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Christmas Candlelight Winetasting
When: November 17, 2017
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Location: Morgan Creek Vineyards, 23707 478th Ave, New Ulm
Dress warm, bring your snowshoes or cross country skis and brave the approaching snows of winter on the John Turner Candlelight Snow Shoe Trail. Then, come in from the cold to the tasting room for an evening of mulled wine, wood-fired appetizers, bright holiday music, and merriment. The holiday wine Saint Wenceslaus will be featured along with specialty gift baskets and unique wine accessory gift items for your family and friends.
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Holiday Art Studio Workshop
When: November 21, 2017
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato
Bring your child or grandchild for a fun and creative event. Come work on an art piece to keep or to give away as a holiday gift.
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Photos with Santa
Date: November 24-December 24, 2017
Time: Mondays-Saturdays from 12-8 p.m.; Sundays from 12-6 p.m.
Location: River Hills Mall, 1850 Adams Street, Mankato
Don’t miss the easiest way to visit Santa – just reserve your time and skip the line!
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Kiwanis Holiday Lights Parade & Opening Night
Date: November 24, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave, Mankato
Join us for the annual Kiwanis Holiday Lights lighted parade presented by the Mankato Area Derby Girls. Watch the lighted floats pass by and stay to watch the lighting ceremony, where 1.5 million LED lights instantly turn on at Sibley Park! Cars will be allowed to start driving through the display at 8 p.m. Pedestrians can walk through the display starting immediately after the lighting ceremony. The event is free, but cash donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted. Kiwanis Holiday Lights runs through Dec. 31.
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Mankato Opry Jamboree Christmas Show
Date: November 24-26, 2017
Time: November 24 & 25 @ 5 p.m.; November 26 @ 11:30 a.m.
An Opry-style Country Music Show is coming to the Kato Ballroom and features the Mankato Opry All-Star Band and 14 guest singers! It’s true traditional country music as you remember from the 1960s to the 1990s, along with your favorite Christmas songs. A buffet dinner is available prior to each show for $15. For dinner tickets, contact the Kato Ballroom at 507-625-7553.
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Shop Small in the City Center
Date: November 25, 2017
Time: All day
Location: City Center, Mankato
Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.
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15th Annual GSR Fine Art Festival
Date: November 25, 2017 @ 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; November 26, 2017 @ 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: City Center, Mankato
45+ Visual Artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 15th annual GSR Fine Art Festival. Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, glass, leather, wood and fiber artists will be available in a wide range of prices.
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After Thanksgiving Sales and Vendor Show
Date: November 25, 2017
Time: 12-9 p.m.
Location: Indian Island Winery, 18018 631st Ave, Janesville
Get all your Christmas shopping done in one place! Vendors will be selling a variety of items, and they all make great gifts! Shop at the winery gift shop for wine-related items, Minnesota wines, Minnesota grape jelly or syrup and gift cards! Santa will also be at the winery to listen to your Christmas wish lists, so feel free to bring your kids and your camera!
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Pet Nights with Santa
Date: on Mondays November 27-December 11, 2017
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: River Hills Mall, 1850 Adams Street, Mankato
Bring your four-legged friend to see Santa and pose for a photo. Cats and dogs only, please.
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The Big Christmas Show
Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Wow!Zone, 2030 Adams St, Mankato
The Big Christmas Show! Quality Craft Show! River Hills Gala! The Festival of Lights!
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Christmas at Bethany:
Date: November 29, 2017-December 3, 2017
Time: 4 p.m.
The Bethany Music Department presents its annual “Christmas at Bethany” concerts in Trinity Chapel daily. The Bethany Lutheran College choirs and bands present five performances. Christmas at Bethany Concert tickets are free, with a free-will offering received during the concert. Advance reservations are encouraged as concerts tend to fill and seating is general admission. You may reserve online, or by calling Fine Arts Coodinator Susan Harstad at 507-344-7365.
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Holiday Light Night
When: December 1, 2017
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato
Stop in for a play date on your way to the Kiwanis Holiday Lights. Warm up in the Museum’s new handcrafted log cabin, play in the Museum galleries, and join in on some cookie-decorating fun.
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Ugly Sweater Night with Santa
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: River Hills Mall, 1850 Adams Street, Mankato
Break out your ugliest sweater (you know the one!) and take a fun photo wtih Santa. Whether it’s adorned with pom pom snowmen or glitter gingerbread man, the sillier the sweater the better! Bring your family and friends for a night full of laughter!
