Check out our top picks for musical performances in the Twin Cities to help get you in the holiday spirit.

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For music lovers, the Twin Cities scene is hard to beat any time of year. The sheer diversity of performers and venues is a testament to Twin Citians themselves. From the dearly departed Prince, to Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Atmosphere and many more, Minneapolis-St. Paul is often ranked among the top music destinations in the country.

It’s no wonder, then, why so many amazing acts flock here in and around the holiday season to blend with our homegrown faves into some truly one-of-a-kind concert opportunities. Some of our top picks for this holiday season are the incomparable Twin Cities Gay Men’s Choir; world-renowned, Minnesota native pianist Lorie Line, and VocalEssence. Of course if you can nab some tickets to the infamous Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Mannheim Steamroller, both are more than worthy of the price as well.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a greater repertoire of performing arts to choose from not only during the holiday season, but year round. So get out and enjoy one—or several—of our top picks. You won’t be disappointed.

 Best of Twin Cities Holiday Concerts

VocalEssence Welcome Christmas, Dec. 3 (Apple Valley), Dec. 9 (Roseville), Dec. 10-11 (Minneapolis)
Mannheim Steamroller, State Theater, Dec. 4
Martina McBride: the Joy of Christmas, State Theater, Dec. 6
The New Standards Holiday Show, State Theater, Dec. 7-8
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Bradenburg Concertos, Ordway Concert Hall, Dec. 9-10
Twin City Gay Men’s Choir Holiday Spectacular, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Dec. 9-11
Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith, Target Center, Dec. 10
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Xcel Energy Center, Dec. 10
R. Kelly, Orpheum Theater, Dec. 10
VocalEssence Star of Wonder, Plymouth Congregational Church, Dec. 10
MPR Holiday Concert: Home Free Christmas Tour, Fitzgerald Theater, Dec. 14
Lorie Line: Born in Bethlehem, State Theatre, Dec. 14-15
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus: Star of Wonder, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Dec. 15
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah, Ordway Concert Hall, Dec. 16 (At the Basilica), Dec. 17-18 at Ordway Concert Hall
Minnesota Boychoir Annual Holiday Concert, Historic Wesley Center, Dec. 21 & Landmark Center, Jan. 5 (all shows are free; donations welcome)

Also See Our Best of Twin Cities Holiday Theater Picks


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