Grand Meander

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Grand Meander is a St. Paul tradition that captures the charm of historic Grand Avenue and the cozy communal spirit of the holidays! Pick out your Christmas tree, have breakfast with Santa, hear carolers meander from store to store, and hop on a classic trolley and ride the 20-block length of Grand Ave.

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Breakfast with Santa Presented by Tavern on Grand

Join us for Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Tavern on Grand. Breakfast includes 2 free pancakes and coffee, milk, or juice. Extra pancakes and sides can be purchased. There is no cost to meet Santa, but please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots if you are able. Tavern on Grand is located at 656 Grand Avenue.

Visit Santa's Reindeer

Meet members of Santa's reindeer team between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Reindeer will be at 2 locations:

Frattallone’s Ace Hardware (east), 650 Grand

SUBWAY (west), 1820 Grand

Fire Truck Rides Provided by the Vulcan Krewe

There will be free fire truck rides provided by the Vulcan Krewe from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  The rides will start and finish at Dixie's on Grand, 695 Grand Avenue.  This is a great way to experience Grand Avenue and meet members of the Vulcan Krewe!


10 - 11am Come enjoy Resonate for a heart-warming vocal experience, caroling for families at Dixie's on Grand (695 Grand)!  Come ready to be filled with cheer, whether you are young or simply young at heart!

12 - 2pm The Elizabethan Syngers will meander the Avenue dressed in costume and singing carols from The Renaissance time. They will perform at sponsoring businesses: Billy's on Grand (857 Grand) and The Spectacle Shoppe (1089 Grand).

Santa on the Avenue

Be on your best behavior because Santa will make appearances at some local businesses between 10:30am and 12pm! Watch for him at sponsoring businesses: Golden Fig Fine Foods (790 Grand), Trade Winds (857 Grand), and European Wax Center (1049 Grand).

Art Fairs

Art at Ramsey Presented by the Artists Circle

A Juried Holiday Art Fair of quality fine crafts and fine art. This event is sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle, a non-profit art organization promoting fine crafts.  This is the art fair’s 20th anniversary show. The Youth Art Fair, with local young artists, ages 10-18 will also return for its 9th year. Stop by Ramsey Middle School between 10am - 5pm (Youth Art Fair ends at 4pm) to see and purchase some beautiful arts and crafts. FREE to attend.

Tangletown Art Crawl

Wander the streets of Tangletown and experience open studios of local artists, including.  37 artists will be featured at 8 locations. All of the locations will be close to Mims Photography at 1746 Grand and will be open from 10am-5pm. Click here for a full listing.

Summit Ave Artisan Festival

Located at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave, the show runs 9:00 - 4:00. See for more information.

Soup Tasting

Participate in a Grand Avenue tradition and help us crown the People's Choice Winner! Four local celebrities will also help to judge the Soup Tasting Contest! Keep an eye out for Stephanie March from MSP Magazine and myTalk Radio, Joy Summers from Eater Minneapolis and CityPages, Jess Fleming from Pioneer Press, and Todd Walker, reporter for Fox9 News.

 From 11:00-3:00 p.m. you can sample delicious soups at the businesses listed below.

  • Tavern On Grand (656 Grand)
  • Saji-Ya (695 Grand)
  • Dixie's on Grand (695 Grand)
  • Wild Onion (788 Grand)
  • Brasa Rotisserie (777 Grand)
  • Billy’s on Grand (857 Grand)
  • St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (900 Summit)
  • D’Amico & Sons (975 Grand)
  • St. Paul Oilerie (1045 Grand)
  • Everest On Grand (1278 Grand)
  • Green Mill (1342 Grand)
  • Whole Foods Market (30 S. Fairview)
  • Subway (1820 Grand)

Free Trolley Rides

What better way to experience all of Grand Avenue than on a historic trolley?  FREE trolley rides will be provided from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  You can hop on or off the trolley at a bus stop on Grand between Dale & Fairview.

Trolley Rides are presented by Cafe Latte, Charlemagne Fine Jewelry, Penzeys Spices, and Grand Ole Creamery and Pizzeria.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sponsored by Keller Williams - The Odd Couple Team

Join the Grand Avenue community as we count down and light a 60-foot tree on the Macalester College campus, next to the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel (visible from Grand Avenue). Enjoy warm drinks and treats from Grand Ave businesses as well as live music provided by Macalester's vocal jazz accapella group, Off-Kilter, starting at 4:30pm. At 5pm, Todd Walker, the "Man About Town" reporter for FOX9 News will count down to light the tree!

