December 2022: What’s Happening in Greater St. Cloud

I’m not sure how it’s December already, but I’m excited to celebrate the season with all the amazing events and activities going on in Greater St. Cloud! From holiday markets, to live performances, to family friendly festivities – this month is packed with the joys of the season! Click HERE for the full events calendar!

Pictures with Santa

Through December 24

Santa Clause is at Crossroads Center Mall daily through December 24th. Embark on an enchanted adventure to take pictures with Santa. Join him to create magical memories you and your family will always remember. There are also special nights to bring your pet and a designated day for adults and children with special needs. Click HERE for reservations. 

Night Market Thursday’s 

December 1, 8, 15, & 22

Downtown St. Cloud will be hosting a Night Market on Thursday’s in December. Holiday shopping, dining, and deals from 5p – 8p throughout Downtown St. Cloud on the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. 

Escape Room at the Stearns History Museum 

December 1, 8, 15, &22 

Join us this December for the Stearns History Museum’s first-ever Escape Room experience – Mission Moonshine Escape Room. During the hour, you’ll be transported to the 1920s, a time when everyone wanted the Moonshine Stearns County produced. But the agents are knocking down the door to dry out Stearns County with one goal in mind. Can you stop them? Thursdays in December – Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 from 4-7. One hour time slot per group, maximum 6 per session. Click here for tickets!

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

December 2, 3, & 4 and December 9, 10, & 11

The GREAT Theater presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud. Fall in love this holiday season and find joy with the luscious melodies of Irving Berlin. Based on the 1954 film, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a joyful holiday tradition. Click HERE for tickets and showtimes. 

Holiday Bazaar

December 3

Join us at our annual Holiday Bazaar Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran School in St. Cloud. Shop with over 25 vendors including Color Street, Young Living, L-Origin-L, Scentsy, Emily’s Sewing, Farmhouse Flair, Ginny Kroll – towels & Santa pants, Laser engraved cups & earrings, Mary Lou Brant – aprons & table runners, Tupperware, Thirty-One Gifts and many more! Shop for homemade items including scarves and mittens, jewelry, floral arrangements, decorations and more! Enjoy a cup of made-to-order coffee, stop by for delectable treats at our bake sale or enjoy concessions served by our 7th & 8th grade students.

Makers’ Market

December 3

Join us Saturday December 3rd from 9a – 2p at The Regency downtown St. Cloud. Makers’ Market St. Cloud is a unique holiday shopping experience highlighting artists local to the St. Cloud area. You’ll find high quality, unique items made by the person selling it. 40 artists, makers, authors and bakers from St. Cloud will fill the gorgeous Regency Venue for one day only.

Downtown Cocoa Crawl, Cookie Decorating, and Letters to Santa 

December 3

Downtown St. Cloud businesses will be hosting a fun holiday event on Saturday December 3rd from 10a – 2p! There will be a Cocoa Crawl, Cookie Decorating stations, and the chance for kids to write Letters to Santa!

Pickleball Toy Drive

December 4

Partner with St. Cloud Park & Recreation and Northern Paddles Pickleball Club to give back to our community by coming out to participate in a day of pickleball open play on Sunday, December 4th, 10 am-1 pm at the Whitney Recreation Center to raise funds for the local Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program! No registration is required. Admission: new, unwrapped toy or cash/check donation (checks payable to Salvation Army).

Pride Skate at Skatin’ Place

December 5

“Pride Skate” Bi-Monthly the First Monday from 5-8 PM at St. Cloud Skatin’ Place. Pre-sale tickets include exclusive offers but ends the day before the event. Skate rentals are generously covered by the St. Cloud Pride Organization if selected on the Pre-Sale link.


St. Cloud Weihnachtsmarkt

December 8
The 10th Annual St. Cloud Weihnachtsmarkt will be held Thursday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm at the River’s Edge Ramp. This outdoor market event features beer from Beaver Island Brewery, hot spiced Gluhwein, holiday vendors, food and more!

Kat Perkins – A North Country Christmas at Pioneer Place

December 8

A Kat Perkins Christmas is an incredible blend of traditional Christmas songs with Kat’s modern spin. She incorporates her audience in fun crowd participation holiday songs and even features an up and coming young star at each venue. Together she has created a fun, rockin show to celebrate the holidays filled with great music, laughter and even her own original Christmas songs! Get your tickets to see Kat Perkins at the Pioneer Place on December 8th at 7:30. 

Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

December 9, 10 & 11 and 16,17, & 18

Experience this Gospel retelling of the Nativity through high energy music and extraordinary dance. Acclaimed poet Langston Hughes creates a unique theatrical experience by using dialogue, narration, gospel songs, and folk spirituals to celebrate cultural traditions and the birth of the Christ Child. Presented by the GREAT Theater, performances will be at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theater December 9-11 and 16-18. 

Sauk Rapids Jingle and Mingle 

December 10

Jingle and Mingle Downtown Sauk Rapids from 9a – 6p on December 10th is going to be packed with fun for everyone! Business specials, artisan market, horse-drawn wagon rides, llama wonderama, carolers, living nativity, meat raffle, and the jingle & mingle parade that wraps up the day at 5p. 

St. Cloud Pride Winter Event

December 10

St. Cloud Pride is having a winter event with hot chocolate, cookies, and crafts! Join us Saturday December 10th 11a – 1p at the St. Cloud south side COP house

Rock and Roll Christmas Spectacular 

December 20 – 23

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. Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit better than the Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular and the Paramount Theater December 20 – 23. 

Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos

December 31

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Deuces Wild! Dave & Ted are proud to be back at the Paramount Theater for two shows on December 31st to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a musical comedy team! They’ve traveled coast to coast in the USA, Canada, Panama and Mexico as the most sought after dueling piano act in the country. Their high energy mix of comedy, music and extensive audience participation makes this a show unlike any other!

For the full events calendar click HERE!