7 Legendary ways to savor the season in North Dakota

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November is a time to savor the traditions and reflect upon who we are and what makes us unique. Keep it simple this holiday season by shopping close to home and spending quality time with the family and friends. Choose a gift made by local artisans or attend one of the many events happening across the state. Take a moment to remember and honor those who have served in the military at a Veterans Day event near you. Here are a few options to check out, or contact North Dakota Tourism for additional ideas at www.ndtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525
 
1. It’s North Dakota authentic
November is when people begin looking for the perfect Christmas gift. It’s a great time to load up the family and search out that one-of-a-kind present created by neighbors at a regional arts and crafts show. Check out the Big One Arts and Crafts shows, Pride of Dakota shows and community craft fairs around the state. If you are still seeking that special gift with North Dakota flare, shop on-line at our North Dakota Legendary gift shop.
 
2. Savor hunting season
Hunting is a great tradition for North Dakota families. In many households, it is customary that kids and dads treat the deer season opener as a holiday and disappear into the countryside in search of a trophy whitetail or muley. The season begins this year on November 8. And if you feel you’ve got a winner, be sure to enter it into the Big Buck Contest in Beulah.
 
3. Honor our Veterans 
North Dakotans are proud of their veterans. Celebrate our heroes at one of the many events around the state on Veterans Day.  Remember the contributions of those who served at the North Dakota Medal of Honor Flag Raising event in Minot or by gathering at the North Dakota Heritage Center at 11 a.m. on November 11 to witness the lighting of the memorial. Local communities also will be hosting events to honor their Veterans.

4. Something to savor
Family and friends will be home to celebrate the season, so it is the perfect time to introduce them to some of North Dakota’s wine producers and microbreweries on the Beer and Wine Trail. Many wineries and breweries incorporate North Dakota agricultural products like wheat, honey and fruit, along with other unique local ingredients into their beverages.   

5. Shopping traditions
Black Friday may kick off the shopping mayhem, but there is something to be said about an afternoon with friends and family at the local stores or window shopping along Main Street in your hometown. Several communities have scheduled events to showcase what their downtowns have to offer. Shopping, food and fun are on tap at the Holiday Shopping Celebration in Mandan, 1st Thursdays in Bismarck and Vendors On Main in Grand Forks. 
 
6. Traditions to savor
Turkey, dressing, cranberries and football are all part of the traditional Thanksgiving. After you've had your fill of food, football and family, step back in time at the Dickens Village Festival in Garrison, where the entire community steps into character for this time-honored classic. Continue the holiday spirit with Christmas in the Park in Bismarck and Grand Forks, and Santa Village in Fargo.   
 
7. Cherish family moments
Adults may see this as a learning experience, but it’s really just plain old fun for the kids. A variety of learning-based activities catering to youngsters include zoo activities, arts and even Santa Claus. Make sure you check out Animal Ed-Venture at Bismarck’s Dakota Zoo, Awesome Art Afternoons in Fargo, or get active with the kids by participating in a family event through Ground Up Adventures in Grand Forks. 

These are just a few ideas to savor the season in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

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