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The inside story of how smart marketing and innovative design transformed Target into an icon of cheap chic


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It's easy to forget that less than a decade ago, America was frumpy. The French owned fashion, and the Italians had stylish cars and sleek sofas all locked up. Personal computers, arguably our greatest contribution to the modern world, came in just three hues: gray, beige, or black. (The bright blue iMac finally arrived on the scene in 1998—the same year the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle debuted.) Potato peelers with egg-shaped ergonomic handles? Toothbrushes resembling Brancusi birds? Teenagers carrying shiny iPods and shapely Nalgene-style water bottles? A decade ago, none existed. Today, all those things and other stylish products can be found at your local Target.

Few other companies, in fact, have navigated the recent “mass class” trend as deftly as Target Corporation. The Minneapolis-based retailer has managed to turn creative product design, eye-catching advertisements, and savvy marketing into sales that topped $59 billion last year—and the dividends include a reputation that even competitors envy: An internal Wal-Mart memo leaked to the media last May acknowledged, “Target has been incredibly successful at resetting the bar of what people expect from a discount store. Their fundamental premise is democratizing great design…. They feel like the ‘new and improved’ while Wal-Mart often feels like the ‘old and outdated.’”

Target has burned red-hot in the past decade. Sales have more than doubled, the stock price has climbed fourfold, and the company’s stores have spread across the country like chickenpox at a birthday party. Not bad for a business that struggled to find its niche after it debuted in 1962 as a discount offshoot of Dayton’s department stores. (Kmart and Wal-Mart, incidentally, were founded the same year.) In hindsight, Target simply proved a slow starter. In 1979, nearly two decades after its birth, the company had just 80 stores. Today, it has 1,537.

So how did a small regional retailer outpace the pack, its bull’s-eye brand increasingly bright in comparison to Wal-Mart’s sullied smiley face? The story begins in the 1990s, the dawn of Target’s Golden Age as it were, when a new creative strategy—one that still animates the company today—began to take shape.
 

the IDEA

In 1984, Bob Ulrich, a longtime executive with Dayton Hudson Corporation, was named president of Target. Four years later, he hired John Pellegrene, Dayton’s marketing chief and a former executive with J. L. Hudson’s department stores in Detroit, to overhaul Target’s marketing department. With Ulrich’s blessing, Pellegrene, a dynamic, no-nonsense personality, quickly set about transforming not just the company’s marketing vehicles but the entire corporate culture.

John Pellegrene, former executive vice president, marketing, Target: Target comes out of a different birth process than Wal-Mart or Kmart. If you look at the Ivy League of retail from 25 years ago, you’ll find Dayton’s, Bloomingdale’s, Marshall Field’s. The families who owned those companies ran them based on their taste levels—which kept quality high. They wanted to be first with the latest, newest merchandise.

Target was born out of that philosophy by one of the Dayton brothers. Even though it was a discount store, there were certain things that never strayed far from the department-store mentality. And because it was associated with Dayton’s and Minneapolis, people here gave it its own moniker. Target became Tar-zhay.

I think at that point [in the late 1980s] there were still two ways for Target to go: You could be Tarzhay, or you could be Wal-Mart. In my opinion, you couldn’t possibly be Wal-Mart, because they’d eat you alive or buy you. You couldn’t compete with Sam Walton. Even though you might match him on health and beauty aids, for example, that couldn’t be your niche. We had to be Blooming­dale’s—at a price.

Ann Aronson, former director, community-relations marketing, Target: John looked at Target as less of a commodities business and more of a place for design and fashion. He believed that a garden hoe didn’t have to be boring. You could apply design to everyday items—and, hey, it might appeal to people.

Pellegrene: One of the first marketing campaigns we did went like this: We took a $500 Adrienne Vittadini blouse and said, “What would you wear with this?” The answer: You’d wear black stirrup pants from Target for $12.99. To me, that said it all.

There were a series of these campaigns and, in my opinion, they were as valuable in shaping the internal organization as they were to outside sales. People inside the company had to be convinced that differentiation, fashion, and great design could work in a discount format. Beyond them, we had to convince movers and shakers in the entertainment world and in the design world that they not only could endorse Target, but they also could sell product at Target.

We wanted to get as many people as we could who were top guns in the entertainment and design industries to be associated with Target. I tried Cher, other celebrities. But nobody wanted to work with a discounter. There was a stigma.

The first breakthrough I had was Aretha Franklin. Aretha is a star’s star. If Aretha said it was okay, it’s okay, right? I think one of the reasons she did it is because she wouldn’t travel by air, and we were willing to come to her. So we flew to Detroit, where we owned J. L. Hudson, and asked if she would take this terrible piece of music we’d written and do something with it. She agreed. She sat down at the piano with a packet of cigarettes and belted out a fabulous song that became the theme for Target’s first Christmas campaign.

Aronson: Pellegrene was infusing the company with a marketing focus, looking at every area. He had the resources and a green light from the CEO to try things. We saw the results, in sales, in accolades, in great PR. I don’t think anyone had an exact vision of what this would become, but all the signs indicated that it was working.

Pellegrene: After we had Aretha, it was easy to go to a host of stars. And if all these cool people were doing marketing for Target, how far behind could the New York press and designers be? Well, not far, it turns out. We began talking with name brands that had never sold to discounters. Now Target has a lot of brand-name designers, but it didn’t then.
 

the BUZZ

Target’s first forays outside of Minnesota were into Colorado and Missouri, aiming to attract shoppers with low prices. But as the company grew, reaching 399 stores in 31 states in 1989, and began opening stores in cities where other discounters were entrenched and price competition was fierce, it needed a point of differentiation. How could it distinguish itself from Kmart and Wal-Mart? Could it replicate its Tarzhay reputation outside of Minnesota? What if, say, prices were low but the experience didn’t feel cheap? Could shopping at Target be made to feel cool?

