Embrace Winter at Afton Alps

About 30 miles west of the Twin Cities is something pretty spectacular -- 300 skiable acres.  It's called Afton Alps and it's where we found our very own little ski bunny. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson takes us out on the slopes to learn the ropes of the bunny hill!

Best Holiday Light Displays in Minnesota  

Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte has a roundup of the best places to check out holiday lights in Minnesota.

Holiday Market

There’s a shopping event that not only helps you get some gifts checked off your list, they also give back. All sorts of women and minority owned business are being featured at the Holiday Market in St. Louis Park. The event is being put on by the Twin Cities Film Fest and Noise Makers.

Holiday Spots  

There’s nothing better than getting into the holiday spirit with a fun, family activity. Emily Engberg has a hand full of fun spots to check out to celebrate this winter.

Best Town in Minnesota  

There are 853 incorporated towns in Minnesota, so narrowing it down to which one is best is a tough task. The team at Minnesota Monthly took on the challenge and are ready to crown the winning town for 2019. Katie Hickman stopped by with details on the party where the winner will be crowned along with details on the five finalists in the running. 

European Christmas Market  

Downtown Saint Paul feels like a little European get away at Union Depot. European Christmas Market opens Friday, November 30th. The market is free and it features all sorts of handmade holiday gifts from vendors. There’s food, drinks, entertainment and more. It’s based on the charming markets you’d find in Germany, Austria and other countries.

Missing Pieces Escape Games in Edina  

For our special Edina edition of TCL In Your Town, we were looking for fun activites for the family. But we found a family that's doing a fun activity! Missing Pieces Escape Games is a family-owned business. Everyone in the family is involved in the design and production of their escape room games. 

North Local Market   Back To Top

Tis the season for shopping! Downtown Minneapolis has a new pop up shop with all things local. North Local Market is open through December 27th inside City Center. The market is on the first floor across from Saks on 7th. The market is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

TCL in Your Town: What to Do in Edina This Winter   Back To Top

Whether you're looking to embrace the cold and get outside or let out some energy indoors, Edina has plenty to offer. In celebration of TCL in Your Town: Edina, the editor of Edina Magazine, Angela Johnson, shared some of the can't miss spots in that community.

“Thank you for shopping” at Mill City Museum   Back To Top

There’s a new exhibit at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. It’s called “Thank You for Shopping” and it takes a look at the retail world in both Minneapolis and in Saint Paul. The exhibit is a companion to the book “Thank You For Shopping: The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores”. The book is a perfect coffee table book. It includes all sorts of pictures, recipes and menus from some of the dining establishments, too.

Christmas at Glensheen Mansion   Back To Top

The Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN has been a popular tourist destination for many years and is coming to life this holiday season. Director of the mansion, Dan Hartman stopped by to give us a sneak peak. 

Holiday Boutique   Back To Top

Elizabeth is with some of our viewers over at U.S. Bank Stadium where the Holiday Boutique is kicking off.

Holiday Fun at Mall of America   Back To Top

There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than seeing Santa himself. Santa made his big arrival at Mall of America on Thursday, November 8th. Now, he’s on hand to start seeing those eager kids who can’t wait to tell the big man what they want for Christmas. Santa will be available for pictures in Santaland. He will be there through December 24th. To get a rundown of his busy schedule, click here.

Cirque Du Soleil Corteo   Back To Top

Cirque Du Soleil is back at Target Center in Minneapolis. Corteo is the newest show embarking on sixty four city tour. Corteo is about a clown who imagines a festive parade. It’s high energy and non-stop action. The talent on this show is unbelievable. You’ll see fifty one acrobats, singers and musicians and actors from all over the world. The show first premiered under the Big Top in Montreal back in 2005. The show continues to have huge success. Some eight million people have seen it.

Victoria Burrow   Back To Top

Get ready for some fun in Victoria! There’s a new go to hang out for games, food, and of course good old fashion fun. Victoria Burrow is a new entertainment venue in an old grocery store building.

