Spread the Cheer: 5 Festive Holiday Shows

As the gift-giving season approaches, consider bypassing traditional gifts and buying yourself and your loved ones tickets to a Mayo Civic Center holiday event instead. There’s a scientific reason that this is a good idea: according to a 2017 study in the Journal of Consumer Research, giving the gift of a shared experience is more meaningful than giving a material gift, and gifts of experiences foster stronger relationships than material gifts.

So start a new tradition! Gather your friends and family for these five major holiday shows.

  1. Moscow Ballet PhotoMoscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Nov. 28, 7 p.m. The one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Rochester the last weekend in November. Kick off your holiday season with this timeless production, featuring world-class Russian dancers, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls. Rochester is one of over 100 cities in North America where Moscow Ballet performs this holiday classic – don’t miss a vibrant event that brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.
  2. Andy-and-Bing-Group-photoAn Andy & Bing Christmas. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Faithfully celebrating and re-creating the Christmas albums of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby, an Andy & Bing Christmas features songs such as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Christmas in Kilarney.” Lead vocals for this show are handled by former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football player and Super Bowl champion Ben Utecht, and Midwest Music Fall of Fame inductee Mick Sterling. A series of great songs delivered in a beautiful and remarkable way by the vocalists--and a one-of-a-kind 19-piece band—will create festive memories for the whole family. 
  3. Under The Streetlamp photoUnder the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Under the Streetlamp (featuring former leading cast members from Jersey Boys) delivers a joyous performance of favorite holiday tunes plus songs from the American Radio Songbook. Oh, what fun it is to dance in the aisles while merrily singing along to songs from their live PBS Specials and studio album, “Every Day’s a Holiday.” Featuring classics such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Santa Bring My Baby Back,” “Run Run Rudolph,” “Ave Maria,” and more. Get Hip to the Holidays at this energetic event!
  4. Lorie Line-Lord of Lords pictureLorie Line: Lord of Lords. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Pianist Lorie Line once again will bring the true meaning of Christmas to town with her 2018 Holiday Extravaganza, "Lord of Lords." Line will bring her Pop Chamber Orchestra and a guest vocalist, along with her concert grand piano that will take center stage. Line, who started playing piano at age 5, was recently inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and has sold 6 million albums. Celebrate Christmas with Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra.
  5. Tonic Sol Fa PhotoTonic Sol-fa: The Greatest Holiday Show. Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. This Christmas, the Emmy-award winning a cappella quartet brings a brand-new stage show to Rochester. Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. The group stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music, performing approximately 100 concerts each year across 48 states to a combined audience of more than 250,000.Enjoythe humor and soulful vocals of Tonic Sol-fa – there’s a good chance it will become a new holiday tradition!

    Can't get enough of The Nutcracker this holiday season? We also have two other proformances: Ballet Blake presents The Nutcracker on December 1 or Rochester Dance Company presents The Nutcracker on December 8 & 9.

    Want to buy a ticket as a gift for an entertainment event happening at Mayo Civic Center in 2019? Consider The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute) on January 18, MercyMe's Imagine Nation Tour on March 23, or the ever-popular Harlem Globetrotters on March 29.
    Or, purchase a Mayo Civic Center gift card at the Box Office.



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