Gut Feeling: How Do Bacteria Cause Food Allergies and Intolerances?


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For many of us, our relationship to diet and nutrition is a daily struggle—whether it be stubborn weight gain, food intolerance and allergies, or serious maladies such as celiac disease. For decades, the trend has seen a more pervasive spread of these conditions, and a frustrating inability for medical science to offer concrete solutions.

Recently, though, and with almost daily regularity, cutting-edge researchers in Minnesota and across the world are gaining an understanding that might deliver help for millions, as well as revolutionizing how we think of our diets. The key is what lives in our gut—the microscopic bacteria that dwell inside us, and the nearly limitless ways that they affect us.

These critters are a lot more than stowaways. It’s actually no exaggeration to say that we’re more bacteria than human: Our bodies house up to 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. We co-evolved with these microorganisms in a symbiotic relationship, and we’re learning that they enable many of our bodies’ critical functions, from digestion to immunity to mood regulation.

What we’re learning about the microbiome—the 10 to 100 trillion microbial cells harbored in each of us (such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which we receive from our mothers’ vaginal canals at birth, and which recent studies suggest plays an important role in brain chemistry) has far-reaching implications. It’s changing the way we think about the long-term consequences of antibiotics, the standard Western diet, and our hyper-sanitized lifestyle. It’s leading to innovations that could be as potentially game-changing as Penicillin.

We’re on the verge of a new understanding of the intersection between diets, environments, medicine, and wellness—and it’s all based on what lives deepest inside us.

 

Your body's gut reaction

The microbiome is best understood as each individual’s unique population of a very wide range of living microbes. They’re highly dynamic—our bodies’ first responders to changes in our internal and external environments.

“Your first reaction to your environment is [literally] a gut reaction,” says Dr. Nicholas Chia, associate director of the Mayo Clinic’s Microbiome Program. The vagus nerve connects the brain and the gut, where trillions of microbes manufacture a huge variety of metabolites, including neurotransmitters such as serotonin (linked to mood and mental well-being). “The microbes in the gut have a direct chemical effect [on the brain].” 

It turns out diversity in the microbiome is key on numerous levels. In a study of mice, specially bred germ-free rodents were compared to ones with normal intestinal microbes. “The germ-free mice grew up with less weight, highly anxious, showing a stress response like crazy,” Chia says. The germ-free mice were then given a diverse microbiome via a fecal sample from a normal mouse, and their anxiety levels and stress response became normal.

In a study Chia conducted, one group of mice was fed a typical Western diet (high in fat and sugar), and another group a non-Western diet. The mice on the Western diet showed increased anxiety and decreased cognition (“They couldn’t solve problems; they weren’t as smart,” Chia says) compared to the group eating the non-Western diet. Interestingly, both groups showed improvement with the addition of exercise. “Exercise and dietary intervention have a clear effect on the microbiome,” says Chia, and thereby on mental health.

The main problem with the Western diet isn’t necessarily the presence of fat or sugar, but the absence of variety—particularly a variety of plant fibers. In any ecosystem, diversity is associated with health, and the same holds true on the microbial level. “Across all the studies that have been done on the microbiome, one link that stands out is that diversity is good,” says Chia. “And the way to maintain diversity is to give your microbes a variety of food sources to chew on.”

 

Messy roommates build the immune system

Watch any TV commercial for mouthwash, toilet bowl cleaner, or Lysol wipes, and one thing is clear: Germs are the enemy. Mean-looking green monsters with furrowed brows and evil smirks, they lurk everywhere.

We’re used to thinking about bacteria causing disease and infection, and we’ve created a vast array of products to combat the sneaky villains: bleaches, wipes, scrubs, soaps, pills, drops, and shots. Many of these innovations have been life-improving, life-extending, and life-saving. But we’re only starting to understand how bacteria contribute to wellness—how critical they actually are to the human organism—and to consider whether our slash-and-burn approach might come with a cost.

Cleaner might not be better. The decreasing diversity of the human microbiome may be contributing to a rise in auto-immune disorders, allergies, asthma, and even gluten sensitivity. “Microbes are the first thing to train the immune system,” Chia says. “They teach it what to attack and what to let pass. As our microbes become less diverse, our immune systems are trained to think that less and less is OK.” 

