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Nights of Noël

Our guide to the season’s best performances and festivities

Nights of Noël
Photo by Peter Horjus (Illustration)

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The Twelve Days of Christmas can seem like an eternity if the only items on your agenda are eating, opening gifts, and singing carols in the den. Luckily, the local arts community is here to help. From plays to concerts to B&B tours, there’s plenty to lure you off the La-Z-Boy. Looking for a display of lights? Metro Connections offers a motorcoach tour of the Twin Cities’ outdoor décor. Want the kids to learn something from Tiny Tim? Choose from several Christmas Carol productions, including the traditional staging at the Guthrie Theater. There’s even a Kwanzaa celebration at the Minnesota History Center, Saint Lucia events at both the American Swedish Institute and the Landmark Center, and the annual Hanukkah play by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. Step into the past with the Minnesota Historical Society’s decorated Victorian-century homes, or into the future with Macy’s Holi­dazzle Parade. Keep this list handy all month and remember—even the wise men followed a guide.


ETHNIC DANCE THEATRE: Nutcracker, a “ballet-free” production, Dec. 7–9 • E. M. Pearson Theater, Concordia University, 312 Hamline Ave., St. Paul, 651-209-6689, www.ticketworks.com

JAMES SEWELL BALLET: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Dec. 21 and 22 • The O’Shaughnessy, College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-690-6700, www.theoshaughnessy.com

MINNESOTA BALLET: The Nutcracker, Dec. 14–16 • Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, 218-529-3742, www.minnesotaballet.org

MINNESOTA DANCE THEATRE: Abbreviated performances of Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, Dec. 1 and 8 • Galleria, Edina, 952-925-4321, www.galleriaedina.com

ZENON DANCE COMPANY: The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose, Dec. 15, 22 • Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-1725, www.southerntheater.org


BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP: Stuck in the Manger with You; or Carol On, My Wayward Son, continues this month • 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-332-6620, www.bravenewworkshop.org

CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATRES: 22nd Annual Holiday Revue: The Best of the Holidays, closes Dec. 30 • 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen, 952-934-1525, www.chanhassentheatres.com

DULUTH PLAYHOUSE: Scrooge, the Musical, closes Dec. 16 • 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth, 218-733-7555, www.duluthplayhouse.org

GUTHRIE THEATER: A Christmas Carol, closes Dec. 30 • 818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-377-2224, www.guthrietheater.org

HENNEPIN STAGES: A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, closes Dec. 31 • 824 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-673-0404, www.adonthugmechristmascarol.com

KNOX NEIGHBORHOOD THEATER: Home for Christmas, Dec. 1 and 2 • Knox Presbyterian Church, 4747 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-2181, www.knoxpc.org

LYRIC ARTS: It’s a Wonderful Life, closes Dec. 23 • 420 E. Main St., Anoka, 763-422-1838, www.lyricarts.org

The Magic Dreidels, Dec. 6–21 • Hillcrest Center Theater, 1978 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul, 651-647-4315, www.mnjewishtheatre.org

OLD LOG THEATER: Little Red Riding Hood—this year’s holiday children’s show, closes Dec. 30 • 5185 Meadville St., Greenwood, 952-474-5951, www.oldlog.com

ROCHESTER REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY: Comfort and Joy, Dec. 1, 6–8 • 314 1/2 S. Broadway, Rochester, 507-289-1737, www.rochesterrep.org

THE SOAPBOX THEATRE: Inspecting Carol, a comical take on Dickens’ classic tale, closes Dec. 23 • Commonweal Theatre, 208 Parkway Ave. N., Lanesboro, 800-657-7025, www.commonwealtheatre.org

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY: Madeline’s Christmas, closes Dec. 30 • Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-979-1111, www.stagestheatre.org

THEATER LATTÉ DA: A Christmas Carole Petersen, Dec. 7–29 • McKnight Theatre, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222. www.ordway.org

YOUTH PERFORMANCE COMPANY: Babes in Toyland, closes Dec. 18 • Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-623-9080, www.youthperformanceco.com


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