Must See Holiday Theater & Shows

Let Minneapolis entertain you this holiday season!

The holiday theater scene in Minneapolis is bustling with classics like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, but also those unique gems you may not find elsewhere. Think Elf The Musical or It’s A Wonderful Life radio play (this show sells out by the way). From shows that push the limits to family-friendly traditions, theater and musical performances are all the rage in Minneapolis during the holidays. Check out the must-see shows of the season.

Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)

When: November 2 - January 26, 2019

Where: Brave New Workshop Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost: $20 - $39

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us as we round out our 60th anniversary season with trademark BNW holiday hilarity! “Angels We Have Heard Are High (O Holy Crap!)” features all-star performers Lauren Anderson, Denzel Belin, Doug Neithercott, and Taj Ruler; with musical direction by Jon Pumper and technical direction by Matthew Vichlach. Directed by Caleb McEwen.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

When: November 6 – January 6, 2019

Where: Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Cost: $15 - $80

Whoville is experiencing a seemingly unstoppable crime wave - and who, oh who will save Christmas? The Children's Theatre Company’s all-time audience favorite musical brings alive the songs, the story and the Seuss in mega-doses of spirited storytelling and fanciful rhymes. Come boo the most loathed Christmas villain - and woo-hoo! for a beloved holiday tradition guaranteed to grow anyone’s heart three sizes.

A Christmas Carol at Guthrie Theater

When: November 13 – December 29, 2018

Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Cost: $15 - $134

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a perennial favorite that continues to be a Minneapolis holiday tradition. Now is the time to experience this cherished production with your loved ones!

Black Nativity at Penumbra Theatre

When: November 29 – December 23, 2018

Where: Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St, St. Paul, MN 55102

Cost: $15 - $40

This timeless holiday tradition is treasured by families across the Twin Cities. Today, kids who grew up with Black Nativity are returning with their own families. Under the direction of Lou Bellamy and the musical direction of Sanford Moore, this homegrown Christmas show returns with exceptional lead vocalists, the outstanding Kingdom Life Church Choir, and the stirring choreography of Uri Sands of TU Dance. Join us for an experience full of joy, community, and spirit.

The Wickhams

When: December 1 - 30th, 2018

Where: Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $40 - $55

It's Christmas at Pemberley! A followup to last season's hit Miss Bennet, The Wickhams takes us downstairs where servants are bustling with the arrival of holiday guests. In the warmth of the Darcy kitchen, family secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested. A holiday tale full of mirth, wit, and the power of giving back to others.

A Christmas Carol: Unscripted

When: Saturdays, December 1 - 29th, 2018

Where: HUGE Theater, 3037 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $11.75

The Charles Dickens classic is brought to life like never before! The audience is in control by supplying suggestions and lines of dialogue throughout the performance! It's Scrooge with an improvised twist! (Recommended for ages 18+)

Rock & Roll Christmas Show

When: December 5 - 9, 2018
December 12 -16, 2018

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Cost: $40 - $55

Get ready to crank your holiday spirit all the way up! Returning for the fourth time to our holiday series is this hugely popular rockin’ event. This production will surprise and thoroughly delight, and don’t be deceived; this isn’t a send-up to the '50s and '60s, but rather it’s a multi-media, musical extravaganza mixing rock hits of the '70s to today with hilarious stories and parodies favorite yuletide songs as you’ve never heard them before. Join an 8-piece all-star cast of musicians as they uniquely rock their way through Christmas classics in the most imaginative way possible delivering as much fun as Santa himself! For example, hear the blending of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” set to Peter Frampton’s “Show Me The Way!” Each song is funnier and yes, even more cleverly done than the one before it.

Elf The Musical

When: December 5 - December 30, 2018

Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102

Cost: $56 - $125

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

When: December 6 – December 24, 2018

Where: The Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Cost: $74 - $104

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, performed at The Saint Paul Hotel, presents playwright Joe Landry’s acclaimed take on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life. The shows are accompanied by a three-course luncheon for afternoon performances and a three-course dinner for evening performances.

