Find Your Festivities in North Dakota this November
The leaves have mostly fallen, the crops are harvested and the air is crisp. It’s the time of year to get reacquainted with warmer coats and look forward to the upcoming holiday festivities. North Dakota’s communities are happily preparing for joyous celebrations that lie just around the corner. Get in on the fun this November, whether you’re gift shopping at a craft fair, enjoying live entertainment or simply soaking up the delightful sounds and sights of North Dakota’s festive season. For more events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525
The Big One Art and Craft Fair
Minot Christmas Fair
Bismarck Christmas Fair
Looking for holiday gift ideas? You need look no further than Minot and Bismarck’s The Big One Art and Craft Fair. With a vast sampling of handmade arts and crafts from across the Upper Midwest, you’re sure to find something you need … or just want! Minot’s Christmas fair will feature more than 430 booths, with some 250 vendors showcasing handcrafted wood furniture, photography, pottery, jewelry, foods, soaps and linens. Bismarck’s show features more than 160 exhibitors from several states. To learn more, visit https://www.thebigone.biz/.
Christmas Boutique Craft and Gift Show
Come out to browse the unique crafts and gifts featured by regional artisans at this event. Rest assured you will get a jump-start on your gift shopping for this holiday season. 701-252-4835.
Enjoy a blast to the past with Decades Rewind, a national touring concert, dance-party and theatrical performance wrapped into one evening of unforgettable fun. Celebrate the musical hits of the 1960s, 70s and 80s as disco, funk, rock and Motown take center stage. Learn more at http://und.edu/calendar/index.php/view/event/detail/48654/decades-rewind; 701-746-0444.
Badlands Art Show
The Badlands Arts Association is celebrating its 47th Annual Art Show so be sure to visit the event to view an array of different artwork, including clay pottery, water colors, oil paintings, photography and pencil sketching. Three different categories will be featured: Professional, amateur and students. Learn more at http://badlandsarts.com/; 701-690-6603.
Stand-Up Comedy at Dakota Stage
Don’t miss an evening of laughs with comedian Will Spottedbear, who was recently crowned “The Funniest Man in Minneapolis” and featured on the Outrageous Acts of Psych on the Science Channel. Concessions and a cash bar are available, but seats are limited so patrons should reserve their tickets in advance. For more information, visit https://www.dakotastageltd.com/events/2017/5/19/stand-up-comedy-with-3snkd-jctcs-zk3.
Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker
Watch the Christmas spirit come to life during Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performance. Now in its 25th anniversary tour, the Moscow Ballet brings world-class Russian ballet artists to the North Dakota stage. Gather family and friends and come see this extraordinary performance. Visit http://www.nutcracker.com/ to learn more.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
November 24–December 3
If you are looking for an evening of nostalgic fun, head to Grand Forks’ Empire Theater for its rendition of Irving Berlin’s beloved White Christmas. The story of a pair of singing and dancing Army veterans working to put on a Christmas show in a Vermont inn is an American classic full of music, laughter and love. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.empireartscenter.com/ or call 701-746-5500.
November 24–December 9
For three weekends each year, the quaint city of Garrison transforms into the “Christmas Capitol of North Dakota.” Visitors are welcome to stroll downtown’s streets and sample delicacies like hot baked potatoes and sausage on a stick. Catch a ride on an authentic double-decker English bus or opt for a trip in a horse-drawn carriage. Cap your visit with an evening parade of lights and local performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 701-463-2345; http://www.dickensfestival.com/.
Parades, Lights, Santa!
Take in the sounds and sights - or just catch up with Santa – at these fun gatherings taking place in North Dakota:
Nov. 21: Holiday Lights Parade through downtown Fargo. www.downtownfargo.com; 701-241-1570
Nov. 24: Holiday Dazzle Parade, Jamestown http://discoverjamestownnd.com/play/events; 701-251-9145
Nov. 25: Santa Village, Fargo, http://www.fargoparks.com/events/santa-village.html; 701-499-7788
Nov. 25-Dec. 23: Coming Home for Christmas, Mandan, www.mandanprogress.org/; 701-751-2983
Nov. 25-Dec. 31: Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive, http://www.visitwilliston.com/calendar/SpringLakeParkHolidayLightsDrive2017/; 701-774-9041
Nov. 25: Santa Parade, Cavalier, 701-265-8188
Nov. 26: HollyDazzle Festival of Lights, Grand Forks, http://downtowngrandforks.org/hollydazzle-festival-of-lights/; 701-757-4051