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Christmas in Christ Chapel
Date: December 1, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.; December 2, 2017 @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; December 3, 2017 @ 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Location: Christ Chapel Church, 800 W College Ave, St. Peter
Celebrate the Christmas season with music, dance and theatre presented by Gustavus Adolphus College. The performance is in the beautiful Christ Chapel and is a feast for the senses.
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Christmas in Lake Crystal & Gift Fair
Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center, 621 W Nathan St, Lake Crystal
Events at the Lake Crystal Rec Center include: Holiday gift & craft fair, silent auction, Cookie Bake Sale, Chili Feed, Pictures with Santa 10am-1pm (bring YOUR OWN camera)!
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Morgan Creek Vineyards Holiday Open House
Date: December 2-3, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Morgan Creek Vineyards, 23707 478th Ave, New Ulm
Bring your cross-country skis or your snow shoes for outside adventure, and take heart knowing that good people and mulled wine will be near the outdoor burning bowl keeping things warm around the fire.
Throughout the day, we’ll have wood-fired foods, pizzette, specialty cheeses and desserts available. Pair them up with our sweet red holiday wine, Saint Wenceslaus, or our elegant Sweet E. Then start thinking about wine, gift baskets and accessories for your holiday giving — and enjoy huge savings on all.
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Bells on Belgrade
Date: December 2, 2017
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Location: Belgrade Ave, North Mankato
Holiday fun event for the entire family, featuring trolley rides, Medallion Hunt, Santa and his Elves, local caroling groups, Winter Wonderland Parade and much more. The Winter Wonderland Parade is set for 6:30 p.m. This event is kid friendly and free!
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Christmas at the Hubbard House
Date: December 2, 2017 from 3-7 p.m. and December 3, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: The Hubbard House, 606 South Broad Street, Mankato
Start your holiday season off right with a trip to the historic R.D. Hubbard House for Christmas at the Hubbard House. Each year, the theme is different, so stop down to see what new curiosities will be featured this year. Once again, costumed characters will be throughout the house to great you as you explore this Victorian home.
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The Matchstick Girl
Date: December 2, 2017 @ 7 p.m. and December 3, 2017 @ 3 p.m.
Location: Mankato West High School Auditorium, 1351 S Riverfront Drive, Mankato
Celebrate the season! Riverfront Performing Arts presents “The Matchstick Girl,” an original play my Amanda Joy Hauman based on the story of Hans Christian Anderson, and “Yuletide Dances.”
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Diamond Dash 5k
Date: December 3, 2017
Time 4:45 p.m.
Take in all the sights of the winter and holiday season during this family-friendly, unchipped 5K Run/Walk. Do three laps around and through Sibley Park and see the Kiwanis Holiday Lights. The event includes pre-race activities, door prizes, hot cocoa, cookies and music.
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Ugly Sweater Holiday Show
Date: December 6, 2017
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Mankato Event Center, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
Join in on the fun at the Play with Your Food musically-themed holiday show…new plays, new actors, new musical guest, sing-a-longs, and great food! The perfect way to start your holiday season! Wear an ugly holiday sweater for your chance to win a FREE ticket (meal & show) to the February 7, 2018 show!
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Decorate a Gingerbread House
Date: December 7, 2017 @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.; December 9, 2017 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; and December 10, 2017 @ 1-3 p.m.
Location: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato
Join the Museum’s annual fun and creative event for the whole family: decorate a gingerbread house and take it home to display with your holiday decorations! Gingerbread houses will be constructed in advance and the Museum will provide decorative materials at the event. There is a limited number of houses, so make sure to reserve your spot today! Cost is $20 per house for Museum members and $25 per house for non-members.
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Holiday PJ Night with Santa
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: River Hills Mall, 1850 Adams Street, Mankato
Who said that pajamas were only for bedtime? Dress up the whole family in their favorite festive PJs and take an unforgettable photo with Santa. Whether it’s silly or sweet, it will be the perfect picture to share with all your family and friends.
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The Divers 5th Annual Christmas Party Concert
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lee Theater, Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center, Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato
Come one, come all to the Divers Christmas Party Concert, which will feature The Divers (BLC alums Pete Bloedel, Eric Halvorson, Loren Halvorson and Andy Overn) for a super fun annual concert. There will be a Christmas carol sing-along as part of the evening of music. Free yuletide fun for everyone!
