Holiday Season Traditions

Tis the Season for Traditions in North Dakota

What does the holiday season mean to you?

It might mean Thanksgiving, the holiday set aside for us to give thanks for all that we have, and all we are about to have: a gathering with friends and family; the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions; or a feast that will carry us through the rigors of a Black Friday’s shopping spree that signifies the official launch of the Christmas season. In North Dakota, the holiday season (that time generally between the middle of November and New Year’s Day) comes to life with lights, decorations, parades and craft fairs.

The town of Garrison takes it to the extreme, transforming itself into an English hamlet for three weekends each December. At Dickens Village Festival, guests get food and drink from street vendors and ride around town on a double-decker bus before taking in “A Christmas Carol.”

Parades and music add flair to the season. One of the largest holiday parades in the area is Fargo-Moorhead’s Holiday Lights Parade through downtown. There’s also the Holiday Dazzle Parade in Jamestown Hettinger’s Wake Up Santa Fireworks and Lights Parade and the Santa Parade in Cavalier.

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