Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If perfectly cast, a supporting player can steal the show—just as thoughtfully culled accessories and accoutrements step out of an ensemble’s shadow to elicit appreciative nods and maybe even, “Where did you get that?” This year, our gift guide focuses on the big style impact of those supporting players: handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses and more. Read more about Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Good Grief! A Charlie Brown Christmas at Stages Theater

For the first time ever, Stages Theatre Company brings A Charlie Brown Christmas to the stage. Closely adapted from the popular TV special, the storyline and music will be familiar to audience members, with a few extra surprises. Says artistic director Sandy Boren-Barrett, “When you select a beloved story like

A Charlie Brown Christmas to bring to life on stage, you give it a lot of thought. A program that has survived the test of time and is still so popular brings so much potential and excitement.” Read more about Good Grief! A Charlie Brown Christmas at Stages Theater

Christmas Tree Clean Up

For those who choose pine over plastic, December 26 marks the first day of tree-disposal season. If you’re not sure what to do with your post-season tannenbaum, here are a few tips:

-Use curbside pickup. Many communities, including Wayzata (for utility paying Wayzata residents) and Shorewood, offer this service. Keep in mind that there might be a fee, depending on where you live.

-Take your tree to a drop-off recycling center. Minnetonka Public Works offers tree disposal for residents during winter pruning and brush drop-offs in March only. Read more about Christmas Tree Clean Up


Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling

For the past 10 years, Scott Knight of Knight Family Farms, which specializes in old-fashioned horse and buggy rides, has been offering buggy rides through downtown Excelsior to ring in the holiday season. Beginning during the annual Christkindlsmarkt event, which also includes delicious food and a variety of family-friendly activities, the rides are offered each Saturday leading up to Christmas. Read more about Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling


Light Up the Night with These Holiday Hearth Styling Tips

We all know someone who likes to “go big or go home” with their holiday decorations each December: blindingly sparkly trees, oodles of jelly bean-colored lights, and a menagerie of knick-knacks. But one of our favorite ways to deck the halls without going overboard is to focus on the fireplace: the literal center of warmth of a home.

Nan Sloan, a designer at Excelsior’s The Sitting Room, shares her favorite recommendations for styling a fireplace mantel this yuletide. Read more about Light Up the Night with These Holiday Hearth Styling Tips



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