The Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Competition

Teaching a stone to fly


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Pro stone skipper Max "Top Gun" Steiner practicing at Mackinac Island.
Pro stone skipper Max "Top Gun" Steiner practices at Mackinac Island

photo by ryan seitz. courtesy of the documentary skipping stones for fudge


Late one afternoon last summer, our family arrived at a campsite on the western shore of Lake Michigan. We had been driving all day, across Wisconsin on our way further east. The four of us—my wife and two daughters, ages 7 and 10—set up our tent, made dinner, then went down to the water. Two-foot waves were rolling across the lake, a taste of what lay ahead: We were going to the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Competition—the oldest, most prestigious rock-skipping tournament in the United States, if not the world. Every Fourth of July, elite skippers (many former and current world-record holders) take turns throwing their stones into the waters where lakes Huron and Michigan meet, also known for having rolling, two-foot waves crashing on the beach.

I looked down, saw a decent skipping stone, and picked it up. My daughters were watching. The older one spoke up.

“Are you prepared for the fact that you probably won’t win?” she asked.

I threw the stone.

“Four,” she said. “But it caught a wave.”

My shoulders sagged.

“Don’t doubt yourself, Daddy!”

Her younger sister looked at her. “But you doubted him,” she said.

“That’s different.”

Prepared or not, I knew I had a knack for skipping. Some years earlier, I’d been driving through the mountains when I stopped at a roadside lake. The water was smooth as glass. I bent down, picked up a wide, flat stone, and sent it skimming across the water. It went on for what felt like forever, until it finally hit the rocky shore on the other side.

Behind me, a young boy spoke up.

“Wow,” he said. “You must be the world-champion rock skipper.”

I wasn’t. At least not yet. But I’d been skipping stones my whole life, ever since I was around my daughters’ ages, always getting better and better. There was almost nothing I loved better than the feeling of knowing—even before it hit the water—that you had a perfect throw, one that defies nature by making a stone both fly and float.

Mackinac, I had learned, was the place where such things were decided. These were my people—the ones who could spend hours on a beach looking for just the right stone, who would fill bags and boxes with skippers from secret locations, who would throw until their arm gave way, lost in the simple sorcery of stone skipping.

Pro stone skipper Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner skipping stones across a river.
Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner practices skipping stones

photo by diane soisson


To reach the upper echelons of the skipping world was not easy. Mackinac was divided into two heats. First there was the “Open” division, in which every fudge-eating tourist on the island was welcome. Usually there were a few hundred people who entered. Only by winning the Open can you move up into the “Professional” division, which features heavy hitters such as Russ “Rockbottom” Byars, whose Guinness World Record held for years at 51 skips; Max “Top Gun” Steiner, who took the title from Byars with 65; and Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner (no relation to Max) who currently holds the title with 88.

But now that I stood on the edge of the big lake watching the waves roll in, I wondered how anyone could skip a rock more than a few times on water like this.

The next day, we packed up and drove north, through the melancholy streets of Escanaba, near the southwest corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, then north into the woods whose narrow highways were lined with old motels, “available” Adopt-a-Highway sections, and the occasional teepee-shaped trinket shop. We stopped at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and walked down to the beach only to find it packed full of weekend sightseers, outfitted with hydration packs and selfie sticks.

The beach, however, was a goldmine of beautiful stones perfect for skipping: flat and smooth and almost perfectly weighted. For half an hour, I practiced in the waves. It was tricky, but it could be done. Some sank straight into the crest. Others went surprisingly far, riding up the front and down the back of the swells of Lake Superior.

“Thirteen,” my daughter said. “Not too bad.”

That night we camped at a rustic site on a lake in the forest. The next morning we packed up and drove the rest of the way to the small town of St. Ignace at the eastern end of the UP. There we found our campsite, set up the tent, and settled in. I dumped out my box of skippers to try to pick out my winners.

When I spread them on a tarp, it immediately became clear that there were not as many as I had hoped. I had around a hundred stones of varying quality: some rough sandstone from the Mississippi; others dense basalt from Lake Superior; a few random, jagged stones from nameless dirt roads.

Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner sorting his skipping stones.
Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner sorting his skipping stones

photo by ryan seitz. Courtesy of the documentary skipping stones for fudge


Some, I could see, were too light, and would probably fly up off the water. Others were too smooth and symmetrical, and would “stick” to the surface instead of popping up off it. A few were too “edgy” and would risk either snagging and sinking, or have the tendency to tilt and hook to the left or right, instead of running straight out into the water. What you want, according to reigning champ Kurt Steiner, is a stone that is not perfectly round but that has points, or lobes, that act as spokes. As the stone spins, these points will push the stone up off the water, keeping it airborne and preventing it from sticking.

“If you spin it fast enough, the stone will essentially walk on those spokes,” Steiner told me, when I had called him for skipping advice. “A really good skip tends to walk like that.”

Tomorrow, I would have six throws, and I found my six best stones. Three were nearly perfect. Three were flawed, either too light, or poorly weighted. But they all had good, flat bottoms. I would have to make the best of them.

That night on mackinac, some of the pros were gathering for dinner and a screening of a new documentary about the scene, called Skips Stones For Fudge, which I wanted to see. So I went down to the harbor and took a ferry over.

Mackinac Island is a strange place. It has been a tourist trap for well over a century, but it is also a state park, and a kind of living history center. Motorized vehicles are banned, so all transport—including hauling garbage—must be done by horse. The main street is lined with fudge shops, and on hot summer days the mingling smells of chocolate and horse manure are the first things you notice when you get off the boat.

The street was so packed with people I could barely walk down it. But I finally made it to the Yacht Club, an old house that looked out over the harbor. Inside, I found John “The Sheriff” Kolar, who helps organize the tournament (and who held the world record in a three-way tie from 1977 to 1984) and he introduced me to other skippers, including Max Steiner, Glen “Hard Luck” Loy (another 1977-1984 title holder), and Mike “Airtight Alibi” Williamson, 2014 winner (who recently went rogue and skipped stones across the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool).

The room, in other words, was filled with rock-skipping royalty. But you wouldn’t have known it if you just wandered in. Elite stone skippers are more like athletes in the vein of Olympic bowlers. By day they are electrical engineers, computer technicians, rental car franchise managers. But here on Mackinac, they have climbed to the very height of this sport. Here, once a year, they are the best in the world.

Before dinner, I sat down next to Williamson. He’s a former DOT worker who reminded me of an uncle you don’t know very well at a family reunion. He is aging, balding, and not in particularly good shape. Two years ago he tore one of his biceps at the competition. But he keeps coming back, and it was clear why.

“Whenever I throw stones out on the water,” he told me, “it’s like throwing a shooting star.”

After dinner, and the film (which hinges on the rivalry between Russ Byars and Kurt Steiner and is full of gorgeous, long throws on still water…stone skipping porn), I caught the last ferry to the mainland. That night, I lay in our tent and dreamed of rocks gliding, of weightlessness, and of stones sinking into the waves.

The next morning, the sky was clear. Waking up, I couldn’t hear any waves, but I could see the sun peeking across the lake. I gathered my stones, and the four of us drove down to the harbor to catch the early ferry. As we sailed across the water, I fumbled with my rocks, wondering how they would do. The water seemed calm. My stomach less so.

Near the island, I could see American flags everywhere, in honor of Independence Day. As we disembarked, the air was still cool and there was little manure in the streets. The island had a celebratory, historic feel. It evoked a mix of hope and nostalgia I hadn’t felt for a long time.

Windermere Pointe Beach at the Iroquois Hotel, site of the Mackinac Island stone skipping competition.
Windermere Pointe Beach at the Iroquois Hotel, site of the Mackinac island stone skipping competition

photo by christi dupre


We walked to the rocky beach where the competition would be held and each of us threw a few practice stones. The water was calm when no ferries came by, but it was a mess of chop when they did.

We lingered on the beach until the registration opened. We needed to fill out a form with our name and our nickname, which I had forgotten about. I panicked and scribbled “Flatbottom.” My oldest daughter looked at my sheet.

“What kind of nickname is that?” she asked.

“You know, the flat bottom of the skipping stone,” I said.

“So if I have a triangle stone, with a flat bottom, that would be a good skipper?"

“No,” I said.

She shrugged.

Max Steiner throwing a stone at the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Max Steiner

photo by ryan seitz


Soon the pros started to arrive. Max Steiner (65 skips) gave our girls lessons while I tried to eavesdrop. I heard someone say, “Russ is here,” and I looked over to see Byars (51 skips), the six-time Mackinac champ who still held the highest score ever recorded here: 33 skips. He brought two large bags full of stones from the south shore of Lake Erie for anyone who needed them. I introduced myself. “What do you think your chances are today?” I asked.

