Holidays are about tradition, and after a season without concerts due to the pandemic, this is the year to return to an old favorite or start a new tradition. While some bands – including The Blenders and George Winston – have opted out of this one, this season’s Twin Cities concert schedule is filled with familiar locals (Lorie Line, the New Standards, Trailer Trash) and touring favorites (Jim Brickman, Pentatonix, For King and Country) eager to provide a little bell swing for fans. Here is an overview of what is available.
November 28, December 3-5, 8-15: Windham Hill Winter Solstice (4 p.m. and 7 p.m. November 28; $ 40 to $ 30); Nicholas David’s annual St. Nicholas Show (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on December 3; $ 40 to $ 30); Holiday in the Heartland (5:30 p.m. Dec. 4; donation of your choice); Holiday Home with Ginger Commodore, T. Mychael Rambo and Thomasina Petrus (7 p.m. December 5; $ 25 – $ 20); Hot Sardines Holiday Stomp (7 and 9 p.m. on December 8; $ 45 to $ 35); Christmas Tribute from David Benoit to Charlie Brown (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. December 9; $ 55- $ 35); The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. December 10; $ 45- $ 35); Merry Christmas from Jose James (7 p.m. December 11-12; $ 50 to $ 40); The Peterson Family – Twas the Jam Before Christmas (7 p.m. December 13-14; $ 40- $ 30); and Morgan James: A Very Magnetic Christmas (7 p.m. and 9 p.m. December 15; $ 45- $ 35). Dakota, 1010 Nicollet Ave., Mpls .; dakotacooks.com.
Chanhassen dinner theaters
28 Nov-Dec 31: Chanhassen Dinner Theaters dedicates an entire month to holiday concerts. Tickets cost $ 40. The lineup includes: A Three Tenors Christmas (7 p.m. November 28), Rock and Roll Xmas Spectacular (8:15 p.m. December 1-4 and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., 1 p.m. December 4 and 11, 7 p.m. December 5 and 12) , JazzMN Returns Home for the Holidays (7:30 p.m. December 13), Christmas… With a Whole Lot of Soul (8:15 p.m. December 14-15, 1:00 p.m. December 15), A Kat Perkins Christmas (8:15 p.m., Dec. 16-18, 1:00 p.m. Dec 18), Celtic Holiday Hooley (7:19 p.m. Dec. 19, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 20-21, 1:20 p.m. – Dec. 21), Christmas on the Prairie (8:15 p.m. Dec 22-23, 1:22 p.m. Dec), An Andy and Bing Christmas (1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec 26, 8:15 p.m. Dec 27-31, 1:29 p.m. Dec), Chanhassen Dîners-théâtres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952-934-1525 or chanhassendt.com.
Nov 30, Dec 2-3, 13-14, 16-21 : Burnsville’s Ames Center offers an eclectic range of concerts, including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (7:30 p.m. Nov. 30; $ 54- $ 34), Rocky Mountain High Experience: A John Denver Christmas (8 p.m. Dec 2-3; 60 $), Shaun Johnson and the Big Band Experience (7:30 p.m. on December 13; $ 39), Tonic Sol-fa (7:30 p.m. on December 14; $ 41), That Holiday Feeling (7 p.m. December 16; $ 30) , For children 1 to 92 (7:30 p.m. on December 17; $ 53 to $ 33), Rhythmic Circus Holiday Shuffle (7:30 p.m. on December 18; $ 50 to $ 30), An Andy and Bing Christmas ( 2 p.m. on December 19); $ 43 to $ 38), Christmas in the Hitchville countryside (7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; $ 28) and Christmas with Elvis by Anthony Shore (7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; $ 48 to $ 28). Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville; 952-895-4685 or ames-center.com.
The new standards
December 3-4: Chan Poling of the Suburbs and his jazz trio the New Standards present their 14th annual holiday show. In addition to the two evening performances, they offer a shorter Saturday morning suitable for families. Expect jazzy versions of holiday classics, special surprise guests, and plenty of friendly banter from the chatty group, which also includes Trip Shakespeare’s John Munson and Semisonic on bass and Electropolis’s Steve Roehm on vibraphone. 8 p.m. 3 – 16 Dec. and 4 p.m. Dec 4; State Theater, 805, avenue Hennepin S., deputies; $ 124- $ 29; hennepintheatretrust.org.
