Nov. 18 – Dec. 20, 2021

Many of our member colleges offer holiday events — and there's an art sale too — that are open to the public. (Listed times are Central Standard Time.) 

If you would like to be reminded each holiday season about possible events, sign up in the footer for our holiday event ecard.

All visitors are expected to follow each campus' masking and vaccination requirements.

Augsburg University

Advent Vespers Virtual Service
Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

For more than four decades, Augsburg University has ushered in the Advent and Christmas seasons with Advent Vespers, a magnificent experience of music and liturgy, focusing on the theme of preparation and culminating in the joyful celebration of the Incarnation. The Music Department and Campus Ministry Office of Augsburg University are pleased to announce the 2021 Advent Vespers theme, “Angel Voices, Again Now Sing.” 

For a second year, Advent Vespers will be a virtual experience with a premiere video release party the first weekend of December. Video Links will be added in mid-November.

Cost: free; in this holy season, you are invited to support the efforts embodied in this year's Augsburg Advent Vespers:  The Advent Vespers Fund & The Augsburg - Central Health Commons Fund.

Bethany Lutheran College

Christmas at Bethany
Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.
Dec. 3 at 5 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.
Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

Bethany’s beloved annual Christmas concert returns. This musical celebration of the birth of our Savior.

Trinity Chapel
Bethany Lutheran College
700 Luther Dr.
Mankato, MN 56001

Cost: free, with a free-will offering received during the concert (reserve tickets online)

Bethel University

Festival of Christmas
Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Nearly 300 of Bethel’s talented student musicians usher in the Christmas season through scripture and joyful song in this cherished holiday event.

Benson Great Hall
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

Cost: ticket prices vary (order online)

College of St. Benedict / Saint John's University

Christmas with Saint Ben’s and Saint John's
Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Join the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, CSB Women's Choir, SJU Men's Chorus, St. John's Boys' Choir and CSB/SJU Brass Choir for their celebration of Christmas.

Abbey and University Church
Saint John’s University
2850 Abbey Plaza
Collegeville, MN 56321

Cost: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students (order online)

The College of St. Scholastica

Advent Vespers and Lighting a Tradition
Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m.

Two beloved holiday traditions are back! Join the St. Scholastica community for our annual Advent Vespers service and Lighting A Tradition ceremony. Vespers begins at 4:30 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel. Following the service, attendees are invited to participate in a candlelit procession as our campus is illuminated for the holiday season. Can’t make it in person? This event will also be live-streamed on the College’s Facebook page.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel (lighting is on the front steps of Tower Hall)
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

Cost: free
 

O Holy Night Choral Concert
Dec. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The College of St. Scholastica Choral Ensembles present their annual Christmas concert, reflecting on the season through song. This program, the first concert with our new Director of Choral Activities, Richard Carrick, will fill you with hope and welcome you into the Christmas spirit. In this moving annual celebration, the St. Scholastica Concert Choir, Bella Voce, Vox Anima and Cantus Corde present sacred and secular Christmas music, sure to warm your heart and welcome you into the Christmas spirit.

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary
2801 E. 4th St.
Duluth, MN 55812

Cost: $15 (order online or pay at the door)

Concordia College, Moorhead

Christmas Concert…And Glory Shone Around

Christmas is celebrated on a grand scale with “…And Glory Shone Around.” This year brings a return to our stunning, in-person experience. The show features more than 300 student musicians and five ensembles.

In Moorhead:
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.

Memorial Auditorium
901 8th St. S.
Moorhead, MN 56562

Cost: $22 plus $3 processing fee for tickets purchased via telephone, mail or at the box office (order online or by calling 1-888-477-0277)

In Minneapolis:
Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Minneapolis Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost: $23-32 plus facility and processing fees (order online or by calling 1-800-292-4141)

Concordia University, St. Paul

My Soul Magnifies the Lord
Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

Concordia University St. Paul cordially invites you to attend the annual 2021 Fine & Performing Arts Christmas Concert, My Soul Magnifies the Lord, a celebration of the holiday season in word, art, and music.

Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Handbell and Chamber String Ensembles and be amazed by the angelic voices of the Jubilate and Christus Choirs. Faculty, alumni and guest instrumentalists will join orchestra musicians as they perform parts of J.S. Bach's Magnificat in D and the Magnificat by Gerald Finzi. Narration and visual imagery enliven the program.

Buetow Music Center Auditorium
Concordia University, St. Paul
300 Hamline Ave.
St. Paul, 55104

Cost: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and children 12 and under (order online)
 

Vox 9 (Vocal Jazz Ensemble) & Blue Rondo (Jazz Band) Concert
Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

E.M. Pearson Theatre
Concordia University, St. Paul
312 Hamline Ave N.
St. Paul, 55104

Cost: free
 

Christmas Vespers Service (Vox 9, Concert Band and Shades of Harmony Multi-cultural Choir)
Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Graebner Memorial Chapel
Concordia University, St. Paul
1259 Carroll Ave.
St. Paul, 55104

Cost: free
 

Percussion Ensemble Concert
Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.

Buetow Music Center Auditorium
Concordia University, St. Paul
300 Hamline Ave.
St. Paul, 55104

Cost: free

Gustavus Adolphus College

Christmas in Christ Chapel
Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. (performance will also be livestreamed)
Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m.

