HH-2017: Union Depot is the Hub for the Holidays

courtesy of Union Depot • The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Depot in downtown St. Paul.

Union Depot is the place to be this holiday season with a range of events for the whole family. Below is a list of holiday happenings at Union Depot.

• Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony:  Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; guests will enjoy a live musical performance by American Idol contestant Eric Gordon in the Head House inside Union Depot, followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Union Depot Holiday Tree at 7:15 p.m. on the North Plaza and a spectacular fireworks show. This year’s Union Depot Holiday Tree is a majestic blue spruce being donated by Ramsey County Parks & Recreation.

• European Christmas Market: Weekend Holiday Outdoor Shopping, Dec. 1 from 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Dec. 3 from noon to 6 p.m.; Dec 8 from 4 to 9 p.m.; Dec. 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Dec. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. The market is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Guests can shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations, taste European-inspired foods and drink Gluhwein (spiced mulled wine). This event is free to attend.

• Holiday Bake Sale:  On Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Fifth Annual Holiday Bake Sale will take place at Union Depot, featuring nearly 30 Twin Cities bakeries selling festive and delicious baked goods and confections.  Guests also will enjoy live cooking and baking demonstrations and other entertainment. Admission is $5 for adults, with 100 percent of proceeds going to charity. Seniors 60 and older and kids under 12 are free. VIP admission is $10 and includes a commemorative bakery box that includes an oven mitt, recipe cards and coupons/offers from participating bakeries. Tickets are available online at www.uniondepot.org/bakesale and at the door. Ticket prices do not include service fees.

• North Pole Express Train Rides: Back by popular demand, families will have the opportunity to ride a train with Santa, see his village and elves at work, then return to Union Depot for refreshments. The North Pole Express rides will take place Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3, and Dec. 7-10. For ride times and tickets visit The Friends of the 261 at www.261.com/npe/.

• Holiday Movie Night: Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., “Elf” will be shown. The movie is free to attend.

For more information about Union Depot holiday events, visit www.uniondepot.org/holiday or www.facebook.com/uniondepot.

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