December 3: Now 59, romantic piano sensation Jim Brickman has spent more than 25 years recording and spinning on the back of his music, which includes solo piano compositions, pop-inspired instrumentals and collaborations. voices with a long guest list. Her annual holiday tour is linked to her latest CD, “A Christmas Symphony,” which features singers Kelli O’Hara and John Ondrasik. 7:30 p.m. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; $ 85 to $ 33; 651-224-4222 or ordway.org.
4 December 19: Pianist Lorie Line celebrates Christmas like no other, with her 31st annual holiday tour featuring 28 shows in eight states. Line, who debuted at Dayton’s, is doing the tour solo and also has a virtual concert available December 6-31 (tickets are $ 30 through lorieline.com). Line’s Twin Cities performances are in Burnsville (3 p.m. Dec. 4; Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave.; $ 63; 952-895-4685 or ames-center.com) and Plymouth (3 p.m. Dec. 19; Providence Academy Performing Arts Center, 15100 Schmidt Lake Road; $ 60; 952-474-1000).
4, 10-11, 17-18 Dec. : Minnesota’s own honky tonk masters, Trailer Trash, are spending the month of December airing their popular Trashy Little Xmas Show to venues across the Twin Cities. There are plenty of opportunities to catch them: 8:00 p.m., December 4, Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls., $ 35- $ 25, theparkwaytheater.com; 7:10 p.m. – 11 December, Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge, 3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls., $ 25, thehookmpls.com; and at 8 p.m., December 17-18, Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. W., St. Paul, $ 27 to $ 25, axs.com.
Mystic Lake Casino
December 4, 11, 18: Mystic Lake Casino has booked three holiday concerts, including A Very Countess Christmas (8 p.m. Dec 4; $ 59- $ 39), Josh Turner: Holiday and the Hits (8 p.m. Dec 11; sold out) and the Magical Symphonic Christmas. by Marie Osmond (8 p.m. on December 18; $ 49). Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard, Prior Lake; 952-496-6563 or mysticlake.com.
Treasure Island Casino
December 10, 19, 29: Treasure Island Casino has booked three holiday concerts including Chris Isaak Holiday (8 p.m. Dec 10; $ 89- $ 59), A Luminare Christmas (7 p.m. Dec 19; $ 47.50- $ 29) and the Beach Boys Holiday Harmonies. (7 p.m. Dec. 29; $ 79 to $ 59). Treasure Island Casino, 5734 Sturgeon Lake Road, Welch; 800-222-7077 or ticasino.com.
For the king and the country
December 11: Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone began their careers while still in high school and provided backing vocals for Christian pop artist Rebecca St. James. In 2009, they signed a deal with Warner Music Group and started recording under the name For King and Country. Their 2012 debut album “Crave” peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart and remained on the charts for 41 weeks. The brothers have since grown into a huge presence on contemporary Christian radio, where most of their singles hit the Top 10. A Drummer Boy Christmas is the name of their holiday tour. 7 p.m. Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls. ; $ 150 to $ 20; 888-929-7849 or targetcenter.com.
A Christmas celebration with the Steeles
December 18-20: While born and raised in Indiana, the Steele family have lived in the Twin Cities for years and perform holiday concerts every December. This year, they are broadcasting the Dakota show live, with two encore performances. While in Minnesota, they built a stellar CV, recording and performing with a roster of artists that includes Prince, Donald Fagen, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, Kim Carnes, James Cleveland and Mahalia Jackson. Their music has also been used in the films “Hoop Dreams”, “Graffiti Bridge” and “Corrina, Corrina”. Expect to hear a bouncy evening of Christmas carols steeped in gospel music and general good humor. 7:18 p.m. – Dec 19, 4:20 p.m. Dec; $ 20; dakotacooks.com.
December 18: The five-piece a cappella group Pentatonix won the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and a contract with Sony Music. They have built a strong online customer base through the group’s YouTube channel, which now has nearly 19.3 million subscribers. The group’s medley Daft Punk, which has been viewed 355 million times on YouTube, earned them the first of three Grammy Awards. In October, the group released their fifth holiday album, “Evergreen”. 7 p.m. Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls. ; $ 360 to $ 25.50; 888-929-7849 or targetcenter.com.