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From Rochester to Roseau, there are more than 10,000 reasons to love summer in Minnesota. And whether you want to sail, swim, fish, scuba, or sunbathe in the nude (really), we’ve found the best places for you to experience the BEST TIME OF YEAR.


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Best Place to Fish (If You’re Not a Fisherman)

As one of the state’s best-known fishing meccas, Mille Lacs offers fertile waters for catching everything from walleye to perch. But the lake also happens to be one of the few big enough to accommodate fishing launches: large boats—often decked out with stereos, bathrooms, and grills—that can accommodate large groups who want to fish together. Best of all, you don’t need any experience—or equipment—to enjoy the trip. Most launches furnish bait, tackle, and a guide. Only the lies are up to you. For a list of launch providers, visit millelacs.com.
 

Best Place to Build a Cabin

If you’ve got a cool $3.7 million, you can buy a prime slice of lakefront property on Lake Minnetonka, where…what’s that? Your cabin fund was invested in Bear Stearns stock? Then take our tip and head up to Rainy Lake, near International Falls, where you can snap up spectacular lots right on the water for less than $200,000. The lake boasts crystal clear water, fantastic fishing, and plenty of space to stretch out. Plus, during the warmer months, you can paddle over to Voyageurs National Park to enjoy spectacular wildlife and nature walks.
 

My Lake Story

Loon Dance 

by Jack Gordon


The speed of it, that’s what was remarkable. In a flash—a finger snap, really—our little half-assed, three-person, amateur wildlife-rescue mission had turned into a self-organizing recovery operation involving at least 15 people, every one them absolutely committed to the mission. We didn’t have to ask for help. We didn’t even need to finish explaining ourselves.

You’d think that loons, even with official state-bird status, would be a take-’em-or-leave-’em kind of species, what with the hooting and wailing and yodeling and caterwauling at all hours. Then again, maybe they serve as a natural-selection factor for lake dwellers. If you don’t enjoy an eerie, prehistoric symphony at 2 a.m., after all, why would you want a cabin in northern Minnesota?

I knew there was a prevailing pro-loon sentiment on our own Cass County lake, but I had no idea how fiercely the birds are prized until Junior ran into trouble.

The whole thing began when Keith, my neighbor, spied the young loon through binoculars a few days earlier. Something was clearly wrong with the bird, and someone needed to help. So the three of us—my wife, Keith, and I—set out in an aluminum fishing boat to find him. We brought a long-handled net, needle-nosed pliers, and a pair of heavy work gloves. Acting on a hot tip from another neighbor, we tracked Junior to a small bay on the far side of the lake.

My plan to kill the engine and use the oars to approach him was deeply flawed, I realize that now. In the four months since his spring birth, Junior must have grown accustomed to motorboats. Who knows what we looked like, lumbering toward him with great, thrashing wooden wings out to our sides? A hungry pterodactyl, maybe, only less maneuverable.

But the oar business did attract the attention of some cabin people on shore. There were a dozen of them, easily, part of a get-together involving neighbors, visiting relatives…I never learned. The point is, they were engaged in something. They weren’t just standing around with nothing to do.

The bigger point is, I don’t think they were unusual. I believe that practically any lake people we ran into would have reacted the same way they did.

We pointed at Junior, swimming lazily about 10 yards offshore. Our recruiting speech, in its entirety, went as follows:

“We’re after this loon. He’s got some fishing line wrapped around his bill. He can’t eat, so he’s going to starve. We’re trying to….”

In that instant, our rescue force quintupled. No questions. No hesitation. The only talking was tactical, and not much of that. Two guys waded into the lake and began to herd Junior toward a dock, our boat more or less blocking any attempt to escape by sea.

We tossed our net to somebody on shore, who scooped the bird out of the water. We worked the boat in closer and handed the pliers to a woman who reached for them.

I was not about to give up the gloves, so I stood in the boat and held the loon on the dock while the woman slowly, carefully, unwound the fishing line from his bill, then from around his long, pointed tongue. The whole crowd hovered over the operation in silence. I’m pretty sure that everyone shared the same thoughts:

1. This is so cool I can’t stand it.

2. Hand over the gloves, you bastard. I want to hold the loon.


The fishing line came out of Junior’s gullet clean as a whistle: No hook, no hideous moment when the woman with the pliers encountered any resistance whatsoever. When we set out in the boat an hour earlier, I had given us maybe a 1 in 50 chance of netting the bird at all, never mind extracting the line without feeling that awful tug. Now the mission was an incredible triumph. Junior swam away, appearing none the worse for his ordeal.

It was too easy, of course. The loon had seemed all right, though surprisingly docile. But he must have been very weak to let us catch him that way. Later, I found out that he didn’t make it. I knew that there would be no special quality to my sense of mourning. I had a lot of company.

Jack Gordon is a frequent contributor to Minnesota Monthly. He lives in Eden Prairie.

Best Lake to Catch Your Limit

Leech Lake almost lost its reputation as a great fishing lake a few years ago, when cormorants were migrating to the Midwest in droves, and the birds were killing walleye and yellow perch at a devastating pace. But after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stepped in to reduce their population, the fish bounced back quickly. Thanks to high natural reproduction and local stocking programs, Leech Lake and its pristine water has been reestablished as a great numbers lake. Troll the reed beds early in the season if you’re hoping to hit your limit.

Best Place to Swim

Bad Medicine Lake lacks nutrients. That may be bad for certain types of critters, but it’s good for you, since it means the lake, southwest of Itasca State Park, is extraordinarily clear; instead of phosphorous-and-nitrogen-rich runoff, it’s fed by cool, clean ground water. Indeed, its transparency is more than 30 feet deep in spots—greater than one-third its maximum depth. And while Bad Medicine is famous as a rainbow trout fishery, the lake is also a great spot for swimmers and scuba divers, says Don Tschudi, who has owned the Bad Medicine Lake Resort & Campgrounds for nearly 50 years. “You don’t have to worry about that swimmer’s itch,” he says.

Best Place to Sail

Framed by 400-foot-high bluffs and coursing with the engorged Mississippi River, Lake Pepin doesn’t feel like a lake so much as a chute, a Brobdingnagian wind tunnel. Yet, it’s here that the river slows just enough that sailboats can maneuver with relative abandon, and it feels almost Baltic in its exotic wind-battered expanse and various ports to call on. You’re just an ordinary, comfortable tourist here until you leave land, and a man with a boat becomes a man against nature—a mariner in Minnesota.

5 Festivals

1. Boundary Waters Blues Festival
August 21–23, Ely
World-class blues and, wait for it, a wheel of meat, on Fall Lake.

2.Water-Ski Days
June 27–29, Lake City
Food, parades, and water-ski shows celebrating the eponymous invention.

3. Bean Hole Days
July 8–9, Pequot Lakes
Anything that begins with the “Burying of the Beans Ceremony” has to be fun.

4. Bullhead Days
June 6–8, Waterville
Fireworks, parades, carnivals, and best of all, fried-bullhead street vendors. Enough said.

5. FinnFest
July 23–27, Duluth
The celebration of Finn culture comes to Duluth. Notable guests: Osmo Vänskä and Finland’s prez.

My Lake Story

The Inland Sea Society

by Heather Mcelhatton


Sea glass is pirate-lucky. That’s what my father said. Anything strong enough to survive the sledgehammer fists of Lake Superior and still beam like a smoked jewel had to be something worthy of a man’s pocket.

