“I do that every year at the holidays!”
Ah, traditions. You love ’em. But you might find yourself thinking, I wanna change it up. Do something new. The great thing about the Twin Cities during the holidays? You can do either. Or both. And you have a lot of choices.
We can’t name them all, but we can get you started with unique ideas for shopping, activities and shows. So go ahead and make a list (check it twice if you want to) of what sounds fun to you this holiday season. You just might discover your next tradition.
MARKETS & SHOPPING
Holiday Gallery Shop
What to get … what to get …
That elusive gift might be found at the Textile Center’s holiday gallery, where you can shop for exquisite handmade fiber gifts from more than 100 artists.
When: Nov. 1–Dec. 24. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Opening reception Nov. 10, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Where: Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE
Info: textilecentermn.org, 612.436.0464. Free and open to the public. Artist trunks shows/demos every Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
11th-annual Green Gifts Fair
Bring the whole family and inspire a bit more “thinking green” this season. Besides 80-plus artists and businesses for your holiday shopping, the fair offers activities for kids, food samples, green-living demos and other practical ideas. Even better: You can drop off your old holiday lights for recycling.
When: Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St.
Info: midtownglobalmarket.org. Free.
Linden Hills Holiday Market
Minneapolis Craft Market is partnering with the Linden Hills Farmers Market for this rotating selection (50-plus vendors each week) of artisan food producers and the skilled craftspeople of the North. Taking place alongside the Christmas tree lot at Sunnyside Gardens, this one-stop holiday market includes unique holiday gifts, decadent treats, winter home décor and more.
When: Sundays Nov. 20–Dec. 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 W. 44th St.
GEAR Black Friday Run / Annual Holiday Open House
This independently owned running store focuses on helping you get just what you need. Plus, they’re the exclusive home of cool RUN MSP® clothes and gear. Join them the day after Thanksgiving for their loads-of-fun Black Friday Run. Then reward yourself with food, drinks and holiday cheer (plus store specials and a gift drive) at their holiday open house.
When: Black Friday Run Nov. 25, 8:30 a.m.; Holiday Open House Dec. 9, 4 p.m.
Where: GEAR Running Store, 4406 France Ave. S.
Info: gearrunningstore.com, 952-926-2645. Both events free and open to the public. More info at facebook.com/GearRunning.
Small Business Saturday
The Saturday after Thanksgiving isn’t just a day for digging out the holiday décor — it’s a shopping day to support local retailers. There are often special things happening, like the new Holiday Market at 50th & France in Edina, where 26 local artisans will be featured in the walkway in the clock tower building (noon–5 p.m.). Plus, carolers and Santa will be by the holiday tree, which lights up at 5 p.m.
When: Nov. 26
Where: Various businesses
Info: 50thandfrance.com/events. Find other participating retailers by entering your zip code at americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/.
Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet: Holiday Shopping Kickoff
Just because you live here doesn’t mean you can’t take a photo with Mary Tyler Moore — the statue, that is. She’s ready for you, and this eclectic heart-of-downtown store is where you can do just that, plus enjoy music, treats and specials. Oh, and do some fabulous holiday shopping, Minneapolis style.
When: Nov. 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: 505 Nicollet Mall, Suite 100
Made by Hands Holiday Sale
So a beer sounds kinda good. And so does a food truck. And throw in a DJ for good measure. Aw heck, you might as well get some holiday shopping done while you’re out and about. Do it all at the third-annual Made by Hands event at this spacious and cozy (yes, it can be both) Northeast brewery.
When: Nov. 27, noon–6 p.m.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE
Info: bauhausbrewlabs.com/events, 276-6911.
European Christmas Market
Meander through beautifully decorated booths modeled after German Christkindlmarkts. Charming and family friendly, this third-annual event features works and goods from local crafters and artisans. Find blown-glass ornaments, holiday décor, clothing and more. Carolers, dancers, musicians — and even Santa and reindeer — set the backdrop.
When: Dec. 1–4 and Dec. 8–11; Thursdays and Fridays 4 p.m.–9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sundays noon–6 p.m.
Where: East Plaza of Union Depot, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul
Info: stpaulchristmasmarket.com, 612.767.2403. Free.
Holiday Open Haus
Have a glass of glühwein and a lebkuchen — aka mulled wine and a cookie — as you stroll and shop for Christmas gifts. Kids coming along? They can make an ornament at the craft station on Saturday or see St. Nikolaus on Sunday.