This could be one cause of increasing food allergies and sensitivity to gluten. “It may be that without the right microbes there to teach the immune system to accept gluten, the immune system kicks it out as an allergen,” says Chia.

The microbiome’s role in training the immune system means that aggressive use of antibiotics may have unintended long-term consequences. “When we give antibiotics to kids, it’s like doing a slash-and-burn on the rainforest in their guts,” says Dr. Dan Knights, a professor of computer science and engineering who works at the U of M’s BioTechnology Institute. “There’s a small window when the immune system is developing, and three or four rounds of antibiotics during that time, when the body is supposed to be exposed to diverse microbes, can cause a problem.”

If the immune system gets exposed to friendly, beneficial bugs while in recovery from antibiotics, it might decide that those bugs are enemies and try to fight them off for life. “Then you may end up with chronic inflammation because your immune system didn’t get trained properly at an early age,” says Knights.

Chia compares a healthy relationship between the microbiome and the immune system to living with a messy roommate: “If you get upset about everything, you’re going to go nuts, so you learn to ignore it. If you have a very neat roommate, when you see a little dust, it drives you crazy. You put on gloves and a mask and scrub the hell out of it. That’s what your allergy reaction is doing.” That is, if it hasn’t been trained to relax by the “messy roommate” of a diverse microbiome.

“The immune system is like any learning system,” says Chia. “If you grow up in an environment with a variety of experiences, you can accept different customs and habits. If everything is only done one certain way, you’re going to have trouble adapting. That’s what is happening with food allergies—the immune system is having trouble adapting.”

 

Gut health and weight gain

Immune disorders and food allergies aren’t the only things increasing as our microbial diversity decreases. Our collective BMIs have also been on the rise for decades. A recent study found that Americans today are about 10 percent heavier than Americans in the 1980s following the exact same diet and even more rigorous exercise plans. There’s more at play than balancing calories in and calories out.

We’re not necessarily more gluttonous than previous generations, but we are fatter—over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and 35% of American adults are obese. The study’s authors cite a number of possible contributing factors, including the changing American microbiome.

Certain gut bacteria have been found to make a person more prone to obesity. Experiments with mice implanted with the gut bacteria from an obese person showed that those mice go on to become obese themselves—even when following the same diet as lean mice. 

“More and more we’re seeing that [weight] is not just about effort and willpower,” says Chia. “In some cases, we may need to allow effort and willpower to have an effect by restoring the microbiome to a state in which it will respond to them.”

One of the research projects Dr. Knights is working on at the U of M is the Immigrant Microbiome Project, which aims to determine how gut microbes may contribute to high rates of obesity and diabetes in immigrants after they arrive in the US. “The hypothesis is that they’re losing their native microbiome and acquiring an American one,” he says.

Chia points out that, increasingly, people don’t even need to come to the U.S. to be at greater risk for heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. “It’s long been true that people coming to the U.S. from Asia and Africa see an increase in obesity, colorectal cancer, and heart disease,” says Chia. “Now as diets are changing there, they don’t have to come here to get those diseases anymore; they can stay put. That tells us something about the role of the microbiome in these diseases.”

Gut microbes affect weight in a number of ways: regulating hormones that dictate appetite, determining how much energy is extracted from food, and setting our metabolic rate. All of which means that we may need to think about diet and nutrition a little more carefully. 

“Processed and non-processed food can look the same on a nutritional label, but that’s not how the microbiome sees it,” Chia says. “Different microbes are involved in breaking down complex carbohydrates and various fibers. Our view on nutrition will have to not just focus on raw calorie count.”  

Once again, diversity of intestinal microflora seems to be a major key. In The Microbiome Solution, Dr. Robynne Chutkan writes that scientists can distinguish between leanness and obesity with 90 percent accuracy by looking at ratios of certain strains of gut bacteria, and their overall diversity. This helps explain why two people following the same diet may have drastically different outcomes. 

“Instead of counting calories when we’re trying to slim down,” Chutkan writes, “we should be looking at how to shape our microbiome.”

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Nurturing the world within

So how we do we go about encouraging and nurturing a diverse microbiome?

“I get this question all the time,” Knights says. “The sad thing is, I have to tell people we don’t really know. We don’t yet have good, reliable ways to get people their bugs back after they’ve lost them. That’s an area of active research in our lab.”

