Motivational Kick: St. Paul's Sanneh Foundation Brings Soccer to Haitian Kids

How Tony Sanneh’s Haitian Initiative soccer program changes lives—on and off the field


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Tony Sanneh kicking a soccer ball.

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Tony Sanneh first walked the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in February 2010—four weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake ravaged the capital.

While he and several of his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates passed out soap and soccer balls and ran clinics for kids whose schools were shut down, Sanneh saw buildings reduced to rubble. He saw dead bodies everywhere. He saw pain and helplessness in the children’s eyes. And he saw an opportunity to do more with his Sanneh Foundation. Founded in 2003 in his hometown of St. Paul, the organization’s mission is to empower children, improve lives, and unite communities.

Within the next year, he returned twice on his own to run more clinics and pass out equipment. Once he had developed credibility, he told his hosts, “Take me somewhere where people need help the most.”

On his second visit, they drove him to the edge of Cité Soleil, a three-square-mile Port-au-Prince neighborhood of nearly 400,000 people living without electricity or running water. Raw sewage ran through the gutters, police had surrendered to the gangs, unemployment was the norm, and malnourished children faced high risk of AIDS/HIV. The United Nations had designated Cité Soleil a Red Zone, unsafe for anyone to visit. “You can’t go in unless you know someone,” his hosts said.

They waited for two men on motorcycles, who escorted them to a gravel soccer field surrounded by a concrete wall and locked behind a chain-link gate (so people wouldn’t use it as a public restroom, his hosts explained). They asked Sanneh if he could build them a proper field. “Let’s start a program,” he responded.

Around that field he built the Haitian Initiative, a collaboration of partners including the U.S. Embassy, the Haitian National Police, the Scouts of Haiti, and the Haitian Ministry of Youth and Sport. The program uses soccer to incent kids to stay in school and teach them soccer skills that can translate to life, such as discipline, motivation, and teamwork. Last year, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) recognized the Haitian Initiative as one of only three U.S. nonprofits to meet effectiveness standards set by FIFA Football for Hope, a global initiative launched in 2005 that supports social projects that improve the lives of youth through soccer.

Sanneh's Haitian Initiative in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, rewards passing grades and school attendance with soccer training and hot meals.
Sanneh's Haitian Initiative in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, rewards passing grades and school attendance with soccer training and hot meals

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If the kids stay in school and make passing grades, for three hours afterward, they receive soccer instruction from trained coaches and a hot meal Monday through Saturday. For the vast majority of the 280 kids ages 6 to 17 in the program, that vitamin-fortified meal courtesy of Feed My Starving Children is the only one they’ll eat all day.

Half a block away from the field, the kids eat in a building called simply “the feeding center,” rented from a religious order, where they also receive two hours of English tutoring weekly.

The number of kids has grown steadily to its current level, with nearly 100 more on the waiting list. The Sanneh Foundation is working to establish the Haitian Initiative as an independent 501c3 by the end of 2018, but it will remain part of the foundation in the meantime.

Sanneh, who played on the U.S. National Team from 1997 to 2005 and retired from professional soccer in 2010, has instilled hope with the Haitian Initiative. When he walks the streets of Cité Soleil today, residents call out to him. Children rush forward to trade high-fives. Mothers stop to hug him.

•••

On a sultry July afternoon in 2017, Sanneh sits in the shade at the National Sports Center in Blaine, in white Nike cleats, black athletic shorts, and a green Sanneh Foundation T-shirt darkened with sweat. He has just finished running two hour-long clinics under full sun in the 91-degree heat. But he patiently answers questions and tells stories. It’s evident he is skilled at navigating different settings and working with various types of people.

The Sanneh Foundation offers free summer soccer clinics across the Twin Cities metro area for youth ages 5-12; more at thesannehfoundation.org/programs/camps
The Sanneh Foundation offers free summer soccer clinics across the Twin Cities metro area for youth ages 5-12; more at thesannehfoundation.org/programs/camps

photo by uzoma obasi


“He’s amazing with kids,” says Maree Hampton, a program evaluation consultant who started working with the Sanneh Foundation after the earthquake in Haiti. She has observed Sanneh at work in Haiti twice, once to write an evaluation of a training program for coaches. “He has this way about him. He’s approachable, warm, has a sense of humor. He’s attuned to the culture. He has earned their respect.”

