Keep your spirit warm and bright throughout the holiday season with fun activities at the Y

From festive family photo ops and historical tours to potlucks and pancake breakfasts, you’ll find plenty of ways for all ages to fill December with holiday cheer at the YMCA.

Andover

Cookies with Santa

  • 9-11:30am Saturday, December 12
  • Open to the public
  • Free

Burnsville

Breakfast with Santa

  • 9-11am Saturday, December 5
  • Open to the public
  • Tickets $3 per person
  • Register at Member Services
  • For more info, contact Stephen Anderson

ForeverWell Holiday Lunch

  • 12-1:30pm Wednesday, December 16
  • For ForeverWell members and their guests
  • Tickets $10 for Y members, $12 for Y guests
  • Musical entertainment by Debbie Jackson
  • Choice of lasagna or sandwich from Davanni's
  • Bring a treat to share
  • Register at Member Services
  • For more info contact Gabriela Kaiser at 952-435-9019

Camp St. Croix

Breakfast with Santa Community Event

  • 9am – Noon Saturday, December 12
  • Pancake Breakfast, Holiday Crafts, Time with Santa and more!
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera.
  • Adults $6
  • Children $4
  • Pay at the door - no registration required.
  • Email for more info

Eagan

Breakfast with Santa

  • 9-11am Saturday, December 5
  • Open to the public
  • Tickets:
    • Adults $5 in advance, $6 at the door
    • Kids ages four through 12 $3 in advance, $4 at the door
    • Kids ages three and under are free
  • Bring a food shelf and/or toy donation
  • For more info contact Shannon Reierson

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ForeverWell Holiday Party

  • 12-2pm Wednesday, December 16
  • For ForeverWell members
  • Come for the potluck, join in the white elephant gift exchange, play games and enjoy lots of giveaways
  • Please bring a dish to pass and a small gift item if you’d like to participate in the gift exchange
  • Free
  • For more info contact Tina Scott

Elk River

Cookies and Crafts with Santa

  • 6-7:30pm Friday, December 4
  • Open to the public
  • Free
  • Decorate a cookie, try a craft, write a letter to Santa and take a picture of your holiday handiwork
  • For more info contact Anna Denis

Christmas Eve Worship at the Y

  • 1pm Thursday, December 24
  • Open to the public—all ages and faiths are welcome
  • Free
  • Family-friendly Christian worship service, with childcare available at Kids Stuff
  • For more info contact info@thewhychurch.org or call 763-230-2814

Hastings

Holiday Celebration with Santa

  • 3-5pm Saturday, December 5
  • Open to the public
  • Free

St. Paul Eastside

Global Holiday Celebration

  • 12-2:30pm Saturday, December 12
  • Open to the public
  • Free
  • Celebrate a variety of global holiday traditions while getting a glimpse into the vibrant cultures that share our community. You’ll receive your very own “passport” for a journey through delicious ethnic dishes, games, crafts and performances.
  • For more info contact Kim Dean or Anibal Gil

River Valley

Breakfast With Santa

  • 8am-12pm Saturday Dec 12th
  • Open to the public
  • $5 for breakfast, additional $5 to add sleigh ride per person
  • 2 and under are free
  • Breakfast, picture with Santa, book sale, and sleigh ride
  • For more info call 952-230-9622

West St. Paul

Kiwanis Santa Breakfast

  • 7am to 1pm Sunday, December 6
  • Open to the public
  • Tickets:
    • Adults $6
    • Kids ages four to 12 $3
    • Kids ages three and under are free
  • Enjoy breakfast while capturing unforgettable moments of your kids with Santa. Kiwanis members will be available to take and print photos for $5, or take your own pictures (no charge).
  • For more info contact Teri Grube

A Grand Christmas: Tour the James J. Hill Mansion and Alexander Ramsey House

  • 9:45am to 3pm Thursday, December 10
  • Meet at the Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West St. Paul
  • Open to the public
  • First stop on the tour is the James J. Hill Mansion—lunch will follow at Tavern on Grand. After lunch, visitors will go to the Alexander Ramsey House, followed by the Carriage House Gift Store.
  • Tickets $72
  • Call 651-403-8300 to register, and be sure to specify your lunch choice:
    • Battered and deep-fried walleye fillet cut into pieces and served with seasoned Tavern fries, cole slaw, beverage and ice cream
    • Grilled chicken breast, seasoned Tavern fries, cole slaw, beverage and ice cream

Family Night—Santa’s Workshop

  • 3-5pm Sunday, December 20
  • Open to the public
  • Tickets $5 per child ($15 maximum per family)
  • Kids get to play elf for a day at Santa’s Workshop as they make gifts for parents or grandparents. They can even wrap their creations themselves—gift-wrap is included
  • For more info contact Laura Day or Teri Grube

White Bear Area

Pancakes with Santa

  • 11am to 1pm Sunday, December 13
  • Open to the public
  • Free
  • Chat with Santa over a stack of pancakes, take pictures and work on kids crafts