Again, Pellegrene turned to celebrities, perhaps intuiting that the quickest path to coolness is often by association. As the company moved into suburban Chicago in 1993 and the outer boroughs of New York City in 1998, it sought out famous athletes (Michael Jordan) and actors (Joey Lawrence), sure that the shine of stardom would rub off on Target. But it would take more than celebrity endorsements to get the attention of overstimulated urbanites: Target’s marketing and advertising had to be equally captivating.


Pellegrene: In Chicago, we did what I believe was the first radio roadblock in history: Every radio station ran the same commercial at the same exact time every day for a week, so everywhere you turned on the dial, you got it.

Radio spot played at 7:10 a.m.: “For the next 60 seconds we’re taking control of every radio station in the Chicago area, so there’s no need to turn the dial…[static]…. See we’re on this station, too… and this one…. I thought we told you not to do that…. Yep, we’re still here…. Hi…. We’ve taken this drastic step so no one misses this moment…. All here? Ready…three, two, one. It’s Target Time!”

Pellegrene: It was a hit. And we had a teaser campaign telling people not to buy things before the date of our opening—“Don’t buy an iron ’til March 14!” or “Don’t buy deodorant ’til March 14!” There were celebrities we brought in, and people lined up to meet them.

Karen Gershman, senior vice president, marketing, Target: A month or so before opening in New York, we ran an ad in the New York Times. All it was was a bull’s-eye with some small type that said, If you’re familiar with this logo, call this number for an invite to our grand-opening party. The ad ran on a Sunday, and by noon that day, the message machine was full. So we knew that there were plenty of people who were familiar with Target.

Pellegrene: The idea was to go into Manhattan and knock everything over. Why? All the publishing industry is located there. We needed New York to become a household word. But we didn’t have any stores in New York City. The closest thing we had was a store way out in New Jersey somewhere.

Well, one of the celebrities we tapped when we decided to donate [$25,000] to Broadway Cares [an AIDS fundraising organization] was Sarah Jessica Parker. [She was in a stage show called Once Upon a Mattress.] So one day we took Sarah Jessica and some other stars out to the Target store in New Jersey, and they went shopping. In fact, they went absolutely bonkers over Target, and later Sarah Jessica went on Conan O’Brien and all she could do was talk about Target—the household goods, the lingerie….

Sarah Jessica Parker, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1997: So we went out to Target, and it was fantastic. Target, what a store! They have everything…. We don’t have those large stores in Manhattan…. Wow! I bought a box of 90 tall kitchen garbage bags! You can’t find that in Manhattan, right?

Conan O’Brien: Did somebody put a chip in your head?

Parker: I was just grabbing boxes…. It was just fantastic…. The whole experience was really a revelation…. I had no intention of coming on your show and shamelessly plugging Target. But truly, when you discover something good, why not share? I’m not selfish. I also found some nightgowns for $12—all cotton. Let me tell you about this nightgown….

Pellegrene: I couldn’t buy that kind of publicity if I tried.

the BLUEPRINT

By the late 1990s, Target’s relentless promotion, creative marketing, and clever advertising had burnished its brand image to a high gloss. But the products on the shelves weren’t necessarily remarkable. The house brand of apparel, Honors, was sturdy but hardly stylish. Even the sportier Cherokee line, added in 1995, was a far cry from couture. Collaborations with designers like Isaac Mizrahi were still unthinkable.

The company first took the plunge into high design in 1998, partnering with the architect Michael Graves. His resumé included hotels for Disney and high-end kitchen wares for Alessi, but Graves was not well-known outside the design community. Still, Target commissioned 200 items. Modestly priced and packaged in slate-blue boxes, they proved a hit with consumers. “We created the whole trend of designers making products for discounters, starting with architect Michael Graves in 1999,” Target CEO Bob Ulrich recalled in an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier this year. “[He] took his $135 teapot and re-created it for us for $35.” The success of the relationship—not to mention the favorable media attention it generated—opened the door to work with other designers. It began with an architectural commission.


Aronson: We had heard that the [National Park Service’s] restoration of the Washington Monument was in need of funding, so we decided to take it on with the aid of some partners. But at the time, we also were moving into the East Coast, where Target wasn’t a well-known name. We wanted something that would get us a lot of media attention and put us on the map. So our involvement in the project had philanthropic as well as branding objectives. It was supposed to underscore that Target was an innovative, forward-thinking citizen—and, by the way, we just happened to have new stores opening in the Washington, D.C., area!

Donald Strum, principal, Michael Graves Design Group: The restoration was going to take several years, so Target asked architects to come up with ways to make the scaffolding into a statement, to make it look better. Michael has always looked to history to engage him, and this wasn’t just about American history, it also involved an obelisk, an ancient Egyptian form.

Pellegrene: He wasn’t a household name, but the opinion setters knew Michael Graves. He was a designer of great hotels and great buildings, and there was a halo effect from that that benefited Target.

Robert Thacker, former vice president, marketing, Target: One day I was meeting with Graves at his office, and the people from the park service had missed their flight, so everything was delayed. Michael and I were chatting, and he said, “Over the years, I’ve designed a lot of products, as well as buildings. A few of them have been produced, but many have not. Do you think that Target would have any interest in looking at them?” He handed me a book of designs that was about the thickness of a New York City telephone book. I looked at them and my jaw dropped. They were amazing things. I asked if I could bring them back to Minneapolis.

