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 Elizabethan carolers meander from store to store, and hop on a classic trolley and ride the 20-block length of Grand Ave. The day comes to a dramatic finish with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Charlemagne Fine Jewelry.

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.  Pancakes will be provided and you will have the opportunity to meet Santa!  Tavern on Grand is located at 656 Grand Avenue.

Visit Santa's Reindeer Presented by Frattallone's Ace Hardware and A. Johnson & Sons Florist

Meet a member of Santa's reindeer team at Frattallone's Ace Hardware (650 Grand) and A. Johnson & Sons Florist (1738 Grand).  You can visit the reindeer between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Winter Carnival Button Unveiling at Dixie's on Grand

Be one of the first to see this year’s Saint Paul Winter Carnival Buttons! The unveiling will take place at 10:00 a.m. Buttons will be available for purchase after the unveiling, along with other great Winter Carnival Merchandise.

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!

Art at Ramsey Presented by the Artists Circle

Art at Ramsey is a Juried Holiday Art Fair of quality fine crafts and fine art.  It is is sponsored by Highland/Macalester/Groveland Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle, a non-profit art organization promoting fine crafts.  Stop by Ramsey Junior High between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to see and purchase some beautiful arts and crafts.

Tangletown Art Crawl

Wander the streets of Tangletown and experience open studios of local artists, including.  37 artists will be featured at 7 locations. All of the locations will be close to Mims Photography at 1746 Grand and will be open from 10am-5pm. Check back for a full listing!

Soup Tasting

Participate in a Grand Avenue tradition and help us crown the People's Choice Winner!   From 12:00-3:00 p.m. you can sample delicious soups at these restaurants:

  • Subway, 1820 Grand
  • Cow Bella Gelato, 1700 Grand
  • Green Mill, 57 Hamline Ave S
  • Everest on Grand, 1278 Grand
  • The Oilerie, 1045 Grand
  • D’Amico & Sons, 975 Grand
  • Billy’s on Grand, 857 Grand
  • Brasa Rotisserie, 777 Grand
  • Wild Onion, 788 Grand
  • Saji-Ya, 695 Grand
  • Dixie's on Grand, 695 Grand
  • Tavern on Grand, 656 Grand

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Free Trolley Rides

What better way to experience all of Grand Avenue than by 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 & Cleveland.


Enjoy the music of the Elizabethan Syngers from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  In addition to their performances each summer and fall at the Renaissance Festival, the Elizabethan Syngers are recognized as an excellent ensemble for the holiday season.  They will be meandering the Avenue!

Tree Lighting Ceremony Presented by Charlemagne Fine Jewelry

Join us at 5:00 p.m. for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.  This will take place at Charlemagne Fine Jewelry, which is located at 1262 Grand Avenue.  Enjoy music, refreshments and the community spirit of the season as the Grand Avenue tree is lit.


Participating Businesses

Coffee Bené, 53 Cleveland Ave S: 22% off any drink. Must mention this offer when ordering. Offer not good on bottled beverages. 9am-3pm

SUBWAY, 1820 Grand: Stop by and taste our soup and visit with Subman, 12-3pm

Whole Foods Market, 30 Fairview Ave S.: Holiday DIY crafts with Etsy 11am-2pm. Gingerbread house event 2:30-4:30pm (must purchase a house for $19.99).

St. Paul Pet Supply / Dog Days, 1752 Grand: Admire pet portraits by a local artist as part of the Tangletown Art Crawl! SALE on all pet toys, 10am-5pm

A Johnson & Sons Florist, 1738 Grand: Visit with Santa and his reindeer - Open House with hot cocoa and cookies. Spin our Wheel for free prizes - everyone wins! 9am to 3pm

Cow Bella Gelato, 1700 Grand: FREE Coffee 7am-Noon, FREE Gelato samples All Day!

Tea Garden, 1692 Grand: FREE giveaway samples of looseleaf teas & $1 off any drink when you mention Grand Meander. Live music by Bella Musica Winds at 3pm

Wet Paint, 1684 Grand: Holiday Origami Demo with Kathleen Sheridan. Origami, the traditional art of paper folding is a great stress busting activity with beautiful results.  A Wet Paint holiday tradition popular with all ages. 11am-2pm

Healing InSight Acupuncture, 1654 Grand: FREE 2-minute Chinese ear treatment for stress relief and energy. 20% off gift certificates of $50 or more. 20% off all neti pots, oil diffusers, essential oils, books, pain relieving oils, and herbs. 10am-3pm

Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling: Readings and signings from Karen Melvin’s “Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District” (12pm) and Dale Mulfinger’s “Back to the Cabin” (2pm) - both great gift books!

