It wouldn’t be a Minnesota winter without plenty of ice skating, and the annual Mahtomedi Winter Skating Party is a great way for the entire family to celebrate the cold-weather season.

What’s it like to have dinner with Santa Claus? Does he wear a bib over his red suit? Do the reindeer hog the mashed potatoes?

Downtown White Bear Lake stores are dusting off their twinkle lights for the third annual WinterFest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 7.

As a veteran himself, Reverend Mark Kelm was disappointed when he first came to White Bear Lake and found there were no community Veteran’s Day events. So he immediately set out to create one.

PunkinMania is as much an annual tradition in this neck of the woods as is carving pumpkins. And it all began in the 1980s, when Wildwood Lions Club member Dr. Lee Armstrong came up with the idea when the club was in need of a fall event.

Don’t miss this year’s White Bear Lake Township Day on September 14 at Polar Lakes Park. Festivities will start at 2 p.m.

Dust off your running shoes for the 13th annual Bear Water Run on September 14.

Who doesn’t love music under the stars on a warm summer night? Don’t miss this year’s annual Pops on the Porch event August 15, hosted by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic dinner, and listen to the sounds of the Moonlight Serenaders.

Supplying White Bear Lake residents with fresh fruits and veggies since the 1970s, this year’s White Bear Lake farmers’ market features about 50 local vendors offering a variety of seasonal goodies.