ST. CLOUD — There is no chance you will be board this weekend around Central Minnesota as we have a great list of fun events to check out. You can listen to the musical styling's of the Crusade Choir, enjoy an Old Fashion Christmas Program in Paynesville, tour an art display at the Eastman Art House, enjoy some bluegrass music at Pioneer Place with Monroe Crossing, and watch the holiday classic ELF on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre. Read more in The Weekender!

  • 1

    The Crusade Choir

    First Presbyterian Church

    The Crusade Choir is holding their annual Christmas concert in St. Cloud this weekend. The choir is a non-denominational outreach choir that is comprised of members from the St. Cloud area churches. The concert is designed to raise funds for the First Presbyterian Church's Homeless Children's Ministry, which helps area youth. There is no cost to attend however guests will be invited to give a free-will offering. Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 4:00 p.m.


    - Friday, December 16th, 7:00 p.m.
    - Saturday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m.
    - Sunday, December 18th, 4:00 p.m.

    Getty Images
  • 2

    Old Fashion Christmas Program


    The Historic Salem Community Church in Paynesville is hosting their annual 'Old Fashion Christmas Program.' Before the show entertain the kids with free Reindeer rides from 3-4:15 p.m. with the program to start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Homemade Christmas cookies and refreshments will also be served. The program is free to attend however you are encouraged to give a freewill offering with all proceeds going to restoration and preservation of the church and grounds.


    - Saturday, December 17th, 3:00 p.m.

  • 3

    Eastman Art House

    St. Cloud

    Enjoy some creative art projects all under one roof this weekend in St. Cloud. The Eastman Art House is hosting their Fine Art and Vintage Estate sale tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. You can check out pottery, photography, paintings and more all created by local artists and art students. While you're there you can also explore one of the most elegant homes in St. Cloud. The Eastman Art House is dedicated to supporting artists & the arts. It's $2 per person to tour the home and all proceeds go to support the efforts of Artist Row LLC. and its project. The house is located at 524 7th Ave S, St Cloud.


    - Friday, December 16th, Noon-8:00 p.m.
    - Saturday, December 17th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    (Photo: Eastman Art House Facebook Page)
  • 4

    Monroe Crossing

    Pioneer Place

    Bluegrass lovers need to make their way to Pioneer Place this weekend to enjoy an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals with Monroe Crossing. The group is made up of five very distinct personalities all with differing musical backgrounds. They were even inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Tickets for the show run at $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    - Sunday, December 18th, 7:30 p.m.

    (Photo: Pioneer Place)
  • 5

    ELF! Free Movie Showing

    Paramount Theatre

    The Paramount Center for the Arts is spreading some Yuletide cheer for the whole family this weekend with the screening of ELF.  The holiday classic stars Will Farrell as Buddy the elf who after years of thinking he is an elf at the North Pole learns he is human and sets off to New York in search of his real family. The movie is free to attend however they are asking for food items and donations which will go directly to Catholic Charities Food Shelf. So bring the kids and enjoy a movie on the big screen starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


    (Image via New Line Cinema)