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.
When: November 2 - January 26, 2019
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.
When: November 6 – January 6, 2019
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.
When: November 13 – December 29, 2018
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!
When: November 29 – December 23, 2018
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.
When: December 1 - 30th, 2018
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.
When: Saturdays, December 1 - 29th, 2018
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+)
When: December 5 - 9, 2018
December 12 -16, 2018
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.
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.
When: December 6 – December 24, 2018
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.
When: December 7 & 8, 2018
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.
When: December 7 & 8, 2018 at 8pm
December 9, 2018 at 2pm
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.
When: December 13, 2018
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.
When: December 14 & 15, 2018
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.
When: December 14, 2018
December 16, 2018
December 20, 2018
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.
When: December 14 – 23, 2018
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.
When: December 15, 2018
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.
When: December 15 - 16th, 2018
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!
When: December 22, 2018
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.
When: December 26 - 31, 2018
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.
When: December 29 , 2018
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.