ST. CLOUD — The fun continues this week throughout Central Minnesota your whole family will enjoy. You can go for a quick run at the Jingle Bell 5K, check out the annual Zonta Christmas House, the Made in Minnesota Expo is back for another year, Randy Houser will be performing until at Mystic Lake and the classic Nutcracker Ballet will come to the Paramount Theatre. Read more in The Weekender!

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    Jingle Bell 5K

    St. Cloud Orthopedics - Sartell

    Before you stuff your face with turkey on Thanksgiving, lace up your running shoes and enjoy a fun race with a cause. The 19th Annual Jingle Bell 5K will be held on Saturday. the event is not only a way to get some exercise but raises money and collects holiday gifts for Toys for Tots. The toys collected through the race accounts for one third of all the toys donated locally. Cost to run is $42 however if you bring a new unwrapped toy you can save $10 on your registration fee. There is same day registration or you can register online. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. at St. Cloud Orthopedics.

    CLICK HERE for registration information!

    - Saturday, November 19th, 9:00 a.m.

    (Photo: Jingle Bell 5K Organization)
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    Zonta Christmas House

    St. Cloud

    Spread some early holiday cheer this weekend. The Zonta Club is hosting their annual Christmas House to raise money for local organizations. The Zonta Christmas House will feature Christmas designs from fifteen local decorators. The house will be located at 1701 Casselberry Road. All the money raised through the event is used to support Journey Home and Anna Marie Alliance, as well as provide local scholarships for women. Tickets to tour the house are $10 in advance at Crafts Direct, Cashwise, Coborns or $15 at the door. The house will be available tomorrow (Friday) from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    - Friday, November 18th, 3:00 p.m.
    - Saturday, November 19th, 9:00 a.m.

    Liza Eckert,
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    Made in Minnesota Expo

    River's Edge Convention Center

    Get an early start on your Christmas shopping at a great event that features businesses who are based out of Minnesota or who produce their products right here in Minnesota. The Made in Minnesota Expo is back for another year at the River's Edge Convention Center Saturday. You'll find anything from clothing to furniture, custom wood and leather items to locally made sunflower oil, locally crafted footwear, jewelry, skin care products, home décor, puzzles, games, bird calls, fishing items and lots more! The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission to the event is free thanks to St. Cloud Red Wing Shoes.


    - Saturday, November 19th, 10:00 a.m.

    Photo by Chrissy Gaetke, WJON
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    Randy Houser

    Mystic Lake Casino

    County Music artist Randy Houser brings his talents to the Mystic Lake Showroom this weekend. Houser has had three consecutive No. 1 hits and more than four million in singles sales for his album, How Country Feels. Houser is one of country musics up in coming starts and has been making a name for himself including a CMA Song of the Year nomination for his hit "Like A Cowboy." Ticket for this show range between $50-$60. Showtime starts at 8:00 p.m.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    - Saturday, November 19th, 8:00 p.m.

    (Photo: Getty Images)
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    The Nutcracker Ballet

    Paramount Theatre

    One of the most iconic Christmas Ballets will be coming to the Paramount Theatre stage starting tonight (Thursday). The Stroia Ballet will be performing the classic Russian Ballet The Nutcracker. This holiday classic has been performed to tens of thousands of children and adults of all ages. Show times vary depending on the day. Tickets range between $16-$19.

    CLICK HERE for ticket information!

    - Thursday, November 17th, 7:00 p.m.
    - Friday, November 18th, 7:00 p.m.
    - Saturday, November 19th, 2:00 p.m.

    (Photo: Paramount Theatre)