We hunted for those smooth opaque chunks of glass up and down the lake’s shoreline and we were vigilant. We sifted through scratchy tidal wracks and untangled bleached driftwood tossed up on the beach like Paul Bunyan’s broken finger bones. I picked up every color I found: opal white, carnelian red, and Vesuvian green, but it was blue I was after. Any blue.

Blue sea glass was the hardest to find and always smashed into the smallest pieces. The man selling black minnows by the road told me that round blue pieces were actually the eyes of dead sailors, which had turned to glass from crying. Great sloe-eyed sturgeon, some as big as Buicks, carried them in their mouths to shore so people could find them.

When my father and I found a piece of sea glass, we gave it a story. Usually a disaster. The slightly curved piece might have come from a luxurious yacht, lost at sea. The transparent green glass was likely the sole survivor of a single-engine plane crash, the sharp red shard, possibly plastic, was obviously part of a taillight, testifying to the need for stronger drunk-driving laws.

My father called Lake Superior the Minnesotan Ocean, and said we were citizens of a great and scarcely understood Inland Sea Society: people at the center and still outside. He thought anyone who lived on an actual ocean was thickheaded. “They can keep their fancy beach houses,” he’d say, “right along with their hurricanes and shark attacks. We don’t have sharks here. Why would anybody live near sharks? All you can run into in these waters is a tasty, defenseless dinner.”

But I knew there was a lot more in that water than just fish. There was strewn cargo and big waterlogged white pine. There were entire Holsteins and 40 brand new Model-T Fords, which had once gone overboard in a storm and were still down there in the muck. There were sunken ships on the lakebed, with sleepy green windows and hulls rusted as brittle as tea leaves. Some still had their skeleton crews on board.

Over time, I found enough blue glass to fill a whole Mason jar, which might not sound like a lot, but it is. More than 200 sailor eyes winking in their small cathedral of blue air and light. Still, every year it seemed there was less and less sea glass on the beach. My father blamed the recycling fad and wondered if kids 10 years from now would find any glass at all.

When my father died, I took a ferry to the middle of the lake and dumped all that sea glass back into the water. Every pirate-lucky piece. I don’t know why exactly, only that I wanted there to be sea glass on the shore in 10 years. It seemed like something a member of the great Inland Sea Society would do.

Heather McElhatton is a radio producer and author of the novels Pretty Little Mistakes and Million Little Mistakes.

Best Classic Minnesota Getaway

Lake Vermilion is the littlest big lake in Minnesota; it’s the state’s fifth largest, but it’s so broken up by its 365 islands and dozens of bays that it actually has the most shoreline. What that means is plenty of elbowroom for you and the eagles: You’d never guess there were several dozen family-style resorts here. Rise early, toss the tackle in a boat, and putter out to a cove of your own, where rocky, pine-studded peninsulas emerge from the mist and the muskie are starved for attention. There’s a reason the first new state park in Minnesota in 30 years might be created on these shores. It’s peaceful and it’s wild—and nothing feels more Minnesotan.

Best Place to Sunbathe in the Nude

You see London, you see France? Then you must not be at Twin Lake in Golden Valley, where almost nobody bothers with underpants. Nude sunbathing is technically illegal in Minnesota, but don’t tell that to the throngs of folks who shed their Minnesota modesty (not to mention their unmentionables) at the site known accurately—if not charmingly—as Bare Ass Beach. As you might expect, you’ll find a motley crew here. But if you’re tired of tan lines and sand in your swimsuit, perhaps its time to put Twin Lake on the top of your to-do list.


Best Place to Host a Family Reunion

Where do you go when you need to please the entire family—but you still want to have an utterly, absolutely Minnesota-sort of vacation? You head to Bay Lake, near Brainerd, where the Ruttger family has been taking care of other people’s families for more than 100 years. Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge offers all the amenities you’d expect of a modern resort—golf, tennis, fishing, a beach, indoor and outdoor pools, an extensive kids program, even a day spa (Aunt Judy needs her rosemary mint body wrap, after all)—while managing to evoke an intimate feel and old-school charm. Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge, 23039 Tame Fish Lake Rd., Deerwood, 800-450-4545, ruttgersresorts.com

5 Easy Metro Picnic Ideas

1. Lake Harriet
Broder’s Cucina Italiana, with the best hoagies in town, is located just a few blocks south of Harriet. Add olives, cheese, and a cannoli for a true feast. Broder’s, 2308 W. 50th St., Minneapolis, 612-925-3113

2. Lake Josephine
Grab a Maverick’s roast-beef sandwich—the  best in the state—and drive due north until you get to Roseville’s pretty Lake Josephine. Maverick’s, 1746 N. Lexington Ave., Roseville, 651-488-1788

3. Lake Calhoun
Have a James Beard–nominated chef fill your picnic basket. Lucia’s Bakery—with sandwiches, soups, and cookies—is just a few blocks east of Calhoun. 1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis, 612-825-1572

4. Lake Como
With its ornate pavilion, Lake Como seems almost Parisian when you’re eating Ngon Bistro’s spring rolls and Wild Acres–duck salad on its shores. Ngon Bistro, 799 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-3301

5. Cedar Lake
Pick up a very deluxe, true Neapolitan pizza from the Calhoun Village Punch Pizza—a short hop from Cedar Lake or Lake of the Isles. Punch Pizza, 3226 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-929-0006

Best Place to Have a Romantic Getaway

Ringed by myriad resorts and abundant recreational opportunities, Gull Lake is among Minnesota’s most popular family destinations. But one classic resort also makes it the state’s most romantic spot: Built in the early 1900s, Grand View Lodge captures the charm of a bygone era, when cocktails were served with little plastic swords and dancing followed dinner. Grand View is the perfect place to while away the lazy days of summer. Stroll through the lush gardens, follow the illuminated path down to the sandy beach, or revive yourself with a massage at Glacial Waters Spa. The historic, timber-lodge dining room still serves such classic fare as dry-aged steaks and seafood dinners. The dancing is up to you. Grand View Lodge, 23521 Nokomis Ave., Nisswa, 866-801-2951, grandviewlodge.com

My Lake Story

Schwinning Season

by Steve Rushin


“The Lakes” didn’t exist when I was in grade school in Bloomington. There was only “The Lake”—Bush Lake—and summer meant riding there in the back of Mr. Wagner’s orange VW Bug, “Band on the Run” on the radio, tuned to KDWB.

Lake Harriet was the far side of the world, marked on maps with “Here Be Dragons,” at least to my family of indoorsmen, none of whom ever went “Up North” to those places that existed for us only on TV weather reports—the terra incognita of Willmar and Brainerd. Brainerd held a special fascination, redundantly combining two grade-school insults—“Brain” and “Nerd”—often directed at those of us who lived in the library.

By junior high, I no longer fit in the back of a Beetle, which was fine, because by then I was free to ride my maroon 10-speed “Up North,” to south Minneapolis. Lake Harriet became—and remained for many years after—the most distant place I had ever traveled under my own power. Getting there was an endless voyage, full of wondrous sights that I never forgot. I was a bicycling Sinbad—I was Schwinnbad—as I pedaled in awe past the two-story electrified cowboy hat in front of the Penn Avenue Arby’s, a hat outlined in lights like a dressing-room mirror.

That sign resembled—and still does, in my mind’s eye—something from the Vegas strip, if Vegas were a mecca of roast beef rather than casino gaming, and spangled waitresses plied visitors not with free drinks but complimentary Horsey Sauce.

