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Nov. 27–Dec. 29

James J. Hill House

Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour

Guides bring visitors through the basement, first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories, including Mrs. Hill’s lavish seven-course holiday meal in 1910, how the servants kept their own holiday traditions, and family stories and memories that still resonate today. Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.

When: Nov. 27–Dec. 29

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%


Dec. 6–20

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol

Holmes is in a very Scrooge-like state three years following the death of his nemesis Professor Moriarty. This production is recommended for ages 10 and up.

When: Dec. 6–20

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $36, $28 seniors (65+), students with ID, and MNHS members


Starting Dec. 7

Our Home: Native Minnesota

Our Home: Native Minnesota

Dakota, Ojibwe and other Indigenous peoples have lived in the Minnesota region for tens of thousands of years. Throughout that time, they have maintained rich and nourishing relationships with the land, sky, nature and each other. A new permanent exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul showcases their stories and sends a message of continuity of cultural practices, teachings, values, and political agency.

When: Starting Dec. 7

Where: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul

Cost: Standard admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children 5–17


December 12–22


Christmas with Cantus

This year, Cantus re-imagines beloved stories through familiar carols alongside new holiday classics. Christmas with Cantus features narrated passages from The Little Matchstick GirlChristmas or The Good Fairy and The Nutcracker, mixing meaning and joy of the season with fresh perspective and just the right amount of nostalgia.

When: December 12–22

Where: Locations throughout the Twin Cities

Cost: Prices vary by venue


Dec. 13–15

An “Eventually” Christmas: Holidays at the Mill

Ride the Flour Tower elevator as it moves from floor to floor for each scene of this comic and heartwarming theatrical performance guided by the Ghost of Mill City Past.

When: Dec. 13–15

Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 age 18 and under, MNHS members save 20%. $2 off regular adult admission with Fringe Festival button.


Dec. 13

Mary Beth Carlson

Mary Beth Carlson Christmas Concert

In this Christmas celebration, Carlson shares the stage with guest vocalist Robert Robinson, called “The Pavorotti of Gospel”by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

When: Dec. 13

Where: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington

Cost: $19, guests 16 and under free


Nov. 15–Dec. 15

Agatha Christie’s TOWARDS ZERO
photo by Bob Suh

Toward Zero

When a brutal murder interrupts a house party, the wonderful twists and turns of a true Agatha Christie script keep the audience guessing until the final moments.

When: Nov. 15–Dec. 15

Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis

Cost: $22 ($25 for musicals). Senior citizens (age 62+) pay $18 ($20 for musicals), except on Saturdays.


Dec. 15, Jan. 5

Minnesota Boychoir

Minnesota Boychoir

The program will combine traditional favorites highlighting the unique vocal expression of the Minnesota Boychoir and audience-pleasing secular hits.

When: Dec. 15, Jan. 5

Where: Dec. 15: Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis; Jan. 5: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free


Dec. 16

JazzMN Plays the Holidays

Let It Swing – JazzMN Plays the Holidays

Experience the swing of the season with a variety of holiday-themed music. The band will play many of the great holiday hits, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Adeste Fideles,” “Oh Hanukkah,” and of course, “Jingle Bells.”

When: Dec. 16

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: $33–$53


Dec. 17

An Andy and Bing Christmas

An Andy and Bing Christmas

This show faithfully celebrates and re-creates the perfect Christmas albums of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby with a 19-piece band. Lead vocals are handled by former U of M Gopher and Super Bowl Champion Ben Utecht and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and Midwest Music Hall of Fame inductee, Mick Sterling.

When: Dec. 17

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: $75


Dec. 17–18

Simple Gifts

Christmastide with the Celtic Sounds of SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin

The six-member group combines violin, Celtic whistle and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three-part vocals to create a “modern old-world” sound.

When: Dec. 17–18

Where: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Cost: $27–$52


Every other Tuesday, Sept 10 through December 17

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Dementia Diagnosis Seminar Series

Village Shores Senior Campus, in partnership with St. Croix Hospice, will be presenting an 8 session seminar series covering Alzheimer’s and other dementia related topics. The series is open to the public and C.E.U.’s will be provided for area caregivers, nurses, social workers and other medical professionals.