LeDuc Historic Estate   Back To Top

Every year right around Halloween, we like to send Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson out to get spooked. She and psychic and medium Jodi Livon have connected with spirits at Landmark Center, the Saint James Hotel in Red Wing and most recently the Ordway in downtown Saint Paul. They're all places said to be haunted, like the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings.  The home was built in 1860s and people have claimed to see its owner General William LeDuc walking from room to room. Kelli and Jodi takes us inside!

Win Big at the Anoka Halloween Parade   Back To Top

The city of Anoka will celebrate their 98th annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 27th. The Grand Day Parade kicks off at 1 o'clock and Twin Cities Live will be there! We have walked in the parade before but this time we may have a few people mad at us. That’s because we’re skipping Halloween completely and even Thanksgiving. Instead we’re celebrate the Jolly Old Elf, Santa Claus!

Dining in the Dark   Back To Top

There’s a new trend around the country are embracing. It’s called Dinning in the Dark and we found it at Mercy in downtown Minneapolis Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson and Producer Brittany Larson were hungry and wanted to see what the buzz was all about.

Halloween House in Richfield   Back To Top

The Peterson family of Richfield knows how to decorate for Halloween. For the eighth year in row, Liz and William Peterson have gone all out. They call it the “Peterson’s Purgatory”.

Haunted Tours   Back To Top

Halloween is fun for all sorts of reasons. Costumes, pumpkins and of course anything haunted!  We’re hooking you up with some fun options that are more than just haunted house. We have a list for haunted tours.

Shopcicle Pop-Up Marketplace at Union Depot   Back To Top

The renovated Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul is a place of history and beauty. It’s also the backdrop to a fun shopping event in October. On October 18th, folks can shop all things involving food. Shopcicle is a monthly social hour and pop up marketplace. The event on the 18th is from 3 to 8:30 p.m.

Family Friendly Halloween Events   Back To Top

Tiger Oak Media publilshes magazines for communities around the metro, including Woodbury, Maple Grove, and the Saint Croix Valley. Editor Angela Johnson stopped by with family-friendly Halloween events happening around the suburbs.

Best Pumpkin Patches in Minnesota   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live's Mike Marcotte shares your picks for the 5 best pumpkin patches in Minnesota.

Creepy Crawly Creatures Awareness Weekend at Como Zoo   Back To Top

Como Zoo is a great spot to check out all year round, but this October there are some fun things to see that you don’t normally get to check out.

Science Museum of Minnesota: Biomechanics Exhibit   Back To Top

The Science Museum of Minnesota has a new exhibit. It’s called “The Machine Inside: Biomechanics”. The hands on exhibit looks how both plants and animals as machines that are built for survival.

Midwest Home Luxury Loft & Condo Tour   Back To Top

It’s becoming a popular trend. Folks are selling their big homes and heading to condo and apartment living. Midwest Home’s 2018 Luxury Loft and Condo Tour is a great way to see what’s out there. Some of the spots on the tour are even available to buy or to rent.

“Last Stop on Market Street” at Children’s Theatre Company Back To Top

Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis is known for its talented cast and crew that make so many amazing shows come to life. Its newest show is “Last Stop on Market Street”. It’s based on an award winning book.

Good Housekeeping Lab at MOA   Back To Top

Flip through the pages of a Good Housekeeping magazine and you’ll see their stamp of approval on what they deem the best products available.  But it’s not just the editors and writers saying so, it’s top scientists, chemists and engineers testing products at the Good Housekeeping Institute Lab.  That lab has made its way to Mall of America and now you can buy everything inside the 2800 square foot space.

New Brick and Mortars in Twin Cities   Back To Top

Online shopping was the talk of the retail industry for many years. Many even said the concept of shopping for clothing in-person was soon to be dead. Editor-In-Chief of Twin Cities Business, Allison Kaplan, doesn't think so. She stopped by the studio to chat about how Rose & Loon, Sota Clothing and Love Your Melon are starting their own trend. 

Twin Cities Oktoberfest   Back To Top

Germany’s oldest autumn festival will take over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center Friday and Saturday.  There will be food, fun and of course, lots of beer. Twin Cities Octoberfest co-owners Chip Meyer and Ryan Brown are here to fill us in.