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Calhoun Square Winter Market
Calhoun Square is thrilled to have their Winter Market every Saturday in December, just in time for the holidays! It’s the perfect place to pick up unique gifts from Minnesota artisans specializing in gourmet foods, home décor, apparel, health and wellness products, jewelry and much more! The market is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
November 03 2014 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
@ Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Avenue S.
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Beast 2 Feast 5K
Beast 2 Feast is a 5K run around Lake Calhoun with proceeds to benefit Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
November 27 2014 09:00 AM –
@ Lake Calhoun
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Holidazzle Village
After the final year of the parade in 2013, this year marks the first season of the Holidazzle Village. The Village will include different events throughout the season including live music, fireworks, a German-style Christmas market featuring local and international vendors, and even a pop-up ice rink! The Holidazzle Village is open on weekends from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, and the Minneapolis Christmas Market is open daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm. for more information.
November 28 2014 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
@ Nicollet Mall, from 12th Street to 10th Street
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Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt
In the tradition of German Christmas markets, the Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt offers food, music, shopping, reindeer rides, and visits with Santa—truly a family event held each year in the charming lakeside village of Excelsior, Minnesota.
November 28 2014 10:00 AM – 04:00 PM
@ Downtown Excelsior
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I AM MPLS!, the acclaimed fashion and variety show, returns for the fifth annual show. The event includes comedic and musical performances, and celebrates many of the talented and creative people here in the Twin Cities.
December 04 2014 07:00 PM –
@ First Avenue, downtown Minneapolis
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Sparkle Mart
Shop handmade for the holidays! This year the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild is hosting Sparkle Mart, a holiday jewelry market featuring pieces from many local artists. You’ll find everything from gold and diamonds, to silver, enamels, wood, and acrylic, all handcrafted!
December 06 2014 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
New in 2014 is an authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha’s magical Toy Cabinet. Wearing intricately detailed costumes, many with shimmering Swarovski crystals, the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet bring Tchaikovsky’s master score and the holiday season to life!
December 06 2014 12:00 AM –
@ The Orpheum Theater
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Justin Morneau’s Casino Night
This is the sixth annual benefit for the Arthritis Foundation featuring casino games, hors d’oeuvres, a performance by Tim Mahoney, silent auction, local celebrities and more!
December 06 2014 06:00 PM –
@ International Market Square
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Jingle Ball
This year KDWB’s annual Jingle Ball concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, OneRepublic, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Nico & Vinz, Kiesza, Rita Ora, Becky G and Shawn Mendes, with special guest host Nick Jonas. Proceeds benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
December 08 2014 07:30 PM –
@ Xcel Energy Center
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Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Presents Gifts in the Gallery
Visit the Inez Greenberg Gallery in December to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your shopping list. This two-week, boutique-style sale features a stunning array of items including silk scarves, beautiful jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, and much more, handmade by more than 60 local artists. Join us on Tuesday, December 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a special Festive Reception. Be the first to check out the many wonderful items for sale while enjoying live holiday music, light refreshments, a drink from the cash bar, and a chance to win a door prize!
December 09 2014 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
@ Inez Greenberg Gallery
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Bubbles Wine Tasting
The perfect start to a season of holiday celebrations! Taste eight different sparkling wines from around the world, and learn all about the production process that goes in to making them.
December 11 2014 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
@ France 44 Wine and Spirits
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The first annual Cocktailian event will feature 20+ samples from a number of local and national distilleries and wineries, including neat sips of micro-distilled spirits and tastes of craft cocktails in addition to demos by renowed local mixologists, hors d’oeuvres, DJ set by Jake Rudh, live music and more!
December 11 2014 07:00 PM – 10:00 PM
@ The Varsity Theater
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Holiday Pops Concert
A great concert for kids and families, this event features the Junior and Senior division winners of the 2014 Young Artist Competition, Naomi Powers and Mariya Zabara, who will join the Minnesota Sinfonia for a program filled with a variety of music for the holiday season.
December 12 2014 12:00 AM – 12:00 AM
@ December 12, First Covenant Church; December 13, Basilica of St. Mary
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Women’s Art Festival
2014 marks the 22nd annual Women’s Art Festival, which has grown to feature art made and sold by more than 130 local women. The event also features live music, and food and drink will be available.
December 13 2014 09:30 AM – 04:30 PM
@ Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center
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7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
Enjoy watching more than 80 artists draw live throughout the night with chances to bring home pieces! Proceeds benefit Midway Contemporary Art.