Highlander℠-The Shop at Macalester, 32 S. Snelling: Stop by for some sweet treats--candy canes and cookies. You'll find MAC gifts for the whole family! Enter to win a MAC  short sleeve bike jersey or Macalester sweatshirt

Green Mill, 57 Hamline Ave S: FREE Bottle of Wine with 2 Pasta Entrees.

Treadle Yard Goods, 1338 Grand: Pick up a complimentary fat quarter and then head around the corner to Treadle 2 at 58 South Hamline for a holiday gift bag make and take event.  Limit 1 per customer.  Holiday cookies will be served. Pick up a complimentary fat quarter, and head around the corner to Treadle 2 at 58 South. 2-4pm

Sixth Chamber Used Books, 1332 Grand: Eco-friendly toys, puppets, puzzles, marbles, and -of course- lightly used books. Donate a book to help populate the bookshelves at Laura Jeffrey Academy, a local girl-focused public middle school.

Keys 4/4 Kids, 1326b Grand: 10% off everything in the store!  Name that tune game and fun prizes!

Everest on Grand, 1278 Grand: Ema-datsi Tasting: A mixture of hot peppers is cooked with feta cheese, red & green peppers, onion, potato & tomato. Ema meaning hot chillies, datsi meaning cheese, Ema Datsi is a national dish of Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. This dish has natural heat that would make the body warm and enlighten the soul!

Baby Grand, 1137 Grand: 15% off any full price purchase (exclusions apply)

My Sister’s Closet, 1136 Grand : Live music & 10% off vintage, consignment, accessories, and much more!

Irish on Grand, 1124 Grand:  See Bagpiping Santa from 11am to 2pm! We will also serve hot Irish tea and cookies all day long

Stella Blu, 1104 Grand: 25% off store wide. For every $100 in gift cards purchased, receive a $25 gift card free!

Spectacle Shoppe, 1089 Grand: Cider, Hot Chocolate & Cookies. Free eyewear cleaning kit.  $175 off complete pair of eyewear

Chez Arnaud, 1085 Grand: Kids face painting and Christmas Tales reading in French. (Free, 3-5pm). Sample macarons & discover traditional Noël desserts (all day)

Bibelot, 1082 Grand: Warren Hanson, will be signing his book, "The Steeple" from 1-2. Karen Melvin, local author, will be signing her book "Great Houses of Summit Avenue" from 1-3. 20% off all ornaments and various tastings throughout the store.

Wuollet Bakery, 1080 Grand: Come sample holiday goodies! Cookies, peanut brittle, cakes, treats and more!

Creative Kidstuff, 1074 Grand: Cozy up for story time at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm with Dorothy from The Ordway’s production of The Wizard of Oz

hush Therapeutic Massage, 1053 Grand: The Perfect Gift Sale:  25% off Gift Cards for Therapeutic Massage  (Save $16-$26). 11am-2pm

The Oilerie, 1045 Grand: Two year Anniversary!  Samples made by Chef Peggy. Soup, salads, sandwiches, pasta's and bruschetta toppings

The UPS Store on Grand, 1043 Grand: Enjoy Hot Chocolate with marshmallows or whipped cream, 12-2pm

Traditions Classic Home Furnishings, 1039 Grand: 25% off all accessories

Grand Jete, 975 Grand: Live Christmas music by Grand Jete staff, free hot apple cider and Christmas treats

D’Amico and Sons, 975 Grand: Soup Tasting - Signature Tuscan Chicken Soup during the day. “Wine and Dine Date Night” after 6 - Date night includes each person's choice of refillable house wine, a side green salad, and an entree, all for just $29! 

Atelier957/Perfect Fit by Marina, 957 Grand: All items in store 15% off.

Bubbly Paws, 949 Grand: Make an appointment for a holiday photo session for your pet! A portion of the session fee will be donated to The Pet Project. We will also have a dog treat buffet for sampling different types of treats, plus doggy beer on tap and 15% off all retail items!

