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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


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.


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


Nov. 20–Dec. 29

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

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


Nov. 8–23

Uprising Theatre Company

In a Stand of Dying Trees

Ben and Amanda love their town. They love their neighbors. Sure, they sometimes disagree, but they are comfortable. When Liam, Ben’s former college friend, comes to town on a campaign to get people to “vote blue” their idyllic life is threatened. Can people remain friends even when they disagree? How is it for transgender folks who live in rural areas? And who has the right to defend themselves?

When: Nov. 8–23

Where: Off Leash Art Box, Minneapolis

Cost: $20


Sept. 25–Nov. 21



A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary.

When: Sept. 25–Nov. 21

Where: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington

Cost: $25–$36


Nov. 21

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Get in the holiday spirit as they unveil the Arboretum’s 25-foot poinsettia tree and light up the trees of the Great Hall to kick off the season of Winter Lights. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.

When: Nov. 21

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Cost: $25


Nov. 23–24

CorVoce Chamber Choir

Bridges of Song – Choral Music of Finland, Estonia and Latvia

Hear music by composers whose work was born from a difficult history of occupation and oppression. CorVoce is a non-profit auditioned, volunteer, community chamber choir.

When: Nov. 23–24

Where: Nov. 23: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Roseville; Nov. 24: Mindekirken, Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, Minneapolis

Cost: Free, but donations encouraged


Nov. 24


A Landmark Hoedown

Celebrate National Square Dance Day with several forms of social dancing – square dance, contra dance, circle dances, and more. Open to all, beginners are highly encouraged.

When: Nov. 24

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: Free


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%


Nov. 29–Dec. 1



The wives of Henry VIII join forces for a pop-concert spectacle, reclaiming their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse, and remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a power-packed celebration of twenty-first-century female empowerment.

When: Nov. 29–Dec. 1

Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $40.50–$81.50


Nov. 29–30

Keri Noble

A Very Special Christmas

Singer-songwriter and Cities 97 radio personality Keri Noble returns to perform her very special holiday concert, “A Very Special Christmas.” The concert features an assortment of songs from Keri’s gorgeous holiday album, “More Than Santa,” and this year they are adding an assortment of new holiday songs to delight audiences.

When: Nov. 29–30

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Cost: $40–$55


Nov. 30

A Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Christmas Show

The cast of “A Prairie Home Companion” reunites for a Christmas show all about coming together during these politically divisive times.

When: Nov. 30

Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $46 to $66


Dec. 3

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno will take the stage to sing some of her favorite songs and will share some of stories about her life and career. Moreno, who is an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy-Award winner, is a legend whose career spans more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut when she was 13 years old.

When: Dec. 3

Where: The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul

Cost: $58 to $161


Dec. 3

The Chenault Duo

The Chenault Duo: A Holiday Program of Organ Duets

Raymond and Elizabeth Chenault, known as “The World’s Premiere Duo-Organ Team” (Atlanta Journal & Constitution), perform on Northrop’s restored Aeolian-Skinner Opus 892 pipe organ in a program of popular holiday favorites.

When: Dec. 3

Where: Northrup Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $20


Dec. 6

Katie McMahon

Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas

Katie McMahon has graced the stages of the world as the original voice of Riverdance. Her ode to the holidays, Celtic Christmas, celebrates the season through a family-friendly program of traditional Christmas carols, stories and lively Irish dance. In a tribute to St. Nicholas this year, McMahon is joined onstage by her beloved band and the Corda Mor Irish Dancers.

When: Dec. 6

Where: The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul

Cost: $28 (discounts for students, seniors, military, TPT, MPR)


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


Dec. 6–8

St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

Saint Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show

Shop more than 190 exhibits with products and services dedicated to the die-hard ice fishing and winter sports enthusiast. View all new ice fishing products, including fish houses, augers, underwater cameras, digital fish finders, rods and reels, tackle, accessories, apparel and much more.

When: Dec. 6–8

Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for children between the ages of six and 12, and free for children ages five and under


Dec. 7

Craft Bash

Craft Bash

American Craft Council invites you to an event where you can browse the work of over 70 Minnesota makers and pick out gifts packed with story and nuance. Bring the whole family to celebrate craft, commerce, and design and get into the holiday spirit through music, demos, food and drinks, and more.

When: Dec. 7

Where: Parallel Café + Events, Minneapolis

Cost: FREE


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


Dec. 7–8


Julmarknad, ASI’s Holiday Market & Festival

There will be handmade items for sale by more than 40 talented local and regional artists. The celebration continues throughout the Mansion with special performances by Nordic music and dance groups. Families can make handcraft projects to take home and enjoy holiday story time.

When: Dec. 7–8

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: Included in museum admission: $12 adults; $8 seniors; $6 ages 6-18 and students; free for ages 5 and under and ASI members


Dec. 7–8

Duluth Winter Village

Duluth Winter Village

At this free, two-day festival, local small businesses sell their goods and visitors enjoy food and beverages, campfires by the lake, free s’mores, live animals, carolers and more.

When: Dec. 7–8

Where: Glensheen Estate, Duluth

Cost: Free


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


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. 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


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%

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