Posted December 3, 2009 by Kate Hamman
It's nearly impossible to mention shopping and Minneapolis in the same sentence without talking about the Mall of America, a shopper's dream come true for the holidays. However, after a long day of walking the mall's four levels at one-half mile each, you may need to revive your spirit and give your feet a break with a spot of tea in a relaxing setting, or an entertaining night at the theater.
Mall of America: If Sears and Disney had a love child, you'd end up with the Mall of America. Located about 15 minutes outside of downtown Minneapolis, the building is so massive that it has its very own zip code. And with more than 520 stores inside, the mall makes it easy to find pretty much anything you're looking for. Navigating the complex, though, may be a challenge. Stop by a mall kiosk for a map, and if you're a serious shopper, purchase a coupon book for $9.95, which offers discounts at more than 200 merchants.
Traditional holiday tea at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: With more than 1,000 acres of gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairie, the Arboretum is the perfect place to decompress. Leave the hectic holiday shopping frenzy behind with a piping cup of hot tea, a table full of trifles and treats, a roaring fire, and a serene view overlooking a snow-covered garden. On various afternoons throughout December, you can enjoy holiday tea service for $26 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Guthrie Theater: Give your feet a rest, and enjoy a show at Minneapolis' landmark theater. Entertaining audiences since 1963, the Guthrie is the place to go for live performances. Summon the holiday spirit with Ebenezer Scrooge during the Guthrie's production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $29. If you're curious about the make-up behind the mask, you can choose from several different tours starting at $5.
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