Byars took a drag on his cigarette. “Good as anyone,” he said. “I’ve seen really good skippers throw straight to the bottom every time. You never know.”

A loudspeaker crackled. “Let he who is without Frisbee cast the first stone!”

The judges gathered their clipboards and spread out along the water’s edge. The open competition had begun. Slowly, a few brave souls wandered down, handed over their score sheets, and began skipping while the judges counted as best they could (video replays were banned in the 1970s) and wrote down their scores. Some were clearly tourists who had happened upon the tournament. Others were like me—those who had been quietly honing their craft on unknown lakes and rivers. They had driven hundreds of miles in hopes of making it to the elite level.

As we watched other amateurs skip, I was nervous. I looked at the water. We were supposed to skip as a family and I wanted to time our turn between the ferries. In a lull, my oldest daughter looked at me. There were no boats in sight. I nodded. She walked down to the nearest judge, gave him her sheet and started skipping her stones. She threw a couple threes and fours, and finally an eight. Our youngest wanted to do the “Gerplunking” contest across the beach, where kids tried to make the loudest splash, so my wife went next, also throwing some low single digits, but ending up with a solid 12.

The judge looked at me. “You going too?”

I looked at the water. There was a boat far off toward the mainland. A few others sat in the docks on the island. There was no telling how long they would stay there. I handed over my sheet, and took out my first stone.

Just then, a ferry started to back away from the island. If I went fast, I could still have good water. More ferries appeared on the horizon. Maybe I could thread the needle.

As I got ready to throw, some wide waves began to roll in. I drew my first stone back and let it fly. It went out strong and straight, then plunged into the side of a wave.

“Four,” the judge said, writing it down.

Sweat ran down my back. I waited for the water to settle, drew back the second stone and threw. It had good spin, and was not sticking or hooking. It went fast and hard. On calm water it would have gone forever. At Mackinac, it slowed in the waves and then sank gently.

“Nineteen.”

I knew I could do better. The next stone I tried to shoot through a trench between two big rollers. But it jumped the edge and got caught in the wave behind.

“Twelve.”

“The last stone. It was my best one, a perfect oval just the right weight. I relaxed my, drew it back, and sent it sailing,”

Someone down the beach yelled, “The Canadian just hit the ferry!”

Was that Drew “The Canadian” Quayle, who had made an appearance in the documentary? Distracted, I tried to focus. My stones were getting worse. Fourth one: went out like a bullet, clipped the top of a wave, and shot straight up into the sky.

“Seven.”

I grabbed the fifth stone tight. I threw it as hard as I could. Too hard.

“Eight.”

The last stone. It was my best one, a perfect oval just the right weight. I needed to get up over 20. I cleared my mind. I relaxed my arm, drew it back, and sent it sailing. As soon as it left my fingers,
I knew it was a good throw. It ran straight out across the water before finally getting caught in the waves.

“Eighteen,” was the call.

The four of us walked back up the beach. My daughter took my sheet and analyzed my scores.

“Pretty good, Daddy!” she said.

A little while later, they announced a three-way tie for first place with 22 skips each. I had tied for second with a guy from Ohio. This year, at least, I would not be moving into the pros.

The amateurs’ tie was broken with a sudden-death skip off, which “The Canadian” (yes, it was Drew Quayle) won. After that, the real show began, with a competition featuring four former Guinness World Record holders, six past Mackinac winners, and a few young newcomers.

“We got a lot of 60-year-old arms out there,” one of the judges next to me muttered. “It’s good to have some new blood.”

The beach filled with spectators and amateurs. We found seats where we could see. One by one the masters walked down to the water and spun their stones out across its surface as a three-judge panel counted, conferred, and scored. The crowd cheered at the good throws and groaned at the bad ones. The old arms warmed up and the numbers climbed from 19 to 22 to 25 and finally to a beautiful, long, left-handed 27 by Dave “Lefty” Kolar, that no one was able to top. (A few of the pros, I noted, didn’t break 19.)

When the last stone was thrown, the announcer closed the games. Skippers and fans wandered back to the island’s streets. As the beach emptied, I felt a sudden wistfulness, and realized I didn’t want the day to end.

There would be other years, other lakes. Still, we lingered on the empty beach, feeling the sun, listening to the waves, and scanning the ground for the next stone waiting for its turn to fly.


