And, in the blink of an eye, November 2015 is just about history. Amazingly, before you know it, the year will be over as well. Until then, however, the Lindahl Team has put together this handy list of December events to help you wring out every last drop of 2015 fun.
Holiday Concert in Blaine
Wow - A free event for the whole family! Get to Blaine City Hall’s Atrium by 7 p.m. tomorrow and plan on staying for about an hour to enjoy the Lake City Chorus of Sweet Adelines joined by the North Star Men’s Chorus. Coffee and cookies will be available. City Hall is located at 10801 Town Square Drive Northeast in Blaine.
23rd Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show
Ice fisher-people and winter sports aficionados will love this year’s show, with more than 190 exhibits, and tons of products and services to peruse. See the latest in ice fish houses, underwater cameras, augers and more. Even if you don’t enjoy ice fishing, this would be a great place to shop for holiday gifts for those on your list that do.
The show is open December 4 through 6 and hours on Friday are from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It’s being held at St. Paul RiverCentre at 175 Kellogg Boulevard West.
A Morning at the North Pole (aka Blaine)
Kids 10 and under and their favorite adult are invited to spend a morning with Santa, have their photos taken with him and enjoy a continental breakfast and crafts. There will be four sessions and only 25 children will be admitted per session (one on December 5 and the other on the 12th). Pre-registration is required. Admission is $10 per child with 1 adult for Blaine residents, $11 for non-residents. Join the fun in the atrium at Blaine City Hall. For registration information, call Blaine Parks and Recreation at 763-785-6164.
The Chanukah Guest
Celebrate the holidays by attending this family-friendly production by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. The story takes place in a village that is home to Bubba Brayna, a renowned baker of potato latkes. Every Chanukah, the delicious aroma of his latkes fill the air but this year, a new guest shows up and this holiday turns out to be one that will never be forgotten.
“The Chanukah Guest” is appropriate for children, age 3 and up. For tickets for the December 6 through 22 performances, call 651-647-4315 or get them online at thechanukahguest.brownpapertickets.com. The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company is located at 1978 Ford Pkwy, St Paul.
Breakfast with Santa in Lino Lakes
Only 100 people will have the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa, December 12, at the Lino Lakes Senior Center so register now. Organized by the Lino Lakes Parks and Recreation Department, children from 10 months to 10 years of age can not only enjoy a continental breakfast with the jolly old elf but make holiday crafts, decorate cookies and have their photos taken with Santa. Register at 600 Town Center Parkway in Lino Lakes or online at Vwww.ci.lino-lakes.mn.us. The cost is $8 per person.
Light up the Night: A Special Hanukkah Celebration
Celebrate Hanukkah at this free event on Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This community celebration will feature a glow-in-the-dark dance, a community candle lighting and other light-up activities. This event will be held in St. Paul at the Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Avenue.
A Scandinavian Christmas
What a great excuse to wear that Nordic sweater you love so much! In fact, bring the whole Nordic-bedecked family to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on December 19 to celebrate a Scandinavian Christmas with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Who doesn’t like a singalong? You’ll also enjoy a live reading of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” an animated short film, “The Snow Queen” set to Grieg’s Symphonic Dances and lots, lots more. There will be two performances, at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Orchestra Hall is located at 1111 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. For ticket prices, call 612.371.5656.
2015 Schwan Cup
Here we go - an entire week of high school hockey games to help us bridge the gap between Christmas and New Year’s. You gotta love living in Blaine! This year’s tournament, from December 26 to the 31st, features 64 boys’ teams, 40 girls’ teams, and more than a dozen youth teams – for a total of 200 hockey games over the course of one week!
The Youth Division kicks off the tourney the day after Christmas and they wrap up on December 28. Then the Boys High School Division starts their tournament on December 28 and finishes on December 30.
On the 29th, the Girls High School Division takes to the ice and their tournament lasts until New Year’s Eve.
Boys play at both Schwan Super Rink and Ridder Arena while the girls and youth tournaments are being held at Schwan. Call Schwan Super Rink at NSC for ticket prices and details. (763) 785-3687
2015 Pinky Swear New Year's Eve CelebrationWho says New Year’s Eve celebrations are only for grownups? Not us and certainly not the Pinkyswear Foundation! In fact they want to invite the whole family to an evening of music, dancing, games and prizes – and the balloon drop at midnight. All that fun AND you’ll be supporting kids with cancer.
Ring in 2016 family-style at the Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul/Airport Mall of America. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $50 and children’s tickets are $20. Learn more online at pinkyswear.org.
New Year's Eve Candlelight and Ice
Sure it’s a bit of a drive, but the Wood Lake Nature Center’s New Year’s Eve Candlelight & Ice fete is ideal for the whole family. You’ll follow a trail, lit by thousands of luminaries, through the trees, sometimes accompanied by the area’s wildlife. Then you’ll also get to roast marshmallows, sip hot cocoa and enjoy the crafts and games. The price is only $4 per person. Wood Lake Nature Center is located at 6710 Lakeshore Drive in Richfield. Call them at 612.861.9365 for additional information.
If you haven’t yet made New Year’s Eve plans you’d best be getting to it. We’re here to help. International Market Square is the setting for the Crystal Ball, billed as the “best New Year’s Eve Party in Minneapolis.” This is not an event for someone that just shot their budget buying holiday gifts because it’s a bit on the pricey side. VIP tables with bottle service will run you from around $250 to $900 depending on the number of revelers in your group.
General admission and VIP ticket holders will have access to the entire venue this year a nice switch from last year. Get the details online at crystalballmn.com.