Many rely on over-the-counter probiotics to augment and balance their gut bacteria, but these products’ effectiveness is questionable. “We went to CVS and asked for all the probiotics they had on the shelf,” says Chia. “We then sent them to the lab to get sequenced, and very few had much material in them. They can’t possibly endanger you, but that’s because they can’t possibly do anything at all.”

While science on the microbiome is advancing by the month, for now the most effective way to repopulate a diminished microbiome is with fecal transplants, a procedure in which healthy, diverse gut bugs are taken from a healthy donor’s fecal sample and transplanted into a sick person’s intestinal tract via an enema. For people battling resistant C. difficile infections, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, the distastefulness of these transplants pales in comparison to their life-saving potential.

But Knights sees an enormous need for more research into diverse probiotics—ways to package and deliver standard, core, human gut bugs for everyday use to people who need them, which is probably most of us. “We need something between fecal transplants and the pills you get at Whole Foods, which may not be the bugs you need,” he says.

In the meantime, growing awareness of the importance of the microbiome will hopefully lead to a more protective attitude toward the bugs we do still have. Knights is heartened by advances in diagnostic testing that might help doctors be more selective in their prescription of antibiotics, and by the development of more targeted antibiotics that would minimize disruption to friendly bacteria. 

And it’s not as though we can do nothing with the knowledge we have. We should be forearmed against excessive use of antibacterials. Regular exercise stimulates the microbiome (including walking), and Chia stresses the proven importance of eating a wide variety of real, whole, unprocessed foods. 

“To some extent, if you build it, they will come,” Chia says. “If you feed them [with a varied diet of nonprocessed vegetables, meats, fruits, grains, and fermented foods], a variety of bacteria will come.”  

           

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Telephone: (763) 706-3690
Contact Name: Cortni O’Brien
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By Langston Hughes Directed by Lou Bellamy Musical direction by Sanford Moore with the Kingdom Life Church Choir Choreography by Uri Sands NOVEMBER 29 through DECEMBER 23, 2018 This timeless...

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

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

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

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

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

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

Cost: Free!

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

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

Cost: FREE

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: $32-$42

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

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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

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

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Join us Attend a Free Event to learn more about U.S. Bank and the home buying process! - Learn about our innovative mortgage and banking products - Understand some of the important factors to...

Cost: 0

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

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Town Hall Brewery will host its annual holiday Festivus gathering, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday, December 18. Enjoy complimentary mulled wine and spiked hot cider around our outdoor bonfire and the...

Cost: 0

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

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

Cost: $37–$47

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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Join Steven C for his joyous 4th annual Christmas concert at the Cathedral of Saint Paul! St. Paul-based multi-platinum pianist and composer Steven C will fill the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul...

Cost: FREE; $10 suggested donation

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

Cost: $34.99

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
Website »

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Why celebrate your success? Burnout can halt your success just as fast as a bad marketing, sales, or any other element of your business plan. You need to be serious about filling your cup - and...

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

Where:
Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 W 7th St
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
Minnetonka OffiCenter
12800 Whitewater Drive
Suite 100
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Root Down, an exhibit of new work by Amy Rice. Rice is a Minneapolis mixed media artist who...

Cost: Free

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

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

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Glensheen is once again collaborating with our University of Minnesota friends at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center to make wreaths!  All the materials are...

Cost: $20

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30pm & Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2pm and 7:30pm The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday...

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

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
View map »


Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $20-$39

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

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

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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


Website »

More information

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

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

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

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

More information

The Experts in Mystery Entertainment are now performing live public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Minneapolis and surrounding areas throughout Minnesota. Join us for a...

Cost: $60-$79

Where:
Old Spaghetti Factory
233 Park Ave #100
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: The Murder Mystery Company
Telephone: (888) 643-2583
Contact Name: Alexis Marsh
Website »

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

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

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo
, MN  55369
View map »


Sponsor: http://yellowtreetheatre.com/miracle-on-christmas-lake-1/

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: $20 - $60

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

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

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Open mic night hosted by The Nighthowlers at Can Can Wonderland every third Thursday of the month!! All entertainers welcomed and encouraged! Show starts at 9pm. Sign up starts at 8pm. $2 artist...

Cost: 2

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
Sutie 004
St. Paul, MN  55104
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More information

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

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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

Cost: $34.99

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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free!

