The spirit that fills the stage at Minnesota Orchestra’s holiday concerts spreads throughout the entire building with a variety of additional performances and activities, making Orchestra Hall the perfect place to celebrate the season with your loved ones.
As you make your holiday to-do lists, be sure to include time to enjoy these holiday extras and, of course, to experience the music!
- We have partnered with Simpson Housing Services, a local nonprofit that helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support and shelter they need in times of personal crisis. At each performance throughout December, we will be collecting donations of specific items. Look for collection bins in the Orchestra Hall lobby.
Dec 1: New and gently-used hats and mittens
Dec 8-9: Coffee Grounds
Dec 14-20: New and gently-used pajamas
Dec 21-22: New and gently-used hats and mittens
- Take your family photo in front of our holiday displays, brightly-lit trees and other decorations in the lobby throughout the season.
- Decorate gingerbread houses at concerts from December 14 through 20.
- What better combination than puppies and holiday music? Visit with adoptable dogs and learn about adoptions through Secondhand Hounds before the Home for the Holidays concert on Sunday, December 16.
- Listen to the Twin Cities Bronze handbell ensemble before the concert on Saturday, December 8. This ensemble is one of our annual favorites!
- If your holiday traditions involve a family movie night, then plan to join us on November 24 and 25 at the Jurassic Park concerts—which include a dinosaur display from the Science Museum of Minnesota—or at the Convention Center on December 22 for screenings of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
- Relax and enjoy live jazz music in the lobby before concerts on December 1, 9 and 15.
All of these activities are free and open to the public, including many others such as holiday craft stations, storytelling and plenty of photo opportunities. In addition, holiday-inspired food and beverages will be available for purchase. We invite you to make Orchestra Hall your family’s home for the holidays!