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Todd about Town: Your weekend to-do list around the Twin Cities includes a brewery tour, holiday shows, Michael Bolton, and more

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Orpheum Theatre​
910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
December 14, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Grammy-winning musician Chip Davis brings new-age neoclassical rock band Mannheim Steamroller to Minneapolis, performing modern interpretations of Christmas classics on stage with a multimedia show. Learn more.

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy

State Theatre​
805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
December 14-16, 21-23

Presented by Minnesota Dance Theatre, this classic Minneapolis version of The Nutcracker, as imagined by local dance icon Loyce Houlton, is going on 50 years of performances. Learn more.

The Blenders: The Holiday Soul Tour

Pantages Theatre​
710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
December 14-16

The Blenders’ holiday show has become an annual, country-crossing tradition over the past 25 years. It’s a night of harmonic holiday singing to get you in the spirit. Learn more.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Eden Prairie High School Performing Arts Center
17164-17198 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie
December 14-16

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet will be performed by the Minnesota Ballet Theatre for the seventeenth year at Eden Prairie High School. Learn more.

Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites

Mystic Lake Showroom
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake
December 15, 8 p.m.

Grammy-winning rock balladeer Michael Bolton performs his hits, like “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?”, along with his favorite holiday staples. Learn more.

Holiday Market

Saint Paul RiverCentre​
175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
December 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Holiday Market includes over 100 artists and vendors from the Midwest, including Portland Ave. Candles, Mary's Roses Moisturizing Bars, and Northern Trends. There will also be an opportunity to have your picture taken with Santa Claus. Learn more.

Minnesota Boychoir Winter Concert

Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis
December 16, 7 p.m.

Entering its 57th season, the 150-member Minnesota Boychoir sings secular and sacred songs, including a jazzy rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town,” “Deck the Halls,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Angels From the Realms of Glory,” and an audience sing-along of “Silent Night.” Learn more.

Brews ’n’ Bulbs Holiday Craft Brewery Tour

Various venues around the Twin Cities, starting at Flat Earth Brewery  
December 15, 22, and 29, 6-10 p.m.

Board a heated coach bus for a tour that includes stops at 12welve Eyes, Bad Weather, and Flat Earth. You’ll stop at various light displays around the metro area. While on the bus, enjoy fresh holiday popcorn from Candyland. Learn more.