Minneapolis has had a winter tradition since 1992. It's Holidazzle. For a month, starting after Thanksgiving and ending just before Christmas, they host a parade with lights, floats and Santa that runs the length of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis in the early evenings on weekends.
Since the Hermunslie cousins, former residents of Minneapolis, were in town, we decided to load up the cars with kids and fast food and head downtown.
We dined on the finest from McDonald's, from inside the warm and comfortable skyway,
while watching the traffic back up in anticipation of the parade.
Then the fun began and the kids (and adults) were
dazzled by the Holiday lights and floats.
Afterward we toured Joe's office, neglected to take a single picture, but remembered to take a picture of this rather large tree in the IDS commons area on our way out.
After our experience we've vowed never to take the kids to Holidazzle again, but only since they're discontinuing the long running tradition of Holidazzle.