Strum: So we were invited to a meeting in Minnesota [in the fall of 1997] with people from both Dayton’s and Target. They were on opposite sides of the table, talking about possibilities, and we were showing our work to them. The way I remember it, it was sort of up for grabs. The department store wanted to handle things in a boutique way—a small kiosk with just a couple of our high-end products, the items we do for Alessi, on a series of shelves. But Ron Johnson [then a vice president and divisional manager for home décor at Target] thought about it a little differently. He said, “How about making a bigger statement?”

We were dealt the task of designing 200 products [150 made the cut] that would be on the shelves within 12 months. Overnight, we went from three designers to seven to accommodate the workload.

Linda Kinsey, principal, Michael Graves Design Group: Target told Michael, “You make the best design possible with the best possible materials, and we’ll work with you to figure out how to produce it.” But it is a price-point-driven business. Inevitably, some things that were conceived in chrome needed to become chrome-plated, and things that were chrome-plated needed to be changed to plastic with chrome paint. We had to meet the price points they were trying to achieve.

Strum: We didn’t do any focus groups. But Target was very vocal. If they didn’t like something, it was addressed. Six months into the planning, for example, we had to change the color of all the handles in the collection. We had a particular blue-green that was somewhat ambiguous. They decided ambiguity wasn’t good. It had to be clearly one color or another, not wishy-washy. They chose a particular blue from our color palette and said, This needs to be the signature color. And they were absolutely right. They knew that their customers didn’t want to stand there in the aisle wondering if the piece was going to work in a particular room at home.

the PRODUCT

Isaac Mizrahi, Liz Lange, Thomas O’Brien, Mossimo Giannulli, Sonia Kashuk, and Amy Coe now design bridal gowns, household furnishings, sunglasses, cosmetics, and baby toys for Target. But the company isn’t worried if those names mean little to you: Its collaboration with Graves cemented its reputation as a place where the work of good designers can be found—and that’s enough for most consumers. Target’s brand halo and marketing machine now have the ability to confer coolness on even the most obscure designers.

Target is banking on design as a competitive advantage even in areas like pharmacy sales. In 2005, the company replaced traditional amber prescription bottles with ClearRx, a proprietary line of ruby-red pharmacy containers with easy-to-read labels and color-coded identification rings. The pharmacy system, conceived by an art-school student and refined by New York designer Klaus Rosburg, has been lauded by critics and even featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. But it’s not just a good design, experts say, it’s also good business.
Minda Gralnek, creative director, Target: One day a woman I knew professionally called me and said, “Minda, I really want you to meet this young designer. She has a really great idea for a prescription pill bottle, something she did for her graduate thesis.” She was working for Milton Glaser, a famous New York graphic designer, which also sparked my interest.

Deborah Adler, senior designer, Milton Glaser: At the time I was trying to come up with my thesis project, my grandmother accidentally took some medication meant for my grandfather. They were both prescribed the same drug, just different dosage strengths. When I looked inside their medicine cabinet, I wasn’t surprised that the error had occurred. They have similar names—she’s Helen, he’s Herman. The medication was the same, and the labels looked almost identical except for the dosage.

I did some research and realized that my grandparents were not alone. In fact, at least 50 percent of Americans don’t take their medication properly. Aside from the label, the bottle itself is part of the problem. The standard bottle is small and cylindrical, so you have to turn it to get all the information. Often, the words are covered up by warning labels. I designed a new bottle. The front was round and the back was completely flat, but you could see all the information at once.

Gralnek: The next time I was in New York, I looked up Deborah. The minute I saw her bottle and label, I thought, God, we should do this. She had reorganized the information so you could read it. There was boldface, uppercase, lowercase—from a graphic-design perspective, it was gorgeous.

I took it back to Target and put together a business case of why it would be worth doing this. To me, it was a no-brainer—but then you have to figure out if the cost of retooling and changing systems is worth it. Could we get it done fast enough—before someone else came up with a similar idea?

Adler: Minda arranged a meeting at Target [in May 2004]. There were probably 12 to 15 people in the room. I put one of the old amber pharmacy bottles in front of each person in the room and had everyone close their eyes and try to remember where on the bottle the name of the drug was. Nobody had any idea. Who would think that the name of the drug would be tucked away at the bottom, almost invisible? By July, we were working on a new bottle.

Gralnek: At one point, there was a team of more than 100 people helping develop it—designers, creatives, pharmacists, technology experts. We had to figure out how the computers would print out the labels. There was plastics research: The bottles needed to be a certain density, because some medications can’t be exposed to sunlight. We switched the color from clear to Target red. We weren’t just making it look pretty. It was going to help people. It could save people’s lives. It was a solution to a problem that most of us didn’t even know we had.

Jeff Klinefelter, senior research analyst, Piper Jaffray: The key for Target is to have as many touch points as possible with the average consumer. That means having the circular in the Sunday newspaper, TV advertising, Target-branded Visas, and that pharmacy packaging that you see every day in your medicine cabinet. It’s a convenience, but it’s about branding, too.

It’s also what we call a sticky customer initiative. Pharmacies are a destination. Once you have a pharmacy customer, that’s a loyal customer. Once you get them, you keep them, and they buy other things while they’re at your store.

the PAYOFF

It’s difficult to quantify the full effect of design on Target’s bottom line. (Multiple factors have contributed to the company’s overall revenue growth in recent years, including expanded grocery sales and a lucrative credit-card business.) But it’s perhaps notable that sales of home furnishings and soft goods—traditional design categories—now account for a larger proportion of overall sales, according to Klinefelter. And it’s equally telling that in 2000, Dayton Hudson Corporation changed its name to Target Corporation, acknowledging the bull’s-eye’s primary position in the company’s profitability. (The department-store divisions were subsequently sold—proof, perhaps, of how much retail has changed since 1962.)

