Shopping or Gaming
at Mall of America or Mystic Lake Casino
Two options, pick what works for you. 
Option 1: shop and eat and enjoy all Mall of America has to offer. Maybe do some of your holiday shopping. 
Option 2: Catch a free ride on the Mystic Express and spend time at Mystic Lake Casino. The bus to the casino departs from Mall of America Transit Station located on the lower level of the East Parking Ramp at 11 am (anyone going to the Casino, must catch the 2 pm shuttle back to Mall of America). 
We will plan on leaving the Mall at 3:30 pm. 
Friday, December 1
Leave at 7:30 am
Cost: $30 per person
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The Nutcracker's Nutz
(a Christmas comedy) 
at the DayTrippers Dinner Theatre in Bloomington
 “Think of it as your only chance to see the Nutcracker 
performed with walkers....” 
Brought back after much request, DayTrippers most popular Christmas play, The Nutcracker's Nuts. This play includes comedy, dancing and the music of the Nutcracker Ballet. The setting is at Simon's Rest, a retirement community, in Frankfort, Michigan. Every Christmas the residents perform their traditional, boring, and harder and harder to produce version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Every Christmas, that is, except this one. Minnie Winchester, an elderly piano teacher, suggests that the residents do something new, something like THE NUTCRACKER. Everyone agrees that it would be wonderful to try something new and THE NUTCRACKER is accepted immediately. Tickets quickly sell out. Just as rehearsals begin, however, the retirees discover one important and overlooked detail, THE NUTCRACKER is a ballet, and Minnie Winchester, who always wanted to play Clara, the lead, doesn't know how to dance. 
Thursday, December 7
Leave at 9:30 am 
Cost: $72 per person (includes buffet meal before the 1:15 pm show) 
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A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol 
(a hilarious spoof of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”)
at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud
It’s Christmas Eve up north in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota 
and cantankerous bar owner Gunner Johnson gets in an 
argument with his wife, Clara, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, he storms out of the bar, goes snowmobiling across the lake, falls through the ice, and goes into a coma. 
He comes back in his dream where he’s visited by folk legend, 
Sven Yorgensen, who plays the ghost of Christmas past, present, 
and future. Sven takes Gunner (Scrooge) on a journey similar 
to that in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with a northern Minnesota twist. 
Will Gunner come out of his coma and find redemption with 
Clara at The Bunyan? Find out.
This is a family-friendly musical comedy. 
To learn more about "A Don't Hug Me" ... visit http://www.donthugme.com/
Friday, December 15
Cost: $65 per person (includes buffet lunch at Coyote Moon Grille before the 1:30 pm show)
Deadline to sign up is November 10
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The Phantom of the Opera
at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis
This spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will return to Minneapolis as part of a brand new North American Tour. 
Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is 
“bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design, as well as Tony Award®-winning costume and lighting designs, new choreography, and new staging. 
The production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
Thursday, December 28
Leave at 9:30 am
Cost: $85 per person (lunch on own before 2 pm show)
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra
 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul
Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1993. The band gained popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their second album. TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and over 10 million albums. The band has released a series of rock operas and is known for their elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.....you don't want to miss this one!!! 
Saturday, December 30
Leave at 12 noon
Cost: $115 per person (includes lunch at Cornerstone Buffet in Melrose before the 3:30 pm show)
click to preview
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Life Could Be A Dream
at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior
Return to the 60's and meet the boy group banned from the senior prom. The singing foursome is headed for fame and fortune by trying to win the local radio contest on the Big Whopper Radio. Songs include: "Runaround Sue, Tears on my Pillow, Earth Angel, and 
Sh-Boom.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Leave at 9 am
Cost: $90 per person (includes lunch before the 2 pm show)
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The Legendary Ladies of Country: Heart Songs from the Heartland 
at the Ives Auditorium in the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington
This s a tribute to the legendary ladies of country music that features two lead singers who are backed up by a mostly-female five-piece band called The Honky-Tonk Angels. We cover over 45 songs in two 45-minute acts, and we’ve taken to calling it “a journey through a woman’s heart” — We start with the roots of country music, then we sing songs about new love, marriage, heartache, revenge, motherhood, and faith. 
NOTE: In order to get some video of the show, we did two nights at the North Garden Theater in St. Paul at the end of July, and the audiences of all ages went crazy for it. 
Here's that clip: video
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Leave at 9 am
Cost: $77 per person (includes lunch before the 1 pm show)
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Collin Raye
at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud
One of the true hitmakers and greatest voices of our time, 
Collin Raye cranks out soulful, heartfelt music. 
Coming to the Paramount for the very first time!
Artist website: http://collinraye.com/
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Leave at 9:30 am
Cost: $85 per person (includes buffet lunch at Coyote Moon Grille before the 1:30 pm show)
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Drinking Habits
at DayTrippers Dinner Theatre in Bloomington
All heaven is about to break loose at the Sisters of Perpetual. Just don't tell that to their Mother Superior. For years Sister Philamena and Sister Augusta have been making grape juice for the poor and also wine to earn money to keep the convent afloat. When the wine unexpectedly wins a $500,000 prize local reporters Paul and Sally go undercover as a nun and priest to investigate. Their presence spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. The Sisters keep the audience in stitches as the run their secret wine-making industry. 
Broadway World says: "Put some fun in your life, get some real belly laughs, go see Drinking Habits"
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Leave at 9:30 am
Cost: $72 per person (includes buffet lunch before the 1:15 pm show)
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Jersey Boys
at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis
This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Leave at 9:30 am
Cost: $115 per person (lunch on own before the 2 pm show)
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The Duttons
at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud
One of Branson’s most in-demand family of performers is heading 
to St. Cloud for the first time ever. All 17 of them! 
The Dutton Family Theater complex, with adjoining hotel, restaurants and shops is one of the busiest places in Branson. That’s because their shows are always sold out! With 31 years of experience performing on cruise ships, in their own theater, on television and on stages around the world, it’s no wonder the Duttons have amassed a fan base in the tens of thousands. 
Artist website: www.theduttons.com/
Friday, May 4, 2018
Leave at 9:30 am
Cost: $75 per person (includes buffet lunch at Coyote Moon Grille before the 1:30 pm show)
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Guys & Dolls
 at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior
Frank Loesser's celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway is considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. 
It is set in a mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls tells the tale of one Nathan Detroit—a guy who needs a venue for his “permanently established floating craps game.” Nathan’s best venue falls through and he needs money to underwrite an alternative option. He turns to Sky Masterson, a high roller who will bet on anything if the stakes are high enough. Desperate for a sure thing, Nathan bets Sky he can’t get date with Sarah Brown, the earnest proprietor of the Save-a-Soul mission. Things don’t go as planned, and along the way you are treated to some of the most memorable Broadway tunes, including “Luck be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” “Sue Me,” and “A Bushel and a Peck.” 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Leave at 9 am
Cost $75 per person (includes lunch at Golden Corral before the 1:30 pm show) 
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Chicago
at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis
There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history.
CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.  It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to your town!
Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Leave at 9:30 am
2 pm show
Details to come
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Love Never Dies
 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis
The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. 
The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé. 
Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Christine’s marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give them. In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Leave at 9:30 am
Cost $95 per person (includes lunch at the Golden Corral before the 2 pm show) 
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