And so I will always associate Harriet with epic summer journeys. But also with one winter epic. About 10 years ago, on a sub-zero night, my buddy Mike McCollow and I decided—spontaneously, during a short-lived self-improvement kick—to undertake a single continuous run around Harriet, Isles, and Calhoun, what we called a “Triple Freddy,” after aviation executive Freddy Laker. Mike would later open Gear, the running shoe and apparel store near Harriet, but at the time we dressed clownishly, in puffy coats and nylon shell pants that swished as we ran—Michelin men bouncing across a moonscape. My head was covered in the black balaclava of a bank robber, but I was smiling beneath it, happy not to be inhaling those summer clouds of gnats that go unnoticed until they’re in your eyes and up your nose.

The round lamps that lit the walking paths looked like snow globes turned inside out, for all the snow was on their exterior, blowing wildly, as if Orson Welles had just dropped one at the start of Citizen Kane. Which was appropriate, for I kept thinking about that night—as I always do around the lakes, especially when summer rolls around—of my own Rosebud: That maroon Schwinn, my Harriet Chariot.

Steve Rushin, a Bloomington native, is a former staff writer and columnist for Sports Illustrated. His work has appeared in Time, the New York Times, and numerous other publications.

5 Metro Beaches

1. Deephaven Beach
Tennis courts and trails for the sports nut. 19405 Lake Ave., Deephaven

2. Snail Lake Beach
Best for quiet picnics. 4200 Snail Lake Blvd., Shoreview.

3. Phalen Beach
The large sandy span is great for young swimmers. 1400 Phalen Dr., St. Paul

4. Bush Lake Beach
Features floating docks in the swimming areas. 9140 E. Bush Lake Road, Bloomington

5. Lake waconia Regional Park
Reserve the shelter for parties. 8170 Paradise Lane, Waconia

 

Best Place to Camp

These days, sometimes the closest thing you can get to really roughing it is parking on the opposite end of the parking lot from the Target entrance. Which is why you should plan your next camping trip to Savanna Portage State Park on Shumway Lake. Bring your trail mix, your tent, and your sense of adventure: There are no five-acre parking lots to spoil the 15,000 acres of rolling hills and lakes, and the fish you eat for dinner will be fresh out of the lake, not frozen, boxed, and shaped into dubiously appetizing “sticks.” An array of campsites and cabins allow visitors to choose between bare-bones simplicity or cozy comfort. Occupy your days with hiking, horseshoes, or bird watching. If spectacular sunrises don’t wake you up in the morning, the loons and the woodpeckers will. 55626 Lake Place, McGregor, 218-426-3271, dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/savanna_portage/index.html

 

Best Place to Disappear

Literary types may remember Lake of the Woods as the setting for Minnesota author Tim O’Brien’s 1994 book about a rising political star who discovers his wife has gone missing. As anyone who’s visited the area knows, such a disappearance is certainly plausible: With roughly 65,000 miles of shoreline and more than 14,000 islands, Lake of the Woods ranks among the largest lakes in North America—and one of the easiest places to find a backwater and vanish. Of course, Minnesotans can lay claim to only a small portion of waterfront property (most of the inland coast was ceded to our northern neighbor when the United States and Canada finally settled their centuries-long border dispute over the Northwest Angle in the 1920s), but that still leaves plenty of places where a wily (or inept) oarsman can disappear for a few days.

 

Best Place to Go Deep

Forget Fiji and Palau. Let Cousteau have Cozumel. Scuba enthusiasts who truly want to take the plunge should plumb the Crosby Mines, ponds that shimmer in the woods near Crosby-Ironton. As lakes, they’re fakes: These jewels were once iron mines. Abandoned decades ago, the open pits of the Cuyuna Range filled with vegetation and wrecked Fords and, eventually, rainwater. A visit below the surface reveals a tableau no trip to the Great Barrier Reef can match: walleyes, bluegills by the dozen, piles of rusty mining equipment, and even a scene worthy of Dr. Seuss—a northern pike drifting through the branches of a tree. cuyunacountry.net

My Lake Story

Ladies in the Water

by Mary Jo Pehl


My sister said, “Do you think my life was ruined?”

We were in inner tubes, floating on a modest lake somewhere, far away from anything. Nearby were her three boys, clattering and rambunctious in the water, each seeming to have seven legs and 12 arms, and in their youth their skinny limbs seemed to clank like errant machinery. They left no thought un-uttered, nothing un-hollered as they brawled in the water. But Jean and I just float. I rarely allowed myself to just float. I was living in New York at the time and was home for one week that summer, and I had decided fiercely and steadfastly to be in...the...moment...dammit!

Jean’s question drifted toward me. My older sister is dark-haired, brown-eyed, and lean. She is the very opposite of me: blonde, blue-eyed, flesh a-plenty. She tanned effortlessly that afternoon on the water, the way she managed to do most everything. I, on the other hand, had slathered myself with SPF 60. With my pink-white skin, I consider that perhaps I ought to have worn a snowmobile suit in this summer sun.

We are talking about happiness, what it means, who we have decided deserves it, who we have deigned does not. Jean asked again. “Do you think my life was ruined when Timothy died?”

Timothy was her youngest child. He was not quite a year old when he died in the kind of accidental drowning that might warrant a Dear Abby cautionary tale: Please, Abby, tell your readers!

I idolized Jean when we were young. Everything about her was dazzling. She looked like Ali McGraw, and she made all her own halter-tops and bell-bottoms and macrame belts. My siblings and I grew up on a small lake—a glorified pond, really—and our summers were spent in the water. Often, I would sit near the shore on the bench that my father had made, watching as the neighborhood boys came over to swim with my older sisters and push each other off the raft. The only time boys ever talked to me was to ask about my sisters.

But this day, Jean hooked her foot on my inner tube so we wouldn’t float away from each other as my nephews splashed and yelled insults nearby.

“Well?” she asked, as her inner tube twisted away from me, so that I could see only the back of her dark head and her freckled shoulders.

The waves had urged us close to the shore, where we pulled on the lush branches of the trees bowing over the shoreline to try to propel ourselves to deeper seas. Sometimes it feels like our family has held its collective breath in the past 13 years, waiting to see if Timothy’s death was a talisman against anything bad ever happening to us again, or merely the beginning of a slippery slope. I didn’t want to admit that I, too, had had bouts of happiness since her son had died. I was afraid she’d be furious, as if I’d forgotten, or that I was audacious going on with my life. She’s still my big sister, and I’m not so sure she wouldn’t hit me.

Finally, Jean spoke. “I have been happy since then,” she said. The water twisted her away from me again and she watched the horseplay. “For everything that’s happened, I don’t believe the world is a terrible, awful place.”

We paddled ourselves furiously to the shore where we’d set out. The boys pushed us, greatly exaggerating their labor. We packed up our sandwiches and sunscreen and towels and loaded ourselves into the minivan to head home. In that moment, I believe Jean may have been telling the truth.

Mary Jo Pehl is a columnist for Minnesota Monthly.

Best Place to People Watch

Back in the early 20th century, Lake Minnetonka was heralded as an escape for Minneapolis residents, a place of warm waters and wealth. Today, most lake patrons driving the half-hour from the Twin Cities are less interested in tennis lessons before tea than they are in grabbing cocktails at Lord Fletcher’s. Regulars know the center of Tonka’s social universe revolves around Big Island, where boaters tie their crafts together to create a party pontoon that bikini-clad coeds can frolic among. And, in what seems like another universe, shoreside cities and towns, such as Excelsior, Deephaven, and Wayzata, offer antique shopping for sweet old ladies and ice-cream treats for young families. For both residents and visitors, it can feel like a world apart—even if its just a car-ride away.