Digital Extra: Watch the trailer for the only documentary on professional stone skippers, Skips Stones for Fudge

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

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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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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From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last of the hotdish is served, the coffee pot is emptied, and...

Cost: $32-$42

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

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

Cost: Varies

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

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Online birds of prey December 4th 1. How to identify hawks 2. how to identify owls 3. Birds of prey that are unique and awesome 4. how to identify birds of prey by their basic description and...

Cost: $43.00 per adult, $10.00 per child and $60.00 for family or a group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Reception at 6pm; Program at 7pm An essential part of enacting justice is the acknowledgment of historic abuses. The power of bearing witness to trauma, to omitted histories, and to personal...

Cost: $20

Where:
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Conversation Circles are a volunteer program which promotes intercultural exchange and provides people learning English with opportunities to practice English in an informal, casual setting. In...

Cost: Free

Where:
Columbia Heights Public Library
3939 Central Ave. NE
Room 132
Columbia Heights, MN  55421
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Sponsor: Columbia Heights Public Library
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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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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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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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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
View map »


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

More information

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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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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
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Website »

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Join us for a special evening designed to reduce food waste. TASTE THE WASTE will feature Chef Zach Marquardt from Tiny Diner, Shannel Winkel from The Bird Rocks, Lachelle Cunningham, and St....

Cost: $35

Where:
Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: Red Stag Supperclub
Contact Name: Kia PeKarna
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Online birds of prey December 4th 1. How to identify hawks 2. how to identify owls 3. Birds of prey that are unique and awesome 4. how to identify birds of prey by their basic description and...

Cost: $43.00 per adult, $10.00 per child and $60.00 for family or a group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person class
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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
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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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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

More information

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

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

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

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

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-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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


Website »

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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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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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Commune Wednesdays at Turf Club Join us for a night of celebrating local music on December 12 [Minneapolis/St.Paul, Dec 2018]​​ - Commune is a movement of artists, designers, musicians,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Turf Club
1601 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Commune
Telephone: 407-432-1239
Contact Name: Sarah Schwartz
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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

Nothing rings in the Holidays quite like the timeless tones of Streisand.  Join us on Wed. Dec 12 and Thurs. Dec 13 for for an intimate celebration of memorable holiday classics, Christmas...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Nicollet Island Inn
Telephone: 612-465-0637
Contact Name: Sarah Kudlek
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
View map »


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

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

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

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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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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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »

More information

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

Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

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


Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
Website »

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Time: December 13, 2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am Level: IntermediateTrack: Global DiversityPresenter: Florence Chan, Community Business Cost: Free According to the Pew Research Center, the U.S. Asian...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
Minneapolis, MN  55403


Sponsor: AON
Telephone: 651-962-4377
Contact Name: Austin Crossman
Website »

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The inaugural showcasing of the Infidelic Art Collective! This will be the first public show for almost every member and we will be showing everything from canvas, to jewelry. Live performances by...

Cost: 0

Where:
400 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55313
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Sponsor: INFAC
Telephone: 612-210-9522
Contact Name: Sam Quiring
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
View map »


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

More information

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

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

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

More information

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

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

WHAT:                                 2018 Annual Minnesota Keystone Awards Luncheon WHO:                                  ...

Cost: . Admission is $75 per person. Sponsored tables of 10 are available for $1,000.

Where:
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Minneapolis Regional Chamber
Telephone: 612-370-9116
Contact Name: Christine Levens
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
View map »


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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


Website »

More information

Join us for our happy hour with a purpose! Engage with change-makers around our state who are inspiring us this holiday season. Come meet food justice advocates, environmental eateries,...

Cost: 0

Where:
TPT - Street Space
172 E Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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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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Soul line dancing is a fun way to get out on the dance floor, and meet some wonderful people. No partner is needed. The steps are similar to country line dancing, except we dance to R & B music,...

Cost: $2 entry fee

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave North
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: (651) 925-2261
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Milkweed Editions and Rain Taxi present the launch of Brian Laidlaw’s The Mirrormaker, his new poetry collection and its accompanying album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Target Performance Hall
1011 Washington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Milkweed Editions
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by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, directed by Christina Baldwin The event of the season! Take a trip to the downstairs residence at Pemberley - the house a-twitter with the bustle of servants...

Cost: $37–$47

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


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Park Rapids, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Park Rapids High School on Thursday,...

