Grand Meander

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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 Avenue.

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Breakfast with Santa  — 8:30-10:30 am
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 — 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Presented by Frattallone's Ace Hardware

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

Frattallone’s Ace Hardware (east), 650 Grand

Fire Truck Rides Provided by the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Vulcan Krewe — 10:00 am-Noon

There will be free fire truck rides provided by the Vulcan Krewe from 10:00-Noon  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!

Holiday Carolers — 11:00 am-2:00 pm

A variety of Caroling Groups will be entertaining Grand Meander guests all along Grand Avenue.

Santa on the Avenue — 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

There will be several places for Santa sightings, starting at the early morning Santa Breakfast at Tavern on Grand. Santa stops will be listed in the 2016 Grand Meander Guide. Pick up your at participating businesses.

Grand Area Art Fairs - 10:00 am-5:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)

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.

Mims Photography Art Show

Mims Photography at 1746 Grand and will be open from 10am-5pm. Click here for a full listing.

Summit Avenue Artisan Festival

Located at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave., this event features unique holiday gifts from over 30 local artists and artisans, children's activities, pot pie lunch, silent auction, holiday specialties bake sale, soup-tasting, Toyland and Treasures sale of gently used children's and household decorative items, and visits with St. Nicholas. The festival runs from 10-4.  See for more information. 

Soup Tasting — 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Come out and vote for your favorite soup on Grand Avenue. Samples will be available at several locations. For a complete list of soup stops pick up the Grand Meander Guide at participating businesses.

Free Trolley Rides — 11:00 am-3:00 pm

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 & Cleveland.

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Activities at Participating Businesses

Block A - East of Dale

The Grand Hand Gallery
619 Grand Avenue
Betsy Bowen’s woodblock prints have become iconic representations of life in Minnesota’s Northwoods. Join Betsy in our gallery where she will be available to sign copies of her books and talk about her work. 

Block B - Dale to St. Albans

Frattallone’s Ace Hardware
Visit Santa's Reindeer — 10am-2pm

650 Grand Avenue
Visit Santa’s reindeer and pick out your holiday tree!

Tavern on Grand
Breakfast with Santa — 8:30-10:30 am
656 Grand Avenue
Meet Santa and enjoy a breakfast of free pancakes. 

Penzeys Spices
674 Grand Avenue
Sign up for Penzeys One email to receive a 1/2 cup jar of delicious spice. 9:30am to 5:00pm. 
Sponsor of the Trolleys.

Block C - St. Albans to Grotto

Dixie’s on Grand
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
695 Grand Avenue
Bring your camera to take your own picture with Santa from 1:00-4:00pm!
Sample our delicious chicken tortilla soup. Catch the a ride on the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Vulcan Krewe Fire Truck. 

Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
1695 Grand Avenue
Stop by to sample our soup!

Block D - Grotto to Avon

Coulee Bank
Carolers — 11:30am-Noon

742 Grand Avenue
Come listen to caroling groups preform on the patio from 11:30-Noon. 

Grand Ole Creamery & Pizzeria
750 Grand Avenue
Samples of our holiday flavored ice cream. Kids Specials: 2 pizza slices, kids drink & kids cone $6.99. Coloring contest. 

Brasa Rotisserie
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
777 Grand Avenue
Brasa is once again excited to participate in the Grand Meander soup contest. We will be sharing samples of a new soup in 2016 and pass to guests as they stroll on the avenue. 10am–2pm

Wild Onion
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:30-2:00 pm
788 Grand Avenue

Bruegger’s Bagels
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus — 12:30-1:00pm

 800 Grand Avenue - SE Corner of Avon and Grand 
Sampling, Coloring Sheets for kids.

Block E - Avon to Victoria

Mischief Toy Store
818 Grand Avenue
Free hot cider and cookies! Plus, gift wrapping at Mischief is always free. 10am-8pm 

Three Sisters Eclectic Arts
844 Grand Avenue
Join us for fun photo ops, holiday sales, and unique gifts from over 80 MN small businesses. 

Café Latte
850 Grand Avenue
Sponsor of the Trolley Rides!

Billy’s on Grand
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
857 Grand Avenue
Pig roast, hot dogs, soup tasting.

Block F - Victoria to Milton

Bread & Chocolate
867 Grand Avenue
Sponsor of the Trolley Rides!

Red Balloon Bookshop
Carolers — Noon-12:30pm
891 Grand Avenue
Grinchmas Storytime — 10:30 am
Meander into Red Balloon for a wa-who-holiday Grinchmas storytime extravaganza! Miss Angela will be joined by The Grinch - HE HIMSELF - for stories, songs, & rhymes. After the reading, families will have a chance to meet the Grinch for hugs, high-fives, and photos.

1st Grand Avenue Liquors
918 Grand Avenue
Holiday beer and wine tasting from Noon - 4pm.