 

My Lake Story

Flirting with Disaster  

by Amy Gage


When I was growing up in southern Minnesota, my best friend’s parents had a cabin on Lake Washington, northeast of Mankato.

The clapboard cabin was dated and rundown; that was part of the allure. We knew the curling tiles on the kitchen floor and the sagging mattresses in the bedrooms would never pass muster in our suburban homes. Here at the cabin, we saw adults let down their guard. Shirtless fathers drove speedboats with lowball glasses in hand. The prettiest women wore swimsuits that flattered their figures. Men recited limericks and told off-color jokes, laughing with an abandon they could never display at the office. And everybody appraised anybody who belonged to someone else.

What was it about the lake that brought out such playfulness and sensuality in otherwise sober adults? I chalk it up to the heat and Johnson’s Baby Oil, which we girls dribbled down our bodies, but also to the hedonistic flair of my friend’s parents. This couple brought a sort of European sensibility to our neighborhood, to our conventional lives. Today we might call it a “global perspective,” or joie de vivre, but back then it just seemed exotic.

They were the first family we knew to go skiing in the mountains, in Winter Park, Colorado; the first to buy sleek cars; the first to hire a cleaning lady, even though none of our mothers worked. And although theirs was not the only cabin built on Lake Washington, it was the first designated specifically for horseplay and weekend entertainment. This was not a fishing retreat. It was a frat house for adults.

I learned to water-ski in chest-high water beyond their dock, behind a 90-horsepower speedboat that left rowboats and fishermen bouncing in its wake. No one called those people “anglers” back then. No one talked about blood-alcohol levels either, despite the number of doctors and lawyers—all men, of course—in the weekend crowd.

Children learn by observing what they don’t understand, and we learned the dance steps of flirtation when we were at the lake. The golf-club pool was kids’ territory; parents had no power there. The lake was different, more grown up, more frightening, more alluring. And though we didn’t concede it, we all felt both eager and insecure.

I can’t recall the precise moment when the adults were right-sized, when they went from icons to human beings. But as I look back on those carefree weekend afternoons—the women sunning and setting golf dates, the men playing with an intensity that betrayed how hard they worked—I see that the click of awareness occurred sometime after what became known as “the speedboat incident.”

A few years into those pre-teen summers, a respected professional man and one of the prettiest wives in town got stuck in a boat out on Lake Washington for hours. Worried, embarrassed—and no doubt wondering what he’d find—the woman’s husband finally took up a rescue mission.

He motored around the coves of the lake before he finally spotted his wife and the other man. After he arrived, the man insisted the boat had stalled. The husband hopped in and turned the key. The engine started with a roar.

Amy Gage is a freelance writer who lives in Northfield.

Best Place to Build a Sandcastle

Why is the beach near 32nd Street on the east side of Lake Calhoun the best place in known creation to build a sandcastle? Because there are slides, swings, and four toddler-sized climbing forts. Because when the going gets tough, a wise parent can always zip down to Tin Fish, in the Lake Calhoun Pavilion, to retrieve some ice cream. Because big doggies and little doggies and even dressed-up doggies parade by at regular intervals. But, most of all, because after the sun sets in a glorious haze of daffodil-colored light over the lake, all the parents and all the toddlers can zip home to where all the invaluable baby gear is—and no one had to pack it all up to have a real day at the beach. 3200 E. Calhoun Pkwy., Minneapolis, minne-apolisparks.org

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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Inspired by Nature: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Inspired by Nature: 9th Annual Exhibition of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists Works by the Great River...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: opening Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 Outdoor Painters of Minnesota: Celebrating 125 Years of Minnesota State Parks Works by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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This winter, you can wrap a child’s heart with a blanket and help keep them warm. On Sunday, December 4, 2016, participating local SUBWAY® restaurants are partnering with Bridging to collect...

Cost: Bring new or gently-used, clean blankets

Where:
1432 Yankee Doodle Road
Eagan, MN  55121

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The 13th annual Holiday Craft Fair will be December 3-4, 2016, at Roseville City Hall. Spread out over two levels, more than 60 local crafters and artists will be selling their all-handmade wares....

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Roseville City Hall
2660 Civic Center Drive
Roseville, MN  55113
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Telephone: 651-792-7006
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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Julmarknad, ASI’s Christmas Market, is the largest holiday weekend at the historic Turnblad Mansion!  This magical festival features performances by Nordic music and dance groups, exceptional...

Cost: $12

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Shop for all the geeks on your holiday list. There will be everything from jewelry to dragons, comics to action figures, shirts to books. Some authors and artists will be in attendance so come...

Cost: Free

Where:
Doubletree Hotel South
7800 Normandale Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55439
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Sponsor: Mohr Creations
Telephone: 612-251-0153
Contact Name: Jules Mohr
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand December 1-4 to meet award-winning jewelry designer Suzy Landa who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her extensive everyday gemstone,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Come and Stop & Shop with us at the North St. Paul American Legion. We will have craftsman, direct sellers, bakers, photographers, upcyclers and so much more. The first 25 ladies through the door...

Cost: Free

Where:
North St. Paul American Legion Post 39
2678 7th Ave E
Saint Paul, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Gypsy Dreams
Telephone: 651.335.7309
Contact Name: Cathy
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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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However you define family, consider yourself welcome at the M’s Family Day! Make art with local artists, tour the exhibition "Brick x Brick", and warm up with cocoa and cookies while enjoying...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Samantha Grangaard
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Join the East Town Ballroom @ the Courtyard for an afternoon of fun at the Wedding For All Seasons open house! Experience the ballroom dressed to the nines for each season, meet and mingle with the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
East Town Ballroom @ The Courtyard
1500 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill...

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17

Where:
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Houes
Telephone: 651-297-2555
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Jeffrey Stirling, music director Poulenc – "Les Biches" Suite Puccini – "La Bohème" singers from the MN Opera Resident Artist program

Cost: free

Where:
King of Kings Lutheran Church
1583 Radio Dr
Woodbury, MN  55125
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Sponsor: Saint Paul Civic Symphony
Contact Name: Karen Weium
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What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Join us for "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by The Civic's Artistic Director, Greg Miller, Dec 2 - 18, 2016. A holiday classic for all. Gather for this beloved...

Cost: Adult $31; Senior $26; Student $21

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Box Office
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Jaztronauts, the group with the strong vocal harmonies, solid jazz chops and cool vintage suits are helping you swing into the  holiday season!  Buckle up as these four wise men take you for...

Cost: $9 or $12

Where:
301 on Main
301 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
Website »

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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

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Shoppers are invited to capture fetching photo moments with your faithful companions during Northtown Mall’s Pet Photos with Santa in the Burlington Court. A portion of the proceeds from each pet...

Cost: Photo package prices vary

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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With just a simple wooden needle and strands of wool yarn, students will unravel some of the mystery behind this knotty 2,000 year-old fiber construction technique. Stitches that will be covered...

Cost: $45-55 + materials fee

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Sound therapy has been used to heal the body, mind and connect to spirit since ancient times. During this spiritual class, we use ancient spiritual technology paired with a modern application to...

