Midwest Living Review
More than 200 costumed characters from children stories star in the 30-minute Target Holidazzle parades. Festive floats, choirs and marching bands join the walk down Nicollet Mall during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why brave the winter chill to watch a parade after dark? Because everything floats, characters and even members of the marching bands are decked out with twinkling and flashing holiday lights. Thousands bundle up and turn out for the parade, which has been boosting holiday spirit for 20 years. If you're not up for bundling, stake out a spot in the downtown skyway over Nicollet Mall. But get there plenty early skyways (and even good viewing spots out on the street) start filling up an hour before the parade starts. Or purchase "hot seats" in heated tents. They sell out quickly, and the price for these tickets ($9) includes free hot chocolate or cider. Otherwise, the parade is free. Holidazzle parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The route down Nicollet Mall starts at South 12th Street and ends at Fourth.