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A Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. In Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, the three spirits show Scrooge happy memories from his past, difficult realities from the present and a grim future should he continue his closed-hearted ways. This world-premiere adaptation stays faithful to the text and invites audiences to experience the wonder of the holiday season through all-new scenery, costumes, props, lighting and sound.
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/08/2021
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Organization:

Guthrie Theater

Location:

18 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55414
United States

Phone:

(612) 377-2224

GLOW Holiday Festival at Minnesota State Fairgrounds *Tickets on Sale Now!

GLOW Holiday Festival is Minnesota’s newest holiday tradition and must-see wintertime attraction at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The Great Minnesota Holiday Get-Together features over a million lights, sElfie Plaza, three-story ice palace, bike-powered tree, State Fair Food Court, Sky Glider rides and so much more!
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
Time varies, see website for available time slots.
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Organization:

Glow Holiday

Location:

Minnesota State Fairgrounds 265 Snelling Ave N.
St Paul, MN, 55108
United States

Lightwire Theater's A Very Electric Christmas - Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas is coming to the Ordway on December 15, 2021. Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole… his adventure begins!
Dates: 
12/15/2021
7 pm
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Location:

345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN, 55102
United States

Phone:

(651) 224-4222

MERRY & BRIGHT WITH CHARLES LAZARUS at Orchestra Hall

Give your holiday season a big, brassy boost as Minnesota Orchestra trumpeter Charles Lazarus and some very special guests swing their way through your favorite holiday tunes. Lazarus’ all-star band features Grammy-winners, former Prince collaborators and many world-renowned performers, all lending a bright, fresh take on the most beloved classics.
Dates: 
12/12/2021
2 pm
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Organization:

Minnesota Orchestra

Location:

1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
United States

Phone:

612.371.5600

Christmas in Color - Twin Cities, Minnesota

Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio. Drive by giant candy canes, snowmen, arched pathways and more. Take your time enjoying this lighting extravaganza - we won’t judge you if you join the kids with your face pressed against the window!
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
5:30 - 9:30 pm
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Organization:

Christmas in Color

Location:

Multiple US Cities
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United States

Phone:

(888)-540-7065

The Northern Express - Excelsior Village

A COMPLETE CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND! Inspired by the blissful magic we grew up believing, The Northern Express is an immersive holiday experience that brings holiday cheer to the whole family.
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
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Location:

3300 Tanadoona Dr
Excelsior, MN, 55331
United States

European Christmas Market at Union Depot

The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is the most authentic, traditional holiday market of its kind in Minnesota. Offering a unique shopping experience, family-friendly entertainment & intercultural activities, be sure to spend a day with family and friends here. It is a free public event based on the festive open-air Christkindl Markets that are in Germany, Austria, and other European countries during the Advent season.
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
Friday Hours: 4 PM – 9 PM Saturday Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM Sunday Hours: 11 AM – 6 PM
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Organization:

Union Depot

Location:

214 4th St E
Saint Paul, MN, 55101
United States

Phone:

651-202-2700

The Sleigh Belle Dancers - Northtown Mall

Get ready for a high energy holiday show live at Northtown Mall. The Sleigh Belle Dancers will be in Best Buy Court on Sunday, December 5th and Sunday, December 19th from 1 to 2 pm. Don't miss one of these great shows to get in the holiday spirit!
Dates: 
12/05/2021
1 - 2 pm
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Organization:

Northtown Mall

Location:

398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN, 55434
United States

Phone:

(763) 786-9705

Santa Hustle 2021 VIRTUAL

VIRTUAL is OPEN! Santa Claus is an incredible man but unfortunately, he can’t be everywhere at once. However, he does want you to be a part of the jolliest race series of the year! So why not run virtually?
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
All day.
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Santa's Train Shop 2021 - Minnesota Transportation Museum

During the first three full weekends in December, we host our annual Santa’s Train Shop at Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum. Come on out for activities all day long!
Dates: 
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
12/11/2021
10 AM - 4 PM
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Location:

193 Pennsylvania Ave E
Saint Paul , MN, 55130
United States

Phone:

(715) 755-3570

Sever’s Holiday Lights Drive Thru

Looking for a holiday tradition the whole family will love? Our massive 2,500,00+ holiday light display dances in time to the best songs of the season, and with festive food & drink vendors, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be merry. So go ahead, pile into the car—this is one show everyone will want to see.
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
Sun - Thur 5pm – 9pm Fri - Sat 5pm – 10pm
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Organization:

Sever's Festivals

Location:

3121 150th St. W.
Shakopee, MN, 55369
United States

Phone:

(952) 270-6293

Celtic Holiday Hooley - Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some warm-fuzzies and holiday family fun! This hosted variety show is a party for all ages with Irish music, stories, sketches, step dance, caroling and more. Beyond that, it’s wacky good fun for everyone with brief guest appearances from well-known holiday characters including The Grinch and yes, even Santa Claus! Presented by the O’Shea Irish Dancers (who appeared at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in sold-out performances of Kickin’ It Irish.) Choreography and music by original Riverdancer, Cormac O’Sé, of Dublin.
Dates: 
12/19/2021
12/20/2021
12/21/2021
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Location:

501 W 78th St P.O. Box 100
Chanhassen, MN, 55317
United States

Phone:

(952) 934-1525

Bentleyville Tour of Lights

Bentleyville “Tour of Lights” brings people together to create delightful memories for all! Bentleyville is reverting back to a Walk Through format for our 2021 season with FREE admission. Parking in any lot at or near Bentleyville will be $10 per vehicle.
Dates: 
12/03/2021
12/04/2021
12/05/2021
5-9 Sun-Thurs 5-10 Fri-Sat
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Location:

Bayfront Park
700 Railroad Street
Duluth, MN, 55802
United States

Arb Winter Lights Experience

Bundle up the kiddos and stroll through the beautiful light displays on this walking tour through our sparkling winter gardens.Get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air of a winter evening, as you experience 16 outdoor light displays, featuring flowers, nature and winter fun, on an accessible, stroller-friendly walk that’s just over a half-mile. Warm up midway through the walking tour at a bonfire and roast marshmallows over the fire -- s’mores packages will be for sale. Artist Jennifer Hedberg’s luminescent ice sculptures will also be part of the display. Embrace all that a Minnesota winter has to offer -- dress for the weather! Children 15 and younger are free.
Dates: 
12/03/2022
12/04/2022
12/05/2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Location:

3675 Arboretum Dr, Chaska
Chaska, MN, 55318
United States

Phone:

612-624-2200