Four unusual Easter events for kids this weekend

Categories: Holidays
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Photo by WillowGardeners via Flickr
One of the benefits of having children is getting to experience holidays like a kid again. Okay, so maybe things have changed a little bit, and instead of hunting for eggs on Easter Sunday, you're trapped inside the stuffy bunny costume while kids pinch and prod at you, but at least you're involved. Right?
 
To spice things up a bit, Dressing Room has compiled a list of some of the strangest, biggest, and most creative Easter egg hunts Minnesota has to offer. Let's just hope the squirrels don't decide to take off with the eggs this year.
 
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Merry Catmas: Lil Bub sits in front of fireplace, yule log returns to TV

Categories: Cats, Holidays, WTF
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Forget Christmas specials and movies. The yearly airing of the yule-log fire is a special tradition for folks without fireplaces (or too lazy to use it), pyromaniacs, and those who need something pleasant in the background while making cookies. It will triumphantly return again tonight to bring you some holiday cheer (or something to stare at during awkward family moments).

Meanwhile, for those who prefer a purring cat in front of their fire-themed videos, Lil Bub's owner has uploaded an hour-long YouTube clip featuring the little kitty in front of a roaring fireplace. As usual, he seems pretty happy about it.

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The greatest (and final) Holidazzle drinking game ever

Categories: Holidays
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Patrick Kelley Worldwide Photography
Well shit. We heard the news a couple of months ago, but now it's starting to feel real. This
season is the Holidazzle's final march down Nicollet Mall.

For 22 years, families from all over the Twin Cities have emerged from their suburban cocoons and made the trek downtown, braving cold, crowds, and crazy traffic in order to catch a glimpse of a giant lit-up snowman doing doughnuts in the street. There are only eight Holidazzles this holiday season (Friday and Saturday from November 29 through December 21), which means there's only one way to celebrate the end of a time-honored holiday tradition: booze.

Before you cram your body into the yuletide masses this weekend, pop over to Brit's and get one of their spiked hot drinks (or grab your flask; it is the holidays, after all), and take one final trip through the brightly lit, boozy world with our Holidazzle drinking game.


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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and beyond: Shop local this season at these special events

Categories: Holidays
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L-F: Liz Silvestre and SOOlocal, Grand Meander, and Craft-o-Rama
Let's be real: Holiday shopping really blows. Malls aren't much fun this time of year, online shopping can be unpredictable, and often the deals just aren't that good. Fortunately, there are quite a few really great local shopping events throughout the holiday season. The following is a list of pop-up boutiques, holiday gallery shows, and other special events where you can knock off a few items from your shopping list.

Do you have a local event to add to the list? Drop us a heads up at events@citypages.com, and we'll add you to the post.

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5 reasons to be stoked about March

Categories: Holidays
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YOU GUYS. The best month of the whole year is here.

While this is usually the time of year when people start getting excited about the impending warm weather, vacations, and trashy hook-ups on Big Island, the reality is that March is the coolest month of the entire year.

What's that? You're that Debbie Downer who disagrees and hates March (and probably America)? Well then you should stop reading and get back to blaming your parents for everything. As for everyone else, here are the top five reasons why March is better than those other 11 garbage months on the calendar:


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Holiday ornaments that will make you go WTF? 2012 edition

Categories: Holidays, WTF
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For many, going into storage and bringing out that box of holiday decorations is a special tradition. There are ornaments that are heirlooms, ones that mark special times in our lives, and the charming homemade ones that barely hold together, yet you wouldn't dare throw them away. These are not those ornaments. This post celebrates the weird ornaments. The ones that are hard to love, hard to understand, and the ones that you can't even tell exactly what you are looking at. Let's take a look at some of the stranger pieces you can buy this holiday season.

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John Waters on Christmas, caroling crack heads, holiday traditions

Categories: Holidays
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Photo: Greg Gorman
John Waters loves Christmas. He just celebrates it in his own unique way.

"This year, I'm having everyone over to my house, and it's actually going to be very traditional," the actor/director says of his holiday plans for this year. "Well, sort of. It's my own version of what's traditional. Like I have an electric chair decorated instead of a tree, and one of its legs is in a Christmas-tree stand. I have lots of things like that; it's just my version of tradition."

It's because of that unique sense of humor that Waters's hilarious, off-center, and slightly uncomfortable one-man holiday show has been going strong for the past 10 years. This weekend, the "Prince of Puke" comes to town to spread holiday cheer with A John Waters Christmas.

Before his triumphant yuletide return, the man who brought us classic films such as Hairspray and Cry Baby sat down with City Pages to explain why the holidays make him feel like "a drag queen on Halloween." 

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Your guide to mall Santas: A cautionary tale

Categories: Holidays
Can we all agree that Christmas needs to calm the eff down?

It's only December 5, and already parents from all over the suburbs are dressing their kids up in adorably horrifying outfits, braving the crowds, and standing in lines for hours on end, all to get that delightful picture of their child screaming hysterically on Santa's lap.

Like it or not, having your picture taken with Santa Claus is a rite of passage for many children. And while that may be a terrifying notion in and of itself, it can get even worse if you don't thoroughly vet your choice in Santas. That's why this week we're hooking you up with the three easy tips for identifying the worst Santas of the season.

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Shop local this season at these special events

Categories: Holidays
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Half-Pint Crafts at Craft-o-Rama
The gift-giving season can suck for those who hate malls and find shopping online a little dodgy. Fortunately, there are other options. This season, there will be a handful of special shopping events at pop-up shops, galleries, and local markets around town. Here you'll find unique and unexpected items to wrap and put under the tree.

So screw getting up early on Friday -- or leaving Thanksgiving festivities at 9 p.m. -- to shop. Mark your calendars, for these great events. And be sure to check back as we'll be updating this list as happenings are announced.

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Best holiday gifts for the eco-friendly (and all under $40)

Categories: Holidays
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Olivia LaVecchia
Clockwise from top left: solar food dryer by Outback WoodWorks, license plate cuff by MakeShift Accessories, beeswax candles by Scent from Nature, canjo by Resist Instrument Works, coasters by Vinyl Afterlife.
On Saturday, Do It Green! Minnesota took over the back hallways of the Midtown Global Market to throw its seventh annual Green Gifts Fair. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 70 vendors set up shop, all hawking goods that fit, in some way, under the "eco" umbrella.

Some of these embraced extreme green, like worm compost bins. Others, like scrap metal jewelers, were more in the "reuse, recycle" camp. But wherever the crafts were on the spectrum, their collective presence offered an antidote to the midnight-on-Thanksgiving, Black Friday big box madness, and a reminder that November and December don't necessarily have to include heaps of plastic packaging.

We combed the green goods to pick out our top 10, a list of gifts that will work for a range of earth-friendly friends this season. Shopping for a chef? A cyclist? Here are your best bets.

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