Experience New Delights in North Dakota this November
Celebrate harvest's end by gearing up for the joyous holiday season! Throughout North Dakota, citizens are readying themselves for festivities centered around family, turkey and jingling bells. Find your fun this November, whether you're bundling up for a holiday parade or hitting the town for some retail therapy. There's something for everyone in North Dakota. For events and festivities, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Just back from an overseas tour, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their lively and unparalleled entertainment to fans at the Bismarck Event Center. Come see this elite group of dunkers and their exceptional ball handling skills as well as the Globetrotters’ female stars. Learn more at www.harlemglobetrotters.com or 701-353-1370.
The Big One Art and Craft Fair
Minot Christmas Fair
November 2 – 3
Bismarck Christmas Fair
November 16 - 17
If you’re on the hunt for holiday gift ideas, look no further than North Dakota’s 43rd Annual Big One Art and Craft Fair. All products at the event are guaranteed to be hand-made and with a vast sampling of arts and crafts from across the upper Midwest, you’re sure to find something you need. To learn more, visit https://www.thebigone.biz/.
Elf the Musical
A young orphan named Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa Claus’ big bag of toys one Christmas and sets off a chain of funny and entertaining events. ELF The Musical follows ‘Buddy’ as he discovers that both his size and inability to build toys means he’s not really an elf. Come enjoy this hilarious tale about love and Christmas faith. For more information, visit http://www1.und.edu/chester-fritz-auditorium/; 701-777-4090.
Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
Grand Forks, November 3 – 4
Fargo, November 16 - 18
Minot, November 10 - 11
Bismarck, November 30 – December 2
Show your proud prairie spirit and head to the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase. Choose from over 200 vendors displaying an array of unique products including – but certainly not limited to – gourmet food and wine, books, jewelry, housewares, pet items and more! Visit https://www.prideofdakota.nd.gov/ or call 701-328-2231.
Badlands Art Show
November 9 – 11
Now in its 48th year, the Badlands Arts Association invites art lovers to enjoy an array of different artwork including clay pottery, water colors, oil paintings, photography and pencil sketching. Three different categories of artists will be featured: Professional, amateur and students. Learn more at http://badlandsarts.com/; 701-290-5028.
Oakes Annual Fall Craft and Artisan Fair
Now in its 14th year, Oakes Annual Fall Craft and Artisan Fair promises visitors big-time shopping in a small-town setting. The event is loaded with high-quality handmade items from area artisans, with an emphasis on vintage, repurposed and salvaged products. New this year is a pop-up party on Main Street. Learn more at https://www.oakeschamber.com/craftfair; 701-742-3508.
Mannheim Steamroller will return to North Dakota for the 34th anniversary of their Christmas Tour directed by Grammy Award-winner, Chip Davis. The show features classic Christmas hits as well as a selection of Fresh Aire compositions from Mannheim Steamroller, along with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Visit http://www.mannheimsteamroller.com/2018-mannheim-steamrollerr-tour/ for more information.
Cystic Fibrosis Turkey Trot
Nearly 30 years ago, a group of Bismarck residents banded together in efforts to raise funds for a friend needing a transplant due to complications from Cystic Fibrosis. They hosted a road race and teamed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Association of North Dakota to match funds for their friend’s transplant. Today, the race is a major charitable event in Bismarck and includes a timed 10K run, 5K run/walk and a non-competitive family fun walk. Don’t miss out on the chance to get outside and do good. Visit http://cfaturkeytrot.com/ for more information.
Cirque Musica Holiday: Wonderland
Kick off the holidays with Cirque Musica as they present Wonderland at the Bismarck Event Center. Experience the thrill of watching acrobats and aerialists perform graceful and daring feats along to classic holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra. Tickets are for sale at www.JadePresents.com or www.etix.com; 1-800-514-3849.
November 23 – December 8
Each Thanksgiving weekend the quaint town of Garrison transforms into the “Christmas Capitol of North Dakota.” Garrison welcomes visitors to stroll its downtown streets and sample delicacies like hot baked potatoes and sausage on a stick. An authentic double-decker English bus offers pedestrians a ride. Or, visitors can opt for a trip in a horse-drawn carriage. No matter what, 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 visit with Santa – at one of these fun gatherings taking place in North Dakota:
Nov. 20: Holiday Lights Parade through downtown Fargo. www.downtownfargo.com; 701-241-1570
Nov. 23: Holiday Dazzle Parade, Jamestown, www.jamestowndowntown.com/; 701-251-9145
Nov. 24 – Dec. 30: Santa Village, Fargo, www.fargoparks.com/events/santa-village/; 701-499-7788
Nov. 24: Coming Home for Christmas, Mandan, www.mandanprogress.org/; 701-751-2983
Nov. 24: Spring Lake Park Holiday Lights Drive, www.visitwilliston.com/; 701-774-9041
Nov. 25: HollyDazzle Festival of Lights, Grand Forks, www.downtowngrandforks.org/; 701-757-4051
Nov. 30: Parade of Lights, Valley City, https://valleycitynd.org/chamber.php; 701-840-1891