Events

Looking to bask in a little holiday cheer? Minneapolis has lots to see and do. From plays and concerts to parades to Santa himself, there’s no excuse to be a Scrooge this season. Fill your calendar with these festive events and activities and you’ll have no trouble making this holiday season the most wonderful time of the year.


Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular II: The Second Coming

Thru Jan. 29    
Brave New Workshop, 2605 Hennepin Ave., is back with another helping of the Great One as he tries to lead the purple and gold to victory in his encore campaign. Featuring festive new songs and sketches to fit the tone of the holiday season, the play combines Minnesota’s love of sports with its love of the holiday season. For tickets go to tickets.bravenewworkshop.com or call 332-6620.

A Christmas Story
Nov. 16–Dec. 31
The Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S., will feature “A Christmas Story.” Adapted by Philip Grecian and directed by Peter Brosius, the play stars Ralphie and his pursuit of his Red Rider BB gun he desperately wants for Christmas. For tickets go to childrenstheatre.org or call 874-0400.

A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater
Nov. 19–Dec. 30
The Guthrie, 818 S. 2nd St., has featured its famous annual Christmas Carol for more than 35 years. This season they are highlighting a new take on Charles Dicken’s “A Ghost Story,” with the new adaptation by British playwright Crispin Whittell. Feast your eyes on a stunning new set complete with intricate costumes and beautiful music. Tickets are $29-$69. For tickets or more info, call 377-2224 or visit guthrietheater.org


Breakfast with Santa at Macy’s

Dec. 4–19
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 your spot at Santa’s table, call 1-877-556-2297.


Macy’s Annual 8th Floor Santaland
Nov. 20–Dec. 30
“A Day in the Life of an Elf” will be featured for Macy’s 48th annual holiday show on the 8th floor at 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.


Holiday Traditions at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Nov. 23–Jan. 6
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, RI. 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.


Target’s Annual Holidazzle Parade

Nov. 26–Dec. 19
“A Fairytale for All” will highlight all of the famous storybook characters marching from 12th Street to 4th Street along Nicollet Mall for the 19th annual parade. Local choirs and marching bands will also be on display. 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 the website at holidazzle.com

The Santaland Diaries
Nov. 26–Dec. 31
Based off of the best-selling essay by humorist David Sedaris, the Santaland Diaries describes what it’s like to work as a Christmas Elf in Macy’s “Santaland” set. Filled with sharp wit and biting humor, Santaland Diaries is an acerbic look at the holiday season from a very unique perspective. The play at Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Ave., features Joe Leary as the elf Crumpet and Wendy Knox directing. For tickets or more info, call 1-800-982-2787 or visit hennepintheatretrust.org

Super-Powered Revenge Christmas #1
Dec. 2–18
Joking Envelope presents a new show from Bill Corbett of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame at the Minneapolis Theater Group, 711 W. Franklin Ave. Set in a dive bar on Christmas Eve, a disgruntled comic book writer and his ex-wife try to find what exactly the holiday season is about. Combining comics, Christmas and humor, the play explores whether holidays even make sense. For tickets and more information, visit jokingenvelope.com or call 280-9210.

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

Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House
When: Thru Dec. 12
Where: The historic 1920’s Bachman family home, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S.
Cost: $5.
Contact: 861-7311
Website: bachmans.com

A Christmas Carol
When: Nov. 19–Dec. 30
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S.
2nd St.
Cost: $29–$69.
Contact: 377-2224
Website: guthrietheater.org

Uncommon Gardens Winter Fest
When: Nov. 20
Where: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Uncommon Gardens, 5750 Lyndale Ave. S.
Cost: Free
Contact: 866-3033
Website: uncommongardens.com

HandmadeMN Holiday Market
When: Nov. 20
Where: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at James Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S.
Cost: Free
Contact: 227-8600
Website: handmademn.com

2010 Green Gifts Fair
When: Nov. 20
Where: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at Midtown Global Market, Lake & Chicago
Cost: Free
Website: doitgreen.org/gifts-fair

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
When: Nov. 25
Where: 10 a.m. at Hennepin & Groveland avenues
Website: haumc.org

Tony Sandler–Suddenly It’s Christmas
When: Nov. 28
Where: Pantages Theatre,
710 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $39.50–$45 
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org

The Christmas Music of Manheim Steamroller
When: Dec. 3–4
Where: Orpheum Theatre,
910 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $43–$63
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org

The Blenders: In Concert 20th Anniversary Tour
When: Dec. 3–5
Where: Pantages Theatre,
710 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $37
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.com

Life Time Fitness Reindeer Run
When: Dec. 4
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell,
4135 W Harriet Blvd.
Cost: $15–$25
Contact: 763-557-9587
Website: reinderrun.com

1850s Holiday Party
When: Dec. 5
Where: Historic Ard Godfrey House,
50 University Ave. NE.
Cost: Free
Contact: 813-5300

Brasilia Fair Trade Market
When: Dec. 4–5
Where: Basilica of St. Mary,
88 N 17th St.
Cost: Free
Contact: 751-3351

Vänksä Conducts Messiah
When: Dec. 8–11
Where: Minnesota Orchestra,
1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $22-$50
Contact: 371-5656
Website: minnesotaorchestra.org

Lorie Line: Making Spirits Bright
When: Dec. 11
Where: State Theatre,
824 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $47.50
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatretrust.com

A Scandanavian Christmas
When: Dec. 11–12
Where: Minnesota Orchestra,
1111 Nicollet Avenue
Cost: $22–$60.
Contact: 371-5656
Website: minnesotaorchestra.org

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
When: Dec. 16–19
Where: Pantages Theater,
710 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $27.50–$35
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatertrust.org

The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose
(Dec. 16–19)
Where: Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S.
Cost:  $18 for Adults, $12 for Children 12 and under.
Contact: 340-1725
Website: southerntheater.org

Lola & the Red Hots Sometimes Annual Xmas Show (Dec. 20)
Where: The Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S.
Cost: $12–$15
Contact: 338-6425
Website: cabooze.com

Linda Eder (Dec. 21)
Where: Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave.
Cost: $53­–$63
Contact: 1-800-982-2787
Website: hennepintheatertrust.org

Christmas Eve Luminary Lighting (Dec. 24)
Where: Both sides of the boulevard on Dupont Avenue (King’s Highway) between 42nd and 46th streets will be lit for the holiday.