When: Dec. 3, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Dec. 4, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Germanic American Institute, 301 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
Info: gai-mn.org, 651-222-7027. Free and open to the public.
Casket Arts Holiday Marketplace
Finish (or start) your holiday shopping in a historic Minneapolis building where you’ll find over 40 artists’ and makers’ works lining the first-floor hallways. With music as the backdrop, you’ll see and be able to support local talent in paintings, jewelry, prints, tiles, sculptures and more.
When: Dec. 10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: 681 17th Ave. NE
Minnesota Women’s Art Festival
Live music — nine acts throughout the day — will offer background music for browsing high-quality works by over 130 women artists. Types of products and art for sale include fiber (wearable and not), glass, mixed media, jewelry, printmaking, body care, healing arts and more. Food and bevvies provided by Sisters’ Sludge Coffee and Kabomelette food truck.
When: Dec. 10, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Where: Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave. S.
Info: womensartfestival.com. Free covered parking in the Wells Fargo ramp 1 block away.
Procraftinate: A Handmade Holiday Market
Organized by the Minneapolis Craft Market, this afternoon of perusing and purchasing handmade goods places happy holiday buyers smack in the middle of — what else — a brewery. Most shoppers would give that a stamp of approval.
When: Dec. 17, noon–5 p.m.
Where: Lakes & Legends Brewing Company, 1368 LaSalle Ave.
Info: mplscraftmarket.com, lakesandlegends.com.
ACTIVITIES & DISPLAYS
A holiday tradition at this rail-lover’s museum, Night Trains offers a look at a make-believe town called Matlin that — while buried in a blizzard — is adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations. Lighted models of vintage passenger trains travel amid buildings and streetlights that softly glow in this magical village.
When: Saturdays, Nov. 5–Feb. 25, 2017
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, St. Paul
Info: tcmrm.org, 651-647-9628. Admission $15. Family and group rates available. Children under 4, free.
5 to 10 on Hennepin Artist Market
5 to 10 enlivens public spaces in the WeDo MPLS Cultural District, and during the holidays that lively spirit includes an artist market in the heart of downtown. Check off your gift list and relax a bit, too — the event includes live music, with food and drinks available. Even better: enjoy free Metro Transit rides and free flu shots from Southside Community Health Center.
When: Nov. 10 and Dec. 8, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Where: City Center Atrium, 615 Hennepin Ave.
Info: MadeHereMn.org, facebook.com/madeheremn. Free.
Dec. 12 is International Gingerbread Day: a good reason to ooh and ah over an array of Twin Cities buildings made of gingerbread. Local bakers and pastry chefs are contributing entries — and so are home bakers (entries accepted until Nov. 18). A “People’s Choice” award will honor the structure most admired by attendees.
When: Nov. 22–Jan. 8; gallery hours 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday (open until 8 p.m. Wednesday)
Where: Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave.
Info: norwayhouse.org, 871-2211. Admission $5; Free for Norway House members and children 12 and under. Group tours may be scheduled and are eligible for a discount on admission.
Holidazzle: A Little North Country in the Heart of the City
The Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board bring Holidazzle to Loring Park for a Winter Wonderland in downtown Minneapolis. Enjoy food, drinks, movie nights, carriage rides, shopping, fireworks and visiting Santa Claus.
When: Thursdays–Sundays, Nov. 25–Dec. 23 (5 p.m.–9 p.m. Thursdays; 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sundays)
Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.
Info: holidazzle.com. Free.
Wells Fargo Minneapolis WinterSkate
Lace ’em up and get gliding. It’s a chance to skate in the heart of downtown Minneapolis — Loring Park was once called Central Park — and enjoy a warming house courtesy of CenterPoint Energy. Complimentary skates will be available during warming house hours on a first-come, first-served basis (sizes and quantity may vary).
When: Daily beginning Nov. 25
Where: Loring Park, 1382 Willow St.
Info: downtownmpls.com/winterskate. Free. Warming house open daily Mondays–Fridays 3 p.m.–9 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Hours will be extended by one hour Fridays–Sundays during Holidazzle. Hours Dec. 24: noon–4 p.m.; Dec. 31 and Jan. 1: noon–6 p.m. Closed Christmas Day
New this year, Holiday Saturdays lets you shop for unique Minnesota gifts at the Minnesota History Center’s museum store, take part in art activities like crafting holiday cards and enjoy community concerts. Plus, try out the StoryWalk. Based on the book “North Woods Girl,” it’s a wintery walk around the History Center.
