Rochester MN Holiday Music and Arts

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Are you looking for holiday music and arts events for your family in the Rochester, MN area this holiday season? Look no further. We regularly update this guide so please check back often!

Friday November 19th

The Marshall Tucker Band

Launch Live and Mayo Civic Center present an evening with The Marshall Tucker Band performing their classic Southern rock hits live in concert at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium on Friday November 19th, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) came together as a young, hungry six-piece group in Spartanburg, S.C. in 1972, naming the band for a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribed on a key to their original rehearsal space. The band’s 40-plus-years music catalog consists of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases and has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. MTB’s indelible hits include the heartfelt singalong “Heard It in a Love Song,” the insistent pleading of “Can’t You See,” the testifying travelogue warning of “Fire on the Mountain,” the wanderlust gallop of “Long Hard Ride,” and the unquenchable yearning pitch of “Ramblin’,” to name but a few.

The Marshall Tucker Band members include original lead vocalist and bandleader Doug Gray and his current bandmates, drummer B.B. Borden (Mother’s Finest, The Outlaws), bassist/vocalist Ryan Ware, keyboardist/saxophonist/flautist/vocalist Marcus James Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Chris Hicks, and guitarist/vocalist Rick Willis.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Check website
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Thursday December 2nd

Tonic Sol-Fa: Shake Up Christmas Tour

This Christmas, the Emmy-award winning a cappella quartet brings a brand new holiday show to life. Enjoy the humor and soulful vocals that make this a holiday tradition for so many!

Address: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $2-65
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Friday December 3rd

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Wonder of the Nativity 

The longest-running and largest free, annual display of Nativity scenes and musical performances in Minnesota.

Address: 2300 Viola Heights Dr. NE Rochester MN
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free
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Saturday December 4th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party | Rochester Dance Company

Treat your family to a mini Nutcracker performance while enjoying a variety of sweet treats. Wear your holiday best for photo opportunities and dancing with the Nutcracker performers. Treats include specialty chocolates compliments of Chocolaterie Stam, cookies from Sweet House Bakery, and a Nutcracker – themed gift bag for children.

Address: 20 Civic Center Drive NE, Rochester MN
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $25
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Wonder of the Nativity 

The longest-running and largest free, annual display of Nativity scenes and musical performances in Minnesota.

Address: 2300 Viola Heights Dr. NE Rochester MN
Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Cost: Free
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Sunday December 5th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Wednesday December 8th

A Rocky Mountain High Experience Christmas Show

A Rocky Mountain High Experience® Christmas Show starring Rick Schuler, America’s Top John Denver Tribute is an unforgettable, magical, and intimate experience that that will take you back to the ’70s when John Denver’s music permeated the airways spanning the radio dial. Rick’s enchanting holiday show unlike any other features all your favorite Denver hits.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $60
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Thursday December 9th

Rochester Christmas Concert | MN Adult & Teen Challenge

Join the Rochester Adult & Teen Challenge for a Christmas Concert celebration!
Hear clients share stories and songs of hope. The concert will be held on Thursday, December 9 from 7:00 – 8:00pm at Christ Community Church.
***Please register on our event page, as seats are limited.***
This is a free-will offering event! Gather your family and friends and join us for an evening of festive songs and powerful testimonies.
Address: Christ Community Church of Rochester 4400 55th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Time: 7:00pm
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Friday December 10th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Saturday December 11th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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The Nutcracker | Rochester Dance Company

This 19th year of our production will feature young dancers from studios throughout Rochester and the surrounding area, as well as professional guest artists.

Children love the naughty mice, the toy soldiers and Clara’s courage in their thrilling battle scene; adults appreciate the classic dance and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky.

Rochester Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker features lavish, professionally designed costumes, hand-painted set and highly detailed props, including a Christmas tree that appears to grow by magic.

Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Cost: Varies
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Sunday December 12th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $20-28
Website

 

The Nutcracker | Rochester Dance Company

This 19th year of our production will feature young dancers from studios throughout Rochester and the surrounding area, as well as professional guest artists.

Children love the naughty mice, the toy soldiers and Clara’s courage in their thrilling battle scene; adults appreciate the classic dance and the timeless music of Tchaikovsky.

Rochester Dance Company’s production of The Nutcracker features lavish, professionally designed costumes, hand-painted set and highly detailed props, including a Christmas tree that appears to grow by magic.

Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Varies
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Monday December 13th

Christmas With Lorie Line

I’m so excited to tour this year! Yes, I’m coming, and for the first time ever I am performing all by myself for my first solo piano Christmas tour. This sentimental and very personal show just might be your all-time favorite as I reinvent myself on the stage one more time in my career. With an all-new set, show and format, this year celebrates my 33rd year of touring.

Address: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $63
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Thursday December 16th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Holiday Concert | Rochester Community Band

Free admission. Face masks are required by all audience members.
The RCB will perform its first Holiday Concert. The band is under the direction of Tony Boldt. The concert is performed by music lovers from all walks of life and all ages. The musical selections include: “Sleigh Ride”, “O Christmas Tree” and “A Christmas Festival”. You are welcome to wear your ugly sweater!!! For more information, call (507) 285-9915.

Address: RCTC Hill Theatre – 851 30th Ave. SE, Rochester MN
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Free
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Friday December 17th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Northern Lights Festival Christmas Concert with Michael Shynes

On December 17th Platinum Recording Artist and Songwriter Michael Shynes will be joined by Violin Virtuoso David Gerald Sutton for a night of Christmas songs both re imagined yet familiar. The show will feature lush soundscapes from the looping and layering of Sutton with the warmth of vocals and acoustic guitars from Shynes. This is a night of music surely not to be missed.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
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Saturday December 18th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $20-28
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Sara Evans: Blue Christmas Tour

Sara Evans is coming to Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Civic Center on Saturday, December 18th, 2021 with special guest Everette.

Multi-platinum entertainer SARA EVANS is at the top of her game. As the fifth most-played female artist at country radio in nearly the last two decades — her five No. 1 singles include “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. Sara’s “stunning, country voice” (Rolling Stone) has earned her the prestigious Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition, the CMA awarded Video of the Year honors for her hit chart-topping single, “Born to Fly” from her landmark double-platinum album of the same name.  Evans’ discography also includes the platinum-selling studio albums Real Fine Place and Restless as well as the gold-certified projects Stronger and No Place That Far.

Address: 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Varies
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Sunday December 19th

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Address: Rochester Civic Theatre, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $20-28
Website

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