Activities at Participating Businesses

Coffee Bené - Make us your first stop during Grand Meander! Get 50 cents off your drink when you stop by Coffee Bené.

Custom Contracting - Stop by and discuss your 2015 home improvement projects.  Holiday treats for all! 12-4pm

SUBWAY - Bring the kids to visit Santa's Reindeer! Great photo opportunity! $1 Kids Paks with purchase of 6-inch or footlong.  Sample our favorite soup! 10am - 3pm.

Whole Foods Market - Decorating gingerbread houses! We’ll provide the frosted gingerbread house and candy; you bring the creativity! The best part is- you don’t have to mess up your kitchen; we’ve got cleanup covered! All ages are welcome. Cost is $19.99 per house. (includes frosted gingerbread house, candies, and icing) Pre-registration is a must- call or visit the Customer Service Desk to sign up at least 48 hours in advance. 10am - 12pm

Mims Photography - Tangletown Art Crawl with 8 locations and 37 local Artists creating unique art and holiday gifts. 10am - 5pm

A Johnson & Sons Florist - Visit with Santa - Open House with Hot Cocoa and Cookies - Spin our Wheel for free prizes of Flowers, Poinsettias and Gifts - everyone wins! 9am - 3pm

The Tea Garden - Woodwind trio "Bella Musica Winds" performing at 4:00 pm.  $1.00 off any drink at mention of this offer.

Wet Paint Artists' Materials and Framing - Stop by during Grand Meander to try out Decopatch papers and glue on a paper mache star or ball, great for collage and decorating holiday ornaments. Activity is suitable from ages 10-110! 11am - 2pm

Healing InSight - 20% off all gift certificates. Today only!

Highlander-The Shop at Macalester -Stop by and enjoy some Holiday cookies while shopping for the perfect Macalester Holiday gift.

Common Good Books - Book signings for Karen Melvin's "Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District" (1pm) and Norman Draper's "Backyard" (2pm)

Green Mill - Stop by to sample our soup! Buy 2 pasta entrees, and get a free bottle of wine.

Treadle Yard Goods - Free fat quarters to make your own holiday gift bag at home.  (Supplies are limited.)  Holiday cookies for nibbling.

Keys 4/4 Kids - 10% off all pianos and free sheet music available all day!

Everest on Grand - We'll feature an ethnic Nepali soup, "Tama Bodi" (bamboo shoot & black-eye bean soup). Tama Bodi is a very nutritious and tasty soup prepared by stewing black-eye-beans, potato and sour bamboo shoot strips. The soup is served every Thursday in our daily lunch buffet menu. 11:30am - 3pm

Charlemagne Fine Jewelry - Special collection of alternative bridal designs, trolley ride sponsor, refreshments, 15% off of Silver Jewelry purchase.

My Sister's Closet - We will have live holiday music by young flute students of Joy Isakson, hot chocolate & cookies, & 20% or more discount on most everything in the store.

Irish on Grand - Bagpiping Santa will play from 11am to 2pm and hot Irish tea and biscuits will be served all day long!

The Spectacle Shoppe, Inc. - Our staff will host hot apple cider and delicious cookies. Receive a complementary Eyeglass repair kit and $200.00 off of your complete prescription lens and frame purchase. 10am - 4pm

Bibelot Shops - 20% off Christmas ornaments. Duluth Grill cookbook signing 11am–1pm. Larry Millett book signing 2-3:30pm. In-store tasting with assorted vendors.

Wuollet Bakery - Come sample holiday goodies! Cookies, peanut brittle, cakes, treats and more! 10am - 2pm.

Creative Kidstuff - Take part in a Build-o-Rama building contest with Magfromers & prizes from 10am -12pm. Do a holiday craft from 10am - 2pm.

hush Therapeutic Massage - 15% off Massage Gift Certificates.  Order online.  Promo Code:  GRANDGIFT

HealthSource Chiropractic & Progressive Rehab - Free 10-minute Stress Break Massage - and $20 first appointment discount (does not apply to federal insurance beneficiaries and ACN participants).

European Wax Center - The first 25 walk-in guests to come into Grand Ave European Wax Center and get a waxing service between 10 am & 2pm will receive a flaunt-worthy holiday gift! Warm drinks & treats will be served.

