Craving a bit of authentically charming holiday shopping after spending the night in line at Wal-Mart? Head to downtown Excelsior for Christkindlsmarkt, inspired by traditional German markets, with food, music, shopping, reindeer rides, and visits with Santa. It's an annual Thanksgiving weekend event that should make you thankful we have so many wonderfully unique shopping districts in the Twin Cities. Meanwhile, local boutiques are embracing Black Friday in a big way this year—from Houndstooth in Savage and Eden Prairie to Corset in Edina to Poppy Togs and Clogs in St. Paul. Find the sales.