Celebrate the holiday season the North Dakota way

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December in North Dakota is many things to many people. It's Santa and lights and trees and music and shopping and trains and, of course, The Nutcracker. Don't sit around waiting for the season to come to you. Get out and enjoy all of the things the holiday season has to offer. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Santa Fly-In
Fargo Air Museum
December 1, 8, 15, 22
Watch Santa fly-in to the Fargo Air Museum not once, but weekly through Christmas. Kids bring your list and visit with Santa. www.ndac.aero/events.htm; 701-328-9656

Christmas in the Park
Enjoy colorful lighted Christmas displays nightly in the parks.

Grand Forks, Lincoln Park through December 31
Bismarck, Sertoma Park through December 31
Fargo, Lindenwood Park through December 31
Minot, Oak Park through December 31

2012 State Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 3
Join Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol at 5 p.m. for the lighting of the state Christmas tree. "Holidays in the Heartland" wheat theme was chosen this year to highlight North Dakota's agricultural successes. Entertainment provided by Joel Gilbertson, Bismarck High School's New Generation Jazz Choir and University of Mary Brass Quartet. www.nd.gov/arts/; 701-328-759

Medora's Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
December 7-9
A western Christmas experience includes wreath ceremony, Eats on the Streets, cowboy poetry, a Christmas dinner and dance, and fireworks display. This year will also feature Dakota Air: The Radio Show on the December 7. www.medorandchamber.com; 701-623-4910

The Nutcracker
Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck
December 7-9
Revel in pure fantasy and tradition as Northern Plains Dance rings in the holiday season with The Nutcracker. www.northernplainsdance.org; 701-530-0986

It's a Wonderful Life
Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater
December 7-16
This fine dramatization celebrates the faith of the season and the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded. 701-235-6778

Lori Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra
December 13: Bismarck
December 14: Minot
December 15: Grand Forks
December 16: Fargo
Enjoy this traditional holiday show that invites audience participation with the theme, "Immanuel," which promises to please both old and new Lorie Line fans. www.lorieline.com; 800-801-5463

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Hankinson, Enderlin, Harvey, Minot, Kenmare
December 15-16
Lighted Canadian Pacific Train rolls through North Dakota with stops in several North Dakota towns. On-board musical entertainment at each stop. The train's planned stops are: December 15 – Hankinson at 7 p.m. and Enderlin 9:45; December 16 – Harvey at 4:30 p.m., Minot 7:30 and Kenmare at 10. Exact locations can be found at www.cpr.ca/EN/IN-YOUR-COMMUNITY/HOLIDAY-TRAIN/Pages/default.aspx.

Knife River Chorale Concert
December 15-16
Sit back, relax and get into the holiday spirit as this 50-voice choir accompanied by other musicians in a beautifully-decorated venue gets you motivated for the holidays. 701-748-6848

Dakota Air: The Radio Show – The Christmas Show
December 16
Enjoy this live Christmas variety show with music, comedy and local history performed in "old-time radio" style at the Fargo Theatre. The show will begin at 2 p.m. and is sure to provide lots of "Christmas" fun for the whole family. www.dakotaairtheradioshow.com; 1-800-514-3849

Celebrate the Night
Alerus Center, Grand Forks
December 31
Ring in 2013 at this fun, family-friendly, non-alcoholic celebration. Enjoy a variety of live entertainment, games, delicious food and more. Amazing fireworks display will light up the winter sky at midnight. 701-330-9667

These are just a few festive events and activities in North Dakota this December. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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