Find Your Festive Fun this December in North Dakota
The holidays are right around the corner and festivities are taking place across the state. Hand-pick some handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase. Get in the celebratory spirit at a Christmas music concert or a performance of The Nutcracker. Gather family and friends, compile your wish lists and seek out Santa and Mrs. Claus at the local shops. Whatever your idea of holiday fun, there is something for everyone in North Dakota this December. For more events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525
Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
Get in the holiday mood while meandering around the more than 200 Pride of Dakota vendor displays offering handmade food, books, jewelry, decor, personal care products and more. The event is held right in time for the giving season and you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. www.prideofdakota.com; 701-328-2231 or 800-242-7535
Christmas on the Prairie
Bonanzaville transforms to an old-fashioned village where carolers can be heard singing holiday tunes and Christmas cookies are baked in a wood-burning oven. Join revelers at this annual celebration where you can take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, decorate a gingerbread house or get your photo taken with Santa. www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822
Heartland Ag Showcase
Check out the “new and improved” farming trade show at Minot’s North Dakota State Fair Grounds. Don’t miss this great opportunity to close out the year with the purchase or sale of seed, fertilizer, chemical and other types of farm equipment. Learn more at http://www.farmshowminot.com/; 701-822-2719.
Lori Line and Her Fab Five – King of Kings Tour
North Dakota Tour
December 9 – Fargo
December 13,14 – Bismarck
December 16 – Grand Forks
December 17 – Minot
Lorie Line returns to North Dakota with her “King of Kings” Christmas show, which celebrates the story and birth of Jesus Christ. In addition to Lorie’s world-class pop chamber orchestra and a featured guest vocalist, Santa Claus also will be in attendance. Children (ages four and up only, please) are invited on stage to be a part of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Learn more at www.lorieline.com/tour.php.
Hayride, Santa and Mrs. Claus at Buckstop Junction
Step back in time on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Bismarck’s “old-time” town of Buckstop Junction. Stop at the historic and festive 1914 Lewis Hotel to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and check out the activities and crafts for children. http://www.buckstopjunction.org/; 701-250-8575
Medora’s Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
Head to Medora this December for an authentic Cowboy Christmas experience. A “Magical Medora Christmas” returns for the third year and brings with it a family-friendly holiday show for audiences of all ages to enjoy. This western experience is one more fantastic reason to enjoy Medora’s beauty in the winter months. www.medorand.com; 701-623-4830.
Northern Plains Dance: The Nutcracker
Experience the magic of a classic Christmas tradition as Bismarck’s Northern Plains Dance presents “The Nutcracker” at the historic Belle Mehus Auditorium. This beloved story of a young girl and her Christmas-time dreams is sure to inspire and thrill audiences of all ages. For tickets and information, visit http://www.northernplainsdance.org/ ; 701-530-0986.
Holiday Pops Concert
Get in the holiday spirit with the Minot Symphony Orchestra! Area choirs join in the seasonal music from American, British and Russian composers. Fans of the film “Home Alone” will enjoy the concert finale. http://www.minotsymphony.com/project/holiday-pops-dec-9/; 701-858-4228.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Hankinson, Enderlin - Dec. 13
Carrington, Harvey, Minot, Kenmare – Dec. 14
It’s that time of year again! Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train is rolling through North Dakota so don’t miss your chance to enjoy entertainment by Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott. The lighted train collects food and donations to support local food banks. http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-united-states.
Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus Christmas Concert
Celebrate the season with the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus as it presents “A North Dakota Christmas” at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck.
Enjoy the delights of a live performance as the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet dances to the Wonderland Orchestra’s live rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic suite of “The Nutcracker.” http://www.fmballet.org/; 701-234-9440
Zoo Year’s Eve
Ring in the New Year at a family-friendly event celebrating the Red River Zoo. The celebration includes free admission for everyone, carousel rides and animal encounters. www.redriverzoo.org; 701-277-9240.