Holiday Sights and Sounds: Concerts to Attend in the Twin Cities

To celebrate the holiday season, choose from this list of captivating holiday concerts in the area

‘Tis the season to jam to holiday tunes. If you’re looking for a concert to attend, try out one of these enchanting options. Choose from concerts in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and the surrounding area to make new traditions and lasting memories.

The Blenders

Holiday Soul Tour

Who: The Blenders
When: Dec. 9-11

Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

The Blenders have been touring around the country for over thirty years, with blends of vocal harmonies and original music. The band members are originally from North Dakota but now call Minneapolis their home.

A Motown Christmas

Who: BPE Productions
When: Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville

A family-oriented show with classic holiday tunes, this show will demonstrate trademarks of the Motown Christmas experience. The performers in this ensemble are previous members of Motown’s legendary groups.

Courtesy of Minnesota Dance Theatre

Nutcracker Fantasy

Who: Minnesota Dance Theatre
When: Dec. 16-22

Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Although this is a ballet and theater performance, the Nutcracker will feature an orchestra with 44 members playing the original score composed by Tchaikovsky, as well as over 150 dancers in the ballet. Enjoy both the classic tale and the iconic music.

Holiday Folk Concert

Who: Tides of Winter
When: Dec. 17, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Awaken West Seventh, 506 View St., St. Paul

Featuring classic and new original holiday music, this concert is put on by an alternative folk band and is a holiday tradition for the Awaken community. The band is a collection of local musicians that come together for the season.

River City Chorale

Choral Christmas 

Who: The River City Chorale
When: Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson

This annual Christmas concert will feature an ensemble of singers from around the Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley areas, and will be held just across the border in Wisconsin. This year, the chorale is under the direction of Andrew Haase. 

Classical Christmas

Who: 3rd Elephant
When: Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Heart of the City Music Factory, 2665 4th Ave., Anoka

3rd Elephant is a trio of classical and folk musicians who aim to delight with blends of traditional hymns, folk melodies, and jazz music on violin, cello, guitar and mandolin. The concert will feature their original music. 

A Rose in Winter

Who: Magnum Chorum
When: Dec. 17-18

Where: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul and Westwood Lutheran Church, 9001 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park

With familiar holiday carols, this concert series promises to lift your spirits. Directed by Dwight Jilek, the concert will be held at two nearby churches. The program will feature songs like Serenity by Gjeilo and Ave Maria by Nathaniel Dett.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Who: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
When: Dec. 23, 3-7 p.m.

Where: XCel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

The popular progressive rock group, “The Trans-Siberian Orchestra” will visit the Twin Cities area as part of their winter tour. A portion of the concert proceeds will be given to the Salvation Army.