For now, Target’s decision to focus on design has given it the edge. Its collaborations with elites like Graves and Mizrahi have caught the public’s attention in a way that Kmart’s partnerships with popular figures like Jaclyn Smith and Martha Stewart, who launched product lines in 1985 and 1997, respectively, have not. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart has stepped up its efforts to show its interest in design: It recently sponsored a fashion show in New York City and, in 2006, signed Colin Cowie, an event and wedding planner, to develop a line of holiday home décor. As competitors mimic its strategy, can Target stay ahead of the pack? And will America’s appetite for good design remain?

Virginia Postrel, author of The Substance of Style: In the 1990s, a lot of people assumed that the interest in design was part of the boom, the froth. But the demand for good design persisted during the recession. It wasn’t about luxuries. It was about people looking to get more for their money. As price competition becomes intense, whether you’re talking about gadgets or trash cans or restaurants, people look for something more. People look for distinctions.

Klinefelter: Target sees design as a key competitive advantage in differentiation. And it is, without a doubt, one of the primary drivers of their sales growth and profit growth over the past few years. It is their number-one point of differentiation…and it’s been evidenced by their sales performance versus Wal-Mart in recent years.

Postrel: The whole idea is that you end up buying things you didn’t intend to buy. They’re not things you don’t need, but they’re things you might otherwise pick up at the grocery store or a convenience store. You want a new toaster, but you also need to buy Tide and then you see that Coke is on sale….

Klinefelter: That’s the whole strategy for Target: Drive traffic with necessities, and drive margins with discretionary products.

Postrel: I think Target was at the top of the curve in the design trend. Maybe a little ahead of it. But what was really interesting and important about the Michael Graves collaboration was that Target aimed at people who had never heard of him. This was very different from, say, Kmart’s partnership with Martha Stewart. It wasn’t about selling a celebrity. It was about selling a design—the look and feel of a product.

Pellegrene: The underlying thesis is this: There’s a shock value of finding something at Target that you thought you could only find at a department store or a specialty store. The customers do the marketing for you. They came up with Tarzhay. All we had to do was fill it out.

Joel Hoekstra is managing editor of Minnesota Monthly.
 

 

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9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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On December 10th and 11th, One Heartland will host its annual Holiday in the Heartland gala. This year we celebrate 25 years of life-changing summer camps for kids who need it most. Join us for...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: One Heartland
Telephone: 612-824-6464
Contact Name: Patrick Kindler
Website »

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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Join us for the Shrine Circus! Elephants, tigers, high wire daredevils, laser light show, magic world famous clowns, juggling acts and more! December 8, 9, and 10th at The Minneapolis Convention...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 952-426-3023
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Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Northern Starz Children's Theatre
5300 Alpine Drive
Ramsey, MN  55303
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Sponsor: Northern Starz
Telephone: 612-326-6158
Contact Name: Rob Rosen
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This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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88:Hachi Hachi, a regional premiere presented by TaikoArts Midwest Sat Dec 9 at 7:30PM and Sun Dec 10th at 2:00PM Intricately weaving theatre, taiko, and dance, 88: Hachi Hachi is a 60 minute...

Cost: $25 adults/$15 students&seniors

Where:
Park Square Andy Boss Theatre
Historic Hamm Building
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: TaikoArts Midwest
Telephone: 612-405-2845
Contact Name: Jennifer Weir
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Ashland Productions kicks off it’s exciting 19th Season with ELF THE MUSICAL JR. based on the modern day holiday classic film, ELF.   Featuring Will Sutherland as Buddy the Elf and Grace...

Cost: $13- $21

Where:
Ashland Productions
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN  55109
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Sponsor: Ashland Productions
Telephone: 612-940-8402
Contact Name: Erin Schwab
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“University Dance Theatre: Dance Revolutions”  Choreographed by Sidra Bell, Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, Susan Marshall, and Carl Flink Directed by Erin Thompson Presented on the Whiting...

Cost: $17 General Public, $12 U of M Faculty, $7 Students

Where:
Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: University of Minnesota's Theatre Arts and Dance Department
Telephone: 612-625-6699
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Now in its fifth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant...

Cost: $30

Where:
Aria
105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Schubert Club
Telephone: 651-292-3267
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

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

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Website »

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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

On December 10th and 11th, One Heartland will host its annual Holiday in the Heartland gala. This year we celebrate 25 years of life-changing summer camps for kids who need it most. Join us for...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: One Heartland
Telephone: 612-824-6464
Contact Name: Patrick Kindler
Website »

More information

On December 10th and 11th, One Heartland will host its annual Holiday in the Heartland gala. This year we celebrate 25 years of life-changing summer camps for kids who need it most. Join us for...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Sponsor: One Heartland
Telephone: 612-824-6464
Contact Name: Patrick Kindler
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

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Treat that special someone (or anyone really!) to a delicious night out in Downtown Minneapolis. Each Monday night (6pm - 9pm), Day Block Brewing hosts Date Night- a happy hour special where $35...

Cost: $35

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Day Block Brewing's weekly Open Mic night! Every Monday, Open Mic will be hosted in the dining area accompanied by our $3 Select Pint of the day! Sign up opens up: 8 PMOpen Mic: 9 - 11 PM Hosted...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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Going places in 2018? Distractions abound on the path to success, but at this breakfast, you'll create a unique visual reminder to help set your mental GPS, ensuring that you stay focused to reach...

Cost: Tickets: $34 for WIN Members, $54 for Non-Members; Plated breakfast included

Where:
The Schmidt Artist Lofts
900 7th St W
Brew House Club Room
St Paul, MN  55102
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

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

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

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On Tuesday, Dec. 12, half of all fundraiser sales from every Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Minnesota will benefit Toys for Tots and help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program make sure less...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chipotle Mexican Grill
800 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Milkweed Books and the The Shop at MCBA are pleased to present Shop Open Book!, a series of lively literary shopping events in the Open Book building. Every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Ave S
Open Book, First Floor
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Hey, neighbor! Do you live in the 55401, 55454, or 55415? Stop in after 7:00pm every Tuesday night, show your ID (or proof of mailing address) and receive 15% off your tab! Spread the word to all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Day Block Brewing Company
1105 S Washington Ave
Minneapolis , MN  55415
View map »


Website »

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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

Show More...
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
View map »


Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
Website »

More information

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

More information

Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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


Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

More information

FREE Little Yogi Classes Bring your little yogi in for a FREE mommy and child yoga session at Charlie & Violet Photography's studio located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul, MN....

Cost: FREE!!!

Where:
Charlie & Violet Photography
2075 Ford Pkwy
Suite 1
St. Paul, MN  55116
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Sponsor: Charlie & Violet Photography
Contact Name: Kelly O'Donnell
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Join High Monkey for our on-going series of Crash Course Workshops on December 13 on Content Strategy! The Workshop will be held in NE Minneapolis at one of our favorite local breweries, 612Brew,...

Cost: $50.00

Where:
612Brew "The Cellar"
945 Broadway St NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Sponsor: High Monkey
Telephone: (763) 201-6040
Contact Name: Brian Haukos
Website »

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
View map »


Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
View map »


Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
Website »

More information

Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 612-377-7800
Website »

More information

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

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


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
View map »


Website »

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
Website »

More information

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

Cost: $5

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

More information

Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
Website »

More information

This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


Website »

More information

A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

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


Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
Website »

More information

The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
View map »


Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Lonesome Ron, King of the Valley Yodelers Country music fans and folksong aficionados, Lonesome Ron is coming to sing your music! Folk songs, traditional ballads, cowpoke campfire songs and a few...

Cost: Free

Where:
Doty Board Room N-280 Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: Hennepin County Library
Telephone: 612-543-8083
Contact Name: Mary Linden
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

Where:
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5120 Center Court
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: FlyOver America
Telephone: 952-853-6000
Contact Name: Becky Prosser
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Join us at all Red Cow locations and Red Rabbit for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater & Toy Drive.  Dec. 14 from 11am - 1am Wear and UGLY sweater - get a FREE beer. Bring an unwrapped toy - get...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Red Cow North Loop
208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Join us in Black Stack Brewing's spacious taproom to hang out with talented local artists and makers and enjoy amazing local brews!Booths:Art & Soul Holiday EventMick NovakSunny Seri's Visual...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Stack Brewing
755 Prior Ave N
St Paul, MN  55114
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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Join us for an instore fashion event featuring new winter collections from Jenny Carle and Mikaela Harrod, as well as styled looks from our current collection.  We'll be offering 20% off all...

Cost: free

Where:
Cliche
2403 Lyndale Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Cliche
Telephone: 952-428-9087
Contact Name: Delayna or Joshua
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CIRCLE OF FRIENDSAn Acoustic EveningTwo Perpich Alumni & a Perpich InstructorAmerican Roots MusicJoe K. Walsh ‘99 & Grant Gordy Jazz-Oriented Grooves Maya Elena ‘12 & Corey HessFolk MusicBob...

Cost: $5

Where:
Perpich Center for Arts Education
6125 Olson Memorial Hwy.
Golden Valley, MN  55422
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Sponsor: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Telephone: 763-279-4168
Contact Name: Betsy Anderson
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A treasure trove of vocal manuscripts quietly at rest for centuries comes to life in this joyful program of 17th-century Christmas music found in the archives of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Malta....

Cost: $10-$28

Where:
Pilgrim Congregational Church of Duluth
2310 East 4th Street
Duluth, MN
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Sponsor: The Rose Ensemble
Telephone: 651-225-4340
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Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Northern Starz Children's Theatre
5300 Alpine Drive
Ramsey, MN  55303
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Sponsor: Northern Starz
Telephone: 612-326-6158
Contact Name: Rob Rosen
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Join Steven C for his 3rd annual concert at The Cathedral of Saint Paul this Christmas season! Featuring Steven C on his 9' Bösendorfer Piano, Saint Cecilia and Saint Gregory Choristers, and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Cathedral of Saint Paul
239 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Sponsor: Steven C
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cautionary tale of the American Dream, The Great Gatsby, is arguably THE great American novel. This beautiful adaptation of the lives of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is the...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Joe Cocozzello has featured in clubs across the US. He's worked with comedy legends Todd Barry, & Rob Delaney. Joe's boundless enthusiasm, energy and charisma is guarenteed to win over any...

Cost: 20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Join us at all Red Cow locations and Red Rabbit for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater & Toy Drive.  Dec. 14 from 11am - 1am Wear and UGLY sweater - get a FREE beer. Bring an unwrapped toy - get...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Red Cow North Loop
208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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“A Christmas Carol” Based on the book by Charles Dickens Adapted by Sherry Pearce, Viva Anderson, & Jessica Faust Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center Produced by Director Viva...

Cost: 37.95

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN  56353
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom
Telephone: (320) 369-4622
Contact Name: Bryony Star
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Gallery Talk by Melissa Loop: Tuesday, November 21, 10:30 am Melissa Loop, a 2017 recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 6-8 pm Conversation with the Curator: Wednesday, November 15, 7 pm​ - Leslie Barlow discusses Space Between Us with Nicole Watson, Gallery Director...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
St. Catherine University, Visual Arts Building
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105
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Telephone: 651-690-6644
Contact Name: Nicole Watson, Director
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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

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 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 11, 2017 Contact: Joseph Brown, 651.644.9200, raymondavegallery@me.com   The Raymond Avenue Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth quarter exhibition:  ...

