North Dakotans take pride in things that are produced here, and that’s what makes holiday gift shopping exciting. Many people look for that uniquely North Dakota gift to send to loved ones out of state or simply across town.
These products are available year-round in small stores or boutiques throughout North Dakota, but things take on a new sense of urgency around the holidays. That’s where Pride of Dakota comes in. For weeks leading up to Christmas, the group brings a vast array of vendors together for events called “Showcases.”
Events got under way in early November and continue through early December. Minot's Showcase is Nov. 14-15 at the State Fair Center, Fargo’s Showcase is Nov. 20-22 and Bismarck’s is Dec. 4-6 at the Bismarck Event Center. You will find one-of-a-kind gifts, foods, wines and craft, all made by North Dakota artisans.
Nearly every city and town in North Dakota will have some kind of arts and crafts show around the holiday season. In Bismarck, The Big One Arts and Crafts Show is Nov. 21-22 at the Event Center.
And for those who prefer the rat race known as Black Friday, stores all across the state will be opening Thanksgiving night to accommodate early birds.