Twin Cities Gateway Events

The Twin Cities Gateway offers a full schedule of events year ‘round. From our nine communities’ signature events (listed at left) to sporting events and large expositions at the National Sports Center in Blaine and live theater at the Lyric Arts Center in Anoka, our calendar of events is loaded with fun events for the whole family.

In addition to all the local events in the Gateway communities, remember you’ll also be within minutes of all sporting, concert and cultural events taking place in the Twin Cities. Click here for Twin Cities events.

December, 2016 Events in the Twin Cities Gateway

'Twas the Night before Christmas

December 1st, 2016 & December 3rd, 2016 & December 10th, 2016 & December 17th, 2016 | Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

Join us for this tribute to the Christmas season by Tony© award-winner Ken Ludwig. It’s a grand adventure involving a...

Join us for this tribute to the Christmas season by Tony© award-winner Ken Ludwig. It’s a grand adventure involving a heist, a duel with rapiers, some hip-hop, a squirt gun, a perilous airplane flight, and an elf’s stint as a secret agent. It’s a journey we’re sure the whole family will enjoy—a fun-filled, joyous way to celebrate the holidays together. Click more info for times and ticket prices.

420 E Main Street | Anoka, MN 55303 | P: 763 433 2510

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Over the River and Through the Shops

Nov. 25 - Dec. 24 | Historic Downtown Anoka

Come home to Anoka for the Holidays! Anoka’s Hometown Holiday Celebration begins on Friday, November 25, and continues through December...

Come home to Anoka for the Holidays! Anoka’s Hometown Holiday Celebration begins on Friday, November 25, and continues through December 24. Come join us for great shopping, Santa, special offers, and plenty of hometown Holiday spirit!

12 Bridge Square | Anoka, MN 55303 | P: 7634217130

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Three More Wishes For Christmas - A Musical Comedy

November 26 - December 31 | Majestic Oaks Golf Club

Every child has dreams and wishes, especially at Christmas time. Well, almost every child. Isabella Morky is the...

Every child has dreams and wishes, especially at Christmas time. Well, almost every child. Isabella Morky is the exception! At the tender age of eight years old, she is beyond ‘mature for her age.’ She is highly skeptical and opinionated, with little room for fantasy in her life. Desperate for her daughter not to grow up too fast, her mother gives her a very special gift that she had once received as a child on Christmas Eve, hoping it may hold similar magic for Isabella. THREE MORE WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS is an endearing musical comedy for the holidays, and, a sequel to THREE WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS produced by The Seasons Dinner Theatre in 1993. Join the fun as our lovable Timm Holmly, revives his role as ‘the Genie’ in THREE MORE WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS.

701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE | Ham Lake, MN 55304 | P: 763-755-2140

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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol

November 25 - January 1 | Bunker Hills Event Center

A Hilarious Minnesota Spoof of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

It’s Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner...

A Hilarious Minnesota Spoof of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

It’s Christmas Eve in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, he storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice on his skidoo and goes into a coma. He comes back in his dream where he’s visited by folk legend, Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar to that in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” only very different. Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with Clara at The Bunyan? Find out.

Tickets are now on sale for "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol" playing November 25 - January 1 at Bunker Hills Event Center. A holiday musical and 3-course dinner for the whole family with tickets starting at $47! Group pricing available. Buy online or by calling 763-951-7244.

12800 Bunker Prairie Road | Coon Rapids, MN 55448 | P: 763-951-7276

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Holiday Gift mART and Tea

December 1st to December 17th, 2016 | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will be transforming the building into a holiday market Over 20 local artists will be...

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will be transforming the building into a holiday market Over 20 local artists will be presenting their unique handmade and affordable pieces. The market will include an assortment of items including; jewelry, hand-sewn cosmetics bags, silk scarves, knit goods, textiles, alcohol ink tiles, artwork for the wall, and more. BLCA will be an important stop for your holiday shopping. The market will continues through Saturday December 17and the hours are 10 am to 4pm Tuesdays through Saturday.

The Holiday Gift mART, kicks off on Thursday, December 1 at 6 pm. Shopping will be available that evening until 8:30 pm. In addition, we invite the community to a formal tea that evening, which will take place at the Art Center. Featuring English tea, tasty baked snacks, and tea sandwiches. The tea allows you to spend time at BLCA with friends, family, and other art supporters. There is a suggested $5 donation for the tea and will be served from 6-8 pm on a first come, first seated basis.

6666 East River Road | Fridley, MN 55432 | P: 763-574-1850

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Lyrics Arts presents: A Christmas Story

Nov. 18 - Dec. 18

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest...

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher, and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"

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Anoka Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

December 3rd, 2016 | Anoka City Hall River Plaza

Mark your calendar for the annual Anoka Christmas Tree Lighting event for free horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music, Santa Claus...

Mark your calendar for the annual Anoka Christmas Tree Lighting event for free horse-drawn trolley rides, holiday music, Santa Claus in the Santa Shack, bonfires, and much more!

  • Saturday, December 3, 2016
  • 3-7 p.m.

