Holiday Season Traditions

Tis the Season for Traditions in North Dakota

The holiday season holds special meaning to North Dakotans. Those that are home here welcome friends and family that come from far and wide to spend time telling stories and getting reacquanited. Those who are visiting family know what it feels like to be greeted like they were coming home, where lights, decorations, craft fairs and friend people add allure to a festive time. The folks looking for Hollyvale know what we're talking about.

Seasonal activities include shopping for unique gifts, watching some NCAA playoff football, spending an evening with friends and family feasting and drinking at eclectic downtown establishments. In North Dakota, the holiday season (that time generally between the middle of November and New Year’s Day) has all of the offerings a person would find in our larger neighbors with a twist - the small-town charm that's missing elsewhere. 

The town of Garrison takes it to the extreme, transforming itself into an English hamlet for three weekends each November and December. At Dickens Village Festival, guests get food and drink from street vendors and ride around town on a double-decker bus before taking in “A Christmas Carol.”

Those wanting to experience Christmas in the country can visit Circle C Ranch north of Bismarck for roasting marshmallows, sleigh rides and a living nativity. In Fargo, Rheault Farm's Santa Village lets visitors get up close with the big guy - Santa - and his his reindeer. 

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making six stops in North Dakota, December 14 and 15, in the cities of: Hankinson, Enderlin, Carrington, Harvey, Minot and Kenmare.

Food is a big part of the holiday season and beyond. Click here to see some of the best places for enjoying the season.