Phil Thompson, WCCO Mid-Morning’s man about town, recommends the following upcoming holiday shows:

The Blenders

Tickets
Dec. 11 – 13 @ The Pantages Theatre; $37.50 – $42.50

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  • Great music, perfect for the whole family.
  • Super funny, really nice guys.
  • Emmy-Award winning, with incredible harmonies.
  • New Standards Holiday Show

    Tickets
    Dec. 4 & 5 @ The State Theater; $25 – $60

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  • Not many tickets BUT added a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Amazing guests that they never announce.
  • Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy

    Tickets
    Dec. 18 – 22 @ The State Theatre; $30 – $75

  • The longest-running holiday arts events in Minnesota history.
  • 150 artists.
  • The music of Tchaikovsky
  • Goldstar tickets — 50-percent off select dates (Dec. 18, 19, 20 & 22).
  • Borealis – The Holiday Magic Continues @ Mystic Lake

    Tickets
    Nov. 27 – Dec. 13 @ Mystic Lake Casino; $29 & $39

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  • Both early and late shows (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.)
  • Incredible holograms, lights and original music.
  • Aerialists, acrobats, daredevils and new scenes previously impossible to present on an indoor stage.
  • Billy McLaughlin Simple Gifts Tour

    Tickets
    Nov. 28 – Dec. 21 @ Various Twin Cities Venues; $20 – $35
    Nov. 28 @ 7 p.m. in Hudson, Wis.
    Dec. 4 @ 7:30 p.m. in Lakeville
    Dec. 6 @ 6:30 p.m. in Albert Lea
    Dec. 11 & 12 @ 7:30 p.m. in Minneapolis
    Dec. 13 @ 7 p.m. in Roseville
    Dec. 18 & 19 @ 7 p.m. in Bloomington
    Dec. 20 & 21 @ 7:30 p.m. in Marine on St. Croix

  • Emmy-award winning acoustic guitar.
  • Original songs and amazing covers of Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, etc.
  • Seen by over 20,000-plus people last season.