Cost: $30

Where:
Park Rapids High School
401 Huntsinger Avenue
Park Rapids, MN  56470
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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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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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
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
View map »


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

More information

Nothing rings in the Holidays quite like the timeless tones of Streisand.  Join us on Wed. Dec 12 and Thurs. Dec 13 for for an intimate celebration of memorable holiday classics, Christmas...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Nicollet Island Inn
95 Merriam Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
View map »


Sponsor: Nicollet Island Inn
Telephone: 612-465-0637
Contact Name: Sarah Kudlek
Website »

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
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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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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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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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Honoring the Fall 2018 MCAD Graduates   Take a walk through MCAD's gallery spaces and view the culminating works of all students graduating this fall. Installations highlight the results of...

Cost: free

Where:
MCAD Gallery
2501 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Curated by Heather Carroll MLIS '18 Opening Reception & Oral History Booth: November 3, 6-8 pm The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery proudly presents an exhibition about the evolution and influence...

Cost: free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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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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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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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a double jewelry trunk show December 14-15 with special collections by TAP by Todd Pownell and Danish artist Lene Vibe. Shoppers will also be...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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The inaugural showcasing of the Infidelic Art Collective! This will be the first public show for almost every member and we will be showing everything from canvas, to jewelry. Live performances by...

Cost: 0

Where:
400 Cedar Lake Rd
Minneapolis, MN  55313
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Sponsor: INFAC
Telephone: 612-210-9522
Contact Name: Sam Quiring
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Discover Original Gifts and Support Local Artists The Arts of the Holidays Show & Sale at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts features more than 100 local artists selling a unique blend of handmade...

Cost: FREE

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

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

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
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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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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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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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“Miracle on 34th Street” Dinner Theater   Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center   Produced by Director Viva Anderson Scenic design Artist Tim Anderson Centerstage Productions  ...

Cost: 37.98 per person

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN 56353, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
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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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Head north to celebrate some of the nation’s darkest skies on Dec. 14-15. The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arrowhead Region
Grand Marais, MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Linda Jurek
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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
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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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Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Minnesota Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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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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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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The new ballet company in the Twin Cities, Ballet Co.Laboratory, presents Nutcracker in Wonderland December 14th-16th at The Huss Center for Performing Arts at the St. Paul Academy and Summit...

Cost: $22/$27/$35

Where:
The Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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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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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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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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  Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Detroit Lakes, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Detroit Lakes Middle School on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Detroit Lakes Middle School
510 11th Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN  56501
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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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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Ballet Minnesota’s 31st annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, Dec. 14 – 16,...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6700
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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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The Backseat Boogie Band rock and roll road show has performed Vintage Rock and Roll throughout the Midwest. Regulars at the Taste of Minnesota, they rocked out crowds for 7 years and shared stage...

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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Anelace Coffee is hosting a series of Holiday Pop-Ups this December! Amazing local makers will be joining us each weekend—selling ceramics, art, baked goods and more! We’ll be slinging coffee...

Cost: Free

Where:
Anelace Coffee
2402 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN  55418
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Sponsor: Anelace Coffee
Telephone: 612-236-4870
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Hopkins Farmers Winter Market is indoors! Produce, farmstead products, fresh-baked & homemade goods and handcrafted arts with live music. Free coffee while you shop. ATM on-site, easy parking. We...

Cost: free

Where:
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: (952) 583-1930
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Santa Claus is coming to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in BLAINE on Saturday, December 8th for a special Santa Breakfast!  Bring the whole family for a morning full of food and drinks, games, face...

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

Where:
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant - Blaine
9360 Baltimore St NE #160
Blaine, MN  55449
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Sponsor: Wishes & More
Telephone: 763-502-1500
Contact Name: Joelle Gamble
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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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If it's the 1st, 2nd or 3rd full weekend of the month, then it's a sale weekend at WEEKEND SALVAGE!! We're open 10 - 5, Friday through Sunday. Come on in to see our uncommon vintage, boho and...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
Minneapolis
4159 Grand Av S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
View map »


Telephone: 480-200-4044
Contact Name: Kay Grams
Website »

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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
View map »


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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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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Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is hosting a double jewelry trunk show December 14-15 with special collections by TAP by Todd Pownell and Danish artist Lene Vibe. Shoppers will also be...