The New Standards Holiday Show

When: December 7 & 8, 2018

Where: State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Cost: $25 - $110

For more than ten years The New Standards and friends have been dazzling audiences with their soulful, funny and spectacular Holiday Show. Chan Poling (The Suburbs), John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) and Steve Roehm act as ringleaders for a merry troupe of musicians, dancers and an all-star lineup of surprise special guests featuring local and not-so-local music pals. Expect the unexpected at what will surely become your new holiday tradition.

TCGMC A Million Reasons to Believe

When: December 7 & 8, 2018 at 8pm
December 9, 2018 at 2pm

Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Cost: $25 - $48

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. The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus(TCGMC) will perform your favorite holiday tunes with pop influences and give their take on what really happened that night in Bethlehem.

The Tenors “Home for the Holidays: Christmas Classics & the Hits”

When: December 13, 2018

Where: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN 55372

Cost: $25 - $55

The Tenors thrill audiences around the world with their powerful songs, outstanding harmonies and undeniable charm. Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award-winning and multi-platinum selling band has achieved international success.

The Real Christmas Carol

When: December 14 & 15, 2018

Where: Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Cost: $12 - $20

There are two sides to every story: Charles “Chum Chum” Dickens version and the truth. Ebeneezer James Caterwald Scroog” sets the record…well not straight but right  as he tells what really happened 7 years after his “friend and partner” Jacob Marley died and 3 three friends came to visit. This is not the Guthrie’s Christmas Carol.

Home for the Holidays

When: December 14, 2018
December 16, 2018
December 20, 2018

Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost: $30 - $70

Hilarious and heartwarming, Home for the Holidays returns with a few new surprises, combining music performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and storytelling with a Minnesotan slant on Christmas and family traditions.

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy

When: December 14 – 23, 2018

Where: State Theater, 805 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Cost: $30 - $75

Once again, imaginative minds everywhere are flocking to Minnesota’s outlandish holiday favorite. Experience the beautiful choreography of Loyce Houlton danced by Minnesota Dance Theatre Company and School, with the brilliant music of Tchaikovsky in the 44-piece Nutcracker Orchestra led by Philip Brunelle. Continuing its tradition of enchanting audiences, Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy remains one of Minnesota’s most treasured holiday events.

Merry and Bright at Orchestra Hall

When: December 15, 2018

Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost: $12 - $61

Put extra fa-la-la in your holidays as trumpeter Charles Lazarus and friends fill Orchestra Hall with the sounds of the season from Latin, jazz and lounge to gospel and caroling classics.


Metropolitan Ballet: The Nutcracker

When: December 15 - 16th, 2018

Where: Hopkins Auditorium, 2400 Lindbergh Drive

Cost: $39 - $59

Don’t miss the holiday tradition featuring Metropolitan Ballet & Holly's Dance. Minnesota’s only nutcracker with a full symphony! The classic story comes to life with fresh choreography and a cast of talented artists under the direction of Erik Sanborn and music director Yuri Ivan with The Kenwood Symphony Orchestra. See Marie explore her fantasy as she takes a magical journey with her Nutcracker Prince!

Sounds of Blackness – The Night Before Christmas

When: December 22, 2018

Where: Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost: $29 - $59

Minnesota’s three-time Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness presents “The Night Before Christmas – A Musical Fantasy”. This musical is a contemporary adaptation of the beloved poem, “A Visit From St Nicholas.” A family-friendly musical production that will bring Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph the Rappin’ Reindeer to life in hilarious song and dance, as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. The music ranges from R&B/Hip-Hop to Jazz, Blues and Gospel and features Sounds of Blackness singers and band in show-stopping, roof-raising songs and scenes.

An Andy and Bing Christmas

When: December 26 - 31, 2018

Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Cost: $40 - $55

When people are asked what their favorite Christmas albums are, the vast majority of people mention two albums: The classic "Andy Williams Christmas Album" and Bing Crosby's "Merry Christmas" album. The songs are timeless and the treatments are a perfect reflection of the holiday season.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When: December 29 , 2018

Where: Xcel Energy Center, 199 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102

Cost: $37 - $77

This year's 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s unforgettable "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," features founder/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill's timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater.