Weekend Best Bets: Dec. 21-23

Todd about Town: Your to-do list this weekend includes a wrap-up of holiday offerings

Courtesy American Swedish Institute


1. FAMILY BAKING: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

December 22, 9-11 a.m.
December 23, 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Mill City Museum

This special event, created at the Mill City Museum, teaches adults and kids about different Minnesota holiday traditions while the baked goods are cooking. Attendees leave with recipes and samples. Learn more.

2. GEORGE WINSTON

December 21, 8 p.m.

Orchestra Hall

Enjoy an evening of holiday music at Orchestra Hall with pianist George Winston. Learn more.

3. HANDEL’S MESSIAH

December 21, 8 p.m.
December 22, 8 p.m.
December 23, 2 p.m.

Basilica of Saint Mary
Ordway Concert Hall

Handel’s Messiah will be performed in Minneapolis at the Basilica of St. Mary and in St. Paul at the Ordway. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Singers–Minnesota Choral Artists perform the timeless piece. Learn more.

4. CHRISTMAS ON THE PRAIRIE

December 22-23

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres​

For over 20 years, the Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band have performed alongside A Prairie Home Companion. The band is joined by Mary Jane Alm and Aimée & Boyd Lee, to perform holiday classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “O Holy Night,” “Away in a Manger,” “Run Run Rudolph,” “Winter Wonderland” and more. Learn more. Learn more.

5. WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

December 21, 5-9 p.m.

American Swedish Institute

Celebrate the shortest day of the year at the American Swedish Institute with musical performances, craft activities, tours of the festively decorated mansion, and holiday treats and beverages from FIKA. (It’s outside in the courtyard, so dress accordingly.) Learn more.

6. CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS TOUR

December 21-30

James J. Hill House

Visit the James J. Hill House on a 60-minute guided tour taking you through the rooms of the mansion. Guides will tell stories and share how the Hill Family celebrated the holidays. Learn more.

7. DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN CONCERT

December 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium

Enjoy the beautiful music of Disney’s Beauty and the Best performed live by the Minnesota Orchestra as the animated full length film shows behind them. Learn more.

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