Christmas season is in full swing around the area this weekend as country singer Kathy Mattea performs a holiday show at St. Ben's, Christmas music will fill the air in town as The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Center Chorale both have yuletide shows, and classic stage performances of The Nutcracker (The Paramount) and The Sound of Music (The Ordway). Read more about it in The Weekender!

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    Kathy Mattea: Songs & The Season

    Escher Auditorium - CSB

    Award-winning country music artist Kathy Mattea is bringing the holiday spirit to The College of St. Benedict this weekend with Songs and the Season. Mattea has been performing for over three decades, recording 17 albums and charting over 30 singles on the Billboard Country charts. Tickets for this thoughtful and spiritual Christmas show begin at $27 with discounts available for seniors and students.

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    - Saturday, December 12th, 7:30 p./m.

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    St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra: The Holidays

    Ritsche Auditorium - SCSU
    (stcloudsymphony.com)

    The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra continues its 2015-2016 season with a yuletide show, The Holidays. Local musicians will compose classic Christmas songs like "O Holy Night", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", and "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire". A Children's Holiday Concert precedes the show at 10:00 a.m.

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    - Saturday, December 12th, 3:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. (Chilren's Concert)

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    The Sound of Music

    Ordway Theater

    One of the most beloved musicals of all time hits the stage at the Ordway Theater with The Sound of Music. The classic musical-turned-Oscar-winner tells the story of aspiring nun Maria, the musical von Trapp family, and the Nazi invasion of Austria. The show runs through the holiday season with tickets starting at about $30.

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    - Thursday, December 10th - Saturday, January 2nd. Showtimes 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2:00 p.m.

    Ordway Facebook Page
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    The Nutcracker

    Paramount Theatre

    For the 10th year, the Stroia Ballet brings the classic show, The Nutcracker, to the stage at the Paramount Theatre in downtown St. Cloud. The quintessential holiday ballet features classic characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse Queen to wow audience members of all ages. Tickets start at $16 with discounts available for seniors and students.

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    - Thursday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m.

    - Friday,  December 11th, 7:00 p.m.

    - Saturday, December 12th, 2:00 p.m.

    - Sunday, December 13th, 3:00 p.m.

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    Home for Christmas Cabaret

    Regency Plaza
    tamburix,flickr

    Local music groups will team up to fill the air with wonderful Christmas music this weekend in St. Cloud with the Home for Christmas Cabaret at downtown's Regency Plaza. The Minnesota Center Chorale and St. Cloud String Quartet will have you full of the holiday spirit with several Christmas classics. A social hour, silent auction, and gourmet meal will precede the show, with tickets starting at $35.

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    - Saturday, December 12th, 5:30 p.m. (Social Hour), 7:30 p.m. (Concert)