December 2015 "All in St. Paul" Event Calendar

HO HO HO! An impressive list of spirited events - many are free!

Tuesday, December 1

Welcome Hat Event, MNHC, 5-8pm. FREE New to Minnesota or know someone who is? Welcome Hat is a monthly celebration that jumpstarts newcomer and returnee inclusion to the local Saint Paul community through receiving a warm faux-fur lined hat and showcasing the city’s resources.

Wednesday, December 2

UBS Holiday Gift Show, Towne Square, 10am-3pm.One day holiday gift shopping event featuring unique gift items made or designed by local artists. SHop over lunch - Jewelry, scarves & accessories, notecards, artful umbrellas, iPhone cases, paintings, prints, mini artworks, ornaments, small sculptures, knitted wearables and more.


Thursday, December 3

Annual Holiday Bazaar, Landmark Center, 10am-7pm.  $5/ under 12 free. 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by the area’s finest artists.

Black Nativity opens, Penumbra, thru Dec.20

MN Wild vs. Toronto, Xcel, 7pm.

Friday, December 4

European Christmas Market, Union Depot, 2-9pm. Traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkt like those that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.

Holiday Tree Lighting, Union Depot, 5:30-7:30pm.

Holiday Movie Night, Union Depot, 7:30pm. Holiday favorite movies with concessions.


Italian Sonatas and Capriccios: The Virtuoso Violoncello Music of 18th Century Italy. The Baroque Room, noon concert.  FREE. Charles Asch, cello and Franco Holder, piano

Annual Holiday Bazaar, Landmark Center,10am-7pm. $5/ under 12 free. 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by the area’s finest artists.

The Work of Christmas Begins, Buetow Music Center, Concordia College, 7:30pm. $12 Christus Chorus, Jubilate Choir, Handbell and String Ensembles and more. www.ticketworks.com

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opens, Steppingstone Theatre, thru Dec. 23

Saturday, December 5

European Christmas Market, Union Depot, 10am-9pm. Traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkt like those that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.

Annual Holiday Bazaar, Landmark Center,10am-5pm. $5/ under 12 free. 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by the area’s finest artists.

The Work of Christmas Begins, Buetow Music Center, Concordia College, 4:30pm. $12 Christus Chorus, Jubilate Choir, Handbell and String Ensembles and more. www.ticketworks.com

Holiday Flower Show opens, Como Conservatory, thru Jan. 3rd.

Grand Meander, Grand Avenue, 10am-5pm. Stroll festive Grand Avenue! Pick out your Christmas tree, have breakfast with Santa, hear carolers meander from store to store, and hop on a classic trolley and ride the 20-block length of Grand Ave. Start early with Breakfast with Santa.

Summit Avenue Artisan Festival, 900 Summit Avenue, 10am-4pm.Dozens of artists and artisans offering their items that make great and unique holiday gifts–textiles, photography, drawings/paintings, artisanal foods, and more


SPCO: Bach and Mendelssohn, Ordway, 8pm.

Candlelight Christmas Concert, St. Catherine Chapel, 8pm. FREE. University Women's Choir and String Orchestra. 

Italian Sonatas and Capriccios: The Virtuoso Violoncello Music of 18th Century Italy.
The Baroque Room, 7:30pm.  Charles Asch, cello and Franco Holder, piano

MN Wild vs. Colorado, Xcel, 7pm

Sunday, December 6

Artist & photographer photo hours, Como Conservatory, 8-10am.

European Christmas Market, Union Depot, 10am-3pm. Traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkt like those that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.

The Work of Christmas Begins, Buetow Music Center, Concordia College, 3pm. $12 Christus Chorus, Jubilate Choir, Handbell and String Ensembles and more. www.ticketworks.com

"The Voice" finalist, Nicholas David and band, Fitzgerald Theatre, 7:30pm. Benefit Concert for Masonic Children's Hospital. Tickets at www.etix.com

The Chanukah Guest opens, MN Jewish Theatre, thru Dec.22



Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Tulio Rondón, cello, The Baroque Room, 3pm. $15/ $5 students

Monday, December 7

KDWB’s Jingle Ball, Rivercentre, 7:30pm.

100 Years of Christmas at Dayton’s, James J. Hill House, 7-8pm. Historian James Neagbour, light refreshments and tour. $8-12 SOLD OUT

Tuesday, December 8

Ballet Tuesday, Landmark, noon. Bring your lunch and enjoy performances from the Saint Paul Ballet's repertoire.

Wednesday, December 9

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol opens, Park Square, thru Dec. 20

Thursday, December 10

Holiday Tea, Como Conservatory, 11am & 2pm. $40-45. 3 course tea with behind-the-scenes tour.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.

