Meet the Birdchick Who's Making Birding a Hot Hobby

Geeky and gregarious, Birdchick rules the roost


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Photo by A. Steinberg/Sidecar

 

I don’t know what birds are chirping about. I haven’t a clue why they flit from tree to tree or perch on chimneys and belt it out like Caruso. So for me, standing on a gravel road in the middle of Carver Park Reserve, a cacophonous 3,700-acre bird paradise west of the Twin Cities, feels like attending a parliamentary debate in a language I don’t understand. Fights are waged and alliances forged, all while I peer upward, an interloper with a monocular and water bottle.

Lucky for me, I’m accompanied by the local birding scene’s flock leader, Sharon Stiteler, widely known as the Birdchick. As her moniker suggests, she isn’t your typical bird watcher. Far from the retiree in the wide-brim hat and multi-pocketed vest with trusty dog-eared field guide in tow, Stiteler dons purple-framed eyeglasses, blue nail polish, and a baseball cap. She snaps photos with her phone through a high-powered, $4,000 spotting scope and posts them online in real time. Why is she called the Birdchick and not the Bird Lady? “I’m no lady,” says Stiteler, who just turned 40 but looks closer to 30.

We’ve been driving for a few hours, and this is the umpteenth time she’s asked me to pull the car over, having spotted something bright or noisy in a tree. This time, it’s a blue-winged warbler, a small bird with a yellow breast and gray-blue wings. “You hear it?” she asks, and then describes its descending buzz-like call in language that might make a Bird Lady blush: Bitch, please. Bitch, please.

Photo by James Kloiber

Stiteler knows birds, and last year she displayed her expertise by authoring the well-received guide, 1001 Secrets Every Birder Should Know. Yet she’s something of a rebel in the notoriously tradition-bound birding world. In her view, bird watching is for everyone, even people like me, who like to get up late and laugh loudly in the woods. Besides speaking at birding conferences and leading tours all over the world, Stiteler blogs ferociously and runs collegial Birds and Beers gatherings at local bars. At a recent event, she made introductions from atop a chair, clutching a glass of whiskey and wearing a Doctor Who T-shirt that read, “Hello, my name is Sexy!” 

Bird watching is becoming more popular—perhaps even sexy—thanks to cultural nostalgia, online bird cams, and the cinematic 2011 Owen Wilson and Steve Martin homage to plumage, The Big Year. (In fact, Stiteler has made her own cheeky, double-entendre-infused YouTube video about a bird called the woodcock with Mystic Pizza star and avid birder Lili Taylor.) According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, there are approximately 47 million birders in the United States—that’s 15 percent of the population. The real shift in the hobby, however, is the emergence of a new type of birder, one who is technologically savvy like Stiteler and combines a data bank of nerdy bird knowledge with a love of the chase and a knack for social media.

Photographing birds via iphone
Photo by A. Steinberg/Sidecar

Stiteler acknowledges a rift between “the old-school, hard-ass people who are like, ‘This is how you have to learn birds’” and those who are dragging the pursuit into the modern era, shortcuts and all. “In one of the workshops I give on iPhone birding, I have a picture of this pile of stuff people usually keep in their cars and used to take out with them: bird-finding guides, field guides, the GPS, and film,” she says. “Now you can condense almost all of that down to your iPhone.”

Northern Cardinal
Photo courtesy of Sharon Stiteler

A theater major from Indianapolis with seven older siblings, Stiteler started on the path to birding as a kid, when she saw a pileated woodpecker in a field guide. “I just thought the idea of a crow-sized woodpecker was really cool,” she says. “I could not wait to see that bird.” Her greatest gifts as a birder, she says, are the ability to identify calls, shoot candid photographs, and know when not to take that last step. “Birds think humans are these big things that stare at them,’” she says. “I can tell from a bird’s behavior when it’s thinking of flying away. That’s when I stop. If a bird poops, it’s going to take off.”

Stiteler’s interest in nature extends to beekeeping—a hobby she’s taken up with British author Neil Gaiman, who has a home in Wisconsin—and a part-time job as a ranger with the National Park Service. At home in Minneapolis, she lives with her husband, “Non-Birding Bill,” a rabbit, and a cockatiel who harbors a grudge because Stiteler travels so much: “She sees me as a bad member of the flock.” The bird has fixated on Bill, indulging a deep love of bristly facial hair. Stiteler jokes that she has offered up her unshaven legs in winter, but to no avail. 

