Things to do: Fan fest has events tied to NHL Winter Classic; 'Skolstice' set for Viking Lakes

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Dec. 23—The holidays may be winding down, but winter events are picking up. Here are a couple of things to check out:

NHL Winter Classic fan fest

Though only limited tickets remain for the 2022 NHL Winter Classic outdoors at Target Field between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues on Jan. 1, there are attractions and activities in a free, non-ticketed fan fest that day at nearby Target Center and outside along First Avenue and North Sixth Street in Minneapolis.

A game ticket is not needed for the "Truly Hard Seltzer NHL PreGame," which runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Hockey attractions and live musical performances are planned from a long lineup of sponsors, which include: Truly has a chance to win tickets for the game, NHL alums and hockey challenges; Bud Light has free swag including hand warmers and lip balm ... and beer; Discover has a life-size classic Air Hockey game; Clorox gives fans a chance to see if their slapshot can beat the speed of a sneeze; Dunkin' has a fan zone with games, a DJ and donut hole treats; Pepsi has slapshot ops. There are interactive hockey activities, photo ops and even a chance to talk to someone with Great Clips about hockey hair flow.

For the full schedule of Hockey Classic festivities, go to nhl.com/fans/winter-classic/pregame.

'Winter Skolstice'

Winter solstice is over, but "Winter Skolstice" is about to begin at Viking Lakes, the hotel/business/residential area near the Vikings' practice facility in Eagan.

Skolstice will run from Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, with free activities including skating on a 30- by 60-foot rink, sledding and a warming house with food and beverages, televisions and WiFi outside the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel.

Starting Jan. 10, four hockey rinks will be available on the Viking Lakes north pond. Nightly youth leagues and weekend tournaments will be programmed, according to a Viking Lakes news release.

To celebrate the 2022 Winter Olympics, USA Curling will offer free curling on the Viking Lakes north pond daily beginning Jan. 21. Five sheets of ice with be available.

For more info, go to explorevikinglakes.com/winterskolstice.

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