Sanneh has also won the respect of the U.S. State Department, which designated his program as part of its International Sports Programming Initiative, one of only nine worldwide. The summer of 2012, he brought a U14 [age 14 and under] team of 18 boys from the Haitian Initiative to compete at the Schwan’s USA Cup, an annual international youth tournament in Blaine, as part of a cultural exchange and to raise awareness here for his cause in Haiti.

It went so well that he decided to do it again the following year—and that’s when things took an unexpected turn.

When the host families heard about the danger and impoverishment these boys endured, they were moved. The boys exhibited resiliency directly proportional to their hardship, and these families wondered what they could do if given better chances.

They started talking among themselves, making arrangements. Less than two months later, one boy had returned to live with a family in southwest Minneapolis. Then another. And another. Within a couple of years, seven were living in the Twin Cities metro area, some adopted by their former host families, others under their guardianship. The host parents said they couldn’t bear the thought of sending the boys back to extreme poverty. But Sanneh saw these actions as a threat to his program.

•••

Juan Louis was one of the early ones. His father, once a professional soccer player in Haiti, had abandoned the family. His mother raised Juan and his younger brother, subsisting day to day on the second floor of government housing, a cinder-block duplex with a tin roof and an outhouse in back. Juan loved soccer and played briefly for a club team, but his mother made him quit because it was too dangerous—gang members had kidnapped kids off the practice field. So, he played pickup in the street, and the intense matches with older, more-talented kids sharpened his game. When she heard about Sanneh’s Haitian Initiative in 2013, she enrolled her son. He came to Minnesota to play in the Schwan’s USA Cup that summer.

From left: Sanneh and Haitian Initiative participant Juan Louis.
From left: Sanneh and Haitian Initiative participant Juan Louis

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 When he went back to Haiti, Louis stayed for a time with MacKenzie François, then one of the team managers and instructors for the Haitian Initiative, so he could be closer to the program and for safety. He feared the jealousy of others who knew he had gone to America. His mother gave her then-15-year-old son her blessing to live with another family in the United States.

“In Haiti, there are no opportunities, nothing,” Louis says in his quiet, soft-spoken manner. He has just finished helping Sanneh conduct one of the clinics. “Here there are a lot of opportunities. If you work for them, you can achieve.”

He immediately proved himself ready and willing to adapt to his new home when he arrived on January 23, 2014. He had never seen snow. Having heard about snow angels on the drive from the airport with his new family, Louis got out of the car at their home in southwest Minneapolis and plopped in the snow to make an angel.

Learning English took a little longer, but Louis applied himself—first that spring semester at Wellstone International High School then for three years at Washburn High School, where he achieved a 3.65 GPA. Louis excelled on the soccer pitch with his distinctive, creative style developed in Haiti’s streets. As a senior in the fall of 2016, he was voted Mr. Soccer, Minnesota’s best soccer player, by the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association and named to the high school All-American team. He also earned a scholarship to play Division-I soccer at Drake University.

Louis would welcome the chance to play pro soccer in the MLS, but he calls that “Plan B.” His priority is to get an education, and his primary ambition is to “do something in business.” He recognizes that an injury could derail a soccer dream, but that no one can take away a college degree. “I’m happiest to have the opportunity to go to college and have a degree that will help me later,” he says.

To date, Juan Louis has been the most successful of the Haitians who have moved to Minnesota through Sanneh’s program. Another, Marc-Arthur Shapiro, graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels and is playing D-III soccer at Luther College. Several of the other younger boys are also thriving in the classroom and on the pitch, but the success has not been absolute. One host family sent the two boys who had lived with them for four years back to Haiti, including Ata Claremond, who had scored 38 goals for North St. Paul High as a junior and been named the 2016 Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year.

•••

Offering kids from an impoverished country stability, safety, and an education in the U.S. seems like a good thing, but it’s not always that simple. Sanneh initially opposed the plans for Minnesota families to relocate kids from his Haitian Initiative to their homes, and questioned the motivations of some of the parents and the kids.

When he shared his concerns with them, he felt the parents did not seriously consider them. Some interpreted his resistance as megalomania. That hurt him. “Did they think I didn’t have the kids’ best interests in mind?” he says. “I started the program.”

Basically, they clashed over how best to channel their compassion. The parents wanted to provide a home to the individual boys they had come to care about. Sanneh took the longer view, wanting to help all of the children in his program, not just a select few.

“If we teach them the only way to achieve is to get out of here and then take the best and the brightest, what are we doing to those left behind?” he says. “Then the whole program becomes about coming to America. That’s not what we want. We want to empower them, educate them. Ninety percent of them are going to live in Haiti the rest of their lives. We want them to find out how they can do that successfully and support one another. It doesn’t help the country if they leave; it helps if they stay.”

And yet. There are three more boys who came the summer of 2017, to stay in Minnesota at least long enough to graduate from high school, shepherded by Sanneh. Their process is different, he claims. They came for three previous visits, each a little longer in duration, and were told they had to get good grades and work hard in Haiti to be rewarded with coming again to the States. “We want to bring kids here in a systematic way, instead of have them come as free agents,” he says. “These three were prepared to come, and they earned it.”

Tony Sanneh holding a child.

photo courtesy the sanneh foundation


The three he selected have proven themselves to be high caliber. Jameson Charles is one of them. Currently junior at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, he’s a young man who believes in God, hard work, and education. “School is your passport,” he says in his characteristic earnestness. “It lets you go everywhere if you have a good education.”

He likes math and science, and his ambition is to become an accountant if not a professional soccer player. He took summer school classes even though he didn’t need to simply because he wanted to keep learning. His time at the Haitian Initiative shaped his priorities. “In Haiti, I was thinking, ‘school first, then soccer,’ because without school, there is no soccer,” he says.

Charles is as sweet a kid as you’ll ever meet. When some other players on his club team were complaining about a coach, Charles didn’t understand. He believed the man was coaching because he loved the kids. “If someone takes the time to teach you, that’s the greatest gift you can get,” he told his host father, Erik Heinemann. The first time an official in the U.S. whistled him for a foul, Charles did not understand what the official was saying in English, but he hugged him in appreciation for the attention.

Charles had pretty much been raising himself and his younger brother in Cité Soleil after their mother died from an untreated infection when Charles was just 7 years old. His father was busy with a new wife and foraging for income. He did not want his son playing soccer because it was too dangerous, but Charles had fallen in love with the game and won him over when he had the chance to be in the Haitian Initiative program, which eventually led to him coming to the United States on a five-year student visa. “Now he’s proud of me,” Charles says. “He’s happy for me to have the opportunity here.”

•••

Juan Louis returned to Haiti the spring of 2017 for the first time in more than three years. He went with a group on an “impact trip,” organized by the Sanneh Foundation. The trips are part cultural exchange and part showcase of the Haitian Initiative. They occur multiple times each year. “It’s a pretty special opportunity for the Haitian youth to connect with the Minnesota youth,” says Hampton, who went on the trip with her 18-year-old son Torsten, a former player for Minneapolis United Soccer Club.

It was special for Louis, too, to see his family again. His mother hugged him hard. His younger brother cried. He knew his mother missed him and his younger brother would like to have a similar opportunity. But it was most emotional for him that his father showed up at the feeding center and stayed two hours to watch Louis practice. He had never watched his son play soccer. “He thinks I’m good now,” Louis says and smiles.


Creating Soccer Opportunities for Girls

photo courtesy the sanneh foundation


Tony Sanneh had to overcome cultural barriers to increase chances for girls to play soccer in Haiti. The program managers, imbued with the cultural belief that girls should be helping their mothers do chores at home and not playing sports, resisted. So Sanneh shut down the program and told them, “We’ll reopen once the girls practice 10 days in a row.”

His managers acquiesced, and today about 40 percent of the children enrolled in the Haitian Initiative program are girls. At the younger levels, the split between boys and girls is 50-50. “The philosophy of our program is to empower everyone and provide equal opportunities,” Sanneh says. “One of the ways Haiti can improve is by maximizing resources, which means all of their people.”

The girls in the program told Sanneh employee Maree Hampton on her last visit, “Soccer is good health and helps me with my education.” And, “Soccer is important, more than life.” And, “Soccer is important to me because it allows me to grow better. When you are a soccer player, your future is in your hands.”

More information on the Sanneh Foundation.

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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
View map »


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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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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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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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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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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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 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-$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
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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
View map »


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
View map »


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

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

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 »

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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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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 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

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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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 »

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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
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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 »

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

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
Website »

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

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

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

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Medora’s hit Christmas show 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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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
Website »

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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

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

Cost: Free!

Where:
Textile Center
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Telephone: 612-436-0464
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The 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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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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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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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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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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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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The Alumni of Mellencamp Sr. High have learned that their old Alma Mater is soon to be demolished. To show their school spirit, they’ve decided to throw one last all-class reunion. So get...

Cost: 66.50

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

Cost: $37–$47

Where:
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Telephone: 612-822-7063
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $32-$42

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

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6700
Website »

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
View map »


Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651.291.7005
Website »

More information

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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