Union Depot is your Hub for the Holidays

A big thanks to all who came out to our #HubForTheHolidays events in December. This was our most successful year yet and a great start to the European Christmas Market at Union Depot. In the season of giving, visitors of Union Depot made an impact for local groups doing great work.

Donation Total Holiday Event Beneficiary
$13,000 and 1.5 Tons of Food CP Holiday Train Keystone Community Services Food Shelf
$9,800 Holiday Bake Sale White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf
$1,000 Holiday Movie Nights Johnson High School Athletics Department
2 Barrels of Mittens Holiday Tree Lighting Hallie Q. Brown Community Closet


December 4: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration with Holy Rocka Rollaz

The Holiday Tree Lighting celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Waiting Room with entertainment and holiday activities. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Enjoy a holiday musical performance by The Holy Rocka Rollaz starting at 6:30 p.m. At approximately 7:15 p.m. guests will move outside to the North Plaza for the tree lighting celebration followed by a short fireworks display. Visit www.uniondepot.org/events for evening details listed on the event calendar. Help others warm up this winter. Bring new or gently used mittens, scarves, hats and boots to Union Depot Dec. 4 – 6. Donations will be accepted during the European Christmas Market, the Holiday Tree Lighting, Holiday Movie Night and throughout the weekend at your Hub for the Holidays. Donations benefit the Hallie Q. Brown Clothing Closet.


December 4-6 and 11-13: European Christmas Market

The European Christmas Market in St. Paul moves from West 7th Place to Union Depot this year for a two-weekend event. The market is based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies. Visit Weekend 1 or Weekend 2 for details about vendors and the entertainment schedule. Bring new or gently used mittens, scarves, hats and boots from Dec. 4 – 6. Donations benefit the Hallie Q. Brown Clothing Closet.


December 4-6 and 10-13: “North Pole Express” Holiday Train

The Friends of the 261 will bring the North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars to Union Depot. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.  For any questions about ticketing, schedules or the event visit: http://www.261.com/north-pole-express/


December 4 and 18:  Free Holiday Movie Nights

Holiday favorites Elf (Dec. 4) and The Polar Express (Dec. 18) will be shown on a large screen in the Waiting Room.  The movie showings are free and open to the public.  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit Johnson High School Athletics. Visit www.uniondepot.org/events for show times and details listed in the event calendar.


December 11:  CP Holiday Train

The CP Holiday Train will stop at historic Union Depot on Friday evening, December 11, for a musical performance that will benefit Keystone Community Services Food Shelf. Attendees are encouraged to bring cash or a healthy food donation to benefit Keystone Community Services Food Shelf. This event will start at approximately 6:45 p.m. with Kira Isabella and Doc Walker performing holiday classics. Come early and plan ahead for a great night. Take the Green Line or a bus to Union Depot. Metro Transit is offering downloadable free ride passes. Union Depot’s transit page offers transit details. Parking will be available at surrounding ramps. Enjoy a pre-concert drink and snack at one of many Lowertown restaurants.

Strollers are strongly discouraged at this event. Union Depot is not responsible for unattended items. Concert viewing is an uneven grassy area and a concrete platform. No seating is available. Dress for the weather – the performance takes place outside. 


December 12:  3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale

Union Depot’s 3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale will host the top Twin Cities bakeries for a day of cookie and candy shopping.  Admission is $5 for adults and includes a free tote bag. Seniors and kids under 12 are free. New this year, attendees will get a sneak peek at Lowertown Pop (coming to Union Depot April 9, 2016). Lowertown Pop is a Minnesota pop-up market featuring local artisans and craftspeople – brewers, bakers, distillers, street performers, artists, and musicians. This is a special chance to shop 10 featured Lowertown Pop makers at the Holiday Bake Sale. Tickets are available at www.uniondepot.org/bakesale. Proceeds from the event benefit White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf.