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Things to do this week: holiday lights, theater productions, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more
Courtesy of Minnesota Dance Theatre

“Nutcracker Fantasy

Who: Loyce Houlton’s “Nutcracker Fantasy”
Through Dec. 23
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

This ballet and theater performance also features 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.

GLOW Holiday Festival

GLOW Holiday Festival

What: GLOW Holiday Festival
Through Jan. 1
CHS Field, 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul

This year, the holiday festival takes over CHS Field with more than a million lights, an enchanted forest, and other art exhibits. There will be food and beverage stations throughout the festival, as well as a giant slide, a gift shop, and a reindeer run through a maze.

Winter Lights 2022

Delightful Lights

What: Winter Lights
When: Through Jan. 1
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska 

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum will showcase lights, s’mores, and local performers on select nights.

“Beauty” On Stage

What: “Beauty and the Beast” at the Ordway
When: Through Dec. 31
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St Paul

Head to the Ordway for a musical theater production of the classic tale, “Beauty and the Beast,” told in a fun new way. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the stage, and read about the brains behind the show, producing artistic director Rod Kaats, here.

Theatrical Tradition

What: “A Christmas Carol” 
Through Dec. 31
Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis

Enjoy this classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens at the Guthrie Theater. This performance tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and attending is a timeless tradition of holiday theater lovers.

Nature on Canvas

What: Karen Savage-Blue: “Laughing Waters” 
When: Through Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Where: Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Drive, Winona

Karen Savage-Blue is an Anishinaabe artist whose work reflects on the connection between nature and humanity. Her ethereal, dreamlike paintings are on display at the museum through Dec. 21.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Who: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 23, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
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 a winter tour. A portion of the concert proceeds goes to the Salvation Army.

“The Best Christmas Show in Three Years”

Christmas Comedy

What: The Best Christmas Show in Three Years 
When: Through Jan. 28
Where: Dudley Riggs Theatre (formerly Brave New Workshop), 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 

Looking for a laugh? The Brave New Workshop promises to restore the holiday cheer that was lost in the past few years with a collection of comedic sketches and songs, culminating with a brilliant take on “The 12 Days of Christmas.”