Skip to main content

'Twinkle bus' back for Holidazzle parades

  • Author:
  • Updated:

A newly retrofitted "Twinkle Bus" makes its debut Friday night for the first evening of the season's Holidazzle parades in downtown Minneapolis, the Star Tribune reports. The old Twinkle bus was retired in 2010 and was missed by some parade fans, Metro Transit officials say.

The new bus has 23,000 bulbs that blink as specially outfitted speakers blare holiday favorites, including "Deck the Halls" and "Sleigh Ride."

The bus will be part of the parades that kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday and continue through Dec. 23. Here's more about the 20-year-old Holidazzle parade, including a parade schedule and parking info. The bus will be used in regular-route and express service when the Holidazzle parades end, Metro Transit officials say.

Passengers heading to the Holidazzle parades in Minneapolis can ride all Metro Transit buses and light rail for free from 4 to 8 p.m. on two Saturdays – Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, the Pioneer Press reports.

Here's a video of the bus, from MPR.

And here's a glimpse at the 2009 Twinkle bus.

Next Up


Sheriff: Men found unresponsive in garage died of cocaine overdose

Two of the three men found unresponsive in an Eyota garage last week died of a drug overdose, a preliminary autopsy found.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's injury clouds Timberwolves' victory over the Nets

The Timberwolves star was injured in the final minutes on Sunday night.

Akoya Lee

Byron native Ayoka Lee sets NCAA record for points in a game

The Kansas State forward broke a record shared by former Gopher Rachel Banham.

cold, wind chill, freezing

It's going to be stupid cold again Tuesday and Wednesday

They'll almost certainly be the 10th and 11th days with subzero temps this month.

Williams Uptown Pub

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar closes indefinitely after shooting

Reports say police have arrested two suspects in the incident.

Alex Rodríguez

A-Rod wears a Packers hat, Minnesotans lose their minds

The Timberwolves co-owner didn't endear himself to his fan base on Saturday night.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

Police: Man shoots into crowd at funeral reception in Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a reception following a funeral on Saturday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-01-23 at 8.37.27 AM

Watch: Jimmy Garoppolo says 'F*** the Packers' after playoff win

The 49ers quarterback congratulated Robbie Gould in spectacular fashion.

Aaron Rodgers

America dunks on Aaron Rodgers after loss to 49ers

The Packers quarterback was destroyed on social media on Saturday night.


Big crowd welcomes 20th edition of Minneapolis' Holidazzle parade

Mild weather on opening night helped draw one of the biggest crowds to Minneapolis' signature holiday event.