When: Every other Tuesday, Sept 10 through December 17

Where: Village Shores Senior Community, Richfield

Cost: Free, but please register


Dec. 18–19

Sounds of Blackness

Sounds of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas

Sounds of Blackness is bringing their traditional holiday show, The Night Before Christmas, back to the Pantages stage this holiday season. The vocal and instrumental ensemble from Minneapolis performs music from several genres, including gospel, R&B, soul and jazz.

When: Dec. 18–19

Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $28.50–$58.50


Dec. 19–22


Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

Celebrate the holidays with one of classical music’s most beloved traditions and join the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for our extremely popular annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Jory Vinikour and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, including returning countertenor Reginald Mobley and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

When: Dec. 19–22

Where: Dec. 19–20: The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis; Dec. 21–22: Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul

Cost: $11–$50 for adults; $5 for kids


Dec. 20

Carrie Elkin
Carrie Elkin

Landmark LIVE

These concerts begin at 8 pm and are preceded by a cocktail hour at 7 pm, allowing audiences to enjoy complimentary refreshments and a cash bar.

When: Friday, Dec. 20 (Carrie Elkin)

Where: Landmark Center, Saint Paul

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door and $70 for full season tickets. Tickets include admission to the cocktail hour from 7–8 p.m.


Dec. 21

Bring the Sing on the Solstice

Bring the Sing on the Solstice

Celebrate the longest night of the year at a beautiful singalong with your neighbors, fellow music lovers and special guests Cameron Kinghorn, Jerry Rubino and others. No matter your ability, all voices are welcome at this FREE, fun community celebration.

When: Dec. 21

Where: The Trailhead at Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis

Cost: Free


Nov. 15–Dec. 22


Pride and Prejudice

In Regency England, love is a serious game and the Bennet sisters are playing for keeps. The outspoken Lizzy is determined never to marry, but can she resist love, especially when the amusing but mildly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Bold, timely, with a few dance breaks thrown in, this is Jane Austen for today.

When: Nov. 15–Dec. 22

Where: Park Square Theatre, Saint Paul

Cost: $16 and up


Dec. 27

A New Year Celebration

A New Year Celebration

Celebrate the New Year with food, music, dancing, and games at this Victorian-inspired special event. Explore the Ramsey House with family and friends and participate in hands-on activities on all three floors. Try a variety of 19th-century parlor games and dances and listen (and sing along) to popular songs of the era played on the 1872 Steinway grand piano. Sample holiday cakes, puddings, and other treats, freshly baked from the wood-burning stove.

When: Dec. 27

Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Cost: $20 adults, $18 seniors and college students, $10 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%

Nov. 20–Dec. 29


Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

The Jungle brings back its 2017 holiday hit, one of the U.S.’s most produced plays in 2018. This enchanting romance reunites Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice characters at the Darcy home for the holidays.

When: Nov. 20–Dec. 29

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $40–$50


Jan. 3–5

Land O'Lakes Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

Enjoy a busy day of conformation judging plus demonstrations, exhibitions, seminars, displays and shopping.

When: Jan. 3–5

Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre and Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Cost: TBA


Jan. 9–12

Minnesota Sportsmen's Boat, Camping & Vacation Show
(Pioneer Press photo by Dave Orrick)

50th Annual Minnesota Sportsmen’s Boat, Camping & Vacation Show

Get early Boat Show pricing with the area’s best dealers with all of the major fishing, runabout and pontoon lines on water! Get early RV and Camping Show prices with the best RV dealers and the best prices of the year. See the latest and greatest in outdoor electronics by the experts from Reeds and area tackle dealers. Book early to get the best dates from the hundreds of campgrounds and resorts from the Midwest and Canada. You can even book an African Safari at the show. Check out Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel, Steve Porter’s Live Trophy whitetail, Barnyard buddies and Live Trout fishing. And don’t miss the free Kids Fishing Clinics with Ron Schara on Sat. and Sun. mornings.

When: Jan. 9–12

Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Roy Wilkins Exhibition Hall

Cost: $12 for Adults, $2.50 for kids 6-12, children 5 & under FREE


Jan. 11

Tea Holiday

Holiday Tea at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm

Relax with a five-course tea with food chosen to highlight a theme of “Celebrating Your Ancestry.” There are two seatings for this tea, at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Guests are invited to bring photos to share of themselves between the ages of 5-21 years. Also, guests can send a 150-200 word essay about their ancestors, and it may be featured in the tea program. Email Jane with your essay at

When: Jan. 11

Where: Bruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood

Cost: $35


Nov. 16–Jan. 12

Spirited Glogg Tour American Swedish Institute

Time Tested. Tradition Approved. Holidays at the American Swedish Institute

Encompassing eras from the 1920s into the future, guest curators representing Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and this year’s Irish American guests from Celtic Junction have designed installations reflecting each country’s distinctive holiday traditions during a specific time period.

