Christmas In July? You Heard that Right!

Author  Talia Simonett   on  07/06/2023 - 2:56pm
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Talia, isn’t it a little early to start getting excited about the holiday season?” My answer to that is…it’s NEVER too early to start celebrating the holiday season ESPECIALLY when Christmas in July at The Saint Paul Hotel is right around the corner!


Christmas in July by Talia Simonett


Every year, throughout the entire month of December, The Saint Paul Hotel hosts the live production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. For many people, spending an evening at the Saint Paul Hotel with George Bailey and Clarence the Angel has become a favorite holiday tradition within their families. The Spare Key team looks forward to these performances as well. Not just for the incredible cast and story, but because we also get the chance to welcome guests at every performance and talk about how we help families throughout the nation!

Each year, Spare Key is honored to be the featured charity of these performances.

We are SO incredibly grateful to The Saint Paul Hotel and the full cast of It’s A Wonderful Life for showing their dedication to helping families facing real hardship pay real bills in real time. Someone from the Spare Key team or Board of Directors is at every single performance to spread our mission and collect donations to help more families facing medical crises.

But, that’s still half a year away. Six months is a LONG time… why CAN’T the holiday fun kick off early?

Well, I’m here to tell you it can, and it WILL!

On Tuesday, July 25th from 3-5:30 pm, The Saint Paul Hotel (350 N Market St, St Paul, MN 55102) welcomes you to spend an afternoon celebrating Christmas in July!

The afternoon will be filled with local vendors selling handmade gifts, small bites & beverages, and even a chance to say “Hi!” to the Spare Key team! With 15 vendors joining the fun on Tuesday, it’s hard to decide what I’m most excited about, but I can tell you that each of these vendors will have beautiful, handmade, one of a kind gifts that the friends and family in your life will love.  And when else will you EVER be able to say you’re kicking off your holiday shopping SIX months early?

On top of that, what other Christmas market (in Minnesota) can you visit when the weather is so nice you can show up in shorts and a t-shirt?! (And I'm not talking to the hardcore Minnesotans who wear shorts in -3 degree weather!)

But that’s not all!...

(I’ve saved the best for last.)

Christmas in July will also be the first official date you can purchase your tickets to the 2023 It’s A Wonderful Life; A Live Radio Play.

These tickets WILL sell out! And let’s be honest, once the “true” holiday season begins, there’s never enough time to get everything done. That said, purchasing your tickets in July is a perfect way to get ahead of the holiday hustle.

So come on over and join us as we celebrate Christmas in July! Who knows maybe there will be a few more surprise guests joining in on the fun. Looks like you’ll have to come and find out for yourself (;

This event is open to the community! Please RSVP to Jessica Robinette at or 651-228-3886 by July 18th. You can also see the event on The Saint Paul Hotel’s Facebook page to learn more!

Merry Christmas (in July)!

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Talia Simonett
Director of Events and Corporate Relations