HUB FOR THE HOLIDAYS This year’s Hub for the Holidays is back and bigger than ever! Get your holiday shopping done at the European Christmas Market, ride along on the North Pole Express to Santa’s village, kick-off your season with the Holiday Tree Lighting and Movie Night featuring Elf, grab delicious treats at the Holiday Bake Sale and enjoy an outdoor concert with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train! Enjoy Free rides to Union Depot with Metro Transit! Download the free ride pass and take the Metro Transit Green Line right to the front doors of Union Depot. European Christmas Market The European Christmas Market is setting up their magical Christmas Village at Union Depot for four Holiday weekends. New this year is the expansion of the market with more room between booths and for gathering plus 20 new vendors! Visit the only authentic outdoor Christmas Market in Minnesota running through the advent season. The market opens on Friday, November 25 and runs through Sunday, December 18. Visit stpaulchristmasmarket.org for all event details. North Pole Express All aboard! The North Pole Express is chugging into Union Depot the first two weekends of December. Take a short train ride to the North Pole, meet Santa and his elves and enjoy meeting some entertaining characters along the way! Tickets can be purchased at North Pole Express | Friends of the 261 10th Anniversary Celebration, Holiday Tree Lighting & Movie Night The crowd favorite event is back and bigger than ever. Tree Lighting and Movie Night will take place on Saturday, December 3. Festivities kick-off at 3 PM with a 10 year celebration of Union Depot being renovated and re-opened to the public. At 5 PM with the unveiling of the St. Paul Winter Carnival 2023 button. Watch live entertainment from 5:30-6:30 PM with The Mistletones then make your way to the North Plaza for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7:00 PM. Finish the evening with the showing of the classic holiday movie, Elf. The tree will be lit through the remainder of December on the North Plaza, the perfect back drop for family holiday photos! Follow along on Facebook for event details and updates! Watch Union Depot Through the Years Watch the 2020 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony Holiday Bake Sale The festivities continue with the top bakeries in the Twin Cities at the annual Holiday Bake Sale on Saturday, December 10 from 10 AM – 5 PM. Shop 30+ local bakeries and food vendors in a day filled with cookies, candy and fun! Enjoy live entertainment, meet local baking influencers and be the first 300 in line for a free gift bag! Follow along on Facebook for event details and updates! Author Event with Stephanie Hansen’s new True North Cabin Cookbook The baking season is upon us! Meet author and cooking expert, Stephanie Hansen in a limited one-day event at Union Depot. Arrive to complimentary lite bites including cinnamon rolls, coffee cake and croissants and a free Bake Sale spatula before Stephanie takes you through cozy baking, cocktail and mocktail recipes for the season. We will be giving away 15 True North Cookbooks during the event and the opportunity for her to sign your book! Grab your ticket now! Canadian Pacific Holiday Train On Monday, December 12 the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will roll into Union Depot at 7 PM! The brightly lit train will have a stage drop out of the train and a band play a 45-minute concert. Get here early for concessions and vendors inside Union Depot. Grab your VIP ticket here! Purchase a VIP Ticket for hot chocolate bar and warming lounge prior to the show plus reserved section closest to the stage. All VIP ticket funds will be donated to our local community food shelf partner. Follow along on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more holiday fun.