Discover North Dakota’s Winter Wonderland

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The joy of winter’s holidays is in the air and North Dakota is in the mood to celebrate this festive season. Bring your imagination and find out what winter fun looks like in this prairie state. Whether it’s angling on a lake or hiking through a state park, shopping in a trendy boutique or relishing holiday treats from the past, there’s something for everyone in North Dakota. 

The Great Wintry Outside

North Dakota is an outdoor lover’s delight all year, and December is no exception. Head outdoors to explore the dramatic countryside and discover all the adventure it holds. In the mood for a road trip? Snow on the gently rolling hills, buttes or farmlands provide a peaceful backdrop along scenic byways. Spend an hour – or more – hiking or snowshoeing one of many trails within a state park or at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Fat-tire cyclists can enjoy both single-track and lightly-traveled backroads around the state. The deeper we go into winter, the easier it is to strap on Nordic skis or snowshoes and take in winter’s panorama while keeping an eye out for active wildlife. Snowmobiling trails crisscross the state and showcase the spectacular wonder of the Northern Plains. North Dakota’s lakes and rivers offer anglers ample opportunities to get out on the water and cast a line, even in the month of December!   

The Eats and the Drinks

For many North Dakotans, nothing says December quite like food and drink. The state’s rich dining heritage is on full display – and in high gear - during the holiday season. Savor traditional Scandinavian and German delicacies like lefse, kuchen and krumkake at celebrations across the state and discover for yourself why these delights have stood the test of time. December in North Dakota calls for wintery weather cocktails, so cozy up in one of the state’s establishments to enjoy a hot toddy. Reap the fruits of North Dakota’s local harvest along the Brewery and Winery Trail .

The Sights and Sounds and Santa

Twinkling lights, ringing bells and joyous carols fill the state in December, so join in the holiday fun. Head downtown with your holiday shopping list and support local retailers while scoring one-of-a-kind finds for your loved ones. Dress up for an evening out at the ballet, or head to the theater for a musical performance or a play. Fill a thermos with hot chocolate and take a walk or a drive to enjoy the holiday lighted displays around the community. And don’t forget Santa Claus! The man in the red suit will greet believers at multiple spots around the state.