Education & Community

Library Advice for your Device

Navigate the confusing world of technology with the helpful staff at the Chanhassen Library. Bring your iPad, laptop, cell phone and whatever other gadgets you haven’t quite gotten a handle on yet, and the staff will help you access library e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and library databases. Registration requested. 952.227.1500.

Tree Lighting in Waconia

Sip on cocoa, warm up around a fire and enjoy Christmas caroling at the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Waconia's City Square Park. The city's trees will be lit at 6:30 p.m. Shops throughout town will be open late to help you tackle your Christmas shopping.

Friends of the Eden Prairie Library Boutique Sale

Looking for gifts for the book worms on your list? The Friends of the Eden Prairie Library has you covered with its boutique sale featuring holiday items, gifts, stocking stuffers and coffee table books. The sale also includes used books for children and adults.

Tails for Reading

Cuddling up with a puppy has a lot of benefits, and for elementary school-age kids, one of those can be greater confidence in reading. Stop by the Chaska Library, where children can read aloud to specially trained therapy dogs for 15-minute sessions to help them practice reading skills. Sessions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 952.448.3886.

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House

Getting cabin fever from avoiding cold days outdoors? Head to the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center for the regular Nature Rocks! Event, and burn off a little of that excess energy. You and the kids can take part in fun, family-friendly, nature-oriented activities such as hiking, crafts and hands-on interaction with animals. 952.949.8479.

Tree-lighting in Chanhassen

Brave the cold to see the tree-lighting ceremony at Center City Park in Chanhassen. In addition to the lighting of the tree, the event will feature live reindeer, gingerbread house displays and a visit from Santa Claus, as well as refreshments and lots of fun for the whole family to kick off the holiday season.

Homespun Holidays in Waconia

Whether you’re on the hunt for unique gifts or just looking to indulge in a little holiday cheer, downtown Waconia’s Homespun Holidays event will delight. Businesses in the area will feature specials, holiday goodies and demonstrations. Don't miss the candy cane hunt at 10 a.m. (sharp!) in City Square Park, and bring your camera to the fire station from 1–4 p.m. for pictures with Santa.

Christmas in Downtown Victoria

Downtown Victoria is picturesque any time of year, but holiday decorations make it that much more enticing. This holiday kickoff event celebrates the weeks to come with a tree-lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa.

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