Under-the-Radar Winter Destinations for Families

Minneapolis | Minnesota

Four children ready to ski
Jayme Halbritter

When the temperatures drop in the Twin Cities, it’s time for the annual 10-day Great Northern Festival which takes place Jan. 25 – Feb. 5, 2023. There are more than 50 events, including art displays, live performances, conversations about climate change, outdoor activities, and events, including the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, and more.

Kids will love: The Luminary Loppet, a night of ice candles, boots crunching on the surface of Lake of the Isles, and fire-lit entertainment; St. Paul Winter Carnival, which includes a spectacular display of ice carvings; and new this year is the YMCA of the North’s Kidarod that offers an unforgettable outdoor racing experience for kids.

Online: Minneapolis.org

Coeur d’Alene | Idaho 

Skier on snow laden mountain slope
Coeur D’Alene

Just 40 minutes from the Spokane International Airport, magical holiday celebrations and snow-capped mountains make Coeur d’Alene easy to get to and hard to leave. You can enjoy winter recreation, holiday shopping, lake cruises, indoor water parks, special holiday festivities, and live performing arts, plus a wide range of restaurants, a local winery, and several local breweries.

Kids will love: Eagle watching, skiing and snowboarding, the holiday lights show and annual lighting ceremony, and a journey to the North Pole cruise experience (Nov 15 – Jan 2) where kids are greeted by name from Santa. Igloo dining (Oct 21- Feb 21) is also available in heated weatherproof igloos with beautiful views of the marina and lake.

Online: coeurdalene.org

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