Cost: Pre-pay $15, at the door $18

Where:
Modus Locus
3500 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: IntraAwareness
Telephone: 612-930-2662
Contact Name: Leah Somerville
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
Website »

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Join the Playwrights' Center for a free staged reading, part of the 2016-17 Ruth Easton New Play Series. WINK by Jen Silverman December 5 & 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. Sofie is an unhappy housewife. Gregor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Playwrights' Center
Telephone: 612-332-7481
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God's Ear marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation. Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear takes the...

Cost: $6-16

Where:
Rarig Center, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Univerisity of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

More information

In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
View map »


Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

More information

Show More...
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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
Website »

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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Traditional Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and MSSPA Choirs.

Cost: Free

Where:
4237 Colfax Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409


Sponsor: MSSPA
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Grades 6-12 Theatre arts education integrates life and learning through experience. Comprehensive classes are led by professional teaching artists to enhance creative expression while developing...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Grades K-5 Theatre arts education integrates life and learning through experience. Comprehensive classes are led by professional teaching artists to enhance creative expression while developing...

Cost: $75

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-426-3275
Contact Name: Aaron Fiskradatz
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Frolic with history at History Flirt, a free Tuesday happy hour for young adults. In December, catch the holiday spirit, 90s style. Relive the era through displays of the forgotten gadgets and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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A night of local and global flavors with local food advocate Beth Dooley, author of IN WINTER’S KITCHEN. Featuring recipes from Naomi Duguid’s beautiful new cookbook TASTE OF PERSIA,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South, Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
Contact Name: Daley Farr

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Join the Playwrights' Center for a free staged reading, part of the 2016-17 Ruth Easton New Play Series. WINK by Jen Silverman December 5 & 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. Sofie is an unhappy housewife. Gregor...

Cost: Free

Where:
Playwrights' Center
2301 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Playwrights' Center
Telephone: 612-332-7481
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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By Barbara Robinson. Directed by Kari Steinbach December 6-10, 2016 at 7:30p.m. December 10, 2016 at 2:30p.m. Back by popular demand! In the hilarious Christmas classic The Best Christmas Pageant...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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God's Ear marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation. Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear takes the...

Cost: $6-16

Where:
Rarig Center, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Univerisity of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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Start your day creatively with a little paint and coffee!  With guided instruction, you'll create a 9 x 12 acrylic masterpiece! Have an original pieces of art ready hang the same day! All classes...

Cost: $25.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

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

More information

FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

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


Telephone: 952-853-6000
Website »

More information

The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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A full day of commemorative activities and special guests on the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, including the Fort Snelling Memorial Cemetery Memorial Rifle Squad, 34th...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET . Set on  December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins...

Cost: $29

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Traditional Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and MSSPA Choirs.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fox Morning Show
, MN


Sponsor: MSSPA
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Shoppers are invited to capture fetching photo moments with your faithful companions during Northtown Mall’s Pet Photos with Santa in the Burlington Court. A portion of the proceeds from each pet...

Cost: Photo package prices vary

Where:
Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN  55434
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The stunning white paper bark from the birch tree can create many wonderful things, including a Northern ornamental star. Careful folding, a bit of string and lots of patience will be rewarded...

Cost: $50-60 + materials fee

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Visit the Inez Greenberg Gallery in December to find distinctive gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Gifts in the Gallery is a two-week boutique featuring a stunning array of items...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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  Are you wondering how to report foreign assets and income? If you own assets (such as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance policies, rental properties, etc.) outside of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/ St Paul
113 N. First St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul and Eugene Sherayzen, Esq.
Telephone: 612-332-0436
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

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For December's Wednesday night series, we will be getting into the holiday spirit... literally. Seasonal cocktails will be served each night for you to sip while learning how to craft a holiday...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Sponsor: Glensheen
Telephone: 218-726-8910
Contact Name: Jaron
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A Young Professionals Holiday Party. Join us for Ignite-style talks from Young Professionals in MN that are crushing their goals!. Join BMA NEXT for a night of networking and hear from some...

Cost: $15 - $75

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 763-229-1561
Contact Name: Business Marketing Association - Minnesota
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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It's hard to believe that 2016 is already coming to a close. You've knocked out hundreds of meetings, thousands of emails, and dozens of presentations, and we think that's a cause for celebration!...

Cost: $15-$20

Where:
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Business Marketing Association of Minnesota
Telephone: 763-229-1561
Contact Name: Carolyn Reginato
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Daniel Corrigan will have an event in St. Paul at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on December 7th for his new photo book, Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis. Out by Minnesota Historical Society...

Cost: Free

Where:
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
6 West 6th Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Subtext Books

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Trailer Trash blends their upbeat honky-honk sound with your favorite Christmas tunes in delightfully unexpected ways, jumpstarting your holiday season with great music and good laughs at the...

Cost: 20

Where:
Chatfield Center for the Arts
405 Main St S
Chatfield, MN  55923
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Telephone: 507-867-2927
Contact Name: Jenni Petersen-Brant
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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Multi-platinum recording artist and pianist Steven C Anderson will bring the music of the holidays to life at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016 at The Lyric Arts Main Stage, 420 East Main Street,...

Cost: $23 - $27

Where:
Lyric Arts Main Stage
420 East Main Street
Anoka, MN  55303
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Telephone: 763-422-1838
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Trailer Trash blends their upbeat honky-tonk sound with your favorite Christmas tunes in delightfully unexpected ways, jump starting your holiday season with great music and good laughs. Trailer...

Cost: 20

Where:
Chatfield Center for the Arts
405 Main Street South
Chatfield, MN  55923
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Telephone: 507-867-2927
Contact Name: Jenni Petersen-Brant
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God's Ear marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation. Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear takes the...

Cost: $6-16

Where:
Rarig Center, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
View map »


Sponsor: Univerisity of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
Website »

More information

Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

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


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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By Barbara Robinson. Directed by Kari Steinbach December 6-10, 2016 at 7:30p.m. December 10, 2016 at 2:30p.m. Back by popular demand! In the hilarious Christmas classic The Best Christmas Pageant...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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She Loves Me - rights acquired from Music Theatre International Book by Joe Masteroff | Music by Jerry Bock | Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo Guest Director Michael...

Cost: $8-$21

Where:
Marshall Performing Arts Center
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: UMD School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8564
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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Visit the Inez Greenberg Gallery in December to find distinctive gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Gifts in the Gallery is a two-week boutique featuring a stunning array of items...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Rebirth: the Abandoned Landscape works by Laurence Johnson December 8 - January 8 Lobby Gallery, second floor Opening Reception: December 8, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Potpourri: Hopkins Adult Community Education Show December 8- January 8 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: December 8, 6-8pm Presented by Hopkins Public Schools

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Rearview Mirror works by Raelee Edgar December 8 - January 8 Lobby Gallery, first floor Opening reception: December 8, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Website »

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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Traditional Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and MSSPA Choirs.

Cost: Free

Where:
MSP Airport
Fort Snelling Unorganized Territory
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: MSSPA
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What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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We will use basic glass art techniques to create two original fused glass ornaments. Participants will learn the basics about glass art as well as how to safely cut and work with glass. From there,...

Cost: $45-55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Margaret Hasse, Su Smallen, Tim Nolan, and Athena Kildegaard will read and discuss their works at Subtext Books on December 8th at 7pm. These four local poets are simply dazzling, you don't want to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Subtext Books
6 West Fifth Street
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Subtext Books

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NorthGate Brewing is excited to present Trivia Mafia, every Thursday night at its taproom in Northeast Minneapolis. Bring your friends, form teams, and show off your knowledge. 