Cost: free

Where:
Raymond Avenue Gallery
761 Raymond Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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Telephone: 651-644-9200
Contact Name: Joseph Brown
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Weekend Salvage brings you uncommon Antique, Industrial and Vintage goods on the second and third full weekends of every month. Come and scoop up MCM furniture, Industrial patio items, medical wall...

Cost: 0

Where:
42nd and Grand Av S
4159 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Join us in Black Stack Brewing's spacious taproom to hang out with talented local artists and makers and enjoy amazing local brews!Booths:Art & Soul Holiday EventMick NovakSunny Seri's Visual...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Stack Brewing
755 Prior Ave N
St Paul, MN  55114
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Join tap dance instructor Ellen Keane of Keane Sense of Rhythm for FREE group lessons in tap dancing. We even have shoes for you! YOLO!

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue N
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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On December 15th and 16th Urban Growler Brewery will add to Minnesota's rich spectrum of holiday fairs by hosting a maker's market in their Barrel Room. The two-day event will run from 4 PM to 10...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Urban Growler Brewery
2325 Endicott St
St Paul, MN  55114
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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The main event of LFA 29 will crown a new LFA bantamweight champion when eight-time UFC vet Chico Camus battles blue chip prospect Ricky Simon for the vacant title.   Currently Announced...

Cost: Starting at $35

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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“A Christmas Carol” Based on the book by Charles Dickens Adapted by Sherry Pearce, Viva Anderson, & Jessica Faust Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center Produced by Director Viva...

Cost: 37.95

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN  56353
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom
Telephone: (320) 369-4622
Contact Name: Bryony Star
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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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We’ve crossed the St. Croix and it’s time to celebrate by joining Ale Asylum Brewmaster Dean Coffey, Co-Founder Otto Dilba, and a posse of partners to raise a pint! #SeekAsylum with six tap...

Cost: Free

Where:
Republic
221 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: Ale Asylum
Telephone: 161-920-60685
Contact Name: Hathaway Dilba
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The Academy of Russian Ballet presents its Fifteenth Annual dance production of The Nutcracker classical Ballet in the Minneapolis area. This authentically Russian classical version of the holiday...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Northern Starz Children's Theatre
5300 Alpine Drive
Ramsey, MN  55303
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Sponsor: Northern Starz
Telephone: 612-326-6158
Contact Name: Rob Rosen
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The Academy of Russian Ballet presents its Sixteenth Annual dance production of The Nutcracker classical Ballet in the Minneapolis area. This authentically Russian classical version of the holiday...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55317
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
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Experience the wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score with the magical and fantastical Christmas ballet story that is The Nutcracker. Back for the second year, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy staff...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Ashley Ballet Arts Academy
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This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Join us for Women Your Mother Warned You About: Resistance & Resilience, an explosive evening featuring the best trans women and AMAB non-binary writers in the country. We'll be sharing stories of...

Cost: $10 suggested donation

Where:
Phoenix Theater
2605 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55408
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Sponsor: Heartspark Press
Telephone: (971) 246-7408
Contact Name: Amy Heart
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Experience holiday cheer as conductors Ho-Yin Kwok and William Mathis (and a guest conductor) will lead the groups in an entertaining, fun, affordable evening that can be enjoyed by the family. ...

Cost: Free - donations accepted

Where:
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
4901 Chowen Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN  55410
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Ballet Minnesota celebrates their milestone 30th Anniversary of performing The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy with highly-lauded ballerina, Dusty Button, performing the signature role of...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Ballet Minnesota
Telephone: 651-690-6700
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Presented by Minnesota Dance Collaborative, HoliDaydream is a festive tale of dance and drama told through the eyes of a young girl as she traverses the highs and lows of the holidays through a...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: The Southern Theater
Contact Name: Hailey Colwell
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A treasure trove of vocal manuscripts quietly at rest for centuries comes to life in this joyful program of 17th-century Christmas music found in the archives of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Malta....

Cost: $10-$38

Where:
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
1900 Wellesley Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
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Sponsor: The Rose Ensemble
Telephone: 651-225-4340
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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cautionary tale of the American Dream, The Great Gatsby, is arguably THE great American novel. This beautiful adaptation of the lives of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is the...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Holiday fun for the whole family! Celebrate the season with a variety show of traditional folk music, Irish step dance, carols, cute kids, and Santa, hosted by comedian Joshua Will and Natalie...

Cost: All advance tickets $17, $20 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: O'Shea Irish Dance
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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Joe Cocozzello has featured in clubs across the US. He's worked with comedy legends Todd Barry, & Rob Delaney. Joe's boundless enthusiasm, energy and charisma is guarenteed to win over any...

Cost: 20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Karaoke is something Can Can was built to do well, and the cast of characters who have already crossed our stage is a testament to this. If you like Karaoke, and live within a 100 miles of St....

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Jennifer Pennington
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Ever wanted to play Let's Make a Deal, Match Game, Family Feud, or the Price is Right? Maybe you never wanted to play but wish you could have been in the audience. Retro Game Night will bring you...

