Free Advance Screening: 20th Century Women

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How about fighting this cold by escaping to a great movie?? You have the opportunity to see the movie 20th Century Women, staring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning.  The movie comes out on January 13th, but there will be a preview showing on Thursday January 12th, at the Landmark Lagoon Theatre. You can download passes here (while supplies last).  Be aware that you should arrive a little early as these events tend to fill up and it’s first come first serve seating.


With 20th Century Women, acclaimed filmmaker Mike Mills (the Academy Award®- winning Beginners) brings us a richly multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time, and the connections we search for our whole lives. Set in Santa Barbara, the film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann, in a breakout performance) at a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing — via Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited punk artist living as a boarder in the Fields’ home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a savvy and provocative teenage neighbor. 20th Century Women is a poignant love letter to the people who raise us – and the times that form us – as this makeshift family forges fragile connections that will mystify and inspire them through their lives.



Snowshoeing at Minneapolis Parks


Winter brings some interesting challenges for getting exercise  One great way to take in the scenery while getting exercise is to try snowshoeing.  The Minneapolis Park and Recreation, offers some great options.  Tomorrow December 24th they will have a free, self guided time, open to all ages event located at the Kroening Interpretive Center.  Other upcoming snowshoe events include: Family snow shoe adventure, Full moon snowshoeing, Night owl snowshoeing and more.  Check out the different options here.  Some of the events are free, while other are low cost of $5-$10 a person.


Macy’s Santaland


With news of the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s store closing in 2017, it means there’s just a couple opportunities to take in the Macy’s Santaland.  The 8th floor exhibit is free and great for families.  We have done for many years and always try to time it so we can have a meal in the very bottom level of the store.  The wraps and smoothies are sooo delicious.  Of course then we also stop by for some chocolate at the candy/chocolate area in the same lower level.  Great traditions, so we are sad to hear that it will all be ending.  You have until Saturday afternoon to take it all in.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Everybody’s favorite holiday tradition is back! Drop by our Magical Elf Village and tell jolly Old Saint Nick what’s on your wish list, then have your picture taken with him and have a memory that will last forever! Remember, he’s only here for a limited time, so catch him while you can!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Have your picture taken with the man himself! Before you go, make a stop at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery and Santa’s Toy Shop! Photo packages are available.

Date & Time

December 22, 2016 TODAY 8:00am-10:00pm
December 23, 2016 Friday 8:00am-10:00pm
December 24, 2016 Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm

Macy's Santa Land, A Day in the Life of an Elf,

Santa & Albert’s Annual Holiday Play


Traditions are a huge part of the holidays.  The Santa and Albert Play at Bachman’s in Minneapolis, has been a tradition for 30 years.  It takes place at the Bachman’s flagship store on Lyndale in Minneapolis.  This weekend (Dec 17-18) is the last one of the season to catch this great free event.

Albert the Elf is “All Shook Up” with excitement when he receives a letter – he’s won a chance to meet his musical hero, Elfus! As his #1 fan, Albert can’t wait. But Rudolph has a problem and “It’s Now or Never”, and the only person who can fix it is Albert! But that might mean missing out on meeting his hero… Will Albert have a “Blue Christmas” or a “Happy Ending” at the North Pole?

This annual all-new holiday play has been a Bachman’s tradition for 30 years. It’s free to attend and great fun for families. All ages are welcome. Guests are encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long of holiday carols at the end, and stay to take pictures with Santa and Albert. (Bring your own camera. Play lasts approximately 20 minutes. Seating is first come, first serve.)