Cost: Free

Where:
NorthGate Brewing Company
783 Harding St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: NorthGate Brewing Company
Telephone: 612-354-2858
Contact Name: NorthGate Brewing
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Join us for "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by The Civic's Artistic Director, Greg Miller, Dec 2 - 18, 2016. A holiday classic for all. Gather for this beloved...

Cost: Adult $31; Senior $26; Student $21

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Box Office
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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By Barbara Robinson. Directed by Kari Steinbach December 6-10, 2016 at 7:30p.m. December 10, 2016 at 2:30p.m. Back by popular demand! In the hilarious Christmas classic The Best Christmas Pageant...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Naked Stages is a series of raw, real, and completely original performances by three exciting new voices: Shante’ Sojourn Zenith, Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY) and Nadia Honary.  The culmination...

Cost: Pick-Your-Price (Reg. $16)

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Pillsbury House Theatre
Telephone: 612-825-0459
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God's Ear marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation. Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear takes the...

Cost: $6-16

Where:
Rarig Center, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Univerisity of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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She Loves Me - rights acquired from Music Theatre International Book by Joe Masteroff | Music by Jerry Bock | Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo Guest Director Michael...

Cost: $8-$21

Where:
Marshall Performing Arts Center
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: UMD School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8564
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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UDT: Dance Revolutions ignites the Whiting Proscenium stage with a blaze of fresh talent and two world premieres, December 8-11 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.  This...

Cost: $6-$16

Where:
Rarig Center's Whiting Proscenium
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Royal Comedy Showcase Host: Patrick Bauer has oozed from the fringe elements of the Minneapolis comedy scene. With a clever, dark and edgy style of comedy Patrick has become one of the fastest...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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Visit the Inez Greenberg Gallery in December to find distinctive gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Gifts in the Gallery is a two-week boutique featuring a stunning array of items...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
Website »

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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
Website »

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Rearview Mirror works by Raelee Edgar December 8 - January 8 Lobby Gallery, first floor Opening reception: December 8, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Potpourri: Hopkins Adult Community Education Show December 8- January 8 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: December 8, 6-8pm Presented by Hopkins Public Schools

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

More information

Rebirth: the Abandoned Landscape works by Laurence Johnson December 8 - January 8 Lobby Gallery, second floor Opening Reception: December 8, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
View map »


Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
Website »

More information

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
Website »

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A special holiday edition! Make a Friday morning playdate at the Castle!  An hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music and movement inspired by ASI exhibits and...

Cost: $8

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
View map »


Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
Website »

More information

Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

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


Telephone: 952-853-6000
Website »

More information

Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand this weekend to meet jewelry designer and former U.S. Olympic Luge team member Erica Molinari who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

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

More information

This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
View map »

More information

Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
View map »

More information

It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 612-455-9501
Website »

More information

The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
View map »


Website »

More information

What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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Maplewood Mall, Maplewood’s family friendly shopping venue, will present a Drive-In(side) Holiday Movie for children and families on the upper level near Sears. For a $2 donation benefitting The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center Presents… A Holiday Dinner Theater! The Gifts of the Magi “Heart felt story showing the true meaning of Christmas” A tale of a husband and wife...

Cost: 34.95

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN  56353
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom
Telephone: (320) 369-4622
Contact Name: Bryony Stark
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The Master of Fine Arts Candidates at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design invite you to an evening of creativity and celebration at Open Studio Night 2016. Check out work by the newest...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
MCAD Master of Fine Arts Building
2201 First Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Sponsor: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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Ladies Night Out Painting & Social Event! Treat yourself to an evening socializing while creating art with friends or making new ones. You're welcome to bring your own beverage or snack....

Cost: $30.00

Where:
Watch Me Draw Art Studio
20908 Holyoke Ave
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Sponsor: Watch Me Draw Art Studio
Telephone: 952-469-1234
Contact Name: Sherry Hauck
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The M After Hours presents GLOWDecember 9, 6-9 p.m. $10/personWhatever holidays you do (or don’t!) celebrate, you’ll have a great time Glow. Under twinkling lights with drinks in hand and...

Cost: $10

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Minnesota Museum of American Art
Telephone: 651-797-2571
Contact Name: Samantha Grangaard
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Join us for "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by The Civic's Artistic Director, Greg Miller, Dec 2 - 18, 2016. A holiday classic for all. Gather for this beloved...

Cost: Adult $31; Senior $26; Student $21

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Box Office
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
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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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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We welcome Ricki Lake & Abby Epstein, whose work and life mission embody the spirit of EVERY WOMAN CAN. Female folk-rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls will grace the stages of...

Cost: $90-$295

Where:
Aria
105 N 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Health Foundations Birth Center
Telephone: 651-895-2684
Contact Name: Amy Johnson-Grass
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Serving Joy All Over the World A benefit concert for World Servants, a Twin Cities-based humanitarian agency, featuring musicians Jason Gray and John Tibbs. Enjoy great music and hear how for 30...

Cost: · Gen. Admission - $15 · Student Groups of 10 or more - $10 ·

Where:
Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Rd.
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
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Sponsor: World Servants
Telephone: 612-866-0010
Contact Name: Diane Solmonson
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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“A Christmas Fantasy” - with Mississippi Valley Orchestra   Your Christmas may be merrier as you bring the family to a festive Christmas holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 pm at...

Cost: Free - donations accepted

Where:
Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 S. Robert St.
West St. Paul, MN  55118
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A fresh rendition of  the beloved holiday classic, “A Minnesota Nutcracker” retains all the magic and traditions of the classic Nutcracker ballet, but with a Minnesota twist! “A Minnesota...

Cost: $18-$36

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-452-3163
Contact Name: Rick Vogt
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She Loves Me - rights acquired from Music Theatre International Book by Joe Masteroff | Music by Jerry Bock | Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo Guest Director Michael...

Cost: $8-$21

Where:
Marshall Performing Arts Center
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: UMD School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8564
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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God's Ear marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation. Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear takes the...

Cost: $6-16

Where:
Rarig Center, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Univerisity of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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By Barbara Robinson. Directed by Kari Steinbach December 6-10, 2016 at 7:30p.m. December 10, 2016 at 2:30p.m. Back by popular demand! In the hilarious Christmas classic The Best Christmas Pageant...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Naked Stages is a series of raw, real, and completely original performances by three exciting new voices: Shante’ Sojourn Zenith, Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY) and Nadia Honary.  The culmination...

Cost: Pick-Your-Price (Reg. $16)

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Pillsbury House Theatre
Telephone: 612-825-0459
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Join us for an evening of poetry and short stories when we invite Margaret Hasse and Clarence White to Banfill-Locke for our December Reading Series event on Friday, December 9 from 7:30-9pm. These...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts
6666 East River Rd
Fridley, MN  55432
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Sponsor: Anoka Country Library
Telephone: 763.574.1850
Contact Name: Bethany Whitehead
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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UDT: Dance Revolutions ignites the Whiting Proscenium stage with a blaze of fresh talent and two world premieres, December 8-11 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.  This...

Cost: $6-$16

Where:
Rarig Center's Whiting Proscenium
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a new cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas...

Cost: $25-$75

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church St SE
Carlson Family Stage
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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It’s that most wonderful time of the year when we “ooh” and “aah” over the twinkling lights and festive decorations that bring out the holiday cheer in all of us. Twin Cities Gay Men's...

