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 who help make these events possible!

Light Up the Heights - Holiday Lights Contest

Help spread holiday cheer and enter your light display at your residence for a chance to win a prize! Entries will be judged on overall impact, visual appeal, uniqueness and tidiness.

We are pleased to announce the winners for 2019:

Congrats to the following residents for their great festive displays! Pictures to come soon! 

  • 1st Place: 3892 72nd St. E (Map #12)
  • 2nd Place: 8238 Copland Way (Map #6)
  • 3rd Place: 8000 Dempsey Way (Map #7)
  • Honorable Mention: 8160 Carmen Ave (Map #1).

Cash prizes

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

Tour the winners and all entries

Thanks to all who participated in this year's contest! Get the family together, grab some friends or plan a special date night and check out the Light up the Heights winners and entrants! Don't forget the hot chocolate and holiday tunes!

Special Thanks


A special thanks to the Inver Grove Heights Convention and Visitor's Bureau for providing the cash prizes for this annual holiday event!

2019 Activities 
City of IGH Breakfast with Santa 2018

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


We have had such a blast so far celebrating the holidays with you! Thanks for participating in each of the following:

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony & Open Swim  
  • Breakfast with Santa  
  • Candy Cane Hunt  
  • Skate with Santa  

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

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.