Celebrate the holiday season the North Dakota way

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Fresh snow on the ground, communities decorated in lights and an abundance of holiday music performances are just some of the ways wintertime is special in North Dakota. Seasonal events with friends and family bring everyone together in both traditional and new ways to celebrate this time of giving and friendship. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Crooked Lake Farm Folk School
December 4 and 6

Make your own basic pine swag with natural dried plants and embellishments. www.crookedlanefarmfolkschool.com; 701-261-2660

Moonlight Madness
December 5

Celebrate the spirit of the season downtown with extended shopping hours and finish the evening with a fish fry at the Tongue River Lodge. 701-265-8188

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
December 5-7

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

Medora’s 19th annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
December 5-7

This western Christmas experience includes a 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 December 7. www.medorand.com; 701-623-4830

Christmas on the Prairie
West Fargo
December 6

Enjoy Bonanzaville’s annual afternoon 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

We’re in the Christmas Mood
West Fargo
December 6

Join in an evening of food and fabulous musical entertainment to get in the mood for the holidays. www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822

North Dakota State Tree Lighting
December 8

Join Governor Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple in the Memorial Hall of the State Capitol Building as they light the state tree decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople. 701-328-7590

The Nutcracker
December 12-14

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

Christmas Choir Concert
December 12-14

The University of Jamestown Choir performs its Christmas Concert in the beautiful St. James Basilica. www.uj.edu/community/reiland-box-office; 701-252-3467 ext. 5435

The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience
Grand Forks
December 13

Enjoy a night of powerful music at the Alerus Center from Newsboys and Moriah Peters, creative videos, and an energizing Gospel message from Nick Hall to celebrate the Christmas season. www.aleruscenter.com/; 701-792-1200

Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus Christmas Concert
December 13-14

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

Holiday Train
Hankinson, Enderlin, Dec. 15
Carrington, Harvey, Minot, Kenmare, Dec. 16

The lighted Canadian Pacific Train rolls through North Dakota with stops in several towns collecting food and donations to support local food banks and pantries. Tap your toes to on-board musical entertainment and festivities at each stop. www.cpr.ca/en/community/holiday-train/schedule.

Lori Line 25th Anniversary Christmas Special
North Dakota Tour
December 15-20

Pianist Lori Line and her Fab 5 celebrate 25 years, they will perform their holiday extravaganza in Fargo, Devils Lake, Bottineau, Bismarck, Minot, and Grand Forks. www.lorieline.com/tour.php

New Year’s Eve Party
Dickinson Recreation Center
December 31

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and friends at an afternoon of FREE fun, music, skating, door prizes, food and beverages. 701-456-2070  

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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