open the slopes this weekend. With the new dial-back in place, the lodge will no longer be open for warming, guests will be allowed inside to grab food and use the restroom, but will not be allowed to linger. Buck Hill has also announced they are not currently allowing group instruction.
The Twin City Model railroad Museum is bringing back it’s Night Trains event. The show has become a holiday tradition for many families. This year will look a little different with COVID 19 safety restrictions in place including a much smaller visitor limit and a one-way flow of traffic. The event takes place Saturdays from 3pm to 7pm through February 27th.
A museum-quality replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling has arrived at the Mall of America. And with travel mostly on hold, this presents a unique opportunity to explore Michelangelo’s work without having to get on a plane. The life-sized replicas will be on display in the exhibit from November 13th through January 31st on the 2nd floor of the North Atrium.
Restaurants across the Twin Cities are adding heaters, tents and domes to their patios to extend the outdoor dining season. And some are even taking that concept and expanding it. Northeast Minneapolis brewery, Broken Clock Brewing Collective has put up three themed igloos. They offer ‘A Day at the Beach’ igloo with a lifeguard chair and a surfboard table, ‘Retro’ which has knitted throws and vintage seating and a hefty box TV, and ‘Camping’ which even smells and sounds like a night under the stars in the woods. Each igloo comes equipped with a heater. The igloos must be reserved in advance and can hold up to six people. Broken Clock Beertenders never go in the igloos; instead orders are left on a barrel outside the dome entrance. Each dome is sanitized in between groups.
We found the sweetest escape in Minneapolis. ‘Gingerbread Wonderland’ is back at Norway House for a 6th year. There are more than 70 entries including Hogwarts School from Harry Potter and local landmarks like The Witches Hat Tower in Prospect Park. Small groups of ten or less can come through and see it in-person with a reservation. The event runs through January 2nd.