NEW! Sunday Suppers
4-6 p.m.
, Sundays, Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 19 and continuing through the winter, Sunday Suppers will be offered in the Arboretum Restaurant. No reservations required. The menu features classic comfort foods and traditional favorites typically served at family get-togethers, and will be served family style at long tables. Cost is $17.99 per person, with children 8 years and under free. Arboretum admission is included in the cost of Sunday Supper. More information

Thanksgiving CenterpieceMake a Thanksgiving Centerpiece
9:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Nov. 22

Go way beyond the pumpkin to create a fresh, lush and long-lasting arrangement using artichokes, pears, fresh-cut flowers and trailing vines in a beautiful footed container. With acclaimed floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator Ashley Fox. Florist value of finished centerpiece about $100.

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Double Discount Days in the Gift Store
Friday, Nov. 28-Sunday, Dec. 7

Start your holiday shopping here! Members enjoy an additional 10% off (total of 20%) their purchases.

Excelsior Winter Farmer's Market
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Visitor Center, Saturday, Nov. 29

Approximately 15 vendors will be on hand with products of the season: root veggies, honey, cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies, textile products and more!

2012 poinsettia treeMaking Spirits Bright
Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 4

The Arboretum presents a holiday season brimming with merriment and wonder with a festive connection to nature. Stately trees, stunning natural decorations, holiday musical entertainment and gift giving--all in an unparalleled serene and peaceful natural setting.

Auxiliary Holiday Sale
Friday, Dec. 5 & Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Snyder Auditorium

Kick off the holiday season with gorgeous gifts handmade by Auxiliary volunteers. Natural materials featured in arrangements, wreaths, fresh greens and potpourris. Unique gift items including textiles, ornaments and pressed flower specialties. All proceeds benefit Arboretum.  More information

 Weekend Family Fun: Wintergreen Mysteries

Saturdays and Sunday in December, Noon-4 p.m.
Learning Center

Learn the differences between fir, spruce, cedar and pine trees that keep our spirits uplifted all winter with their greenery. Use pine cones to create a cheerful elf ornament to decorate your home for the holidays.

 "Make a Holiday Wreath" Workshop students holding their handmade natural holiday wreaths
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m. - noon OR
Saturday, Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Create a whimsical wreath on a fir wreath base using unique natural materials like dark feather-leaf myrtle, tiny spruce cones, aromatic cedar, and more. You will be dazzled by what you will create, and the experience is certain to put you into the holiday spirit!

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 "Artistry of Nature" APS & Student Art Sale

Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

Shop for handcrafted greeting cards, original artworks in watercolor, oil and pastels and photographs--framed or unframed--created by students in Arboretum adult art classes and members of the Arboretum Photographer's Society (APS). Free with gate admission. More information


Minnesota Herb Society Winter Sale
Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, December 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center Balcony

Shop for handmade herbal gifts--from potpourri, to lotion, to herbal vinegars--created by the Minnesota Herb Society and members. Proceeds benefit the Arboretum.

Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard's
Friday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Oswald Visitor Center


Guided snowshoe tours by Arboretum staff and Hoigaard's staff, equipment provided by Hoigaard's.


Wednesday, Dec. 31, free admission for cross-country skiers and snowshoers all day. 


Rated Best Place to Snowshoe by Mpls.-St. Paul magazine and Best Place for Classic Cross-Country Skiing by Minnesota Monthly magazine. Bring your own gear or rent snowshoes and poles in the Visitor Center for hourly rates and hit the trails on a 'self-guided' adventure for the whole family.