Holiday Season Traditions

Tis the Season for Traditions in North Dakota

What does the holiday season mean to you?

Is it shopping? Football? Gathering with friends and family? Feasts? 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 November and 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, the Santa Parade in Cavalier, and many other holiday-themed events around the state.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making six stops in North Dakota, December 14 and 15, in the cities of: Hankinson, Enderlin, Carrington, Harvey, Minot and Carpio.

Food is a big part of the holiday season and beyond. Click here to see North Dakota Tourism's Food and Festivals brochure.