This December, Celebrate the Season North Dakota Style

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North Dakotans are in the holiday mood and revelers all across the state are celebrating in different ways. From shopping for handmade wares at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase to enjoying a performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Northern Plains Dance Company or Lori Line’s “Christmas in the City Tour.” Need to get that wish list to Santa Claus? He – along with Mrs. Claus – can be found at festivities all across the state this December. For more events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Crooked Lane Farm Folk School
Colfax
December 5, 6

On December 5, try your hand at making traditional Scandinavian holiday sweets like lefse, krumkake and rosettes. The following day, learn to make your own basic pine swag with natural dried plants and embellishments. www.crookedlanefarmfolkschool.com; 701-261-2660

Santa Fly-In
Fargo
December 5

Santa flies in to the Fargo Air Museum to visit with children about their wish lists as the holiday season gets underway. http://fargoairmuseum.org/; 701-298-8043

Jaws,Paws and Lunch with Santa Claus
Fargo

December 5

Get a scrumptious lunch at the Red River Zoo and enjoy a visit from Santa Claus. Children can ride the carousel and learn more about the zoo animals. http://redriverzoo.org/; 701-277-9240

Hayride, Santa and Mrs. Claus at Buckstop Junction
Bismarck
December 5

Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Buckstop Junction and stop at the historic and festive 1914 Lewis Hotel to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be balloon animals and crafts for children, and the Vintage Christmas Shoppe will be open for those who want to do some holiday shopping. http://www.buckstopjunction.org/; 701-250-8575

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
Bismarck
December 4-6

Spend a day strolling through more than 200 Pride of Dakota vendor displays offering handmade food, books, jewelry, decor, personal care products and more. The event is just in time for Christmas giving! www.prideofdakota.com; 701-328-2231 or 800-242-7535

Medora’s 19th annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
Medora

December 4-6

This western experience is a fantastic reason to visit Medora in the winter. Festivities include a wreath ceremony, Eats on the Streets, cowboy poetry, a Christmas dinner, dance and fireworks. www.medorand.com; 701-623-4830

Christmas on the Prairie
West Fargo
December 5

Enjoy Bonanzaville’s annual celebration of Christmas with a beautifully decorated village complete with cookie decorating, Christmas carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, competitions, musical performances, Christmas stories, demonstrators, photos with Santa and more. www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822

North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting 
Bismarck
December 8

Join Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol Building as they light the state tree decorated with ornaments collected by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. All ornaments are handmade by local children, students, artists and craftspeople. 701-328-7590

Dueling Piano Performance
Jamestown
December 10

Come out for a night of interactive fun with the Fun Pianos! Show by 176 Keys. This successful dueling piano show has entertained guests all over the world, so get your list of requests ready and join in the fun. 701-252-3611

The Nutcracker
Bismarck

December 11-13

Revel in pure fantasy and tradition as Northern Plains Dance rings in the holiday season with “The Nutcracker” at the historic Belle Mehus Auditorium. www.northernplainsdance.org; 701-530-0986

Lori Line and Her Fab Five – Christmas in the City Tour
North Dakota Tour
December 14-19

In her 26th year of touring, pianist Lori Line and her Fab Five will perform their holiday show in Devils Lake, Jamestown, Bismarck, Minot, and Grand Forks. Santa will be in attendance, as well as a special featured vocalist.

Holiday Train
Hankinson, Enderlin - Dec. 14
Carrington, Harvey, Minot, Carpio - Dec. 15

Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train is in its 16th year and will be rolling through North Dakota. The lighted train collects food and donations to support local food banks while country performers Kira Isabella and Doc Walker will entertain with seasonal favorite songs. http://www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train

Christmas B&B (Beer and Bacon)
Dickinson
December 17

Get in the holiday spirit and support local retailers at Dickinson’s Christmas B&B, a craft beer and bacon-themed shopping event. Participating downtown merchants will provide craft beer and a bacon appetizer for sampling. The event is for 21 years and older only. http://www.visitdickinson.com/; 701-483-7216

Central Dakota Children’s Choir Christmas Concert
Bismarck

December 18-19

Celebrate the season with the Central Dakota Children’s Choir as it presents “Angels Sing” at the Belle Mehus Auditorium. The concert will feature classical holiday music while also introducing the audience to some less familiar Christmas pieces. http://www.highprairiecomplex.com/choir/; 701-258-6516