With Christmas just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to begin booking your holiday plans. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to spend your holidays in Minnesota in 2021 in the Gull Lake region, you’ll find there are plenty of seasonal activities to be enjoyed! The following are a few you just won’t want to miss out on.

Enjoy a Performance of A Christmas Story

Christmas is a time of year that tends to come with a long lineup of fun traditions to indulge. This year, even if your travel plans have you heading to the Gull Lake region of Minnesota, you’ll find there are plenty of places to make the most of the traditional holiday fun. If you’re someone who has long loved to include a showing of the movie A Christmas Story into your holiday itinerary, you’re in luck! Holiday visitors are invited to make their way to the Stage North Theater on December 17th to enjoy a live performance of A Christmas Story right on stage. This fun dramatization puts Ralphie, his parents, teacher and the Red Ryder BB gun front and center for an entire audience to enjoy in a new holiday setting. The Stage North Theater is found at 1001 Kingwood Street in Brainerd, so book your ticket in advance and get ready for a fun for the whole family experience in Minnesota this Christmas!

Make It a Rock and Roll Christmas

Music has a way of defining the Christmas season, and if you’re ready to enjoy all of your holiday favorite with a rock and roll twist, this is the holiday event for you! On Friday, December 17th starting at 7:00 pm, the Rock & Roll Christmas show kicks off at the Gichi-Zilbi Center for the Arts in Brainerd. The center is located at 602 s 5th Street and ticket holders will be treated to a holiday spectacular quite unlike any other! This is considered a Las Vegas-inspired multimedia production that includes an eight-piece band, a game show, comedy, parodies, and of course, all-star musicians taking Christmas classics to a new Rock n’ Roll level of fun.

Visit Off the Rails Market

What would Christmas be without last-minute shopping? Whether you have a few items to pick up that have lingered on your list, you’re starting from scratch, or you just can’t wait to browse holiday goods, the Off the Rails Market is the place to be this year. This market is actually comprised of a series of shopping events but no matter when you drop by, you’ll find more than 60 local vendors on site including homegrown brands, artists, gardeners and more! The market is found at the Brainerd Exchange in the Northern Pacific Center and the entrance fee is only $2 at the door. The market runs through the entire month of December and visitors can feel great knowing that $1 of every entrance fee goes right back to the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. In addition to great shopping, guests can enjoy everything from raffle drawings, live music, and of course, delicious food to be savored as well.

Get Creative at a Wreath Workshop in Nisswa

If your Christmas plans have you in Nisswa on Friday, December 10th at 6:30 pm and you’re feeling creative, head over to 24735 State Highway 371 to take part in a wreath workshop that promises to be one-of-a-kind! Tickets can be purchased online in advance for this fun and festive activity that has participants walking away with a homemade piece of décor that will work as a great conversation starter in the home upon return. You’ll have the opportunity to use real pinecones, florals, evergreen branches and leaves to construct a beautiful wreath with the help of an experienced and friendly instructor. Classes are limited to 6-people at a time creating a peaceful and intimate setting in which to try out your new artistic skills!

Book Your Place at Holiday Strings

When a classical Christmas is just your style, you’ll be beyond pleased when you book your ticket to Holiday Strings. Hosted at Central Lakes College’s Dryden Theatre at 501 West College Drive, this performance promises to thrill. On December 8th starting at 7:30 pm the CLC string orchestra will bring their holiday concert known and loved as Holiday Strings to life on stage. The concert can be enjoyed in person or on a virtual platform. It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the season and let the sounds of Christmas define your Gull Lake region getaway this year.

Book Your Stay Today

Whether you’re headed this way for Christmas or any other time of year, the property professionals at Gull Lake Beach Resorts can help you book a vacation rental that’s made to match. Reach out today to learn more about our inviting options and to start planning your next trip!