Cost: 0

Where:
Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
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Sponsor: Can Can Wonderland
Telephone: 651-925-2261
Contact Name: Can Can Wonderland
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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Urban Growler is hosting its first annual Maker's Market to celebrate those creating art here in the Twin Cities. Interact Visual Artists will join 20-30 vendors of all varieties to sell their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Urban Growler
2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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First-ever public art installation in downtown Saint Paul skyways will illuminate immigrant experiences   Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home to be unveiled September 5, 2017 at the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Skyways b/t Town Square/US Bank/Alliance/Securian
East Sixth and Minnesota Streets
East Fifth and Minnesota Streets
Saint Paul, MN  55101
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Sponsor: Speaking of Home
Telephone: 612-414-9661
Contact Name: Carolyn Will
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Soldiers & Sailors Civil War Monument on the grounds of the Washington County Historic Courthouse, a new exhibit will be installed this June 2017, entitled,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Washington County Historic Courthouse
101 West Pine Street
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Washington County Parks
Telephone: 651-275-7075
Contact Name: Washington County Historic Courthouse
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Wondering what to do over the holidays with your family and friends this year? How about flying thousands of miles across America, chasing Santa Claus’ elves and visiting Santa’s Workshop at...

Cost: Adult: $18.95 Child: $14.95

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

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Bring your entire family to our special day for all generations at Artistry. Enjoy free interactive art activities, theater games, artist demos, and inside looks at the studios and theaters. Plus:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN  55431
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Sponsor: Artistry MN
Telephone: 952-563-8575
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The Duluth Art Institute hosts four Free Family Art Days each year, in which anyone is invited to drop-in for make-and-take art projects. This December session continues a beloved tradition,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Art Institute Linconl Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Duluth, MN  55806
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Sponsor: Duluth Art Institute
Telephone: 218-723-1310
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“A Christmas Carol” Based on the book by Charles Dickens Adapted by Sherry Pearce, Viva Anderson, & Jessica Faust Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center Produced by Director Viva...

Cost: 37.95

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN  56353
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom
Telephone: (320) 369-4622
Contact Name: Bryony Star
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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. As Joshua Cunningham explains, “The work in this show comes from the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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A treasure trove of vocal manuscripts quietly at rest for centuries comes to life in this joyful program of 17th-century Christmas music found in the archives of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Malta....

Cost: $10-$38

Where:
The Basilica of Saint Mary
1600 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
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Sponsor: The Rose Ensemble
Telephone: 651-225-4340
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Panel Discussion: Saturday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 2-5 p.m. Meg Ojala has lived in Minnesota most of her life and has taught photography at St. Olaf...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 612-377-7800
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You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry…Because the Looney Lutherans are coming (back) to town with more tips for surviving the holidays, the Lutheran way. Prepare to keep those New...

Cost: $29 and up

Where:
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55441
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Michael Christoph
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Experience the wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score with the magical and fantastical Christmas ballet story that is The Nutcracker. Back for the second year, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy staff...

Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr.
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Ashley Ballet Arts Academy
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Looking for some unique, family-friendly holiday dance entertainment this season? Join us for CHILL, featuring the music of "Charlie Brown Christmas" played live by local band GST! When: Saturdays...

Cost: $15 for adults, kids 12 and under free

Where:
Amsterdam Bar & Hall
6 W. 6th St.
St. Paul, MN  55102
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Join us for some old fashioned caroling with a BierCycle twist!  Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  We'll bring the music and you can...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Downtown Stillwater
Stillwater, MN


Sponsor: BierCycle Adventures
Telephone: 651-300-2202
Contact Name: Kristina Nelson
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The holiday tradition of gingerbread houses, called pepperkake in Norway, has crossed the sea to Norway House. Create a special piece to display – a local Twin Cities landmark or inspired...

Cost: $5

Where:
Norway House
913 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Weekend Salvage brings you uncommon Antique, Industrial and Vintage goods on the second and third full weekends of every month. Come and scoop up MCM furniture, Industrial patio items, medical wall...

Cost: 0

Where:
42nd and Grand Av S
4159 Grand Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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Holiday fun for the whole family! Celebrate the season with a variety show of traditional folk music, Irish step dance, carols, cute kids, and Santa, hosted by comedian Joshua Will and Natalie...

Cost: All advance tickets $17, $20 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: O'Shea Irish Dance
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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Join us in Black Stack Brewing's spacious taproom to hang out with talented local artists and makers and enjoy amazing local brews!Booths:Art & Soul Holiday EventMick NovakSunny Seri's Visual...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Stack Brewing
755 Prior Ave N
St Paul, MN  55114
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On December 15th and 16th Urban Growler Brewery will add to Minnesota's rich spectrum of holiday fairs by hosting a maker's market in their Barrel Room. The two-day event will run from 4 PM to 10...

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Where:
Urban Growler Brewery
2325 Endicott St
St Paul, MN  55114
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Visit The Winery at Sovereign Estate during the Holiday Season! The Spirit of Winter is a fabulous light show with synchronized music and animated displays. All ages are welcome to attend and...

Cost: ADMISSION FEES for Spirit of Winter $10 per Adult $5 per Child 3 – 12

Where:
Sovereign Estate Winery
9950 North Shore Rd.
Waconia, MN  55387
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Sponsor: Sovereign Estate Winery
Telephone: 952-446-9957
Contact Name: Sveta Brinkmeier
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Extraordinary new works from our "Golden Girl" (Golden Acrylics), Bonnie Cutts. Be sure to not miss her new body of work coming soon at Opening Night, Framing Services & Gallery. Opening...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
2836 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis , MN  55408


Sponsor: Opening Night Framing Services and Gallery
Telephone: 612-872-2325
Contact Name: Ann Van Ryswyk
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This ‘spirited’ new national traveling exhibition shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Skål! Scandinavian Spirits November 11, 2017...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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On Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Minnetonka Marriott Southwest Hotel, a group of passionate Twin Cities women representing a variety of organizations will host the First Annual Super...

