December 2021: What’s Happening in Greater St. Cloud

December is here, and as the final month of 2021, it goes out with a bang! Of course the calendar is packed with holiday events from Christmas shows to holiday crafting and much more. So save the date for all kinds of fun this month, and check out the full events calendar for even more ideas and inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Cloudy Nights Speakeasy

December 3

Come out for a fun night Downtown St. Cloud with this 1920s meets 2020s multi-venue pub crawl! Take a tour of downtown that features boxing reenactments at The Bodyshop Gym, a City Cypher ceremony at The Whit Gallery, The Sweet Stop Gambling Spot, a pub crawl, and much more! Stay tuned here for more details and how to purchase your tickets. 

Gingerbread House at Cold Spring Bakery

Gingerbread House Decorating

December 3 – 17

With this event the Cold Spring Bakery brings you a family tradition, to start for the first year or continue what you have been doing for many years now. Session includes an assembled gingerbread house ready for decorating. Cold Spring Bakery will supply the frosting, candy and decorative rings and picks to complete your masterpiece, you supply the holiday spirit and imagination. When finished, they box it up for you to take home to enjoy through the season. Learn More

Holiday Sip & Shop

December 4

Shop from over 10 different local businesses while you sip on Back Shed Brewing beer at this fun and festive holiday event! Plus you can enter two win two different gift baskets from Back Shed Brewing and Crafts Direct. So save the date and get ready to shop! Learn More

The Nutcracker by Stroia Ballet Studio

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 9 – 11

Stroia Ballet Company returns to the Paramount with the holiday classic, The Nutcracker Ballet. An enchanting Sugar Plum Fairy! A ferocious Mouse Queen! Plus the grandeur and magnificence of classic Russian Ballet and exquisite costuming. Order early for the best seats! Learn More

Makers Market

December 11

Makers’ Market St. Cloud is a unique holiday shopping experience highlighting exclusively local St. Cloud area artists and makers. No MLMs, kit crafts or imports. Everything is high quality, made by the person selling it. Come check out over 30 artists, makers, authors and bakers from St Cloud at the gorgeous Regency Venue for one day only. Learn More

Sauk Rapids Parade of Lights

Sauk Rapids Parade of Lights & Family Fun Day

December 18

Adults and children of all ages are invited to the Sauk Rapids VFW on North Benton Drive from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM for a Family Fun Day filled with everything that makes the holidays exciting and fun, including appearances from the Miss Sauk Rapids court, and Santa Claus, holiday music, kids bingo, food and treats, a silent auction and much more. Plus stick around for the Grand Parade on 2nd Avenue starting at 5:00 PM! Learn More

A Ceremony of Carols

December 18

An annual holiday tradition, the St. John’s Prep choirboys return to their annual Christmas Concert where they will present carols familiar and new, with the help of the SJBC Orchestra and a special Alumni Chorus. There are shows at 2pm and 7:30pm but tickets to this show sell out fast, so act quickly to save your seat at this special holiday show. Learn More

West Saint Germain Street, Downtown St. Cloud

Saint Germain Night Market

December 18

Come on out for a festive evening downtown St. Cloud, for shopping, warmth and happiness! Enjoy window displays (vote for your favorites), warm beverages, food, and music! Each location will have something different to cater to your holiday spirit. Follow along with this Facebook page for updates on who is participating and the deals they are offering. It will be a fun way to celebrate the holiday season!

Rock’n Roll Xmas Spectacular

December 19 – 23

Rock & Roll Christmas is a Las Vegas-caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics and bring new takes on hit songs you didn’t even know were holiday classics like Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree, The Little Drummer Boy and many more like you’ve never heard them performed before! Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit better than the Rock & Roll Christmas! Learn More

Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos New Years Eve Extravaganza

December 31

Ring in the New Year with Dave & Ted! Dueces Wild is back for New Years Eve in Waite Park! What better way to ring in 2022 than with an interactive mix of music, comedy and plenty of improv. Clap, laugh, sing & #TEAMDRINK along with Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos! Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm, and your ticket purchase includes a champagne toast! Learn More