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32nd Annual The Nutcracker – Gala
Date: December 8, 2017 @ 7 p.m.; December 9, 2017 @ 1 and 5 p.m.; and December 10, 2017 @ 1 and 5 p.m.
Location: Ted Paul Theatre, MSU, Mankato, 499 Birchwood Street, Mankato
The Mankato Ballet Company proudly presents The Nutcracker. This is Mankato’s original holiday classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky. This event will surely take your imagination on a magical journey to a lavish Christmas party full of surprises, a fierce battle between toy soldiers and mice, and to the Land of Sweets welcomed by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
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Victorian Christmas at Betsy’s House
Date: December 2 & 9, 2017
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: 332 and 333 Center Street, Mankato
A Victorian Christmas at Betsy’s House is an annual tradition for many! The house is decorated for the season and costumed living history actors will make you feel as if you stepped back in time. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Betsy, Tacy and Tib by the Christmas tree. Experience the magic when Betsy’s House is lit by candlelight at dusk.  Tacy’s house is open for holiday shopping with refreshments and cookies. Kids can shop for Christmas ornaments for 10 cents, just as Betsy, Tacy, Tib and Winona did!
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Hubbard House Open for the Holidays
Date: December 9-10 & 16-17, 2017
Time: 1 to 4 p.m.
Location: The Hubbard House, 606 South Broad Street, Mankato
See the Hubbard House all decorated for the holiday season! Tours start at the Carriage House and take you through this stately mansion.
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Musicorum Winter Concert: Child of Light
Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chapel of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 170 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato
Join Musicorum for its annual winter concert, featuring a variety of choral music.
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Holiday Treasures
Date: December 10, 2017
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Location: Old Main Village, 301 South Fifth St, Mankato
Holiday Treasures Shopping Extravaganza is back! Enjoy shopping with a variety of vendors to gather some unique holiday gifts for your loved ones.
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Mankato Children’s Chorus Winter Concert
Date: December 10, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday season by joining the Mankato Children’s Chorus, Mankato’s premier chorus for area youth in grades 1 through 12. They will be singing traditional and seasonal songs.
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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Date: December 10, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Trinity Chapel, Bethany Lutheran College, 700 Luther Drive, Mankato
Enrich your celebration of the Christmas season through the music of J. S. Bach’s festive Christmas Oratorio. Bach Society of Minnesota and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra present this concert in Trinity Chapel.
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 7 p.m.
‘Tis the season to celebrate as A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage brings holiday cheer to Mankato! This brand new touring production features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang: Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all lead by the lovable Charlie Brown, as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.
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Holiday Lights Bike Ride
Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Nicollet Bike Shop, 607 N Riverfront Drive, Mankato
Join Nicollet Bike for the annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride! Ride the city streets to Sibley Park to view the Kiwanis Holiday Lights display. After viewing the lights, a social will be held at Pub 500. Helmets and lights are required. Please consider bringing a cash donation for Kiwanis Holiday Lights.
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Breakfast with Santa
Date: December 16, 2017 @ 7:30-9 a.m.
Location: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, 224 Lamm Street, Mankato
Come play at the Museum before everyone else and enjoy breakfast with Santa. Tickets include a hot breakfast by Friesen’s Family Bakery & Bistro, special hands-on activities, and a photo-op with Santa.
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Holiday Highlights with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra
Date: December 17, 2017
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
The musical equivalent of twinkling lights on the tree, a warm fireside, and comfort food. Former Cantus star Aaron Humble sings Christmas favorites and the orchestra entertains you with seasonal favorites like Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, and more!
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Kiwanis Holiday Lights
Date: through December 31, 2017
Time: Sun-Thurs 5 to 9 p.m. and Fri-Sat 5 to 10 p.m.; Santa’s hours are Fri-Sun 5 to 9 p.m.
Location: Sibley Park, 900 Mound Ave, Mankato
Kiwanis Holiday lights will feature lighted holiday displays and hundreds of brightly-lit trees. Santa will be in the park Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Live reindeer will be on display until December 24.
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PAST EVENTS

Southern Minnesota Christmas Festival:
When: November 11, 2017 @ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Verizon Center Grand Hall | 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato
Alpha Media Mankato announces the 6th annual free and family-friendly Southern Minnesota Christmas Festival and “Toys for Tots” Kick-off! In addition to an assortment of kids activities, they’ll have a chance to meet Santa Claus. This is also the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with dozens of local vendors, offering gifts that will be perfect for everyone on your list. There will be plenty of food options and great entertainment.
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