Mark Dayton

Hygge vibe makes Minneapolis a winter winner

Hygge vibe makes Minneapolis a winter winner

The thermometer hovered around zero as a family of four, toting folding chairs, parked the seats in front of a big screen in a park in downtown Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Vikings blank the Green Bay Packers in December.

It was their snowmobile suits alone that indicated their sanity.

Snowmobile suits, Elmer Fudd hats, boxing glove-sized mittens and Sorel boots: Visiting Minnesota in winter is a checked-bag trip. It’s also, increasingly, the season that distinguishes Minneapolis, a city where frostbite is not a deterrent to a tailgate and a growing number of festivals celebrate the chill.

“It’s a long season, and it’s cold, and it’s up to us how we respond. You...