When: Saturdays, Nov. 26–Dec. 31 (includes Dec. 24). Art activities: noon–3 p.m.; concert performances: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul
Info: mnhs.org/event/1924, 651-259-3015. Cost with museum admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors and college students; $6 ages 5–17; free for ages 4 and under. Free for MNHS members.
The Nicollet Island Inn
Step into the foyer of this historic inn and breathe deeply: They deck their halls with real pine garlands, elegant trees and twinkling lights. Throughout December they offer a five-course holiday tea on select dates, and they serve a decadent five-course Christmas menu on Dec. 25.
When: Décor starting Nov. 30. Teas: Nov. 19 and 20, one seating 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; first three Wednesdays and Sundays in December, two seatings 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Where: 95 Merriam St.
Info: nicolletislandinn.com, 331-1800. Holiday tea $45 per person. To schedule tea, email Lindsay@nicolletislandinn.com.
Where else could you find all the other lutefisk lovers? Join the gang who counts this a must-do holiday tradition and relish in the all-you-can-eat buffet of lutefisk, Swedish meatballs, pickled beets, boiled potatoes, rice pudding and more. It’s capped off with live music and a Stuga house display.
When: Dec. 2, 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S.
Info: mtolivet.org, 926-7651. Admission is for $20 adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets sold at the door.
Victorian Carolers and Holiday Tea
Pop in before a holiday show or event in downtown Minneapolis and enjoy carolers singing nearby while you sip your pint. Or, if high tea’s more your thing during the merry season, ring the pub to schedule it. It’s quite dignified, after all.
When: Victorian Carolers: Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.; Holiday tea: various dates
Where: Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall
Info: britspub.com, 332-8011. For details on holiday teas, contact Linda at extension 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
In its 18th year and going strong, two Holiday Trains are operating coast to coast, making stops to raise money and awareness for local food banks and shelves. Donations are welcome at each stop. Enjoy performances by Kelly Prescott and Colin James.
When: Dec. 10. Arrival times: 3:35 p.m., Golden Valley; 4:35 p.m., St. Louis Park; 7 p.m., Minneapolis
Where: See specific locations by clicking Minnesota at cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-united-states
Info: cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-united-states. Attendees are encouraged to bring healthy, nutritious food items. Kids can decorate activity pages and use them to decorate boxes to be filled with donations. (Download at cpr.ca/en/holiday-train/Pages/Photos-and-Posters.aspx)
Experience un petit peu of French flair this holiday season by stopping in at the holiday party offered by the Alliance Française. In a charming North Loop location, this bustling locale for all things French warmly welcomes members and non-members to their family-friendly party. Enjoy mulled wine, bûche de Noël cake, live music and activities for kids (including a visit from Papa Nöel).
When: Dec. 10, 5–8 p.m.
Where: Alliance Française, 113 N. 1st St.
Info: afmsp.org, 332-0436. Advance admission is $15 for members or $20 for the general public. Admission at the door is $20 for members or $25 for the general public. Children get in free.
Honoring the Mexican tradition of La Posada, this unique event takes the Nativity Story to the streets. In partnership with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the procession features angels, shepherds, a king and a pregnant woman seeking shelter. Performed in English and Spanish, it culminates at the church with music and an ending feast.
When: Dec. 15–22, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Procession begins at the Avalon Theatre at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St. and ends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Info: hobt.org, 721-2535. Tickets: $23, adults; $17, children/students/seniors/groups of 10 or more. Tickets for Dec. 13 dress rehearsal are $11.50 for adults and $8.50 for other groups. (No one turned away for lack of funds.) ASL services available Dec. 16.
Make and Mingle: Winter Solstice Celebration
Gather along the shores of Silver Lake for a sky-themed party to recognize the longest night of the year. Sip warm beverages as you create star-inspired art, peer through telescopes and relax in the tranquil beauty.
When: Dec. 21, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Where: Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E W., St. Anthony
Info: threeriversparks.org/events/M/make-and-mingle–winter-solstice-celebration.aspx, 763-559-9000. Reservations required. Admission $12.
5th Candle: A Celebration of Giving
This family-friendly event is both a Hanukah celebration and a chance to focus on giving back to the community. There will be hands-on activities for giving back to local agencies plus Hanukah food, dreidel stations, cookie decorating, face painting and other fun activities.
When: Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Paul Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul
Info: stpauljcc.org, 651-255-4735. Free and open to the community. The event will be accepting donations of new hats and mittens and new or gently used children’s books.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Based on the classic Rankin and Bass TV special, this all-ages musical features busy elves, the tale of misfits, the abominable snowman and lovable Rudolph. Singing along is welcome (dancing in chairs is OK, too).