Here at carver park, with tips from staff naturalist and Birdchick ally Kirk Mona, we are searching for the eastern bluebird, the cerulean warbler, and the bobolink, which possesses one of Stiteler’s favorite calls. We walk along the gravel road, Stiteler with her scope slung over her shoulder like an axe. She provides a running tally of the birds she hears: yellow warbler, clay-colored sparrow, ovenbird, and great crested flycatcher.

Mostly these birds are declaring their territory, she says: “They are saying, if you are a lady, come check me out. I have great fertilization for your eggs. If you are a male, stay away.” Cardinals aside, it’s mostly the males who sing.

Trying to get the blue-winged warbler to “pop up” and show itself, Stiteler makes a psh, psh, psh sound toward the trees. This tactic is called “pishing” and it’s designed to roust birds, an all-purpose utterance that may or may not resemble an alarm call. “Some species are more pishable than others,” the Birdchick says.

Psh, psh, psh, she calls, while the ovenbird cries, tcher, tcher, tcher.

Meanwhile, three indigo buntings are staging a war, flying from one side of the road to the other, chattering furiously as they fly, landing higher and higher in the trees. A high perch equates dominance, Stiteler explains. Much of the time, birds are mad at other birds, especially during peak mating season. “They are flying around with erections for four weeks, so they are a little worked up this time of year,” she says.

The warbler has not popped up. Stiteler pulls out her phone and plays a recording of its call. If it thinks there is a competitor around, the warbler might respond. This bird-song app is considered cheating by some, but Stiteler argues that using a smartphone call, which she does sparingly, is less damaging than tramping through habitat to draw the same response. “It’s like Spider-Man,” she says. “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Sure enough, the warbler flits forward onto a nearby branch. Stiteler waits for it to retreat and calm down. When it reappears, she spies it through her scope, an experience that feels like peeping through a keyhole and realizing you are right next to the moon.

Now we are examining an impossibly lush, rolling meadow, where at least six species are calling at once. Birding is like a treasure hunt, Stiteler says, her eyes on the sky: “The treasure moves around and sometimes changes color. You have something to do no matter where you go. You never know what you are going to see.” One can bird almost anywhere, she adds, including through an office window during a boring meeting.

“It’s a bobolink! There he goes!” Stiteler says as the bird flies overhead. The bobolink has an odd metallic call, like a voice recording played on fast-forward. Through the scope, I see that it’s unusual looking, too, with a black face and belly and a tan cap and white back, like it has its outfit on backward.

In the end, we don’t spot the cerulean warbler, deterred by some particularly bloodthirsty mosquitoes in a patch of woods. But we do find an eastern bluebird. Stiteler leaps over a river of mud to get a bit of footage. “He just coughed up a pellet!” she calls excitedly, looking through her scope to see the bird regurgitate its undigested food.

As Stiteler climbs into my car, she reveals a tattoo on her lower back of a sandhill crane with its wings and feet outstretched. She tells me that she got it a decade ago, after writing an essay for a magazine contest where entrants were asked to describe how they show their “birdiness” (the prize was a pair of binoculars). She didn’t win, but the contest put her in touch with bird expert and author Paul Johnsgard, who created the piece of art.

“Not everybody has a 72-year-old ornithologist design their tattoo,” Stiteler says with a grin.

 


 

 

The Birdchick’s Fall Birding Picks

 

The spring and fall migrations— when birds pass through Minnesota on their way north or south, headed everywhere from Argentina to Alaska—offer some of the most interesting and varied watching. Keep your eye out for these Birdchick fall favorites:

Northern Goshawk
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARON STITELER

Hawks and eagles:

“The real action bird-wise in Minnesota is up at Hawk Ridge in Duluth,” Stiteler says. “The ridge’s proximity to the lake literally funnels thousands of birds of prey that don’t want to fly over Lake Superior on their migration south.” On display in late September and October: northern goshawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, and rough-legged hawks.

Northern Flicker
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARON STITELER

Northern flickers:

“This colorful woodpecker seems to spend more time foraging on the ground for ants than in trees,” she says. “They are distinctive for their bright flashy yellow feather shafts visible when they fly.” Look for them on roadsides and in open areas.

Canvasback ducks and redhead ducks:

“The Mississippi River is a major flyway, and the waterfowl numbers are spectacular,” she says, noting that in October huge numbers of canvasback ducks pass through, along with ringnecks and lesser scaup. “If you can get near pools four and seven along the Mississippi [in the vicinities of Lake Pepin and Lake Onalaska], you could see tens of thousands of the large, red-headed ducks.”

