Monthly Archives: November 2015

Union Depot Holiday Tree Arrives: Ceremonial Lighting and Celebration on December 4 as Historic Landmark Becomes “Hub for the Holidays”

November 24, 2015
Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting

Union Depot’s 50-foot holiday tree was cut, delivered, and installed in front of the 1920s era train station on Saturday, November 21. The tree was donated by Lorraine Hart of St. Paul, who responded to Union Depot’s call last August for a holiday tree. The majestic tree will be lighted in an annual celebration on Friday, December 4, when Union Depot officially kicks off its Hub for the Holidays calendar of events. The day will also include the European Christmas Market, live entertainment, a free holiday movie, and the North Pole Express holiday train (the train rides are SOLD OUT).

WHEN: Friday, December 4 (Holiday Tree Lighting events begin at 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Union Depot, 210 4th St. E, St. Paul 55101


  • European Christmas Market from 2:00-9:00 p.m. on the Union Depot East Plaza with numerous vendors, refreshments available for purchase, live reindeer (6:30-8:30 p.m.) and musical performance by the Mechanical Maestros (5:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • Holiday Tree Lighting celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Waiting Room with refreshments available for purchase; live holiday music performance by The Holy Rocka Rollaz at 6:30 p.m.; guests move outdoors to the North Plaza at 7:15 for the tree lighting, followed by a short fireworks display.
  • Free Holiday Movie Night with a showing of Elf at 7:30 p.m. on the big screen in the Waiting Room. Bring lawn chairs for seating. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
  • Donations of new and gently used mittens, hats, scarves and boots will be accepted Dec. 4–6 to benefit the Hallie Q. Brown Clothing Closet.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:  A list of European Christmas Market vendors and a complete schedule of Union Depot holiday events taking place from December 4-18 is available on or, or call 651-202-2700.

European Christmas Market Brings Old World Holiday Charm to Union Depot in St. Paul

November 16, 2015
Union Depot European Christmas Market

The enchanting European Christmas Market will come to Union Depot’s East Plaza during the first two weekends in December, presenting a holiday festival inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across central European countries.

The free, six-day open-air event features handmade goods from local crafters, artisans and vendors as well as authentic food offerings and drinks. Attendees will find blown-glass ornaments and artwork, holiday décor, clothing and more. Surrounded by carolers, Santa and reindeer, vendors will display their wares in an atmosphere befitting of a traditional Christmas market in Europe.

“The Market showcases traditions and flavors from European cultures to give families a delightful and diverse Christmastime experience,” said Renate Sharp, organizer of the European Christmas Market in St. Paul.

Beyond handmade goods, European-inspired foods will be served, such as traditional sausages, pretzels with mustard, goulash, gingerbread cookies and more. Beer and traditional glühwein (mulled wine) will also be available.

The European Christmas Market, now in its second year in St. Paul, will join the roster of Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” events — coinciding with: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Dec. 4); “North Pole Express” Holiday Train (Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 10-13); Holiday Movie Nights (Dec. 4 and Dec. 18); CP Holiday Train (Dec. 11); and Holiday Bake Sale (Dec. 12).


At a Glance: European Christmas Market at Union Depot in St. Paul


European Christmas Market — a free, six-day, open-air event inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other central European countries featuring handmade goods from local vendors and European-styled food and drink.


  • 2–9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
  • 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
  • 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6
  • 2–9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
  • 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
  • 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13


Union Depot— Outdoors on East Plaza

240 Kellogg Blvd E, St. Paul, MN 55101


Current entertainment includes:

Friday, December 4:

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Mechanical Maestros

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Live reindeer


Friday, December 11:

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Santa



Saturday, December 5:

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Elizabethan Syngers

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Santa


Saturday, December 12:

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Tiny Christmas Elves (singers)

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Elizabethan Syngers


Sunday, December 6:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Mechanical Maestros

12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Peer Gynt Norwegian Dancers


Sunday, December 13:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Mechanical Maestros



Current vendors include:

  • Roseberry Children’s Boutique — children’s items such as hand-knit sweaters, hats, mittens, hair clips, wings, tutus, and wooden and knit toys.
  • Lucy Iburg — hats, sweaters, mittens, bags and scarves with Scandinavian designs.
  • Mother Earth Gardens — compostable natural centerpieces and door décor, small winter containers of greens for porches, wreaths, ornaments, unique local and recycled gifts, cards and books.
  • Kettle Roasted Nuts — cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans, cashews, salted cashews and dark cocoa raspberry almonds.
  • Redeemed Dust Designs — wood-burned items such as spoons, rolling pins, cutting boards, recipe cardholders and more.
  • Teresa Ras of Gifts From Poland— mouth-blown European glass.
  • More vendors will be announced soon — stay clicked to uniondepot.or/holiday.


Getting to Union Depot 

Bike:  Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street
  Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 94, 262, 417 | MVTA buses 480, 484, 489
Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go

Union Depot is Your “Hub for the Holidays”

November 10, 2015

Union Depot in downtown St. Paul is your “Hub for the Holidays,” kicking off the holiday season Friday, December 4 with the European Christmas Market, a tree lighting ceremony, live musical entertainment, fireworks, the North Pole Express train, and the first in a series of free Holiday Movie Nights.


The holiday family events will be held the first three weekends in December at the historic venue. The schedule changes each weekend so you will experience something different with each visit. Below is a list of events:


  • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 4 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm; guests will enjoy a live musical performance by Holy Rocka Rollaz, the ceremonial lighting of the Union Depot Holiday Tree, and fireworks, followed by the first in a series of free holiday movie nights.


  • European Christmas Market: December 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, 13; the European Christmas Market in St. Paul moves from West 7th Place to Union Depot. 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


  • Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: December 11 at 7:00pm the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again roll in to Union Depot. The event will include short musical performances by Kira Isabella and Doc Walker.


  • Holiday Bake Sale: On December 12 from 10:00am to 5:00pm 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.


  • North Pole Express Train Rides: December 4, 5, 6 and 10, 11, 12, 13; families will have the opportunity to ride a train with Santa, see his village and elves at work, then return to Union Depot for refreshments.


For more information about Union Depot holiday events, please visit or