Family/Youth Activities

We have several events and programs you can enjoy as a family. Check back often for new additions! We look forward to having fun with your family! 

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Weather Impacts to city-led programs and events

IGHs Weather Hot Line (651-450-2595) is the only place 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.


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Holidays in the Heights 

Santa is coming to town! Celebrate this special time of year with us. It all kicks off with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. outside of the northeast side of the Veterans Memorial Community Center. Other activities include: Breakfast with Santa, Candy Cane Hunt, Skate with Santa, Holiday VINGO and Cookies & Canvas!

Special thanks to our sponsors that help make these events possible!

2019 Activities 
City of IGH Breakfast with Santa 2018

Watch for info. online and social media on the the Light Up the Heights Holiday Light Contest

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Open Swim  I  Friday, Dec. 6  I  FREE!

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come kick off the holiday season with our official tree lighting outside of the VMCC on the Northeast end of the building. Mayor Tourville will lead the ceremony while Simley Choir performs some of your favorite holiday tunes. You are then welcome to free swimming in our Water Park and Pools! No registration necessary.

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (tree lighting is at 6 p.m.)

Tree Lighting Location: VMCC, outside of NE end of bldg; 

Swim: VMCC, Aquatic Center

Light up the Heights - Resident Holiday Light Contest

Spread holiday cheer and win a prize!HIH - Light Up the Heights Contest 2019 - FINAL

It's that festive time and year and we have reopened registration for our annual resident holiday light contest! Enter your residence into the annual Light up the Heights Holiday Light Contest and be entered for great prizes! Registration can be done online under Family/Youth Activities. Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 5

Please note, previous 1st place winners/City employees/Council members are ineligible for prize, but may still enter their residence to be on map. Map details are below

Judging will be Monday, December 9, between 5-8 p.m. Entries will be juged on overall impact, visual appeal, uniqueness, variety, safety and tidiness.

Questions - call 651-450-2580


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

Thanks to the IGH Convention and Visitors Bureau for sponsoring this event and providing the prizes!

Tour the Entries

Want to check out all these festive displays? All entries will be placed on a map which will be made available to the public for free in mid-December so that people can customize their holiday lights tour around town!

Breakfast with Santa  I  Saturday, Dec. 7   I  $6/advance; $8/door $6/advance; $8/door

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Santa is coming for breakfast! Families will enjoy a light breakfast, visit with Santa, facepainting, balloon animals, games, selfie booth, crafts and more. Bring new or gently used hats and gloves to donate and be entered in a toy raffle.


  • Session I: 8:30-10 a.m. 
  • Session II: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Register by Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location: VMCC, National Guard Gymnasium

Candy Cane Hunt  I  Saturday, Dec. 7  I  1 p.m.  I  $2/advance; $4/door

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us at South Valley Park to search for a sleigh full of candy canes! There will be tons of candy canes hidden throughout the park. If you find the “golden candy cane” you will receive a special prize! Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.

Register by Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location: South Valley Park, 2810 70th St. E.

Thanks to our Sponsor: Dairy Queen in IGH!

Skate with Santa  I  Saturday, Dec. 7  I  6:30-8 p.m.  I  $6/advance; $8/door pg. 25 skating santa

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Carve some ice with the man in red! Come dressed in red or green and you will get a special holiday prize. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.

Register by Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location: VMCC, West Rink

Holiday Cookies & Canvas  I  Saturday, Dec. 14  I  $10/person

(age 6 & up; with an adult)

Fun holiday art project with the family! Come for this fun class taught by Cheers Pablo. No painting experience necessary. Everything is provided, just come and paint! We will be painting a fun holiday scene. Cookies and beverages provided.


  • Session I: 9-10:30 a.m. 
  • Session II: 10:40 a.m.-12:10

Register by Friday, Dec. 6 (no walk-ins will be accepted)

Location: VMCC, Community Room 1

Holiday VINGO  I  Saturday, Dec. 14  I  12-2:30 p.m.   I  $6/advance; $8/door 

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

We’ve taken bingo play to the next level with a custom game that combines awesome music, great visuals, a little trivia and lots of prizes! Vingo is easy to play for all ages and each round is an exciting experience. A light lunch will be provided.

Register by Saturday, Dec. 7

Location: VMCC, Community Room 3

Want to sponsor our events? cookies and canvas

Sponsors make all this magical holiday fun possible and definitely add extra cheer to our holiday celebration. Would you like to be a part of these events? We'd love to have you. Contact us at 651-450-2588 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

Family New Year's Eve Party  I  Tuesday, Dec. 31  I  All Ages
NYE party

Count down to the New Year while swimming, jamming to music and trying log rolling in our pools. You can also ice skate in our arena!

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 31
Time: 12-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $6/ages 9 & younger; $9/ages 10 & older
Location: VMCC, Aquatics Center and East Rink

Thanks to our Sponsor: Dairy Queen in IGH!

Not finding an event?

Visit the Parks & Rec Special Events and City's Community Events pages for a complete list of events.