Cost: $125/person, $1,000/table of 10; $25/after party only

Where:
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
5801 Opus Parkway
Minnetonka, MN  55343
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Fest! Merry Mansion Nordic Holidays at the American Swedish Institute November 12, 2017 - January 8, 2018 Saturday, November 11 -  Don't miss our Family Day kick-off of the Nordic Holiday...

Cost: $10

Where:
, MN


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“A Christmas Carol” Based on the book by Charles Dickens Adapted by Sherry Pearce, Viva Anderson, & Jessica Faust Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center Produced by Director Viva...

Cost: 37.95

Where:
Northern Lights Ballroom & Banquet Center
10376 112th Ave
Milaca, MN  56353
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Sponsor: Northern Lights Ballroom
Telephone: (320) 369-4622
Contact Name: Bryony Star
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Experience the wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score with the magical and fantastical Christmas ballet story that is The Nutcracker. Back for the second year, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy staff...

Cost: $21-$35

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Sponsor: Ashley Ballet Arts Academy
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A Conspiracy of Strange Girls and Interact Center have teamed up to curate a holiday shopping experience like no other! From 6pm-Midnight at Modist Brewing Company on December 16th, visitors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Modist Brewing Company
503 N 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Sponsor: A Conspiracy of Strange Girls
Telephone: 651-209-3575
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Candy manufacturer Willy Wonka, stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Northern Starz Children's Theatre
5300 Alpine Drive
Ramsey, MN  55303
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Sponsor: Northern Starz
Telephone: 612-326-6158
Contact Name: Rob Rosen
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The Academy of Russian Ballet presents its Sixteenth Annual dance production of The Nutcracker classical Ballet in the Minneapolis area. This authentically Russian classical version of the holiday...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55317
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
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The Academy of Russian Ballet presents its Fifteenth Annual dance production of The Nutcracker classical Ballet in the Minneapolis area. This authentically Russian classical version of the holiday...

Cost: $20.00-32.00

Where:
Eden Praiie High School PAC
17185 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN  55346
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Sponsor: Academy of Russian Ballet
Telephone: 612 501 9208
Contact Name: Kirill Bak
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For the holiday season, hot off its hit New York run, comes an uproariously funny new play from playwright/actor Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy/star of The Scottsboro Boys and Selma). Dotty and...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Holiday fun for the whole family! Celebrate the season with a variety show of traditional folk music, Irish step dance, carols, cute kids, and Santa, hosted by comedian Joshua Will and Natalie...

Cost: All advance tickets $17, $20 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: O'Shea Irish Dance
Telephone: 612-874-8892
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This holiday season, the Historic Mounds Theater in St. Paul is presenting the 10th anniversary production of A Klingon Christmas Carol, a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale from the...

Cost: $18-35

Where:
Mounds Theater
1029 Hudson Rd
St. Paul, MN  55106
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Ballet Minnesota celebrates their milestone 30th Anniversary of performing The Classic Nutcracker at The O’Shaughnessy with highly-lauded ballerina, Dusty Button, performing the signature role of...

Cost: $21 - $46

Where:
The O'Shaughnessy
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55105
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Sponsor: Ballet Minnesota
Telephone: 651-690-6700
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cautionary tale of the American Dream, The Great Gatsby, is arguably THE great American novel. This beautiful adaptation of the lives of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan is the...

Cost: Tickets: $25/$22 Adult | $22/$19 Senior/Student

Where:
Lakeshore Players Theatre
4820 Stewart Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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Telephone: 651-429-5674
Contact Name: Lakeshore Players
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Lennie and George are scraping to buy a home of their own. When Lennie stirs up trouble, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards the American dream. This new...

Cost: $27-60

Where:
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN  55102
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Telephone: 651-291-7005
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Presented by Minnesota Dance Collaborative, HoliDaydream is a festive tale of dance and drama told through the eyes of a young girl as she traverses the highs and lows of the holidays through a...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Southern Theater
1420 S. Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55454
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Sponsor: The Southern Theater
Contact Name: Hailey Colwell
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A GONE FISHIN' CHRISTMAS a holiday comedy by Jessica Lind Peterson directed by Jason Peterson NOVEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 31   From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A...

Cost: $23 - $28

Where:
Yellow Tree Theatre
320 Fifth Avenue SE
Osseo, MN  55369
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Sponsor: Yellow Tree Theatre
Telephone: 763-493-8733
Contact Name: Kara Wolf
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Jewel, singer-songwriter, actress and author, will bring her holiday tour to the Mystic Showroom Saturday, December 16 at 8 pm.    Jewel rose to fame with her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You...

Cost: $40, $50 & $65 for tickets

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Jewel rose to fame with her 1995 debut album, Pieces of You which became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time. The debut single from the album, “Who Will Save Your Soul,” peaked at...

Cost: $40, $50 & $65

Where:
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN  55372
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Joe Cocozzello has featured in clubs across the US. He's worked with comedy legends Todd Barry, & Rob Delaney. Joe's boundless enthusiasm, energy and charisma is guarenteed to win over any...

Cost: 20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 612-666-0809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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The Four Freshmen are America’s most enduring vocal group. From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great...

Cost: $45 non-members, $40 members

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Telephone: 952-979-1111
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Urban Growler is hosting its first annual Maker's Market to celebrate those creating art here in the Twin Cities. Interact Visual Artists will join 20-30 vendors of all varieties to sell their...

Cost: Free

Where:
Urban Growler
2325 Endicott Street
Saint Paul, MN  55114
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The Award Winning 60's Doo-Wop Musical Take a trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a doo-wop singing group preparing to enter a radio contest in the hope of a recording contract...

Cost: $30-$40

Where:
Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
Excelsior, MN  55331
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Telephone: 952-474-5951
Contact Name: Old Log Theatre
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