Please call the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce with any questions at 763-421-7130.

2015 1st Ave N | Anoka, MN 55303

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Steven C: Christmas Beyond

December 7th, 2016 | Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

With the release of his long-awaited album Christmas Beyond, Steven C will be making his way to Lyric Arts for...

With the release of his long-awaited album Christmas Beyond, Steven C will be making his way to Lyric Arts for the holiday season. Christmas Beyond is a collection of timeless old world Christmas music and was recorded in the majestic Cathedral of St. Paul, MN. The album takes you far beyond Christmas and evokes the timeless magic and essence of winter. Check the website for times and ticket prices.

420 E Main Street | Anoka, MN 55303 | P: 763 433 2510

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Reading Series Event: Margaret Hasse and Clarence White

December 9th, 2016 | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Join us for an evening of poetry and short stories when we invite Margaret Hasse and Clarence White to Banfill-Locke...

Join us for an evening of poetry and short stories when we invite Margaret Hasse and Clarence White to Banfill-Locke for our December Reading Series event on Friday, December 9 from 7:30-9pm. These intimate events are free and open to the public. We offer snacks and camaraderie and a chance to hear from talented writers. The 2016 reading series is presented in partnership with the Anoka Country Library.

6666 East River Road | Fridley, MN 55432 | P: 763-574-1850

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Wishes & More: Breakfast with Santa

December 10th, 2016 & December 17th, 2016 | Acapulco Mexican Restaurant

Santa Claus is coming to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant - New Brighton on Saturday, December 10th & 17th! Bring the...

Santa Claus is coming to Acapulco Mexican Restaurant - New Brighton on Saturday, December 10th & 17th! Bring the whole family for a morning full of food and drinks, balloon animals, face painting and crafts. Santa and his elves will be there to spread holiday cheer for all to hear!

1113 Silver Lake Rd NW | New Brighton, MN 55112 | P: 651-636-4288

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2016 Holiday Lighting Contest - Coon Rapids

December 16th to December 18th, 2016

Help spread holiday cheer and maybe win a prize at the same time! Enter the Coon Rapids Arts Commission Holiday...

Help spread holiday cheer and maybe win a prize at the same time! Enter the Coon Rapids Arts Commission Holiday Lighting Contest! Entries will be judged based on overall impact, visual appeal, uniqueness, variety, safety and tidiness.

Categories

  • Still – Property (non-moving light display on a house, yard, fence, tree or any combination listed)
  • Motion – Property (moving light display on a house, yard, fence, tree or any combination listed)

Prizes

  • $100 - 1st place in each category
  • $50 - 2nd place in each category

More information about the contest guidelines along with an official entry form will be posted on the City’s website by the end of the day Friday, November 18. Judging by members of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission will take place December 16-18. Winners will be notified by members of the commission and announced in the January 2017 Coon Rapids Connection newsletter.

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Winter Recreation Sampler

December 18th, 2016 | Wargo Nature Center

Get a taste of some of the many things to do outside in Minnesota during our colder months. You will...

Get a taste of some of the many things to do outside in Minnesota during our colder months. You will be sampling a variety of recreational activities including kick sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. This event is open to families and individuals of all ages. Pre-registration is required.

7701 Main Street | Lino Lakes, MN | P: 651-429-8007

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Skate with Santa at the Coon Rapids Ice Center!

December 18th, 2016 | Coon Rapids Ice Center

Sunday, December 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Someone special is coming to the Coon Rapids Ice Center (11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.)...

Sunday, December 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Someone special is coming to the Coon Rapids Ice Center (11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.) on Sunday, December 18! Families are invited to visit with Santa and see some great figure skating at the same time! Take your photo with Santa and have fun skating on the indoor ice rink!

Schedule of Events:

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Figure skating exhibition on the outdoor ice rink
  • Come see some fantastic skating talent from the Coon Rapids Skating School!

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Santa arrives

  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Photo opportunities with Santa
  • Open skating available on the indoor ice rink
  • Coloring contest for kids with prizes

Admission:

  • $5.00 for adults
  • $4.00 for students/seniors
  • Kids 5 and under are FREE with a paid adult.
  • Skates are also available for rent.

The Coon Rapids Ice Center is also an official Toys for Tots drop-off location! The public is invited to bring toys for donation to this event as well. For every toy donated, receive a coupon for a buy one get one free public skating pass. (Limit three)

11000 Crooked Lake Boulevard | Coon Rapids, MN 55433 | P: 763-951-7221

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A Kat Perkins Christmas

December 23rd, 2016 | Lyric Arts Main Street Stage

Lyric Arts is pleased to bring Kat Perkins to the Main Street Stage for a holiday show comprised of family...

Lyric Arts is pleased to bring Kat Perkins to the Main Street Stage for a holiday show comprised of family favorites and seasonal standards that is sure to entertain fans of all ages!

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, Perkins made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene! Check the website for times and ticket prices.

420 E Main Street | Anoka, MN 55303 | P: 763 433 2510

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