Who Moved My Ease?


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The first hint that my summer was not going to unfold with the lazy, humidity-soaked languor of a Tennessee Williams play occurred last March, when my husband, Walter, and our 6-year-old son, Peter, returned home from a summer swim-team sign-up. Other moms had told me the group was easygoing and noncompetitive, an opportunity for kids to learn sportsmanship and to have some good old-fashioned fun. I figured it was a perfect fit for Peter, who prefers the backstroke and crawl to corner kicks and slap shots. He couldn’t wait to show me his new knee-length Speedo and to inform me that he’d been placed on the “junior” swim team, unable to make the top team because he couldn’t swim all four competitive strokes. “I don’t know butterfly yet,” Peter explained, oblivious to the fact that I might view his assignment to the B team as anything less than reasonable.

As a self-employed mother with three young children, I should have been thrilled that Peter had qualified for a team that met only twice—instead of five times—a week. Instead, I was disappointed. And concerned. Had I failed as a parent by not making sure that my kindergartner learned a stroke that I, despite that Junior Lifesaving card, had never mastered? As I contemplated fixing the problem by signing Peter up for private lessons, it struck me that I’d been sucked in by the Great American Childhood Speed-Up that accompanies summer. And not for the first time.

Last July, as my car idled in rush-hour traffic and Peter complained from the back seat about how much he hated the day camps I was ferrying him to and from, I vowed I’d do things differently next time. I’d developed a rotating roster of activities for my children—an idea that seemed logical enough when I’d conceived it. I was returning to work after four months off, following the adoption of our daughter, Luisa. Juggling three children at different developmental stages—Henrik, our middle child, had just turned 3; Luisa was 10 months—would be no small feat for our babysitter. My plan was to keep the little ones at home, send Peter to camps, and schedule my job so that the sitter and I could join forces when all three children were at home.

Peter wasn’t happy about the solution. Not because the camps weren’t a lot of fun. He enjoyed them (aside from an architecture class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, which from a parent’s perspective was marvelous—well-integrated curriculum, art projects light years beyond the egg-carton contraptions we taped together at home—yet was assessed by Peter as “the worst thing ever”). But shifting routines every week or two wiped him out—and me, too.

Summer in Minnesota—a three-month stretch of picnics and fishing and after-dinner swims—was passing us by. My children would probably never know the kind of casual mornings filled with spontaneous recreation that my three younger sisters and I had enjoyed growing up in Minneapolis. Not just because my husband and I both work, but also because the very nature of childhood in America has changed. Many of the parents I know (those who work outside the home and those who don’t) complain that summers have gotten crazy. But we’ve also grown allergic to the idea of letting our children while away the days. Unstructured activity makes us anxious. Our children are expected to excel at everything they attempt (all four competitive strokes!), and summer has become a prime opportunity to perfect their skills in stick-handling, Spanish, subtraction, and sailing.

What all these summer activities have in common is that adults stage-manage the action. In this respect, they barely resemble the summers of my memory, which were glorious parent-free zones of neighborhood kick-the-can games that stretched past dusk and of solo bike expeditions around Lake of the Isles. For me, a kid who got in trouble a lot at school, summer was a break from other people’s expectations and from the painful reminders that I wasn’t measuring up. I didn’t have to layer my body with sweaters and parkas to protect it against the cold or play in the dark after I came home from school. (More than 30 years later, I still prefer the wilting heat of early August to those blink-and-miss-them December afternoons.) Summer was a time when I could relax and be myself. Was it the same for my children? When had the kind of summers I knew as a youth vanished?

TO FIGURE OUT what happened to summer, it helps to understand how the habits of U.S. workers have changed. We’re not only putting in longer hours and working more weekends than ever before, we’re also taking less time off. The vacations of U.S. workers are the shortest of any in the industrialized world—just 8.1 days after one year on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2005 study by the New York–based Families and Work Institute found that 36 percent of the employees surveyed were not planning to take full advantage of their annual vacation benefits and that 37 percent of respondents took fewer than seven days of vacation each year. A generation ago, Minnesotans got through winter with the promise of a relaxing summer vacation. Today, that week or two at a north woods resort has been compressed into a three-day weekend. And unless you’ve paddled deep into the Boundary Waters, chances are you’re still reachable by cell phone or Internet. You can leave the office, but in a world of 24/7 connections, can you really leave work?

