Celebrate the holiday season the North Dakota way

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December in North Dakota is many things to many people. It’s Santa and lights and trees and music and shopping and trains and, of course, The Nutcracker. We invite you to get out and enjoy all of the things the holiday season has to offer. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Moonlight Madness/Fish Fry
December 6

Enjoy longer shopping hours with extra specials and a fish fry highlighting the evening. Beverages and treats available and a drawing on Main Street. 701-265-8188

Bismarck Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
December 6-8

More than 200 Pride of Dakota vendors offering food, books, jewelry, decor, personal care products and more just in time for Christmas giving. http://www.prideofdakota.com; 701-328-2231 or 800-242-7535

Medora’s 18th annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
December 6-8

A western Christmas experience includes wreath ceremony, Eats on the Streets, cowboy poetry, a Christmas dinner, dance and fireworks display. This year will also feature Dakota Air: The Radio Show on the December 7. www.medorandchamber.com; 701-623-4910

FMCT’s The Wizard of Oz
December 6-21

The classic tale of Dorothy and Toto, who just want to get back home to Kansas, with help from a few friends she meets along the way. http://fmct.org; 701-235-6778

Christmas on the Prairie
West Fargo
December 7

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

Old Fashioned Christmas
December 7

Get into the holiday spirit at this event that includes a Christmas auction, Tree of Light Memorial, Souper Supper, music and of course, Santa Claus. www.draytonnd.com; 701-454-3474

Berthold Holiday Craft and Vendor Show
December 7

This is holiday shopping made easy with more than 40 vendors, holiday crafts, face painting, door prizes, lunch and other refreshments.

North Dakota State Tree Lighting
December 9

Free ceremony conducted by Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building. Live entertainment and refreshments will be provided. The tree will be decorated with more than 330 ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople. 701-328-7591

The Nutcracker
Belle Mehus Auditorium, Bismarck
December 13-15

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

Holy Cross Catholic Church Christmas Cantata
West Fargo
December 14-15

Delight in performances by the Holy Cross choirs, praise and worship team, orchestra and hand bells. A reception with chocolate fountains, champagne, punch and coffee will follow each performance. 701-282-7217

Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus Christmas Concert
December 14-15

Celebrate the season with the Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus’ Christmas Concert, “Home for the Holidays” at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. www.bismanchorus.com/; 701-400-7774

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Hankinson, Enderlin, Carrington, Harvey, Minot, Carpio
December 17-18

The lighted Canadian Pacific Train rolls through North Dakota with stops in several North Dakota towns. Tap your toes to on-board musical entertainment at each stop. The train’s planned stops are: December 17 – Hankinson at 7 p.m. and Enderlin 9:45; December 16 – Carrington at 2:05 p.m., Harvey at 4:30 p.m., Minot 7:30 and Carpio at 10. Exact locations can be found at www.cpr.ca/en/in-your-community/holiday-train/schedule/Pages/us.aspx.

These are just a few festive events and activities in North Dakota this December. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663

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