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Holiday Nightlife in Minneapolis

Let us entertain you after dark this holiday season in Minneapolis!

The lights sparkle, our city is filled with cheer and our theaters are bustling with outstanding holiday performances and concerts. With a calendar full of unique shows and events, you don't want to miss the opportunity to experience a night out on the town! Grab drinks, enjoy dinner and a show and let Minneapolis captivate you this holiday season.

You've gathered your friends, made reservations and purchased tickets to an awesome show! But wait, who's driving? Metro Transit is! Don't worry about getting around downtown this winter, they have you covered. 

With so many holiday events, it may be hard to pick and choose. Why not make a weekend out of it so you don't have to? Stay at Renassance Minneapolis Hotel and you'll be just minutes from the action! 

November 22 & 23

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present a return engagement of The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a holiday mash-up for the entire family, Nov. 22-23. The show returns to the Ordway after a near sell-out run in Nov. 2015. Tickets for The Hip Hop Nutcracker start at $24 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office.


November 11 - January 28

What the Elf!?

As we all look forward to the giant "RESET" button that is 2017, we just have one more hill to get over - the upcoming holiday season. This year, bring the family you've been violently disagreeing with on Facebook to beautiful downtown Minneapolis and laugh together at "The Brave New Workshop's 2016 Holiday Revue: What the Elf?!" We'll have signature drinks, hilarity for all, and of course, our own special version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."


December 2 & 3

The New Standard

Celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2016, The New Standards Holiday Show rings in the yule with a unique twist on traditional holiday concerts—one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheeling spectacle. The trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers—and as always—a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests. You won’t soon forget this show that has become a beloved annual tradition in the Twin Cities and beyond.


December 9 - 11

TCGMC's Gay Holiday Spectacular

It's that most wonderful time of the year when we ooh and aah over the twinkling lights and festive decorations that bring out the holiday cheer in all of us. TCGMC and Copper Street Brass Quintet will perform your favorite holiday tunes against a backdrop of your favorite TV variety show holiday specials featuring surprise cameos, a cavalcade of stars, special guests, and more!

Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 pm  (ASL)
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2 pm 


November 30

Girl Singers Christmas Show

Colleen Raye, Jennifer Grimm, Sheridan Zuther, and Reed Grimm sing the classic Christmas songs you know and love. You’ll feel like you are back in the 50s for a Holiday Special on your Zenith TV! Songs in The stylings of The Andrews, Lennon and McGuire Sisters as well as Brenda Lee, Eartha Kitt. and more! Lots of great music, sing-a-longs, nostalgia and laughs.The audience gets involved to make it extra special! A Great Holiday Experience For All Ages!


December 8 - 11

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

This season’s holiday show is one of the most requested shows in the history of the Ordway - Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Based on the timeless film which starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera Ellen, this sparkling musical will dazzle you with big dance numbers and the unforgettable songs of Russian-Jewish immigrant, Izzy Baline, better known as Irving Berlin. You’ll hear songs like “Blue Skies”, “I Love A Piano”, “How Deep Is the Ocean”, and of course, the perennial favorite, “White Christmas”.  And inside the theater, there will be lots and lots of snow!


December 15 - 18

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

All Is Calm recalls an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers met in “No Man’s Land” and laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together by trading carols, sharing food and drink, playing soccer and burying the dead. In some places the truce lasted only a night, in others it endured until New Year’s Day. Music, an important part of life in the trenches, helped create a context that inspired the truce.


December 15 - 17

A Christmas Carol By Gerald Charles Dickens

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the power of redemption and goodness is a timeless holiday classic. Performd as a one-man show by the great-great grandson of author Charles Dickens, actor Gerald Charles Dickens amazes with his talent and interpretation. Set in the grandeur of the decorated Snyder Building, the message of positive change and devotion is perfect for the holiday season.


November 23, December 3 & January 7

Lantern Lit Glögg Tours

Explore ASI's 2016 Holiday Season on an Exclusive Glögg Tour Experience the fully decorated holiday rooms of the historic Turnblad Mansion all dressed up to reveal the importance of light to the holiday season in the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland). 

Exclusive tours of the new exhibits will feature two unique variations of glögg – a warm, spiced holiday libation – complimented with lite bite appetizers prepared by FIKA.  A third and final stop of each tour will feature a unique holiday libation from one of our Nordic-inspired cultural partners.  


November 25 & 26

Keri Noble: A Very Special Christmas

Once again, singer-songwriter and Cities 97 radio personality Keri Noble returns to perform her very special holiday concert, “A Very Special Christmas.” The concert features an assortment of songs from Keri’s gorgeous holiday album, “More Than Santa,” and this year they are adding an assortment of new holiday songs to delight audiences. Keri knows how to write and deliver her music and this concert elegantly captures the mood and spirit of the holidays. Come celebrate the season with Keri and friends.


