Though a rainy start, Holidazzle officially underway

November 23, 2018 10:28 PM

Minnesotans braved the rain to watch fireworks light up the sky in Loring Park in Minneapolis Friday night, marking the official start to Holidazzle.

Children pedaled as fast as they could on a bicycle—bringing a giant, illuminated moose to life. The interactive art display is powered by the pedal.


Despite the rain, families strapped on skates and took a spin around Winterskate, which remains free all season long.

Dustin Shaske of Faribault said the rain didn't bother him one bit.

"It's just awesome to be here. The atmosphere with everyone smiling and on their skates just having a good time," said Shaske.

"Feet were wet. Feet are better now with these complimentary skates on, so it's going good," said Brittany Schwartz of Milwaukee.

Each vendor is local. Shopping at Holidazzle supports small business.

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"We also have the Thwing, which is new this season," said Leah Wong of Minneapolis Downtown Council, describing a mix of wonder with the intuitive simplicity of a swing.

Entertainment and performances will fill each weekend leading up to Christmas in Loring Park, along with fireworks every Saturday night. But with all that's going on, families say what it means to them is simple.

"I love that I came here with family. So, we're all just hanging out," said Schwartz.

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