EVENT DATE : 22-24
Eden Prairie Mall

Come visit a variety of vendors selling crafts and other products to get a start on your holiday shopping. See EdenPrairieCenter.com for hours.

EVENT DATE : November 22, 7:32AM
Stages Theatre in Hopkins

Capture the spirit of the holidays by watching Elf at the Stages Theatre. The show is suitable for all ages and runs from Nov. 22 through Dec. 28. It is 70 minutes long with no intermissions. Visit StagesTheatre.org to learn more.

EVENT DATE : November 25, 9:30AM
Kidcreate Studio, 7918 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie

Join in the fun as children from 18 months to 6 years enjoy a Thanksgiving craft party, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

EVENT DATE : Weekends
The Mustard Seed, 10,000 Great Plains Blvd.

Come to the warm greenhouses for a picture with Santa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Staff can take a picture with your camera so everyone is included. Shop for your Christmas tree and warm up with freshly baked cookies and hot apple cider for $10 per family. (Receive a $5 gift certificate for a future purchase).

EVENT DATE : December 10, 7:32AM
Wings of the North Museum, 10100 Flying Cloud Drive

Aviation fans can join the annual Stars of the North Holiday Party 6:30-9 p.m. SOTN promotes women in aviation. Bring a potluck item and beverage of choice (punch, water, and hot cocoa provided). Donate a gift ($10-$15 value) for the white elephant exchange and wear your holiday apparel. All ages are welcome!

EVENT DATE : December 12, 7:32AM
10300 Hennepin Town Road, Eden Prairie

If you were curious to know what senior living might look like, then stop in and visit Prairie Bluffs Senior Living during its Grand Opening! Hours are 3-5 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and beverages while you get a glimpse of what life would be like for you or a loved one!

EVENT DATE : 13-15
Eden Prairie Performing Arts Center, 17185 Valley View Road

Enjoy the holiday season with the Twin Cities authentic Russian classical version of The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, the performance is faithful to the original Marius Petipa choreography. Performed by Minnesota Ballet Theatre, performances are Friday, Dec, 13, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. MNBalletTheatre.org

EVENT DATE : 13-14
MN Landscape Arboretum

Stumped for gift ideas? Find inspiration for even the most hard-to-shop-for recipients at the December market, featuring work from local artisans 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Arboretum admission is free for members! Arboretum admission is $15 for ages 16-plus; 15 and under are always free. Become a member; deduct your entrance fee.

EVENT DATE : Dec 14- Dec 15
Wooddale Church 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie

This popular Christmas tradition features the Wooddale Choir and Orchestra conducted by Dr. Dave Donelson with soloists Jerry Steele and Jake Thede, organist Bruce Stavem, and Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble from Theater for the Thirsty. Concerts are held Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30-5 p.m. Tickets are available online.  

EVENT DATE : 14-15, 21-22
PetSmart Eden Prairie, 11200 Prairie Lakes Drive, Eden Prairie

If your pooch has been good this year, bring it into PetSmart in Eden Prairie 12-4 p.m. to meet Santa. You can snap a picture of your dog telling Santa what he or she wants for Christmas! 

EVENT DATE : December 21, 7:32AM
Ames Theater, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville

Tap your feet while you watch a perfectly nontraditional holiday experience of Rhythmic Circus for the entire family. Four world-renowned dancers and a seven-piece swinging band inject a rapid-fire tap into upbeat holiday classics. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit Ames-Center.com for more tickets and more details.   

EVENT DATE : December 31, 7:32AM
Mystic Lake Casino, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd. NW, Prior Lake

Sing along with hits such as "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers" at Mystic Lake Casino on New Year's Eve. Rick Springfield has released a new album, "Orchestrating My Life" featuring an electrifying mix of rock and orchestra, re-recorded hits as well as new music. The shows are at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. MysticLake.com