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


Telephone: 612-436-0464
Website »

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


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

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Parkway Theater
4814 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55417
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Mark the moment when the earth’s tilt causes the shortest day and longest night of the year. The American Swedish Institute celebrates the Winter Solstice with fun, festivity and performance...

Cost: Included in museum admission.

Where:
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407
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Telephone: 612-871-4907
Contact Name: Emily
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To celebrate light during the darkest time of the year, the Science Museum of Minnesota will inspire family and friends of all ages with the second installment of Illumination: Light Up The Night,...

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

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
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  Shot Put Santa Takes Over St. Paul on 12/21 Family holiday event offers unique experience, charitable twist   ST. PAUL, MN — Looking for an active spin on family fun this holiday season?...

Cost: FREE

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

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

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

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

Cost: $12 - $18

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

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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The 10th Annual Dave Cofell Christmas Show! An evening to celebrate the season with his combination of traditional songs, stories and poems, modern adaptations, a selection of originals, jokes, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Local Blend
19 W Minnesota Street
Saint Joseph, MN  56374
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Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe influenced rock musicians from Elvis to Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. The story begins in a funeral parlor in...

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Fergus Falls, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Fergus Falls Center for the Arts on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Fergus Falls Center for the Arts
124 W. Lincoln Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN  56537
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 North Kent Street
St Paul, MN  55102
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

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

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

Where:
Chaska Community Center Theater
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN  55318
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Sponsor: DHM Productions, Inc.
Telephone: 952-207-3953
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Friday, December 21st at 8pm Artists Lounge Live presents An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas starring Evan Tyrone Martin on Friday, December 21st at the Ames Center. Chicago sensation Evan...

Cost: $60

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

Cost: $20-$39

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

Cost: $34.99

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Maplewood Mall
3001 White Bear Avenue North
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Upper Midwest Sports Collectors Club
Telephone: 715-356-3123
Contact Name: Michael Hawke
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Mill City Museum
704 2nd St. S.
Ste. 510
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Mill City Farmers Market
Telephone: 612-341-7580
Contact Name: Jenny Heck
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Known for her extraordinary hand-crafted felted wool sculptures, Elsa Jo Ellison is among 100 artists whose handcrafted work will be sold at this year’s Holiday Gallery Shop. For more than 20...

Cost: Free!

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

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

Where:
FlyOver America
5120 Center Court
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN  55425
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, will be on display this holiday season at Norway House. Help us celebrate by creating a special piece to display – a...

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

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Get crafty with the designer of mini golf hole #15, Gramma's Living Room, Sarah Stone! Come sift through Sarah's curious collection of vintage photos, retro ads, old books and recycled record...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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THE COOL SLOPES OF AFTON ALPS ARE A HOLIDAY HOTSPOT! Make lasting memories of winter fun at Afton Alps Ski with Santa and New Year’s Eve celebrations WHAT: Families on the hunt for holiday...

Cost: 0

Where:
Afton Alps
, MN

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Telephone: 952.895.4685
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A holiday favorite as you’ve never seen—or heard!—it before. The timeless tale of George Bailey is given a clever twist when we stage it as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. Five actors give...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Join in on the fun and learn to dance or dance styles new to you. Miranda Shaughnessy will teach 15 minute dance classes that provide an introduction into numerous dance styles!Stop in anytime on...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Medora’s hit Christmas show is coming to Bloomington! A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the MN Masonic Heritage Center on Saturday, December 22 with two...

Cost: $30

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

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

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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Incorporating elements of cabaret, various genres of music, and encouraging audience participation, Sun and Moon performances are like nothing else. Performers/songwriters Jesse Goin and Sarah Joy...

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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

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

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave. N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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It’s December 23rd, 1978.Albee Humphrey used to be household name, but these days his star is fading. He’s got one last shot at his big comeback – with a network televised Christmas special....

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN  55304
View map »


Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
Website »

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

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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

Cost: 66.50

Where:
Sheraton West
12201 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN  55305
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Sponsor: The Mystery Cafe
Telephone: 763-566-2583
Contact Name: Brian Kelly
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All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
View map »

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

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

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
Website »

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

Cost: $15-$35

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol is back for it's 11th year, this year playing at the Chaska Community Center Theater in Chaska, MN, from November 30 thru December 30.  The award-winning musical...

Cost: $21 - $25

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

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

Cost: $30

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

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

Cost: $20 - $60

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


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $2 Entry Fee

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


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

More information

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

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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