1st Grand Avenue Liquors, 918 Grand: Wine and beer tasting                                                                                    

Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand:  Meet Newberry award-winning author Kate DiCamillo and hear about her new book "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures" at 2pm

Cooks of Crocus Hill, 877 Grand: Mulled Cider sampling with Cooks own mulling spice blend.

Garden of Eden, 867 Grand: Free Thymes Frasier Fir Votive Candle with $25 Thymes Frasier Fir Purchase. Free Gift with $20 Purchase. Register to win Thymes Frasier Fir Gift Basket, $92.50 value. 12-6pm

Ten Thousand Villages, 867 Grand: Danza Espanola will perform Spanish carols and dances. Offering hot cocoa to customers (while supplies last)

Bread & Chocolate, 867 Grand: Baking Frosted Pumpkin Cookies & Lingonberry Almond Scones all day!

STEELE 365, 857 Grand: Open House with FREE mini Boot Camp sessions. Stop by to burn off calories from sampling and soup tasting! 12-4pm

Billy’s on Grand, 857 Grand: Annual Pig Roast: Hot Smoked Pork Sandwiches with chips $7.00, Smoked Hot Dogs with Chips $3.00, Free Hot Cocoa. 12-4pm

Trade Winds, 857 Grand: A Holiday Gift Package for shoppers while supplies last. Sales throughout the day.

Café Latte, 850 Grand: Sample one of our new healthy salads.

Quince Gifts, 850 Grand: Local Artists will be selling their goods outside our store while we will be offering 10% off storewide, free gift wrapping, and a $10 gift certificate to Cafe Latte with your purchase of $100 or more. ore.

Mama’s Happy, 844 Grand: Visit Grand Ave’s newest shop! Free gift wrap and refreshments.

Bruegger's Bagels, 800 Grand: Games, samples, and soup on sale. 9:30am-1:30pm

Foxglove Market & Studio, 792 Grand: Foxglove will have grab and go holiday gift packs, gift wrapping ideas, and refreshments!

LOFT, 791 Grand: 25% off any Full Price Purchase. *Exclusions may apply

Golden Fig Fine Foods, 790 Grand: Golden Fig's delicious Yukon, Bombay, Mayan and Persian Cocoa mixes AS WELL AS our handmade marshmallows are all 20% off!

Wild Onion, 788 Grand: Bloody Mary Bar 10:30-3. Tom and Jerrys available 11-3

Brasa Rotisserie, 777 Grand: Soup Tasting - samples of our Smoked Corn Chowder. 12-3pm

Grand Spectacle, 764 Grand: Roasting chestnuts on an open fire from 10am till they’re gone!

Grand Ole Creamery, 750 Grand: Free samples of holiday flavors including pumpkin and winter wonderland

Coulee Bank, 742 Grand: Warm up by the fire pit!

Muska Lighting, 700 Grand: 20% off in-stock purchases on Dec 7th

Moxie Salon, 700 Grand: Buy a $50 Gift Certificate and enter to win the NEW! Paul Mitchell NeuroCell intelligent styling. A revolutionary and compact roller system. $180 value includes 6 1" hot rollers and strong hold clips.

Saji-Ya, 695 Grand: Happy hour 3-6pm: $3.50 taps & rolls starting at $3.75

Dixie's on Grand, 695 Grand: Winter Carnival Button unveiling at 10am. Take your own photo with Santa, 12-3pm. Samples of Louisiana Gumbo.

Penzeys Spices, 674 Grand: Try Penzeys Hot Mulled Cider. 9:30am-5pm

Tavern on Grand, 656 Grand: Breakfast with Santa, free pancakes 8:30-10:30am

Perrier Wines & Liqours, 666 Grand: Live brewing demonstration from 12-4pm. 2 Gingers whiskey tasting from 4-6pm. Holiday wine tasting from 6-8pm. Holiday arts & crafts for adults.

The Grand Hand Gallery: Betsy Bowen will be joining us for the day. Most visitors to The Grand Hand recognize Betsy Bowen’s woodcuts, either from trips to her studio in Grand Marais, MN or from the beloved series of children’s books she has illustrated over the years. Her books celebrate her love of the wilderness near Lake Superior and an interest in folktales. She also dabbles in storytelling by creating puppets and staging for community theater productions. 






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