Saturday, December 5, 2015

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 strolling from store to store
or hop on a classic street trolley and ride the 20-block length of Grand Avenue.


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:  8:30 - 10:00am
Tavern on Grand, (656 Grand Avenue)

Meet Santa and enjoy a breakfast of FREE pancakes! Please bring a Toys for Tots donation.


VISIT SANTA’S REINDEER:  10:00am - 2:00pm
Sponsored by Frattellone’s AceHardware (650 Grand Avenue)



10:00 - 10:20am Golden Fig

10:30 – 10:50am Atelier

11:00 – 11:20am Baby Grand

11:30 – 11:50am Subway Grand

Noon – 12:20pm Park Dental


FIRE TRUCK RIDES:  10:00am - Noon
Courtesy of the Saint Paul Vulcans


SOUP TASTINGS:  10:00am - 2:00pm

Over a dozen restaurants will be providing sample of their signature soups. Tasters get to vote for their favorite



A full day of music with carolers and musical performances all along Grand Avenue. 

Off-Kilter — 1:15 - 2:45pm

1:15 - 1:45pm   Kowalski’s

1:45 – 2:15pm    Misc. Locations on Grand

2:15 – 2:45pm   Red Balloon

McNally-Smith Carolers — 9:00am – Noon

9:00 – 10:00am   Misc. Locations on Grand

10:15 – 10:45am   St. Paul Children’s

11am – Noon   Coulee Bank


FREE TROLLEY RIDES: Available from 10:00am - 3:00pm

Ride the 20 Blocks of Grand Avenue on a charming trolley. 

Trolley Rides Sponsored by:
Cafe Latte
Bread & Chocolate
Keller-Williams, The Odd Couple Team
Penzey’s Spices
UPS Stores


RED FLANNEL 5K:  Starts at 8:30am

New for 2015 this event, sponsored by the Running Room on Grand, is for both runners and walkers. So get those flannels out and lace up your running shoes for the inaugural Grand Avenue Red Flannel 5K.



Resident and business will be decked out for the holidays. Be sure to check them out.

ART SHOWS:  10:00am - 5:00pm

Tangletown Art Crawl:  10:00am – 5:00pm
Explore seven art venues, including:  5 private homes in St. Paul’s Tangletown and two businesses — Mims Photography and Dog Days on Grand Avenue. There will be three-dozen local artists displaying jewelry, painting, textiles, woodworking, painting, photography and much more. This is a wonderful event to find truly unique and artistic gifts. 

Summit Avenue Artisan Festival:  10:00am - 4:00pm (900 Summit Avenue)
Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Local artists, jewelry, food vendors, pottery, artisan food, textiles, bakery/cafe and silent auction.

Art at Ramsey:  10:00am - 5:00pm (1700 Summit Avenue)
Presented by Artist’s Circle




Saturday, December 5th

Macalester College Grand Ave.
1600 Grand Avenue (south lawn central campus)
St. Paul, MN 55105

Lace up those running shoes and put on the flannel and join us Saturday, December 5th for the inaugural Red Flannel 5k. This unique route will take us through the beautiful Summit Avenue Neighborhood, down along the eastern Mississippi River Bank through the St. Thomas Campus, and back up historic Grand Avenue.  After the run stick around for Grand Meander and explore fantastic shopping, and dining options.  

Packet pickup wil be held at the Running Room, 1068 Grand Ave, St. Paul MN starting Wednesday December 3rd during store hours.

Race Day Pickup and Start:

Race day pick up and registration begins at 7:30am at Macalester College 1600 Grand Avenue (south lawn central campus)

Run begins Saturday morning at 8:30am

Parking is available on the streets surrounding the college.

Race cancellation and weather policy:

Events may be delayed, shortened or in rare circumstances cancelled, due to inclement weather.  This includes lightning, wind, heat, snow, or the threat of imminent severe weather that may harm or injure participants, staff, set up crew and bystanders. Event time frame includes setup, race and teardown. All possible attempts will be made to contact those involved by email, website and social media.  No refunds or transfers allowed.

After you finish the inaugural Red Flannel 5K you can spend the afternoon exploring
Grand Avenue during our Annual Grand Meander holiday event.

Grand Meander and the Red Flannel 5K are produced by the
Grand Avenue Business Association.


Follow Grand Meander on Facebook for exclusive updates!

For 2015 we are bringing back the ever popular favorite events including Breakfast with Santa , Visit Santa's Reindeer, Fire Truck Rides, Carolers, Santa on the Avenue, Art Fairs, Tangletown Art Crawl, Soup Tasting, Free Trolley Rides, Activities at Participating Businesses and new for 2015 the Red Flannel 5K!


Facebook Wall





Receive the latest Grand Avenue "Happenings"