December 13 2014 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM
@ Grain Belt Brewery Bottling House
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Lowertown SantaCon VII
Santa stays warm with a nice cup of Irish coffee! Enjoy that time of year again and get dressed in your holiday best at this festive bar crawl!
December 20 2014 06:00 PM –
@ Mears Park
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New Years Eve Victory Gala
This celebration includes a sit-down dinner, $3,000 funny money for casino play with opportunity to win valuable prizes, a night of dancing, champagne toast and deluxe party favors at midnight. Proceeds benefit the Diaper Drive.
December 31 2014 05:30 PM – 01:30 AM
@ St. Paul Hotel
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Wells Fargo Winter Skate
It’s that time of year again! Rice Park has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with an outdoor skating rink and twinkling lights. Located in the heart of the city, this urban winter experience is one of a kind and great for all ages! The rink will be closed Christmas and New Year’s Day, but is otherwise open daily. Bring your own skates or rent them there and don’t forget to bundle up for this memorable skating experience!
Through February 1 2015
@ Rice Park
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Land O’Lakes Kennel Club Dog Show
Join the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club for their annual dog show at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. With more than 2,000 purebred dogs ranging in size and ability, this is sure to be quite an event! Tickets will be available at the door for this all-ages, fun-filled event!
January 2 through January 4
@ St. Paul RiverCentre

2 Sugars, Room for Cream
This original comedy performed and written by well-known Twin Cities actors is an honest and silly look at why we drink coffee. It’s a quirky showcase of funny scenes mixed with original music that mines the everyday humor that flows with coffee. This 2013 Ivey Award-winning production is a charming and relatable must see!
January 2 through January 18
@ Park Square Theater
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Carnivale II
Edina Federated Women’s Club presents Carnivale II, a festive evening of carnival merriment featuring a gourmet dinner, silent and auctions, games of chance, mystery bag and fabulous live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit EFWC philanthropies.
January 9 5:00pm
@ Westin Edina Galleria Hotel
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Omnifest 2015
This festival features five films, both old favorites and new hits. The Omnitheater’s immense screen is perfect for the thrilling adventures showcased in this year’s film section. You’ll have the chance to explore deep sea, travel back in time to remember our brave heroes of World War II, tour some of the most captivating landscapes of the world, follow in the footsteps of a scientist as he follows the migration patterns of monarchs, and take in the mesmerizing sights captured by the Hubble telescope.
January 9 through February 19
@ Science Museum of Minnesota’s Omnitheater
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Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show
The region’s largest boat show hosts hundred of new boats, marine and water sports accessories for sale. The boat show also features attractions and events for all ages including Anchors & Ales, a Night of Craft Beers, and the new Wings Financial Island Experience with Caribbean music, fun rides for kids and more!
January 22 through January 25
@Minneapolis Convention Center
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St. Paul Winter Carnival
Join the City of St. Paul for its 129th annual Winter Carnival. With so many events and activities throughout the city for this ten-day carnival, the fun is endless. From ice sculptures and parades to winter runs and hot chocolate, join in this celebration of winter.
January 22 through February 1
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Minnesota Orchestra’s Shakespeare Winterfest
This five-week program from the Minnesota Orchestra features music inspired by Shakespearean themes. Each weekend’s musical selection will be drawn from a different theme, starting first with Chivalry and Romance and ending with The Tempest. The moving classical selections filled with romance and drama promise to be an enchanting night.
January 22 through February 21
@Orchestra Hall and Nortrhop
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Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival
The winter edition of the Beer Dabbler festival features beers from more than 120 local and national breweries. There will be live music, food, trucks, silent disco and more, making this the biggest outdoor beer festival in Minnesota.
January 24, 3:30-7:30pm
@Minnesota State Fairgrounds
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Red Bull Crashed Ice
Red Bull’s Crashed Ice returns to St. Paul for the inaugural event of the Red Bull Crashed Ice Season. This will be the fourth year St. Paul has hosted this ice cross downhill competition. Starting in front of the Cathedral, racers in groups of four will race down the icy slopes, strategically maneuvering through the many obstacles in hopes of crossing the finish line.
January 24, 6:45-9:00pm
@ The Cathedral of St. Paul
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7th Annual ACS Young Professionals Finding a CURE: A Night at Studio 54
Channel your inner Jerri Hall or Mick Jagger and prepare to dance the night away. Entertainment will include blackjack tables, games of chance, silent and live auctions, and a return to the ever-popular  CEO auction! Heavy appetizers, desserts and complimentary wine, beer and champagne will be served. Support a good cause and buy your ticket!
January 31, 8:00pm – Midnight
@ Muse Event Center
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