Welcome December – We Saved the Best for Last!
Winter's frosty breath freezes on the window pane; within it’s a warm fire, hot spiced cider and Bing Crosby singing White Christmas. It must be December!
December sparkles more and shines brighter! It’s about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. It’s a season of miracles, love, peace and good will. It’s about the Winter Solstice on the 21st, the official first day of winter although here in the Metro winter is already in full swing! Lastly, December is about endings and beginnings as we wrap up the year and look forward to rockin' a brand new year!
One thing I know for sure - December is a busy month! Shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, decorating and celebrating are all a large part of what we do in December! Most of us also have busy social calendars as we connect with family, friends and co-workers to celebrate the season! There is also a plethora of events in the Metro, some which have become traditions and others a sampling of something shiny and new!
Are you ready? Joe Houghton and his helpers certainly are and we say bring it on December! Let’s take a look at what is going on in our wonderful Twin Cities Metro this month!
Speaking of new, Minneapolis will holidazzle us this year with a Christmas Village! Open now through December 24th the Holidazzle Village transforms the Nicollet Mall from 10th to 12th streets into a weekend event space and daily marketplace. The centerpiece is a Minneapolis Christmas Market, fashioned after European Christmas Markets. There will be constant weekend activity here for the entire month. You can even get a free ride on Metro Transit so do check out the Holidazzle website for more information and the schedule of events.
December 6 & 7
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Orpheum Theatre on Dec. 6th. This beautiful ballet is the holiday tradition for families in over 70 North American cities. Special feature in this performance is the Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan created by two dancers in synchronized movement.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis. I just love the great Dr. Seuss and this one is a favorite! This spectacular show is filled with humor and hijinks the good Dr. is famous for providing! I really want to see this? Does anyone know a child who would like to take me? Every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 4.
December 13 & 14
Holiday Lights in the Park. This yearly event at Rice Park is brimming with sparkle and shine. Enjoy over 60 displays, with light tunnels, dancing snowmen, and flashing sugarplums. Cruise through each scene while listening to some classic Christmas music. As well as providing holiday enjoyment for the whole family, this event raises money for a good cause, as proceeds will benefit Union Gospel Mission, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy. Check out the official website for complete information on this event.
A Christmas Story: The Musical. Ordway Center for the performing arts. Start a new holiday tradition that includes this musical stage adaptation of the 1983 movie that has become a holiday classic. Favorite film scenes are set to song and dance with charming vibrancy and imagination. Performance runs through December 28th. Check out the website for details.
December 20 and 21
You don’t have to be Jewish to attend a Minnesota Jewish Theater Company performance. The Chanukah Guest is playing Dec. 4 – 21 at the Hillcrest Center Theater in St. Paul. This is a heart-warming play that tells the story of Bubba Brayna who makes the best potato latkes in the village. On the 20th enjoy a Chanukah party prior to the performance or meet the cast on the 21st following the matinee.
A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Old Log Theater, Excelsior. This is great entertainment for the young or those that are young at heart. See this beloved TV presentation come to life on the stage! Every Sat. and Sunday afternoon throughout December. Check out the website for more info!
December 27 and 28
Dec. 27. Kwanzaa Family Day. Minnesota History Center, St. Paul. Participate in this annual African-American celebration. Kwanzaa follows seven core principles: Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The family day program includes music, dancing, demonstrations, art making and storytelling.