Monthly Archives: November 2017

Nearly 30 of the Top Twin Cities Bakeries and Hostess Gift Purveyors will be at Union Depot for Fifth Annual Holiday Bake Sale on December 9

November 20, 2017

From festive holiday baked goods to gourmet confections and holiday gifts, guests at the Fifth Annual Holiday Bake Sale at Union Depot will find an array of delectable bakery items and other goods when the Waiting Room is transformed into the popular event on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Holiday Bake Sale will showcase nearly 30 vendors, including many of the top bakeries from around the Twin Cities, and makers of smart hostess and holiday gift items, in a marketplace format. New this year will be a holiday cake walk sponsored by The Germanic American Institute. Every half hour, guests will be invited to participate. Prizes include handmade Old World German cakes and tortes.

Guests will enjoy baking and cooking demonstrations by participating chefs – scheduled every 30 minutes – as well as musical performances, and craft demonstrations. Radio hosts Alexis Thompson from myTalk 107.1 – Minneapolis/St. Paul and Staci from KS95 – St. Paul/Minneapolis will each lead an on-stage demonstration. For a complete list of demonstrations and to purchase Holiday Bake Sale tickets in advance, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/bakesale.

“Our community is stronger from the welcoming work our great neighbors on the West Side have offered to immigrants and refugees for 120 years,” said Rafael Ortega, Ramsey County commissioner. “We are pleased with the opportunity to give back as Neighborhood House has been named the recipient of financial donations and non-perishable food items collected at the fifth annual Holiday Bake Sale at Union Depot.”

Admission is $5 for adults, with 100 percent of proceeds going to Neighborhood House. Seniors 60+ and kids under 12 are free. VIP admission is $10 and includes a commemorative bakery box that includes an oven mitt, recipe cards and coupons/offers from participating bakeries. Tickets are available online at www.uniondepot.org/bakesale and at the door. Ticket prices do not include service fees.

This year’s participating bakeries include North Mallow, Potter’s Pasties, Bread Art, Curly Girlz Candy, Ink Sweets, Sarah Jane’s Bakery, and many more. Vendors offering hostess gift ideas include Jamazing, Double Take Salsa, Patti’s Granola, Panache and others. For a complete list of vendors, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/bakesale.

The Holiday Bake Sale will join the roster of Union Depot’s “Hub for the Holidays” events at Union Depot: Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration (Dec. 1); “North Pole Express” Holiday Train (Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and Dec. 7-10); Holiday Movie Night (Dec. 1); and the European Christmas Market (Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10). For more information about Union Depot holiday events, please visit www.uniondepot.org/holiday or www.facebook.com/uniondepot or www.facebook.com/uniondepot. Information about Neighborhood House is at www.neigh.org.

 

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
Car Rental:  Hertz

Hub for the Holidays Celebration at Union Depot Begins December 1 with Official Holiday Tree Lighting and Other Festive Activities

November 2, 2017

Union Depot will transform into a glittering Hub for the Holidays on Friday, December 1, when the annual Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting takes place with live musical entertainment featuring American Idol contestant, Eric Gordon, and fireworks, in addition to the opening of the festive, outdoor European Christmas Market, train rides on the North Pole Express, and the treasured annual tradition of a free family holiday movie night with a showing of Elf. The North Pole Express will begin its rides on November 30. On Saturday, December 9 the popular Holiday Bake Sale will return, with baked goods and confections from the top Twin Cities bakeries.

Below is a list of holiday happenings at Union Depot.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; guests will enjoy a live musical performance by American Idol contestant, Eric Gordon in the Head House inside Union Depot, followed by the ceremonial lighting of the Union Depot Holiday Tree at 7:15 p.m. on the North Plaza and a spectacular fireworks show. This year’s Union Depot Holiday Tree is a majestic blue spruce being donated by Ramsey County Parks & Recreation.
  • European Christmas Market: Weekend Holiday Outdoor Shopping – December 1 from 4:00-9:00 p.m., December 2 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., December 3 from noon-6:00 p.m., December 8 from 4:00-9:00 p.m., December 9 from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and December 10 from noon-6:00 p.m. 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. Guests can shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations, taste European-inspired foods and drink Gluhwein (spiced mulled wine). This event is free to attend.

 

  • Holiday Bake Sale: On December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the 5th Annual Holiday Bake Sale will take place at Union Depot, featuring nearly 30 of the top Twin Cities bakeries selling festive and delicious baked goods and confections.  Guests also will enjoy live cooking and baking demonstrations and other entertainment. Admission is $5 for adults, with 100 percent of proceeds going to charity. Seniors 60+ and kids under 12 are free. VIP admission is $10 and includes a commemorative bakery box that includes an oven mitt, recipe cards and coupons/offers from participating bakeries. Tickets are available online at uniondepot.org/bakesale and at the door. Ticket prices do not include service fees.

 

  • North Pole Express Train Rides: Back by popular demand, 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. The North Pole Express rides will take place November 30, December 1-3, and December 7-10. For ride times and tickets visit The Friends of the 261 at https://261.com/npe/.

 

  • Holiday Movie Night: December 1 at 7:30 p.m., Elf will be shown. Event is free to attend.

For more information about Union Depot holiday events, please visit www.uniondepot.org/holiday or www.facebook.com/uniondepot.

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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