2011 Holiday Events Guide

As the days become shorter, avoid the urge to hibernate this holiday season and get out to do something in Minneapolis. The city offers everything from holiday standards to holiday farce and events and attractions for young and old alike. Social life in the city doesn’t have to end with that first snowfall. Fill up your calendar and feel the holiday cheer.

Miracle at 824 Hennepin, or Skyway to the Manger Zone
Thru Jan. 28

Brave New Workshop, at its new location at 824 Hennepin Ave., offers a show skewering the normal holiday madness, featuring new skits and holiday standards from the past. This will be the troupe’s first show in the new theater, which is also outfitted with a full bar to bring those holiday spirits further into the manger zone. For tickets go to tickets.bravenewworkshop.com or call 332-6620.

A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater
Nov. 17–Dec. 30

The Guthrie, 818 S. 2nd St., has featured its famous “A Christmas Carol” annually for more than 35 years. For a second season they are highlighting a new take on Charles Dicken’s ghost story with the  adaptation by British playwright Crispin Whittell. Feast your eyes on a stunning set complete with intricate costumes and beautiful music. Tickets are $29–$73. For tickets or more information, call 377-2224 or visit guthrietheater.org.

Target’s Annual Holidazzle Parade
Nov. 25–Dec. 18

Famous storybook characters march from 12th Street to 4th Street along Nicollet Mall during “A Fairytale for All,” the 20th-annual Holidazzle Parade. Local choirs and marching bands will join the procession. Gather the family and stay warm with a cup of hot cocoa or cider under the Target Holidazzle Hot Seats between 11th and 12th streets. For information on prices, parking and directions call 376-7669, or visit holidazzle.com.

Miss Richfield 1981: Thirty Years on the Throne
Dec. 1–19

The legendary Miss Richfield 1981 is back from Provincetown, per the mayor’s proclamation, ready to spread holiday cheer and hilarity once more at the Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave. For tickets call 339-4944 or go to illusiontheater.org.

Macy’s Annual 8th Floor Santaland
Thru Dec. 30

“A Day in the Life of an Elf” will be featured for Macy’s 49th annual holiday show on the 8th floor of its store at 700 Nicollet Mall. Each station will tell the story of Santa’s elves as they prepare for Christmas in the North Pole. Admission is free.

The Hardy Boys Save Christmas
Nov. 25, 26, 27, Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

In this encore showing at Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., brother detectives, the Hardy Boys, save Christmas from a criminal bent on ruining it for everyone in the Twin Cities. The show is fun for kids and adults alike, using local allusions and satire to tell the story. For tickets, call 825-8949 or go to bryantlakebowl.com.  


Holiday Traditions at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Nov. 28–Jan. 3

Since 1951 the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., has transformed its American and European period rooms into holiday impressions from times past. They include special occasions like a representation of a Hanukkah celebration from the year 1770 in Providence, R.I. Early Christmas trees and Nativity scenes are also highlighted in the period rooms. Admission is free and tours are available upon request. For reservations or more information call 870-3131.

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Dec. 15­–18

Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave., presents the story of the Christmas 1914 truce during World War I, told in the words of the men who lived it, that began when a German soldier left his foxhole and sang Stille Nacht. For tickets or more info, call 1-800-982-2787 or visit hennepintheatretrust.org.

A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol
Nov. 25–Jan. 1

Dicken’s classic tale is moved to Bunyan Bay, Minn., where a bar owner swears off Christmas, goes on a snowmobile ride and ends up a coma. Ghostly visits ensue. The spoof plays at New Century Theater, 615 Hennepin Ave., Suite 145. For tickets or more info, call 1-800-982-2787 or visit hennepintheatretrust.org.

Breakfast with Santa at Macy’s
Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17. 18

Macy’s, 700 Nicollet Mall, cordially invites you to an exclusive breakfast with the one and only Santa Claus himself. Fill up with your favorite breakfast treats and afterwards enjoy fun and games with the kids. To reserve a spot at Santa’s table, call 1-877-556-2297.


Ice Skating at The Depot

Named one of the top 10 places to ice skate in the country by USA Today and MSNBC, the Depot ice rink features glass walls for a brilliant view of the Minneapolis skyline, discounted group rates and a food and beverage bar. There’s nothing more Minnesotan than hitting the rink, and the Depot is the perfect place to do it. For more information or to reserve space, call 758-7873 or visit thedepotminneapolis.com.

6th Annual Green Gifts Fair
Nov. 19

Check out the work of more than 70 local eco artists and businesses at the Do It Green! Green Gifts Fair at the Midtown Global Market, 2929 Chicago Ave. For more information go to doitgreen.org/gifts-fair.

Meet authors Kevin Kling, Don Shelby, Beth Dooley and Lynne Jonell
Dec. 3, 10, 17

Signed books make for a special kind of holiday gift. Magers & Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., is holding signings with local authors the first three Saturdays in December. For more information go to magersandquinn.com or call 822-4611.

Purple Door Potters Annual Holiday Show and Sale
Nov. 25–27

Eleven local potters will showcase their work at the three-day extravaganza. A variety of pottery will be for sale. A sampling of work can be viewed a purpledoorpotters.com. The event is at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. For more information, call 940-3527.

Other Holiday Events

Mrs. Claus & the Batty Christmas reading by Jeff Berg
Nov. 19, 3 p.m.
Where: Birchbark Books, 2115 W. 21st St.
Cost: Free
Contact: 374-4023

Social Capital fundraiser
Nov. 19, 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Urban Eatery, 2730 W. Lake St.
Cost: Donations encouraged for Avenues for Homeless, Hope for the City and The Jeremiah Program
Website: iamsocialcapital.org

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”
Dec. 2–Dec. 3
Where: Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $33–$92
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org

Linda Eder: Home for the Holidays
Dec. 2
Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $53.50–$63.50
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org

The Blenders Holiday Soul Tour
Dec. 9–Dec. 11
Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $38
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org


Celtic Thunder–Christmas

Dec. 10
Where: State Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $38.50–$68.50
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org

Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 7 & Dec. 10–Dec. 11
Where: Minnesota Orchestra, 1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $22–$55
Contact: 371-5656
Website: minnesotaorchestra.org

Tonic Sol-Fa: Home for the Holidays
Dec. 12
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $20–$45
Contact: 371-5656
Website: minnesotaorchestra.org

Jim Brickman Holiday Concert
Dec. 14
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $22–$60
Contact: 371-5656
Website: minnesotaorchestra.org

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
Dec. 16
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $25­­–$85
Contact: 371-5656
Website: minnesotaorchestra.org


A Scandinavian Christmas

Dec. 17 – Dec. 18
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $22–$60
Contact: 371-5656

Interact Theater’s Joy, A Holiday Cabaret
Nov. 18–Dec. 17
Where: The Lab Theater, 700 1st St. N.
Contact: 616-1727
Website: thelabtheater.org