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The City of Inver Grove Heights provides fun and engaging special events to connect our community members. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Holidays in the Heights

Virtual Tree Lighting

Join Mayor George Tourville as he lights the tree at VMCC to kick off the holiday season. A special video will be shared on Friday, Dec. 4. And the tree will be lit all season outside of the VMCC, 8055 Barbara Avenue.

Holiday Canvas: Take-Home Kit

Create a fun holiday scene in the comfort of your own home! Cheers Pablo will provide all the supplies and instructions to paint your canvas. Recommended for ages 6+ with parent/guardian supervision.

Register/Purchase Your Kit by Wednesday, Dec. 9

Pick Up Your Kit: Saturday, Dec. 12: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • Kits will be available for pick up during our Road to North Pole Drive-thru Event at the VMCC, 8055 Barbara Avenue, on Saturday, Dec. 12 between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (see details below for the event)

Road to North Pole | Saturday, Dec. 12: 10 a.m.-Noon | Free!

Santa is still coming to IGH! This Ho Ho Holiday drive thru event will feature Santa and his friends. A free gift will be given to each child 10 and younger (as long as supplies last). No registration necessary, just come! We will be collecting NEW mittens, hats and gloves to benefit Neighbors, Inc during this event!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

These special celebrations would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors! We are grateful for their contributions.

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Light up the Heights Holiday Light Contest

Join our annual contest for the best resident light display in the city! Show off your Holidays lights and spread some holiday cheer!

Register your home by Monday, Dec. 7 to win prizes and be part of the IGH Holiday Lights Tour map.


  • 1st: $150
  • 2nd: $100
  • 3rd: $50

Register by Dec. 7:

Special thanks to our sponsor, IGH Convention & Visitor's Bureau!

A map to tour all entries will be available Dec. 14. *NEW* Private Holiday Lights tours of Inver Grove Heights available this year at  

*City employees, council members and previous 1st place winners not eligible for prize. Prizes provided by Inver Grove Heights Convention and Visitor's Bureau.  

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  • Family Fri-YAYs
  • Learn to Skate Open House & Exhibition (January)
  • Blacklight Dodgeball Night (January)
  • Princess's Dance (January/February)
  • Kids Sports Night (March)

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Celebrate with Us!

Some events require registration. You can register:

  • Online
  • By Phone: 651-450-2585
  • In-person: Parks & Rec Office, 8055 Barbara Ave.

Weather Impacts to Programs, Events and Activities led by the City of IGH*

Wondering if an event or your practice/game is still on due to inclement weather?

Call the IGH Weather Hot Line at 651-450-2595 to check the status for city-led program and events due to inclement weather. We strive to update by 4:30 p.m. After hours, it is up to the coaches and instructors to make the final decision.

*We cannot make weather-related decisions for other league associations or events held in our community by other businesses or organizations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at a community or special event? Visit our volunteer opportunities web page for more info.