Our own preference for work over vacation has insidiously shaped how we think about our children’s summers. “Summer should be a break from the intensity of the school year and a chance for enjoyment, downtime, family time, and some organized, enjoyable activities,” says William J. Doherty, University of Minnesota professor of family social science and author of Take Back Your Kids: Confident Parenting in Turbulent Times. “A generation ago you would have gone to a summer camp for fun. Now many parents choose their summer camps and programs as another way for their children to stay on the treadmill of honing skills and learning new skills.” Indeed, last March, when I was sorting through the camp and summer-school brochures, I was surprised to see that, along with the horseback riding/lanyard making/archery brand of camp, there were also camps promising to teach kids study strategies, entrepreneurship, and stock-picking skills—some of them aimed at kids as young as fourth grade. The description for “Organizational Skills and Time Management” prodded students to enroll with this enticement/warning: “Your teachers need them. Your parents need them. YOU need them, and the time to learn and begin using them is NOW.”

How did we start saying no to cookouts and sing-alongs and yes to Mandarin classes and computer camps? “Every parent realizes that education is more important economically than it was in the past, and there is a growing sense of competition,” explains Steven Mintz, a history professor at the University of Houston and the author of Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood. “We believe parents must give our kids a head start if they are going to be competitive.” Doherty agrees with Mintz, and warns that this kind of mindset can have serious consequences. “The biggest training we are doing with our children is training them to be workaholics,” he says. To make his point, Doherty describes an interaction between a father and his son leaving a day camp at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. “The kid had been out in the sun and was dragging a little bit, so he was walking a little more slowly behind his father,” he remembers. “And his father said, ‘Hurry up, you have to eat in the car so we can get to soccer practice.’ The message was hurry up at the end of your physically tiring day, and then eat in the car so that you can get to your serious soccer practice. That cannot be good.”

Such over-scheduling worries childhood experts. “There is no question that kids today have less free time than they used to have, and this is particularly evident in summer,” says Mintz. “Kids are much more likely to be in structured, adult-supervised activities on the one hand—or to be involved in forms of entertainment and information that are electronically mediated.” Translation: video games and chat rooms.

 

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Cost: Free!

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Textile Center
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Ames Center Black Box Theatre
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View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
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Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
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View map »


Website »

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Penumbra Theatre
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Where:
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View map »

More information

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Cost: Free

Where:
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View map »


Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

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Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
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View map »

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Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

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Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
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Mall of America
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View map »

More information

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Cost: FREE

Where:
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View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
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Cost: Free

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Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Town Hall Brewery will host its annual holiday Festivus gathering, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, December 18. Enjoy complimentary mulled wine and spiked hot cider around our outdoor bonfire and the...

Cost: 0

Where:
Town Hall Brewery
1430 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Telephone: 612-339-8696
Contact Name: Town Hall Brewery

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Join us Attend a Free Event to learn more about U.S. Bank and the home buying process! - Learn about our innovative mortgage and banking products - Understand some of the important factors to...

Cost: 0

Where:
U.S. Bank
300 Prairie Center Dr
Eden Prairie, MN  55344
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Sponsor: U.S. Bank
Telephone: 952-942-2847
Contact Name: Cynthia Theisen

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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2pm and 7:30pm The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday...

Cost: $73 VIP* Ticket, $48, $38

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Join Steven C for his joyous 4th annual Christmas concert at the Cathedral of Saint Paul! St. Paul-based multi-platinum pianist and composer Steven C will fill the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul...

Cost: FREE; $10 suggested donation

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Steven C
Contact Name: Steven C
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
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Why celebrate your success? Burnout can halt your success just as fast as a bad marketing, sales, or any other element of your business plan. You need to be serious about filling your cup - and...

Cost: Tickets: $54 ($34 for members of MN Women in Networking)

Where:
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 W 7th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Giving, fun, and networking meet at this celebratory lunch event! Bring 5 or more gently-used, business-appropriate accessories (think jewelry, purses, watches, shoes, belts, and winter items) to...

Cost: Tickets: $54 ($34 for members of MN Women in Networking)

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

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Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Glensheen is once again collaborating with our University of Minnesota friends at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center to make wreaths!  All the materials are...

Cost: $20

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen & Boulder Lake
Telephone: 218-726-8910
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Come hear young saxophonist, Jerome Treadwell, as he performs a plethora of holiday music at Can Can Wonderland, with a surprise of other musicians! Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters and bring...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2pm and 7:30pm The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday...