Cost: free

Where:
Max's
3826 Grand Way
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
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Sponsor: Max's
Telephone: 952-922-8364
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Family Arts Day is a day of fun, free activities for all generations. Join us in the studios and BCA lobby where families can make take-home projects, participate in an interactive arts activity,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Artistry
Telephone: 952-563-8575
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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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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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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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Get ready for the holidays with us at Sawdust Savvy!  Located in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. With 22 different projects and over 100 designs to choose from we have something for everyone. ...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main Street
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Royal Foundry Craft Spirits, a new grain-to-glass distillery in Minneapolis, is hosting Cookies and Cocktails with Santa on two separate Saturdays this December. The event will take place 4:30-6:30...

Cost: Tickets are $20 for children & $10 for adults. Children 3 and under are free.

Where:
Royal Foundry Craft Spirits
241 Fremont Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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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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350 Members of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir Celebrate Recovery During Annual Christmas Concert Event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15 WHO: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge (MnTC) is...

Cost: $10 – Balcony $15 – Terrace Reserved Seats $20 – Main Center $25 – Main Front

Where:
Grace Church
9301 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55347
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Sponsor: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge
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Brass Apocalypse features trumpet, trombone, sax, tuba and percussion, playing Christmas favorites with a twist from New Orleans and points beyond. A show that’s great for all ages! Saturday,...

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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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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“Miracle on 34th Street” Dinner Theater   Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center   Produced by Director Viva Anderson Scenic design Artist Tim Anderson Centerstage Productions  ...

Cost: 37.98 per person

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN 56353, MN  55371
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
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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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Head north to celebrate some of the nation’s darkest skies on Dec. 14-15. The Dark Sky Festival is the first annual celebration of its kind in the Arrowhead Region, and it will feature...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Arrowhead Region
Grand Marais, MN  55604


Sponsor: Visit Cook County
Telephone: 218-387-2788
Contact Name: Linda Jurek
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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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Merrill Community Arts Center and the East Metro Symphony Orchestra present Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long, in Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loft Stage in East Ridge High School,...

Cost: $0-$22

Where:
East Ridge High School
4200 Pioneer Drive
Woodbury, MN  55129
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Sponsor: EMSO
Contact Name: EMSO
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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
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
View map »


Telephone: 612-822-7063
Website »

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Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents seventeenth annual classical ballet production of The Nutcracker. This authentically Russian classical version set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music performance is...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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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
View map »


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

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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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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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Ballet Minnesota’s 31st annual holiday favorite The Classic Nutcracker returns to The O’Shaughnessy on the campus of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul, Dec. 14 – 16,...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6700
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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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In this nearly sold out Christmas comedy, the whole town dreads the rambunctious Herdman kids, even more since they signed up to be in the Christmas Pageant. Will the Herdmans ruin the pageant or...

Cost: 18

Where:
Andria Theatre
618 Broadway Street
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Andria Theatre
Telephone: 320-763-8300
Contact Name: Andria Theatre
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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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The new ballet company in the Twin Cities, Ballet Co.Laboratory, presents Nutcracker in Wonderland December 14th-16th at The Huss Center for Performing Arts at the St. Paul Academy and Summit...

Cost: $22/$27/$35

Where:
The Huss Center for Performing Arts
1712 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Medora’s hit Christmas show tour is coming to Alexandria, MN this holiday season!  A Magical Medora Christmas brings a family-friendly holiday show to the Lake Geneva Christian Center on...

Cost: $30

Where:
Lake Geneva Christian Center
605 Birch Avenue
Alexandria, MN  56308
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Sponsor: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Telephone: 701-223-4800
Contact Name: Susan Axvig
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Triple Espresso—a highly caffeinated comedy shines the spotlight on three hilarious performers as they reminisce about their ill-fated big break. Meet Hugh Butternut, Buzz Maxwell and Bobby Bean,...

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

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

Cost: $20 - $60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
Proscenium Stage
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
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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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The Backseat Boogie Band rock and roll road show has performed Vintage Rock and Roll throughout the Midwest. Regulars at the Taste of Minnesota, they rocked out crowds for 7 years and shared stage...

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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Join Acadia Pub faves Southern Resident Killer Whales and new friends Geyser for a night of alt-rock, indie-pop songcraft.   9:30: Southern Resident Killer Whales Minneapolis singer songwriter...

Cost: $5

Where:
Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55454


Sponsor: Acadia Cafe
Telephone: (612) 874-8702
Contact Name: Larry Sahagian
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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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