Christmas in Christ Chapel 2021 places our stories of lament and meaning-making among the stories of the Divine. Through the hope of the nativity, we journey to a place of inspiration and good courage, knitting ourselves back together in defiance of the forces that seek to tear us apart. Together, “We Shall Go Forth Singing.” Christmas in Christ Chapel features the Gustavus Choir, Choir of Christ Chapel, Christ Chapel Ringers, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Lucia Singers and dancers.

Christ Chapel
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Ave.
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Cost: order online or by calling 507-933-7520

Hamline University

Wind Ensemble Concert
Dec. 47 at 2 p.m.

Sundin Music Hall
Hamline University
1531 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Cost: free
 

A Cappella Choir Concert
Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.

Hamline United Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Cost: free
 

Orchestra Concert
Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

Sundin Music Hall
Hamline University
1531 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Cost: free
 

Jazz Ensemble Concert
Dec. 12 at 4 p.m.

Anne Simley Theatre
Drew Fine Arts Complex
Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Cost: free

Macalester College

Choir Concert
Nov. 19 at 8 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

Early Music Ensemble Concert
Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

Wind Symphony Concert
Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

Orchestra Concert
Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

Asian Music Ensemble Concert
Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

African Music Ensemble Concert
Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

Chamber Ensembles Concert
Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

MacJazz Concert
Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free
 

Jazz and Popular Music Combos Concert
Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

Music Building, Mairs Concert Hall
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
130 Macalester St.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: free

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

MCAD Art Sale
VIP access: Nov. 18, beginning at noon
Free: 8 a.m. Nov. 19 to midnight Nov. 20 

The MCAD Art Sale is one of the most beloved destinations for affordable, appreciable artwork by emerging artists who are creating not only what’s new, but what’s next.

Held every year the weekend before Thanksgiving, the MCAD Art Sale is your chance to buy one-of-a-kind works created by students and recent graduates. With 80 percent of sales going directly back to the artists and remaining proceeds supporting the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship Fund, your Art Sale purchases will directly support MCAD students and alumni. Now in its 24th year, the Art Sale has generated nearly $4 million for emerging artist.

We love seeing everyone on campus each year, but we are ecstatic to bring the Art Sale to your home for a second year. Experience this local, community event from anywhere. We are offering convenient curbside pick-up for all orders; shipping will be available on select prints and items. 

Cost: free, but make a $50 donation to the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship to receive VIP access

Saint John's University / College of St. Benedict

Christmas with Saint Ben’s and Saint John's
Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

Join the CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, CSB Women's Choir, SJU Men's Chorus, St. John's Boys' Choir and CSB/SJU Brass Choir for their celebration of Christmas.

Abbey and University Church
Saint John’s University
2850 Abbey Plaza
Collegeville, MN 56321

Cost: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students (order online)

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Dances from the Nutcracker
Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) and the Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Dance Repertory Company in "Dances from the Nutcracker." Heralding the message of peace on earth, “The Nutcracker” is performed around the globe during the holiday season. Producing this delightful ballet every other holiday season, the Dance Repertory Company is back once again with an abridged version of the full-length ballet that brings this magical experience to the Winona area community for its 11th biennial production. The cast of 30 dancers includes students from Saint Mary’s University and children from Winona and surrounding areas.

Page Theatre
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens (Tickets may be purchased at MCA, 1164 W. 10th St. in Winona, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:45 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Nov. 8)
 

Jazz at Saint Mary’s presents 'Holiday Hits'
Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature festive jazz favorites selected by the student musicians from performances over the past 10 years. This in-person performance will offer limited seating, but the concert will also be livestreamed.

Page Theatre
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

Cost: free (but reservations are required)
 

Lessons & Carols Christmas Service
Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will feature the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary Schola and will reflect on the Christmas story through short readings, hymns and familiar Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Seating for this in-person performance will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
1155 W. Wabasha St.
Winona, MN 55987

Cost: free (but reservations are required)
 

Saint Mary’s Concert Band presents ‘Welcome Christmas’
Dec. 12 at 4 p.m.

The concert, which will feature holiday favorites from around the world, will include many smaller ensembles from within the band as well as full concert band selections. Seating for this in-person performance will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, but overflow seating will be available in the Recital Hall, and the concert will also be livestreamed.

Page Theatre
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

Cost: free (but reservations are required)

St. Catherine University

Ballet Minnesota — The Classic Nutcracker
Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.

Ballet Minnesota’s 33rd annual The Classic Nutcracker, returns to The O’Shaughnessy! Come celebrate this annual family holiday tradition.

The O’Shaughnessy
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Cost: $21-$42 (order online)

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf Christmas Festival
Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 at 3 p.m

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival, one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States, will return this year with live, in-person performances. More than 500 students who are members of five choirs — the St. Olaf Choir, Viking Chorus, Chapel Choir, Cantorei and Manitou Singers — along with the St. Olaf Orchestra, will perform individually and as part of a mass ensemble. This year's concert, Love Divine, will also be available in a free live stream, and the Sunday, December 5, performance will air on Minnesota Public Radio.

Skoglund Center Auditorium
St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

Cost: $35 (order online; most tickets go to current students, parents, donors and alumni.)

University of St. Thomas

A St. Thomas Christmas: Bloom Eternal 
Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 34th annual Christmas concert: A St. Thomas Christmas: Eternal Bloom. This concert celebrates the Advent and Christmas season by drawing from both the familiar traditional carols and innovative contemporary selections. The concert also honors the persistent hope and resilience of the St. Thomas community with over 200 student performers in Chamber Singers, Donne Unite, Liturgical Concert Choir, String Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Orchestra Hall (downtown Minneapolis)
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Cost: $32 (order online)