Cost: $73 VIP* Ticket, $48, $38

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
Website »

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

More information

To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: $60-$79

Where:
Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company
Telephone: (888) 643-2583
Contact Name: Alexis Marsh
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Open mic night hosted by The Nighthowlers at Can Can Wonderland every third Thursday of the month!! All entertainers welcomed and encouraged! Show starts at 9pm. Sign up starts at 8pm. $2 artist...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Sutie 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
View map »


Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
Website »

More information

CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Website »

More information

Kat Perkins, a finalist on NBC's highly rated show, The Voice will be “Rocking The Holidays” again and includes a show in St. Michael on December 9, a show in Anoka December 19 and a show at...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
View map »


Website »

More information

To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

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Mark the moment when the earth’s tilt causes the shortest day and longest night of the year. The American Swedish Institute celebrates the Winter Solstice with fun, festivity and performance...

Cost: Included in museum admission.

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily
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  Shot Put Santa Takes Over St. Paul on 12/21 Family holiday event offers unique experience, charitable twist   ST. PAUL, MN — Looking for an active spin on family fun this holiday season?...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hamline University - Walker Fieldhouse
1561 Hewitt Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Velaasa Track & Field
Telephone: 612.209.6513
Contact Name: Lynden Reder

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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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The 10th Annual Dave Cofell Christmas Show! An evening to celebrate the season with his combination of traditional songs, stories and poems, modern adaptations, a selection of originals, jokes, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Local Blend
19 W Minnesota Street
Saint Joseph, MN  56374
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

Cost: All advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Youth 18 years and younger are free.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Fergus Falls, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Fergus Falls Center for the Arts on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts
124 W. Lincoln Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN  56537
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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Friday, December 21st at 8pm Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin on Friday, December 21st at the Ames Center. Chicago sensation Evan...

Cost: $60

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
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Melodic punk rock meets the aggression of metal with Ithomiid. Introspective lyrics backed with a progressive hybrid of fast paced punk and dark heavy hitting metal music. $2 entry for 3 bands!...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

Cost: Adults(13+) $19.99 Children: $15.95

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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Shop from over 40 local farmers, food makers and artists for your weekly groceries, unique handmade gifts and holiday meals. The Mill City Farmers Market inside the historic and beautiful Mill City...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 2nd St. S.
Ste. 510
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Mill City Farmers Market
Telephone: 612-341-7580
Contact Name: Jenny Heck
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

Cost: Free for children 12 and under; $5 for adults and seniors

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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THE COOL SLOPES OF AFTON ALPS ARE A HOLIDAY HOTSPOT! Make lasting memories of winter fun at Afton Alps Ski with Santa and New Year’s Eve celebrations WHAT: Families on the hunt for holiday...

Cost: 0

Where:
Afton Alps
, MN

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Get crafty with the designer of mini golf hole #15, Gramma's Living Room, Sarah Stone! Come sift through Sarah's curious collection of vintage photos, retro ads, old books and recycled record...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Kids of all ages will be excited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Free photo opportunity for your holiday photo album. Saturday, December 22, 2018 1PM-3PM, $2 Entry Fee *Please be sure to visit our...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Medora’s hit Christmas show is coming to Bloomington! A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the MN Masonic Heritage Center on Saturday, December 22 with two...

Cost: $30

Where:
MN Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Telephone: 952-948-6500
Contact Name: Keir
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Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

Cost: All advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Youth 18 years and younger are free.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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Join in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Incorporating elements of cabaret, various genres of music, and encouraging audience participation, Sun and Moon performances are like nothing else. Performers/songwriters Jesse Goin and Sarah Joy...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

Cost: Free for museum members and children ages zero to three, $18.95 for adult non-m

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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Beginning Saturday, December 8! This event will occur every Saturday from December 8, 2018 to May 25, 2019 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
Website »

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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

More information

MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

Cost: Tues. $23 | Wed. $26 | Thurs. $26 | Fri. $30 | Sat. $30 | Sat. & Sun. matinee $2

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
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Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

Cost: Adult $40; Senior 62+ with ID $20; Student with ID $15

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

Cost: All advance tickets $20, $25 at the door. Youth 18 years and younger are free.

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
Website »

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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

Cost: $25 – $52.50 (Discounts for seniors, military, kids, groups, and subscribers)

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

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Medora’s hit Christmas show is coming to Bloomington! A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the MN Masonic Heritage Center on Saturday, December 22 with two shows at...

Cost: $30

Where:
MN Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Drive
Bloomiington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
Website »

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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

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Melodic punk rock meets the aggression of metal with Ithomiid. Introspective lyrics backed with a progressive hybrid of fast paced punk and dark heavy hitting metal music. $2 entry for 3 bands!...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »


Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
Website »

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Happy Holihaze! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren...

Cost: $20-$39

Where:
Brave New Workshop
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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