Christmas Beyond, Cathedral of St. Paul, 7:30pm. Steven C. Anderson, piano, with special guests. Free tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steven-c-christmas-beyond-concert-tickets-18783592230  Anderson, a St. Paul resident, has sold more than 2 million records and has performed with artists such as Mannheim Steamroller and the London Symphony Strings.



Sound of Music opens, Ordway, thru January 3

Friday, December 11

European Christmas Market, Union Depot, 2-9pm. Traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkt like those that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

Canadian Pacific Christmas Train, Union Depot, arr. 6:45pm.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.


Saturday, December 12

European Christmas Market, Union Depot, 10am-9pm. Traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkt like those that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.

Holiday Bake Sale, Union Depot, 10am-5pm. $5 Top Twin Cities bakeries for a day of cookie and candy shopping

The Night Before Christmas - A Musical Fantasy, Fitzgerald, 8pm. Sounds of Blackness with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph the Rappin' Reindeer. 

Flying Forms: A Baroque Christmas, The Baroque Room, 8pm. $20/$15 students

COMPAS Anthology of Student Writing, Landmark, 1pm. FREE  More than 70 students from across Minnesota are featured in this year’s anthology, which highlights young writers who have worked with COMPAS artists over the past year.

Saint Paul Santa Crawl (not SantaCon), area bars, 5pm. Supporting Toys for Tots.


Sunday, December 13

Santa’s Workshop, Landmark, 1pm. FREE  Spend the afternoon taking pictures of Santa, making fun holiday crafts and visiting Santa's reindeer!

European Christmas Market, Union Depot, 10am-3pm. Traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkt like those that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season.  Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired food and delicacies.

North Pole Express, Union Depot. North Pole Express steam engine and vintage train cars. Guests will enjoy the experience of a real steam train, Santa and his elves, and holiday fun for all.

Flying Forms: A Baroque Christmas, The Baroque Room, 3pm. $20/$15 students

Monday, December 14

The Complete Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, The Baroque Room, 7pm. $20/$10 students. Ilya Poletaev, harpsichord

Tuesday, December 15

MN Wild vs. Vancouver, 7pm.

Wednesday, December 16

Star of the North Concert, Landmark, 7pm. FREE  Holiday favorites performed by this community band favorite.

Thursday, December 17

Schubert Club Courtroom Concert: Songs for the Season, by Minnesota Composers, Landmark, noon.  FREE

MN Wild vs. NY Rangers, 7pm.

Friday, December 18

Christmas with Cantus, Ordway, 7:30pm.

Holiday Movie Night, Union Depot, 7:30pm. Holiday favorite movies with concessions.

Red House Live: Charlie Parker, Landmark, 7pm Cocktails, 8pm Concert. SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 19

One Voice Nixed Chorus presents Once Upon a Midnight Queer, Ordway, 3pm.

SANTACON, Lowertown, Route of the Positively Fourth Street Santacon Express
6.00pm – Black Dog Coffee & Wine Bar (Broadway & Prince/4th)
7.00pm – Big River Pizza (5th & Wall)
7.45pm – Golden’s Lowertown (Wall between 4th and 5th)
9.00pm- Kelly’s Depot Bar & Grill (Kellogg & Wacouta)
9.45pm – SW Craft Bar (4th & Robert)
11.00pm – Bedlam Lowertown (4th between Sibley and Wacouta)

Minnesota Rollergirls, Rivercentre, 7:30pm.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Xcel, 3pm&7:30pm

Sunday, December 20

King of that Also, The Baroque Room, 7pm.

Victorian Christmas Stories, James J. Hill House, 6 & 7:30pm. Costumed actors, refreshments and a tour. $8-12

Monday, December 21

MN Wild vs. Dallas, Xcel, 7pm.

Tuesday, December 22

MN Wild vs. Montreal, Xcel, 7pm.

Saturday, December 26

MN Wild vs. Pittsburgh, Xcel, 7pm.

Victorian Christmas Carols, James J. Hill House, 6 & 7:30pm. 19th Century carols, costumed singers, light refreshments and tour. $8-12

Sunday, December 27

Victorian Christmas Carols, James J. Hill House, 6 & 7:30pm. 19th Century carols, costumed singers, light refreshments and tour. $8-12

Kwanzaa Family Day, MHC, noon-4pm. $6-12 Modern Kwanza traditions, storytelling, cooking demos, art activities and more.

Music Under Glass, Como Conservatory, 4:30-6:30pm. The Starfolk.

Monday, December 28

MN Wild vs. Detroit, Xcel, 7pm.

December 31

Noon Year’s Eve Party, Como Conservatory, 10am-1pm. Ring in the zoo year – craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.

BoDeans, Ordway, 8pm. Party with a piece of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

January 1

Noon Year’s Eve Party, Como Conservatory, 10am-1pm. Ring in the zoo year – craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling.

1 comment:

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