When: Nov. 18–Dec. 28, various show times.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins
Info: stagestheatre.org, 952-979-1111. Tickets $25; group pricing for 10 or more $9 (weekday matinee performances) or $18 (evening and weekend performances).
The Averagers: Christmas War
If you’ve been on a superhero kick and are ready for a little camp with your crime fighting, check out this holiday sequel to the Fringe Festival hit “The Averagers.” With Iron Range Man, Paul Bunyan God of Lumber and more, it’s Minnesota’s mightiest heroes pitted against the Parks and Rec board in a wacky battle set in the heart of the city.
When: Nov. 25–mid-December, various show times.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl Theatre, 810 W. Lake St.
Info: bryantlakebowl.com, 825-8949. Tickets $12.
Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever
Whether you rocked to The Ronettes in high school — they were one of the hottest girl groups of the ’60s — or you just love the song “It’s a Marshmallow Word,” this is your show. Described by The New York Daily News as “the ultimate sonic stocking stuffer,” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector does not disappoint.
When: Nov. 26 and 27, 7 p.m.
Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave.
Info: dakotacooks.com, 332-5299. Tickets from $45.
The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show
They’ve dubbed their tour Christmas Celebration, so sit back and let these country vets usher you into the season with a mix of traditional and contemporary songs, including tunes from their six bestselling Christmas CDs. They’ll also take turns sitting in a rocking chair by the fireplace, where each will share personal thoughts about Christmas.
When: Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave.
Info: hennepintheatertrust.org, 800-982-2787. Tickets from $42.
Nutcracker (not so) Suite
Myron Johnson and the James Sewell Ballet offer a delightedly off-kilter version of “The Nutcracker.” Set in the ’60s on the Upper East Side of New York, it’s full of colorful characters and a mix of music (think hip-hop to carols). The 505-seat Gooddale Theater blends century-old elegance with modern comfort.
When: Dec. 2–4, 8–11 and 15–18, 7:30 p.m. (Sunday shows at 2 p.m.)
Where: The Gooddale Theater, The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave.
Info: thecowlescenter.org, 206-3636. Tickets start at $25.
Sounds of the Season Concert presented by the University of Minnesota School of Music
Enjoy an eclectic mix of seasonal choral music performed by the combined Campus Singers ensembles along with the University Men’s and Women’s Choruses. Kathy Romey, Matthew Mehaffey, Ahmed Anzaldua, Katherine Chan and Amanda Weber, conductors.
When: Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S.
Info: events.umn.edu, Free. Seating is general admission; first-come, first-seated basis. Parking: 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue University parking ramps (fee applies). The event will be live streamed; visit z.umn.edu/musicstream for information.
Trailer Trash’s Trashy Little Xmas Show
Not sure where to wear that hat with the reindeer antlers or the blinking-lights necklace? Give ’em their night out and boot-scoot yourself to one of this legendary honky-tonk band’s December shows. Experience the Jingle Stick, make new friends and don’t forget to notice — amid the merry mayhem — how good these musicians really are.
When: Dec. 3, 16, 17 and 23. (Family matinee Dec. 4 at noon.) Most shows start at 8pm.
Where: Various Twin Cities venues including The Parkway Theater, The Metropolitan Ballroom and The Turf Club. (Family matinee: Eagles Club.)
Info: trailertrashmusic.com. Tickets $20. Metropolitan Ballroom shows also offer a VIP option for $52.50. Children’s matinee: $5 kids, $10 adults.
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus
Under the direction of Artistic Director Dr. Ben Riggs, this acclaimed Twin Cities chorus will get the cheer flowing early in the season as they perform favorite holiday tunes.
When: Dec. 4, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Joan of Arc Auditorium, 4537 3rd Ave. S.
Info: saintjoanofarc.org or brownpapertickets.com/event/2666884, 823-8205. Tickets $20.
Christmas with Joey D!
Three-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFrancesco brings his jazz talent to the intimate Dunsmore Room. Accompanied by Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums, he’ll offer up holiday tunes his way: high caliber, with lots of style.
When: Dec. 5 and 6, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each date
Where: The Dunsmore Room, Crooners Lounge and Supper Club, 6161 Highway 65 NE
Info: croonersloungemn.com or brownpapertickets.com/event/2699331, 763-571-9020. Tickets start at $35.
Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Camerata Holiday Concert
Performing 25 concerts for 11,000 audience members annually, the GTCYS strives to inspire new audiences through free community concerts, exciting collaborations and unique formats. The Camerata is led by conductor Barbara Flooding.
When: Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 4087 W. Broadway Ave.
Info: gtcys.org, 651-602-6800. Free and open to the public.
The Magic Dreidels
This family-friendly tale takes the audience along as young Jakob loses his Hanukkah dreidel down a well, only to find a goblin has replaced it with magical ones. The cultural traditions of Hanukkah are revealed as Jakob, his father and their neighbor share in the adventure.
When: Dec. 6–21, various show times.
Where: Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Parkway, St. Paul
Info: mnjewishtheatre.org, 651-647-4315. Tickets start at $20.
A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles
A joyous celebration is back after a seven-year hiatus. The Steeles offer their bold, heartfelt Christmas show filled with songs you know and love. They invite you to bring your family to spend an evening with their family as they bring you the sacred and secular sounds of the season.
When: Dec. 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul
Info: fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org, 651-290-1200. Tickets start at $25.
In its 27th year of presenting free performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” the St. John’s Music Series gives attendees a chance to slow down mid-holidays and just … listen. Performances feature the St. John’s Oratorio Chorus, professional orchestra and guest soloists.
When: Dec. 10, 7 p.m. and Dec. 11, 4 p.m.
Where: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4842 Nicollet Ave.
Info: stjohnsmpls.org, 827-4406. Free. A free-will offering will be taken to help offset costs.
Sarah Morris holiday show
There’s a cozy glow to the Aster Café — the view of downtown Minneapolis out the front window just adds to it — making it a perfect choice for an early-December show. Twin Cities singer-songwriter Sarah Morris performs Americana originals alongside her band, the Sometimes Guys.
When: Dec. 10, 9 p.m.
Where: Aster Café, 125 SE Main St.
Info: astercafe.com, 379-3138. Tickets $10.
“All Is Calm” presented by Theater Latté Da
A chance to reflect on the power of peace in the midst of chaos, “All Is Calm” shares the 1914 story of Allied and German soldiers laying down their arms for Christmas. Told by the men who lived it — the texts were written by World War I figures —the production features 12 actors portraying the event and sharing a wide range of music, from trench songs to European carols.
When: Dec. 15 and 16, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 18, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave.
Info: hennepintheatertrust.org, 800-982-2787. Tickets from $40.
Jingle Bell Doc with the Minnesota Orchestra
Eighty-nine years young, but who’s counting? Doc Severinsen is too busy being a show-stopping horn player and giving people a holiday show to remember. The Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and Twin Cities Bronze join in for this mid-December extravaganza that offers choral favorites, big band numbers and a traditional sing-along.
When: Dec. 16, 8 p.m. and Dec.17, 1 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall
Info: minnesotaorchestra.org, 371-5656. Tickets from $30.
A Kat Perkins Christmas
With a huge voice and a heart of gold, North Dakota’s Kat Perkins has made Minnesota her home (lucky us). Better yet, this “The Voice” alum offers a holiday gift: a family-friendly show that blends her original Christmas songs, holiday favorites and — oh yeah — some totally fun crowd participation.
When: Dec. 16–23, various show times.
Where: Various venues.
Anthony Shore’s 4th-annual “Christmas with the King”
Who says Elvis has left the building? Backed by horns and his All Star band, Anthony Shore brings you the Christmas you’ve been wishing for: one with Elvis. The King will deliver Christmas songs he’s known for, plus year-round classics and favorites.
When: Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S.
Info: brownpapertickets.com or Elvismn.com for info. Tickets: $20, general admission; $25, VIP.
The Peterson Family: ’Twas the Jam Before Christmas
If you haven’t had the opportunity to hang with Minnesota’s First Family of Music, their holiday jam is a unique chance to experience their talent en masse. Join Linda, Billy, Patty, Ricky, Paul and Jason for a cool mix of seasonal tunes done their way (i.e. stellar musicianship).
When: Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Ave.
Info: dakotacooks.com, 332-5299. Tickets $25.
It’s a Wonderful Night
The James J. Hill Center and The 30-Days Foundation (the30-daysfoundation.org) present an evening of Christmas classics from the albums of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. Ben Utecht — U of M alum and Super Bowl champion — will be at the helm with lead vocals, alongside Mick Sterling and an orchestra of 19 talented Twin Cities musicians and vocalists.
When: Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: James J. Hill Center, 80 W. 4th St., St. Paul
Info: jjhill.org, 651-265-5500. Tickets start at $25.