Candy Cane Institute

W–Th3 pm – 7 pm
F–Sat12 pm – 7 pm
Sun12 pm – 5 pm
171 Central Parkway
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North Ramp
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Santa’s top team of elves have set up the Candy Cane Institute at Mall of America (171 Central Parkway) to find the true meaning of the holiday season, but they can’t do it without you! Find out what merry mischief the elves are getting into as they take you on an interactive tour through the Candy Cane Institute. Plus, if you are lucky, you might even see Santa checking in on his elves.

Ticket Information:

  • $25 + tax/ per group. 8 people maximum per group.
  • Purchase tickets on-site only at any MOA guest service desk.
  • Admission includes an elf guided interactive tour through the Candy Cane Institute for families with kids of all ages.
  • Tickets are available for purchase on-site only at any Mall of America Guest Service Desk. Reservations are required. You must select an available date and time to purchase tickets.  
  • Anticipate 15 - 30 minutes for your tour.
  • No refunds will be provided if you miss your reserved timeslot or if you are more than 5 minutes late.
  • Masks are required for all guests ages 2+.
  • No outside food or beverage allowed inside.

Candy Cane Institute Hours

December 1-15
Wednesday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday Noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday Noon - 7 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.
December 16-22
Monday Noon - 7 p.m.
Tuesday Noon - 7 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday Noon - 7 p.m.
Friday Noon - 7 p.m.
Saturday Noon - 7 p.m.
December 23-25
Thursday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 25 (Christmas) Closed