Saturdays | 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Sundays | 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

November 19-December 18, 2016


Fantastic Funtabulous Cinderella at the Children’s Theatre


Photo Credit: Dan Norman

Cinderella is back at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.  Two words that fully describe this zany show, fantastic and funtabulous! A show that’s great for the whole family.  Yes, bring the grandparents, bring the kids of all ages. or just go with some friends. It really truly is a show for everyone.  Even the sometimes hard to please middle-school age group will love this one.  It might not quite be your Grandmother’s version of Cinderella, but it will loosely follow the original story.  There’s still Cinderella and a Prince, oh and we cant forget the Stepsisters and Stepmother, all of which are quiet memorable characters. It’s difficult to say, just who steals the show more.  Lot’s of fun music, and memorable moments rolled into this show.  This is also a show with just the right amount of audience participation, you won’t want to get too comfy in your seat.

Cinderella runs now through January 8th, so plenty of options to find a date that works.  Keep in mind, this show is a popular one, so don’t delay in getting tickets.


Photo Credit: Dan Norman

Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) presents the back-by-popular-demand production of Cinderella. This rambunctious musical originally created by CTC brings together the heart-warming, classic story of Cinderella’s transformation, a Victorian Christmas party with lavish period costumes, grandiose sets and holiday carols, with brand-new, clever pop culture references, shameless physical comedy, audience participation, and gut-busting gags.
Cinderella is a favorite for Peter C. Brosius, CTC’s Artistic Director and Director for the show. He states, “This show absolutely has something for everyone – from the pop culture twists, to the surprising jokes told by our wild stepsisters and stepmother, to the tender story and holiday carols we all love – this is an experience unlike anything else for the entire family. I am also thrilled to have our entire Acting Company onstage delighting you in this production full of spectacle, heart and non-stop audience interaction!”
Hold on to your pumpkins! The magical, fantastical, and all-too-hilarious Cinderella returns to our stage for the holiday season. Freshly updated with all new songs, gags, and mayhem, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent ball and fulfill her destiny. Put on your glass slippers, and join us for this spectacular and outrageous telling of our unique Cinderella, guaranteed to delight.
The entire CTC Acting Company, who have been entertaining CTC audiences for a combined 106 years, shines in this production that includes Traci Allen Shannon playing the role of Cinderella, Reed Sigmund and Dean Holt playing Cinderella’s stepsisters, Autumn Ness playing the Stepmother, and Gerald Drake playing Lord High Chamberlain. CTC’s 15/16 Performing Apprentice China Brickey will perform as the fairy godmother. David L. Murray, Jr (recently in Theater Latte Da’s Ragtime) will debut at CTC as the Prince.
Music direction is provided by Victor Zupanc, sound design by Sean Healey, choreography by Linda Talcott Lee (Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography), scenic and costume design by Eduardo Sicangco (Lyceum Theatre, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Radio City Music Hall), lighting design by Paul Whitaker (CTC credits as Lighting Designer include The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Shrek the Musical, and more), and puppet design by Eric Van Wyk (CTC Credits as Puppet Designer include Alice in Wonderland, The Biggest Little House in the Forest, Busytown the Musical, and more).
Cinderella runs now through January 8, 2017 on the UnitedHealth Group Stage and is recommended for all ages. Tickets are on sale now starting at $15.  For more information, visit us online at or call the Ticket Office at 612.874.0400. Cinderella is proudly sponsored by Delta.

Photo Credit: Dan Norman

A Norwegian Christmas with tenor Jardar Johansen


It’s the time of year when there are some really great music events to attend.  Many of them are free, or very inexpensive, which we of course love since we’re all about being thrifty.  A Norwegian Christmas with tenor Jardar Johansen takes place tomorrow (Sunday, November 27th) from 5-7pm.  Tickets are on sale at the door for $10 a person.


Join us at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Mindekirken) on Sunday, November 27th at 5pm and ring in the holiday season in the most Norwegian way possible! Together with a pianist and bassist, Jardar Johansen, who hails from Tromsø in the far north of Norway, we’ll sing Norwegian Christmas classics and share stories about the holiday season as celebrated in Norway.

Presented by Mindekirken and Norway House.
Tickets on sale at the door. $10 per person.

Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House


The Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House opens today, and will continue to be an event through January 8th.  This means, you have plenty of time to get it on your calendar.  This is the second year in a row, Norway House is building the Twin Cities out of gingerbread in their Galleri!  You can find the address and other information here.


Starting on November 22nd through January 6th, Gingerbread Wonderland at Norway House is open to visitors! Enjoy holiday treats at Also Ingebretsen’s and surround yourself in all things gingerbread.

Group Tours: For groups of 10 or more, you can set up a group tour and get a discount on admission. Contact us to schedule a group tour.

Admission is free for Norway House members, children 12 and under, and for anyone who has contributed a house, building or structure to the display. Admission is $5 for all other visitors.



Discount Tickets for Cirque Dreams Holidaze

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The Cirque Dreams Holidaze is coming to the Northrup.  We might not have snow…YET, but this would be the perfect show to get you feeling like a Minnesota winter.  Of course we all know, snow we will be here, sooner or later!  Now is your chance to get discount tickets on goldstar for the show.  Your choice, tickets are available for December 9, 10th, or 11th.  Grab em before they sell out!

Experience gingerbread men flipping in midair, snowmen intricately balancing, icemen sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets dancing and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Now in its eighth year of touring, this visual marvel features dozens of beautifully-costumed international artists performing jaw-dropping feats amidst marvelous settings filled with colossal candy canes, gigantic gifts and 30-foot-tall towering soldiers. Bring the whole family to Northrop on the University of Minnesota campus and find out why the New York Daily News said that Cirque Dreams Holidaze brings the magic of the holidays to life with so much energy, it “could end our dependence on oil.”

Get your Cirque Dreams Holidaze discount tickets HERE!


11th Annual Green Gifts Fair


One of my favorite places to do some holiday shopping, is the Green Gifts Fair. I’ve purchased some great soaps, clothing and art at this sale.  This year is the 11th annual event, taking place at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. It’s a one day event, Saturday November 19th, from 10-5pm. With over 80 different vendors, all caring about our environment and being green, there is sure to be something for everyone.


EAT free samples and lunch or dinner at one of 30 global restaurants

LEARN complete a passport for prizes with the whole family sponsored by Otogawa-Anschel

CELEBRATE with a Heart of the Beast puppet show, local musicians, nature activities sponsored by Peace Coffee all day and more!

COME CAR-LESS with free rides by Metro Transit or bike rides with 30 Days of Biking

* Visit the photo booth and commit to giving an experience (

* Make your own non-toxic cleaner to take home (

* Pick up free seeds or make seed balls for butterflies (

* Learn about ways to connect with nature(

* Drop off your old holiday lights for recycling (

* Eco friendly gift wrap, gift tags and reusable bags (

* Low waste holiday party planning (

The Green Gifts Fair event is brought to you by Do It Green! Minnesota and its sponsors: City Pages, Midtown Global Market, MinnesotaPollution Control Agency, Natural Built Home, Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build, Peace Coffee


Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House


Although it’s been a very warm November, winter is coming.  It always does, maybe not at the exact same time, but eventually it will be here.  We all have different reasons for enjoying it, or making the best of it, but either way if we live in Minnesota, somehow we get through winter. The Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is a great way to get into the mood for winter.  A place to see some great decorating ideas while at the same time supporting a great cause. There’s a $5 admission into the house and 20% of ticket proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

*$5 Tickets Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling 612-861-7311. Each ticket includes a coupon for $5 off a $25+ Bachman’s purchase, with 20% of ticket proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are not refundable; see our Returns and Exchanges page for details.

Each season, our designers transform the historical Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue by painting, furnishing, and decorating the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage.

Schedule a self-guided tour to see trendsetting décor and creative concepts firsthand. Welcome inspiring ideas for the change in season.

The Holiday Ideas House is open seven days a week, November 10 through December 18, 2016. Self-guided tours ($5) are sold in 30-minute increments during the following times: Mon.-Wed. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.