White-throated sparrows and fox sparrows:

Watch for them “kicking around for millet under your bird feeders,” Stiteler says. Fall also brings back to Minnesota winter inhabitants—birds that summer as far north as the Arctic—such as the American tree sparrow, the dark-eyed junco, and the pine siskin.

Northern Saw-Whet Owl
PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARON STITELER

Northern saw-whet owl:

“Not many people are aware, but Minnesota’s smallest owl passes through in October,” she says. If you hear some angry chickadees and nuthatches sounding off in a cedar tree, look up and you might see this 8-inch-tall owl.

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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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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
Website »

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

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Unity One Credit Union's Minnesota branch locations have partnered with Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys. Toys for Tots, started by the United States Marine Corps, has distributed over...

Cost: free

Where:
Unity One Credit Union Maplewood Branch
1535 Beam Ave.
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Unity One Credit Union
Telephone: (800) 628-5517
Contact Name: Office Manager
Website »

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

Cost: FREE

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Unity One Credit Union's Minnesota branch locations have partnered with Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys. Toys for Tots, started by the United States Marine Corps, has distributed over...

Cost: free

Where:
Unity One Credit Union Maplewood Branch
1535 Beam Ave.
Maplewood, MN  55109
View map »


Sponsor: Unity One Credit Union
Telephone: (800) 628-5517
Contact Name: Office Manager
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
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

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

Cost: FREE

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


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

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 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

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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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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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

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

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

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32 to $42

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


Website »

More information

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

Cost: $32-$42

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


Telephone: 952.895.4685
Website »

More information

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

Cost: Varies

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


Website »

More information

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
Website »

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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
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 »

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
Website »

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

Cost: $20 - $60

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

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

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

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


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

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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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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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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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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

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

Cost: $20-$39

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


Telephone: 612-332-6620
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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
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Telephone: 651-690-6637
Contact Name: Nicole M. Watson, Director
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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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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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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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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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CELEBR​ATE THE HOLIDAYS AT FLYOVER AMERICA November 23, 2018 - January 1, 2019 FlyOver America will transform into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Guests will have fun helping...

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

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

Cost: FREE

Where:
Minnetonka Center for the Arts
2240 North Shore Drive
Wayzata, MN  55391
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Sponsor: Minnetonka Center for the Arts
Telephone: 952-473-7361
Contact Name: Nikki Lindberg
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 12-5 pmPanel Discussion: Saturday, January 12, 2-4 pm Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Sense of Place.  This exhibition...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $32 to $42

Where:
Ames Center Black Box Theatre
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN  55337
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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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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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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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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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Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30pmSaturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm This season, don’t miss out on a wildly-imaginative, “not-so-silent night” the whole family can celebrate...

Cost: $65.50, $45.50

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
Contact Name: Ames Center Box Office
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Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

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

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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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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MIRACLE ON CHRISTMAS LAKE a RIP-ROARING holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason PetersonNOVEMBER 9th - DECEMBER 30thPERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday - Sunday @ 7:30pm Wednesday,...

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

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

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

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

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Park Square Theatre
Telephone: 651-291-7005
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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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  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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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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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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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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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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There will be a great Sports Collectible Show at the Maplewood Mall from December 15 through December 24. Unique and RARE Autographed sports items, custom sports plaques, sports cards, vintage...

Cost: Free

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

More information

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

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

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


Website »

More information

“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
View map »


Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
Telephone: 320-369-4622
Website »

More information

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

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

Where:
Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN  55102
View map »


Telephone: 612-333-1723
Contact Name: Abby Gieseke
Website »

More information

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
Website »

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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
Website »

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

Cost: $37–$47

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

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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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All Ages Swing Dance featuring Sibley High School Jazz Bands.  Concessions available.

Cost: $7 Students & Adults. $5 Under 12/Over 60

Where:
Thompson Park Activity Center
1200 Stassen Lane
West St. Paul, MN  55118
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Telephone: 651-403-7228
Contact Name: Amy Powers
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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 »

More information

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

All of Charlie Brown’s friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he’s having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues? Discover the true...

Cost: $12 - $18

Where:
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development
55 Victoria Street N
St. Paul, MN  55104
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By 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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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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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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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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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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Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling...

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

Where:
Celtic Junction Arts Center
836 Prior Ave North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Celtic Junction Arts Center
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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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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Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30pmSaturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30pm This season, don’t miss out on a wildly-imaginative, “not-so-silent night” the whole family can celebrate...

Cost: $65.50, $45.50

Where:
Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Ave
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Sponsor: Ames Center
Telephone: 952-895-4680
Contact Name: Ames Center Box Office
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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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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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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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