December 14

Steven C

Celebrate the spirit of the season in a joy-filled musical evening with multi-platinum recording artist and pianist Steven C and featured members of the Minnesota Orchestra.


December 15 & 16

At Christmas featuring Mick Sterling

AT CHRISTMAS returns for its third year to Chanhassen’s Fireside Theatre. A unique, intimate family-fueled comedy and drama, AT CHRISTMAS features unforgettable improvisational and scripted moments about the holidays, accompanied by a terrific 6-piece band performing Christmas musical classics. Written and performed by Brave New Workshop alums Michelle Cassioppi, Jim Robinson and Shanan Custer, this show is musically directed by current Brave New Workshop Musical Director Peter Guertin and features the lead vocals of Mick Sterling.

AT CHRISTMAS is a night of stories and music that will ring true with all families during the holidays. One of the most unique and entertaining shows in the Twin Cities during the holidays, AT CHRISTMAS is like seeing a show being performed in your own living room with stories that happened in your own family.


December 17 & 18

A Kat Perkins Christmas

Christmas is Kat Perkins' favorite time of year! A Kat Perkins Christmas is an incredible blend of traditional Christmas songs with Kat's modern spin.  She incorporates her audience in fun crowd participation holiday songs and even features an up and coming young star at each venue. Together she has created a fun, rockin show to celebrate the holidays filled with great music, laughter and even her own original Christmas songs! It's a must see all ages opportunity to bring the entire family!


December 20 & 21

A Three Tenors Christmas

The chill of a Minnesota winter’s night doesn’t stand a chance against the heat generated with Nathan Bird’s NorrSound Tenors and their original show, A THREE TENORS CHRISTMAS. This holiday performance is a twist on the classic, inspired by “The Three Tenors,” that is both fun and musically satisfying. Powerful harmonies and spine-tingling high notes give way to the warmth of accompanying string quartet and piano. A THREE TENORS CHRISTMAS - where style, opera, and holiday spirit collide.


December 22 & 23

Celtic Holiday Hooley!

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.


December 26 & 27

2 Girls & A Boyd Got New Shoes For Christmas

Spend your post-Christmas holiday with two of the Twin Cities most talked about groups as they join together for a rare and very special holiday concert! Mary Jane Alm and Aimee & Boyd Lee combine with the “New Shoes” band featuring Richard Kriehn, Joe Savage, Gary Raynor and Peter Johnson - members of the "Guy's All-Star Shoe Band,” a fixture on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion” for over 20 years. Topping it off will be “A Prairie Home Companion” Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter, Pat Donohue! This will be a truly fabulous and extremely musical experience as these famed musicians join forces for the first time ever. Don’t miss it! It may never happen again!


Thursdays through Sundays, November 25-December 23

Holidazzle

Are you looking for an authentic shopping experience this season? Let Holidazzle take your gift giving game to the next level! Enjoy food, beverages, Minnesota made crafts, live music, giveaways, fireworks, tree lightings and don't forget to take your ice skates for a ride on the big rink!

Surprise your special someone with a carriage ride through the beautiful Loring Park. After the stroll, warm-up in the neighborhood with a hot toddy or coffee at the Third Bird


Winter 2016/2017

Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum

BRUCE MUNRO, Winter Light At The Arboretum, the first large-scale light installation at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will illuminate the winter landscape after dark.  This ticketed exhibit makes its Minnesota premiere with a series of five outdoor and two indoor installations that have inspiration and connection to Munro’s visits to the Arboretum, his imagination and life experience.


December 2

Iggy Azalea at Mystic Lake

Rapper, actress and songwriter Iggy Azalea is coming to the Mystic Showroom Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Australian native Iggy Azalea has been making waves on the hip-hop scene since 2011, with the release of her first full-length mix-tape project “Ignorant Art.” In 2014, she released her debut album, “The New Classic,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales topping 52,000 across the U.S. Her hit songs include “Fancy,” “Black Widow,” “Work” and “Team.”


December 9 - 11

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a new cirque show, Broadway musical, and family Christmas spectacular all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!"

Come as a group and save 10% by contacting Bridget Reddan at nropgrps@umn.edu or 612-625-1758.


Tours start the second week of December

Holiday of Lights Tours

Enjoy the Holiday lights with a chauffeur driven tour. We provide holiday music or you’re welcome to bring your own mix. The chauffeurs will show you the finest lights available in the Eastern Metro, or if you have an area you are particularly fond of, let them know. For official dates and times please check out their website