Cost: $25 - $53

Where:
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Jeff Heine
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Following a sold-out debut run at the world famous Carlyle Hotel in New York City, and subsequent touring, beloved star of stage and screen, Tony Danza will make his Mystic Casino debut in his...

Cost: $39 & $49

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Royal Comedy Showcase Host: Patrick Bauer has oozed from the fringe elements of the Minneapolis comedy scene. With a clever, dark and edgy style of comedy Patrick has become one of the fastest...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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Visit the Inez Greenberg Gallery in December to find distinctive gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Gifts in the Gallery is a two-week boutique featuring a stunning array of items...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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God’s Ear (2007) marked the debut of Jenny Schwartz, now universally praised as one of the most original and exciting playwrights of her generation.  Directed by Lisa Channer, God’s Ear...

Cost: $6 for students, $16 for general public

Where:
Rarig Center’s Kilburn Theatre, U of M
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance
Telephone: (612) 624-2345.
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, an exhibit featuring the sculpture of Karen Brown and curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth. Brown’s...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Potpourri: Hopkins Adult Community Education Show December 8- January 8 Charles D. Redepenning Gallery Opening Reception: December 8, 6-8pm Presented by Hopkins Public Schools

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Rebirth: the Abandoned Landscape works by Laurence Johnson December 8 - January 8 Lobby Gallery, second floor Opening Reception: December 8, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University presents De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson, an exhibit of the eponymous artist’s religious work curated by...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6636
Contact Name: Ann Buchen
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Rearview Mirror works by Raelee Edgar December 8 - January 8 Lobby Gallery, first floor Opening reception: December 8, 6-8pm

Cost: Free

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Special Saturday Classroom Session for AAA’s Comprehensive Teen Driving Program meets for ten consecutive Saturday classes.   Class meets October 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,19, 26, December...

Cost: 429

Where:
AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters
5400 Auto Club Way
Minneapolis, MN  55416
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Sponsor: AAA Minneapolis
Telephone: (952) 927-2602
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The elves are bringing Santa Claus to town! Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast to remember. On December 10, bring your family and friends for a morning full of food and drinks, balloon...

Cost: Kids 2 & under: free, ages 3-12: $15, ages 13+: $20

Where:
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant
1113 Silve Lake Road
New Brighton, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble

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This year's holiday exhibition explores universal celebrations of light and the traditions of the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden), and partners with Jewish...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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We will use basic glass art techniques to create two original fused glass ornaments. Participants will learn the basics about glass art as well as how to safely cut and work with glass. From there,...

Cost: $45-55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Enjoy a new photography exhibit “Heyday: 35 years of Music in Minneapolis," a companion to the new book from Minnesota Historical Society Press featuring photography by Daniel Corrigan and text...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Mill City Museum
Telephone: 612-341-7582
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Stop by Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand this weekend to meet jewelry designer and former U.S. Olympic Luge team member Erica Molinari who will visit the shop for a trunk showing of her...

Cost: Free

Where:
Max's at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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Go on a wintery journey through the History Center following giant storybook pages from North Woods Girl, an MNHS Press book written by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee. Open...

Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment....

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space
141 East 4th St
St.Paul, MN  55101
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The outdoor ice rink at Southdale Center will open for its second season on Saturday, November 19, ushering in a festive season at the mall. Southdale Center will be among the first outdoor ice...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN  55435
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Are your kids excited about coding and all the amazing things it makes happen? Explore coding with The Works Museum as we showcase our Twin Cities coding community during Computer Science Education...

Cost: $8.50

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420
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Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During the guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood burning stove, listen to popular...

Cost: $11 adults, $9 seniors and college students, $7 ages 6-17, $3 discount MNHS memb

Where:
Alexander Ramsey House
265 S. Exchange St.
St. Paul, MN  55112
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Sponsor: Alexander Ramsey House
Telephone: 651-296-8760
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November17, 2016 Casket Arts Presents: Casket Arts Holiday Marketplace 681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55413 • casketarts.com The details: Saturday, December 10, 2016 –...

Cost: Free

Where:
Casket Arts First Floor
681 17th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  5413
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Telephone: 612-788-5551
Contact Name: Gina Gaetz
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FlyOver® America, one of the newest family attractions at Mall of America®, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season in Nickelodeon Universe®. From November 25, 2016...

Cost: Adult: $16.95 Child: $12.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Telephone: 952-853-6000
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display - a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired structure...

Cost: $5 for adults & seniors, free for children under 13 and Norway House members.

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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.   Images tracing the 175 years of parish history beginning with the early French Canadian settlers who helped build their first chapel, later becoming the first Cathedral all the way to present...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer - Minneapolis
6021 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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What features does a tea bowl need for use in a Japanese Tea Ceremony? Several styles of tea bowls will be shown and discussed. Participants are welcome to bring a tea bowl or two for input and...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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What features does a tea bowl need for use in a Japanese Tea Ceremony? Several styles of tea bowls will be shown and discussed. Participants are welcome to bring a tea bowl or two for input and...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Sponsor: Northern Clay Center
Telephone: 612.339.8007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Celebrate the darkness of winter with a Swedish festival of light! Lucia is a unique and wonderful way to experience the holiday season with family and friends featuring the youthful voices of the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Let’s get started! Learn how to brew with our knowledgeable staff in a small group environment. We’ll brew a batch of beer so you can visually see the process from beginning to end....

Cost: Free

Where:
Northern Brewer - St. Paul
1150 Grand Avenue, St Paul, MN
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-223-6114
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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Celebrating 100 years of Swedish Christmas publications, this exhibition on the lower level of the Turnblad Mansion features historic magazine covers from Julstämning, Husmoderns...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Bing & Grøndahl Christmas Plates 1895-present Featuring a new wintery design every year, these hand-painted porcelain Christmas plates are popular collectibles. The Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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The Aurora Borealis series of photographs is a new exhibition showcasing striking images of this phenomenon captured in all its splendor by Minnesota's own Jim Brandenburg, who worked for National...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Winter Scenes - Paintings by Alf Wallander and Others For many years, Swedish artist Alf Wallander’s monumental (89” x 66”) painting New Year’s Morninggraced the holiday displays in the...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Common between 1790-1850, these fascinating, figurative paintings from the Swedish province of Dalarna are characterized by intricate and imaginative flower motifs, many representing Biblical...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Enjoy a family day featuring speakers and artists from American Indian communities. Learn about the Dakota and Ojibwe languages and about Indigenous place names throughout the state. Discover...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-259-3015
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Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville is a working agricultural farm that celebrates our traditional connections to the land and mother nature.  From the pioneering trappers and hunters that traveled...

Cost: $7.50/person. $20/family of 4, Always FREE to military, past & present!

Where:
Fur-Ever Wild
10132 235th St W
Lakeville, MN  55044
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Telephone: 612- 467- WOLF(9653)
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Throughout the holiday season, experience the joys of gathering together at ASI! The Turnblad Mansion dressed in festive decor making any visit a special treat that can become a part of your...

Cost: $10

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for kids ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and under.

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Water Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
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The bustle and excitement of a Gilded Age Christmas is brought to life as the servants of the James J. Hill House prepare for the holidays. Costumed actors portray people who worked for the Hill...

Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17

Where:
James J. Hill House
240 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: James J. Hill Houes
Telephone: 651-297-2555
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The Twelve Dates of Christmas (A Special Holiday Event) A rowdy fun holiday treat! DECEMBER 3-17, 2016 What do you get when you mix Sex and the City with the holidays? You get a fun, flirty,...