The Oilerie St. Paul - We will be celebrating our THIRD anniversary. Special samples prepared by Chef Peggy. Browse our Holiday gift ideas. Free recipe booklets and giveaways. 10am - 6pm

The UPS Store - $2.00 Off any UPS Shipment

Traditions Classic Home Furnishings - Join us for a book signing of the national award-winning Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District, with special guest photographer Karen Melvin (11am - 1pm). Enjoy 25% off all accessories! Open till 6pm.

D'Amico and Sons - Soup tasting with our Signiture Tuscan Chicken Soup. 11am - 3pm

Grand Jete - Free hot apple cider and candy canes. 10am - 5:30pm

Atelier957 - 15% off original priced or sale items

Bubbly Paws - Free holiday themed dog treat bags!

1st Grand Avenue Liquors - Wine tasting for the Holidays. 12 - 4pm

Salut Bar Americain - $5 Warm Cassoulette and Apple Cider while supplies last. Starts at 11am

St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Summit Avenue Artisan Festival: Shop local artists, pot pie lunches, silent auction, bake sale!

Red Balloon Bookshop - Grinch Storytime with Children’s Theatre Company. Grow you heart 10 sizes with this holiday tale from Dr. Seuss. You can also take your picture with the Mean One himself. Story time at 10:30am and 2pm

Cooks of Crocus Hill - Mulled Cider tasting with Cook's own blend

Garden of Eden - A Garden of Eden glycerin soap comes free with a $20.00 purchase. 11am - 5pm while supplies last

Ten Thousand Villages - Peace of My Mind author John Noltner will be hosting a book signing! 11am - 1pm

Trade Winds - Our Santa - Polar Express mural creates a great backdrop for Holiday Pictures! Free photos taken and emailed to customers from 10AM to Noon. Gift bags given to customers while supplies last. Select Clothing 20% off.

Billy's on Grand - Pig Roast from 11am - 3pm or while supplies last.  We will be serving hot pork sandwiches, hot dogs, hot cocoa, and soup tasting on the patio.

Café Latte - Sample one of our new healthy salads.

Quince - 25% off all clothing!  Also, spend $100 or more and receive a $10 Cafe Latte Gift Certificate!

Mama's Happy - Demos with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, drawings, holiday decorating ideas for your home.

Bruegger's Bagels - Coffee Samples, Bagels Samples, and Coloring Sheets for the kids. 10am - 1pm

Foxglove Market & Studio - Grab-and-go holiday gift packs, in-store giveaways, and refreshments. You can also put in your orders for Holiday floral arrangements and custom gift baskets!

Golden Fig Fine Foods - We will be sampling our delicious Bombay Cocoa as well as offering 15% off all cocoa and marshmallow purchases all day!

Wild Onion - Stop by to sample our soup.

Brasa Rotisserie - Stop in for a free sample of soup.

LOFT - 20% off full price items *some exclusions may apply.

Grand Spectacle - Roasting chestnuts outside. 10am - 2pm

Grand Ole Creamery and Pizzeria - Free samples of holiday ice cream flavors. Buy one pizza slice, get one free.

Muska Lighting - 20% off all in-stock purchases during Grand Meander

Perrier Wines & Liquors - 12 Beers of Christmas Beer Tasting 12-4pm. Holiday Wine Tasting 4-6pm.

Tavern on Grand - Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 - 10:30am, including 2 free pancakes and coffee, milk, or juice. Extra pancakes and sides available for added price. Sample our soup from 11am - 3pm.

Penzeys Spices - Stop in for a free cup of mulled cider!

Frattallone's Ace Hardware - Visit Santa’s reindeer and pick out your holiday tree!

Saji-Ya - Sample Traditional Miso soup with tofu, seaweed and green onion.

Dixie's on Grand - Bring your camera to take your own picture with Santa from 12-3pm! Sample tomato basil soup with cheese tortellini.

Grand Hand Gallery - Meet local jewelry designer Karin Jacobson and shop her futuristic & fun collection.

University Club of St. Paul (420 Summit Ave) - Hot Chocolate and tours of the Historic Club House. 10am - 2pm

Landmark Center (75 West 5th St) - 36th Annual Landmark Center Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar:  Visit this marketplace of unique, handcrafted merchandise created by over 75 local artisans.  Enjoy the festive holiday music and refreshments while you shop. $4 admission; under 12 free. 10am - 5pm