By Sandy Leuthner - Sr. Communications & Advocacy Consultant

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Open Streets is back with inaugural Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle

December 14, 2017

The snow is officially here, making it time to celebrate winter in Minnesota. December is a month filled with traditions for many and perhaps your family could start a new one this year.  While known for being a great summer outing, Open Streets will host its first winter event this Saturday. Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle is presented by Our Streets Minneapolis, the City of Minneapolis, and the ​Minneapolis Downtown Council, with support from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross.

New event, new route, new street open for family fun

The Winter Open Streets will take place in a new location, along the newly reopened Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. The one-mile route— perfect for walking, biking or rolling in the heart of downtown— will be full of opportunities to explore the new Nicollet. The renovation includes nearly 250 new trees, new LED lighting and the largest public art display outside of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

With food, local businesses, and family fun all along the route, Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle will be an occasion you won’t want to miss.

“It’s great to see Open Streets expand to the winter season,” said Janelle Waldock, vice president of community health and health equity at Blue Cross. “I hope it inspires people to bundle up and use streets and sidewalks all year round, both for getting around and for getting their daily physical activity.”

“I hope Winter Open Streets inspires people to bundle up and use streets and sidewalks all year round, both for getting around and for getting their daily physical activity.” -Janelle Waldock

Try winter biking at Open Streets

There are many great activities taking place at Winter Open Streets. If you’re a biker of any skill level, put on your layers and bring your bikes and lights, and join Slow Roll Minneapolis for a social ride at Winter Open Streets.

Slow Roll is a chance to experience winter bicycling in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Everyone is welcome and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about tips and tricks for winter biking.

The Slow Roll will start Loring Park and go up to Washington Ave. and back to close out the Open Streets festivities.

Find more information on the Winter Roll Facebook event page.

Bundle up and head out

If you and your family want to venture out to Winter Open Streets, bundle up and head downtown this Saturday. The event takes place:

Saturday, December 16th
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nicollet from 5th St S to Grant St;
Grant St from Nicollet to Holidazzle in Loring Park

You can learn more about Open Streets by visiting any of the following sites:

One thought on “Open Streets is back with inaugural Winter Open Streets at Holidazzle”

  1. Gianna Bari Lassiter says:

    I just love that BCBS MN is actively involved in all of these FUN and engaging community events!

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