Cost: $15-$18

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Box Office
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What: St. Paul European Christmas Market Where: Union Depot, Lowertown St. Paul (240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul MN 55101) When: December 1–4 and December 8–11 (Thurs, Fri: 4–9pm; Sat:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Union Depot
240 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: One Simple Plan
Telephone: 612-767-2403
Contact Name: Brittney Goodsen
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It may be cold outside, but it’s warm inside the Alliance Française, the French cultural center of the Twin Cities. Join us Saturday, Dec 10, for the annual winter celebration of Fête...

Cost: $8 AF members, $10 general public/door, free for children under 12

Where:
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
113 N. First St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
Telephone: 612-332-0436
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A premiere International exhibit, the first-ever, large-scale outdoor light installation at the Arboretum will illuminate the winter landscape after hours. Opening Nov. 12.

Cost: $17 on-line, special prices for groups, children

Where:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Telephone: 952-443-1400
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Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center Presents… A Holiday Dinner Theater! The Gifts of the Magi “Heart felt story showing the true meaning of Christmas” A tale of a husband and wife...

Cost: 34.95

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN  56353
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom
Telephone: (320) 369-4622
Contact Name: Bryony Stark
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 14, 2016 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its third quarter exhibition: 3rd Annual...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
SAINT PAUL, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway,...

Cost: $55

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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As we look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the holiday season.    This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with...

Cost: $33-$38

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-332-6620
Contact Name: Hillary
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A fresh rendition of  the beloved holiday classic, “A Minnesota Nutcracker” retains all the magic and traditions of the classic Nutcracker ballet, but with a Minnesota twist! “A Minnesota...

Cost: $18-$36

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota
Telephone: 952-452-3163
Contact Name: Rick Vogt
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Join us for "A Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by The Civic's Artistic Director, Greg Miller, Dec 2 - 18, 2016. A holiday classic for all. Gather for this beloved...

Cost: Adult $31; Senior $26; Student $21

Where:
Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN  55904
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Telephone: 507-282-8481
Contact Name: Box Office
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Butch Thompson at the Ives in Bloomington December 10, 7:00 pm For his "Home for Christmas" show, jazz pianist and Prairie Home Companion alum Butch Thompson aims to get his audience in the...

Cost: $15 to $20

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr.
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
Telephone: 952-948-6508
Contact Name: Diane Riggs
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The ex-FedsMoosepie, MN is a friendly resort town with an unusual problem; Reports of missing time and...missing persons. Could it be alien abduction, or is the culprit much closer to home? Former...

Cost: $65.66/ticket - Tax included

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Course
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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It’s bright, shiny and new now, but come December, U.S. Bank Stadium will be loaded with dirt. Feld Motor Sports® announced that Monster Jam®, the world’s premier Monster Jam truck series, is...

Cost: Seats starting at $15

Where:
U.S. Bank Stadium
401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN   55415
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Mystery Cafe presents: "Let's Kill the Boss!" Mystery Cafe is the Twin Cities' Original Comedy Who-Dunnit Dinner Theater. Since 1989, Mystery Cafe has delighted hundreds of companies and thousands...

Cost: $67.75 tax included

Where:
Park Plaza Hotel
4460 West 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN  55435
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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UDT: Dance Revolutions ignites the Whiting Proscenium stage with a blaze of fresh talent and two world premieres, December 8-11 at the University of Minnesota’s Rarig Center.  This...

Cost: $6-$16

Where:
Rarig Center's Whiting Proscenium
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
Telephone: 612-625-5380
Contact Name: Dennis Behl
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Regional Premiere of The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.  Set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and...

Cost: $34-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
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By Barbara Robinson. Directed by Kari Steinbach December 6-10, 2016 at 7:30p.m. December 10, 2016 at 2:30p.m. Back by popular demand! In the hilarious Christmas classic The Best Christmas Pageant...

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55113
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Naked Stages is a series of raw, real, and completely original performances by three exciting new voices: Shante’ Sojourn Zenith, Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (YSY) and Nadia Honary.  The culmination...

Cost: Pick-Your-Price (Reg. $16)

Where:
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Sponsor: Pillsbury House Theatre
Telephone: 612-825-0459
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The Happy Elf Get two scoops of Christmas in Harry Connick, Jr.’s holiday musical treat. DECEMBER 1-18, 2016 Directed by Paul Reyburn Grammy Award-winning composer and lyricist Harry Connick...

Cost: $20-$25

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Sponsor: Lakeshore Players Theatre
Telephone: 651-429-5674
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Back by popular demand! This soulful play takes you back to early 1900s New York City— a creative melding of different cultures that created our distinctive “American Songbook.” George...

Cost: $60 - 21

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
Contact Name: Park Square Theatre
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Our creative new take on the holiday classic gives that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge one final chance to open his heart. Full of...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co.
208 Parkway Ave. N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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She Loves Me - rights acquired from Music Theatre International Book by Joe Masteroff | Music by Jerry Bock | Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo Guest Director Michael...

Cost: $8-$21

Where:
Marshall Performing Arts Center
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN  55812
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Sponsor: UMD School of Fine Arts
Telephone: 218-726-8564
Contact Name: Sherise Morgan
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A World Premiere by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 23 “Minnesnowta Christmas send-up master, Jessica Lind Peterson, debuts her story of two sisters who...

Cost: $20-$27

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a new cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas...

Cost: $25-$75

Where:
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church St SE
Carlson Family Stage
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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It’s the irresistible story of a comedy trio going for their big break, only to have their hopes dashed over and over on the rocks of one magnificently funny failure after another. Singer/pianist...

Cost: $20 - $38

Where:
New Century Theatre
615 Hennepin Ave, Suite 145
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-455-9501
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crow with no mouth promotions presents, in his Minnesota debut, the brilliant pianist Reinier van Houdt, performing a Michael Pisaro composition, Green Hour, Grey Future, for piano, sine tones and...

Cost: $12

Where:
Studio Z
275 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Studio Z
Telephone: 651-755-1600
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Royal Comedy Showcase Host: Patrick Bauer has oozed from the fringe elements of the Minneapolis comedy scene. With a clever, dark and edgy style of comedy Patrick has become one of the fastest...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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It’s that most wonderful time of the year when we “ooh” and “aah” over the twinkling lights and festive decorations that bring out the holiday cheer in all of us. Twin Cities Gay Men's...

Cost: $25 - $53

Where:
Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 Fourth Street South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
Telephone: 612-624-2345
Contact Name: Jeff Heine
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Saturday Set Asleep at the Wheel Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 7:00pm 7:00pm Social Hour | 8:00pm Concert Asleep at the WheelMERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y’ALL! The Wheel is releasing their third...

Cost: Tickets $39

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Hopkins Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-548-6487
Contact Name: Lynn Anderson
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Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured...

Cost: $10

Where:
7th Street Entry
701 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN
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In the Atrium Gallery... The Artistry Instructor-Student Art Exhibition showcases the wonderful work being taught and created in the Artistry studios throughout the year. This annual exhibition is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou...

Cost: $40

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Penumbra Theatre
Telephone: 651-224-3180
Contact Name: Amy Thomas
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Visit the Inez Greenberg Gallery in December to find distinctive gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Gifts in the Gallery is a two-week boutique featuring a stunning array of items...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Telephone: 952-563-8575
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