When: Nov. 16–Jan. 12

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $16 and up


Jan. 15–Feb. 23

A Doll's House Part 2

A Doll’s House, Part 2

In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 groundbreaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. Many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?

When: Jan. 15–Feb. 23

Where: Jungle Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $45–$50


Jan. 18

VocalEssence youth choir

VocalEssence Together We Sing Festival

Enjoy a performance by future stars from the diverse youth choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, and give back through a service project to support healthy black pregnancies and families.

When: Jan. 18

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free


Jan. 18

The Fab Four Beatles Tribute

The Fab Four Beatles Tribute

The Emmy Award-winning Fab Four does uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Hey Jude.”

When: Jan. 18

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $29.50–$59.50


Every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18–Feb. 9

Art Shanty

Art Shanty Projects

Art Shanty Projects began in 2004 as an experiment in turning a traditional ice fishing house into a less conventional art studio and retreat on a frozen lake. Over 15 years and three lakes, it has grown into a much-anticipated annual festival that most recently hosted 40,000 visitors on Bde Unma/Lake Harriet in 2018.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18–Feb. 9

Where: Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Cost: Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away.


Jan. 18–19


Winter Flower Show Opening Weekend

The 2020 Winter Flower Show will feature purple azaleas, jewel tones with dark red cyclamen, blue pansies, dark pink/maroon oriental lilies, veltheimia, various amaryllis.

When: Jan. 18–19

Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul

Cost: Free


Jan. 20

Martin Luther King

MLK Jr. Community Day

The VocalEssence youth choir will draw on songs from their vast catalog and youth drummers from ARTS-Us will share rhythms from across the African diaspora. Families can also drop in to assemble roadside kindness kits as part of a service project with Small Sums, a nonprofit that supports people experiencing homelessness.

When: Jan. 20

Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free


Jan. 22

Rainy Days & Mondays – The Music of the Carpenters

Aimee Lee and the Superstars perform the music of The Carpenters featuring a 13 piece band that faithfully recreates the distinctive Carpenters sound, including classic hits such as “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You” and “Superstar.”

When: Jan. 22

Where: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Cost: $27-$32


Jan. 23–26

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

Since 2006, locals and players from around the world have shown off their skills on Lake Nokomis.

When: Jan. 23–26

Where: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

Cost: Free to watch


Jan. 23–Feb. 2

Winter Carnival St. Paul Landmark Center

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more.

When: Jan. 23–Feb. 2

Where: Primarily the Landmark Center, and Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.


Jan. 24

Northside Celebration

Northside Celebration

This collaborative concert experience will bring the spirit of the North Minneapolis community to the stage and celebrate that spirit through music. Led by acclaimed composer, arranger and pianist Sanford Moore, the Northside Celebration will feature a community choir — specially formed for this event — along with the SPCO and Northside artists.

When: Jan. 24

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Paul

Cost: Pay as you’re able: $0-50


Jan. 24–26

The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

The Home + Remodeling Show is sure to inspire homeowners with specific home improvement projects in mind. With remodeling, interior design and home improvement presentations scattered throughout the show and more than 250 go-to resources and vendors, this show will help with all your home and remodeling needs.

When: Jan. 24–26

Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

Cost: $10 if purchased online and $12 at the door; $4 for children ages six – 12; children five and under are free


Jan. 30–Feb. 2


City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival

Thousands of bikers, skiers and snowshoers participate in 20 events throughout the weekend, from a 37-kilometer cross-country ski race to a 10-kilometer snowshoe race. Other events include fat bike races, a snow sculpture contest and skijoring (a race in which a dog pulls a person on skis).

When: Jan. 30–Feb. 2

Where: Theodore Wirth Regional Park and Chain of Lakes, Minneapolis

Cost: Varies


Jan. 31–Feb. 2


Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show

Twenty-five years on, renowned composer Bill Whelan brings the soundtrack back to life, revitalized for the first time since those original orchestral recordings.

When: Jan. 31–Feb. 2

Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $47.50-$71.50


Oct. 18–Feb. 15


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tells the story of a roguishly charming Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune, setting out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm… and a dash of murder.

When: Oct. 18–Feb. 15

Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior

Cost: $30–$40