Block G - Milton to Chatsworth

Phresh Spa Salon
937 Grand Avenue

Bubbly Paws
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus — Noon-12:20 pm
949 Grand Avenue
Doggie treat bags and 20% off all retail items! Santa photo op from Noon-12:20pm.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus — 11:00-11:20 am

957 Grand Avenue
All sweaters are 30% off. Free style advising. Cookies will be served. Stop by to get  a photo with Santa.

Grand Jete
975 Grand Avenue
Free candy canes and hot apple cider for our customers

Block H - Chatsworth to Oxford

1039 Grand Avenue
Enjoy 25% off all accessories while shopping in our store. All day - 10 AM to 6 PM

Block I - Oxford to Lexington

Ehlinger Schwarz 1876
Meet Juji the Dog — 11am-1pm

1041 Grand Avenue
We will be having Christopher Cline here with Juji doing a calendar signing from 11am-1pm. The first 50 people get a free calendar. 

Pure Barre St. Paul
1045 Grand Avenue
Stop in the studio between 8a-12p to get our “Holiday Stocking Stuffer: 3 classes +  a Pure Barre Beanie for $33”. Classes at 8a, 9:15a & 10:30, email if you would like to sign up. Also, enjoy 15% off ALL retail (excluding socks).

Creative Kidstuff
1074 Grand Avenue
20% off everything. Free candy canes.

Woullet Bakery
1080 Grand Avenue
Holiday Samples and December Coloring Contest.

Bibelot Shop
1082 Grand Avenue
20% off holiday ornaments. In store tastings.
Sale all day, tastings at different times during the day

Spectacle Shoppe
1089 Grand Avenue
Indulge in savory bites and $250.00 off of the purchase of a complete prescription lens and frame.

Block J - Lexington to Dunlap

Irish of Grand
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus —  11:30-11:50
1124 Grand Avenue
Piping Santa will play from 11am to 2pm.  Hot tea and Irish biscuits served all day long! Get a photo with Santa 11:30-11:50.

Mama’s Happy
1128 Grand Avenue
Hot Cocoa Bar. Store sales and giveaways!

My Sisters’ Closet
1136 Grand Avenue
Treats and live flute players playing seasonal music. Plus Great Holiday sales.

Baby Grand
1137 Grand Avenue
10% OFF Store-Wide Sale for Grand Meander* We will also offer hot chocolate and treats.  *Excludes sale items or previously placed orders. 

Block L - Ayd Mill to Syndicate

Kowalski’s Market
1261 Grand Avenue
Joy to the Season Open House, 11am - 4pm. Samples, tips, recipes and great entertaining ideas! 

Block M - Syndicate to Hamline

Grand Shanghai
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
1328 Grand Avenue
Come taste our Hot and Sour Soup contest entry.

Block N — Hamline - Albert

Colossal Café
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
1340 Grand Avenue
Enjoy the new Minty-Hot Chocolate during Grand Meander for just $2.

Block P - Pascal to Saratoga

Keller Williams Integrity Realty—Odd Couple Team
1460 Grand Avenue
Sponsor Free Trolley Rides.

Block T - Cambridge to Wheeler

Wet Paint Artists’ Materials and Framing
1684 Grand Avenue
Decorate a paper mache ornament with Decopatch French tissue papers and glue from 11-2pm. Activity repeats on the hour. FREE while supplies last. Please register for a time slot or call the store 651-698-6431. Holiday sale is on now through December 31st.

A. Johnson & Sons Florist 
1738 Grand Avenue
Visit with Santa from 9am to 3pm, Our Annual Open House today celebrating 80 years on the avenue. Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Spin our wheel with prizes including 80 roses. 9am-5pm.

Block U - Wheeler to Fairview

Mims Photography
1746 Grand Avenue
Art show featuring five local artist showing painting, pottery, photography, bead jewelry, cards, leather and wire jewelry. Get free Mims Photography note card with art purchase.
10:00 am-5:00 pm

Block V - Fairview  to S. Howell

Subway on Grand
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
1820 Grand Avenue
Stop by for a sample of soup.

Fein Violins
1850 Grand Avenue
Stop in, play a tune on a violin, viola, or cello and get a free cake of rosin. Tell us you saw this and get $20 OFF our Professional Wood Music Stand. 10 AM to 6 PM

Custom Contracting
1854 Grand Avenue
Stop by and discuss your 2017 home improvement projects.  Holiday treats for all! Noon - 4pm. Sponsor of the Free Trolley Rides.

Off - Avenue

St. Paul’s Childhood Center
Carolers — 11:00-11:25 am
900 Summit Avenue
St. Paul’s Childhood Center will host cookie decorating and ornament making from 11:00am-2:00pm.

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
Summit Avenue Artisan Festival — 10:00am-4:00pm
900 Summit Avenue
This event features unique holiday gifts from over 30 local artists and artisans, children’s activities, pot pie lunch, silent auction, holiday specialties bake sale, soup-tasting, Toyland and Treasures sale of gently used children’s and household decorative items, and visits with St. Nicholas.  The festival runs from 10am-4pm. Soup Contest Participant.

Subway on Selby
Soup Tasting Contest Entrant — 10:00-2:00 pm
857 Selby Avenue

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