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. And this year you can enjoy many of them from virtually from the comfort of your home! 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.

Curbside Caroling with Kat Perkins

Cost: Depends on package, $200-$650.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Kat Perkins is bringing joy in the form of musical performances to neighborhoods around the Twin Cities Metro and surrounding areas! With her current schedule of large concerts and public events on hold, Kat and her acoustic, 2-3 person band are bringing their fully equipped mobile stage to your curbside!

In order to keep everyone safe, Kat and her team are committed to follow the guidelines of social distancing and enforce everyone in the audience to do the same. All patrons must enjoy the live music from the CDC regulations of staying 6 feet apart.

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914

When: November 27, 2020, 8pm
Streaming starting on December 15, 2020

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da's award-winning docu-musical premieres on PBS across the country on Friday, November 27th. Presented by the WNET Group, the special will be available to stream beginning Tuesday, December 15 at and the PBS Video app.

Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht,” thus, beginning an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music and peace. A remarkable true story told in the words of the men who lived it, the docu-musical All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives the moment when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together during World War I.

Filmed at the historic Ritz Theater in NE Minneapolis, the production offers a look behind the camera with 20 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage including interviews with the docu-musical's creator, Theater Latté Da Founding Artistic Director Peter Rothstein, and members of the cast and creative team. Audiences will learn more about the historic moment in history, as well as how music, costumes and lighting bring to life the award-winning production.

Christmas with Cantus: Lessons and Carols for Our Time

When: Part 1: December 11, 2020
Part 2: December 18, 2020

Cost: TBD

In Lessons and Carols for Our Time, Cantus offers a contemporary take on a beloved British Christmas tradition elevated by the Choir of King’s College at the University of Cambridge. Weaving together poetry and song, the program draws upon such classic carols as “Silent Night” and “A La Nanita Nana,” as well as modern works by Abbie Betinis and Saunder Choi. The concert will also feature Franz Biebl’s stunning “Ave Maria,” continuing a cherished holiday tradition.

As 2020 draws to a close, join Cantus for a thoughtful, intricately crafted holiday program that honors tradition and speaks to this moment: Lessons and Carols for Our Time.

Stream parts I and II on-demand.

Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular

When: On-Demand access begins Sunday, December 13 and will be available through Saturday, December 26

Cost: Single Access: $20/person
Family/Household Access (Up to 4 People): $40

Given the continued Grinchy circumstances of 2020, we at the Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular are officially pivoting away from any live in-person shows this year and will instead offer a full online experience.

Join us from the luxury of your own living rooms, basements & mangers as we saddle up our camels to deliver all of the rock ‘n’ roll spirit that this un-present-dented holiday season deserves! We’ll be cooking up a setlist of time honored RRXS classics, plus a few surprises, all recorded live on stage & delivered to you whenever you decide to pull the RRXS cyber-trigger!

Join an 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!

So knock back a shot of Stacy Bauer’s patented “Jingle Juice” and let us cyber-rock your chestnuts off!

A Virtually Celtic Christmas

When: December 18, 2020

Cost: $25 - 50

Gather family, friends, and loved ones to share in the magic. Celebrate the faith, love and togetherness that we value most this time of year. Holiday classics, traditional Irish carols, heartwarming duets, full orchestral sounds, and wonderful choirs will sweep you away to Ireland. You're invited to spend the evening in the warmth and the glow of Christmas in Ireland—an evening guaranteed to send you out into the winter's night warmed by the spirit of a Celtic Christmas.

A Virtually Celtic Christmas, direct from Ireland's National Opera House, is a concert featuring leading tenor Michael Londra and his very special selection of guests, including West End star Zoë Rainey, The Irish Concert Orchestra, Valda Choral Group, The Presentation Choir, and Artemis Fowl creator Eoin Colfer—singers and musicians from the length and breadth of Ireland.

'Tis the Season

When: December 19, 2020 

Cost: Pay as you can

The Hennepin History Museum presents 'Tis the Season. Even when the days are short and the weather cold, Minnesotans of all backgrounds still find plenty to celebrate. In this virtual program, Alex Weston will examine the history of various holiday traditions as they have been observed in Minnesota over the last 150 years.

Encore Performance: A (Virtual) Christmas Vacation with the Griswolds

When: December 19, 2020

Cost: $25 & $150

Light up your holidays and join Christmas’ favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold for this virtual salute to the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) lead audiences through this live event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the Vacation franchise and answer your questions in a live audience Q & A.

Livestream: A Christmas Celebration with The Steeles

When: December 18, 19, & 20, 2020

Cost: $20

The Twin Cities’ holiday tradition continues with The Steeles family and their Christmas celebration. A cornerstone of Minnesota music with world-renowned talent, The Steeles concert echoes the sacred and secular sounds of the season, with the songs you know and love.

Holiday Hotdish with TCGMC 

When: December 19, 2020

Cost: Free

A virtual holiday concert mixed with a baking show? I bet you didn’t see that cumin!

Warm up your ovens and your hearts; TCGMC is preparing a special blend of choral chestnuts, and new works sure to heat up your Minnesota winter.

Sounds of Blackness presents The Night Before Christmas: In Concert 

When: December 19 - 31, 2020

Cost: $15

The Night Before Christmas: In Concert brings Soulful Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Fine Reindeer, and the famous Dancing Chitlins to life with show-stopping, roof-raising music, in styles ranging from R&B and hip hop, to jazz, blues, and gospel, in a contemporary adaptation of the beloved holiday classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Sounds of Blackness holiday favorite hits “Joy of Christmas,” and “Soul Holidays,” are featured, along with arrangements of classic carols like “Silent Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Featuring 17 vocalists, including Ordway Resident Artist Jamecia Bennett, and the Sounds of Blackness 10-piece band, The Night Before Christmas: In Concert will be recorded in the Ordway’s acoustically-rich Concert Hall. This virtual presentation will deliver a concertized version of the program’s music, giving viewers a “front row” feel through close-ups of the performers.

Celtic Holiday Hooley

When: On-Demand access begins Saturday, December 19 at 6pm and will be available through Sunday, December 27.

Cost: Single Access: $20/person
Family/Household Access (Up to 4 People): $40

Returning by popular demand is Celtic Holiday Hooley! Come for some 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.

A Virtual Telling of A Christmas Carol

When: December 19 – December 31, 2020

Cost: $10

Drawing inspiration from this centuries-old tradition, the Guthrie Theater is proud to present a special virtual event featuring four local actors who will reimagine Dickens’ hand-curated chapters for a global audience to enjoy. Dickens’ Holiday Classic is not a recording of the Guthrie's stage production of A Christmas Carol, but a newly conceived offering that will be filmed and available to stream.

Streaming: George Maurer Group – 22nd Annual Holiday Show

When: December 23, 2020

Cost: $15

This merry band of “genre-bending eclectics” (Jazz 88-FM) has been entertaining sold-out houses at the Dakota with their annual holiday show since 2000. Taking the stage by storm with their irreverent style and sly musical humor, the George Maurer Group will bring you an evening filled with witty stage banter, clever musicianship, and surprising twists on holiday classics—think Thelonious Monk meets “Sleigh Ride,” the Beatles’ “Drive My Sleigh,” Herbie Hancock’s “Driftin’” ala “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and more!

Soul Asylum Holiday Show Livestream

When: December 26, 2020

Cost: 15-$100

Live from First Avenue, Soul Asylum will perform a special virtual holiday show.

An Andy and Bing Christmas

When: On-Demand access begins Saturday, December 26 and will be available through Thursday, December 31

Cost: Single Access: $20/person
Family/Household Access (Up to 4 People): $40

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.