Festive Fun in North Dakota this December
North Dakota is a hub for holiday fun and festive activities. Don your warmest duds and head outside, whether it’s for some classic winter fun like sledding or to try a more modern pursuit like fat biking. Curate your home décor - or a holiday gift list – with handmade items from a holiday craft show. Celebrate the joyous season with a Christmas concert or play or take in a performance of The Nutcracker. Whatever your idea of holiday fun, there is something for everyone in North Dakota this December. For more events, visit NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525
Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase
November 30-December 2
Gather friends and family and head to the Bismarck Event Center to meander through the more than 200 Pride of Dakota vendor displays. Exhibitors offer handmade food, books, jewelry, personal care products and more. This event is timed just right to get you and yours in the holiday mood. www.prideofdakota.com; 701-328-2231 or 800-242-7535
Christmas on the Prairie
West Fargo’s pioneer village, Bonanzaville, transforms into an old-fashioned Christmas village, complete with carolers and cookies baked in a wood stove. Join other revelers as they celebrate the traditions of days gone by, whether you’re creating a holiday card on an old press, enjoying blacksmith demonstrations or riding in a horse-drawn sleigh. Learn more at www.bonanzaville.org; 701-282-2822
Lori Line and Her Fab Five – Lord of Lords Tour
North Dakota Tour
Fargo: December 8
Bismarck: December 12,13
Grand Forks: December 15
Minot: December 16
Lorie Line is back in North Dakota to debut her sequel to last year’s popular holiday show, KING OF KINGS. This year’s show is called LORD OF LORDS and celebrates the story of Christmas. Line’s world-class pop chamber orchestra, a featured guest vocalist and Santa Claus also will appear. Learn more at www.lorieline.com/tour.php.
Medora’s Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
Medora: November 30-December 1
Mandan: December 2
Minot: December 4
Devils Lake: December 6
Ellendale: December 7
Fargo: December 8-9
Grand Forks: December 10
Grafton: December 12
Wahpeton: December 17
Jamestown: December 18
Bismarck: December 19
North Dakota’s exclusive Christmas experience is going on the road this year. A Magical Medora Christmas is traveling across North Dakota where it will showcase its holiday magic for audiences of all ages. The festive performance will feature yodeling, banjo and piano music and some wild west magic. For more information and tickets, visit https://medora.com/do/entertainment/a-magical-medora-christmas/.
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Don’t miss out on Fargo Moorhead Community Theater’s rendition of the classic holiday movie favorite, A Christmas Story, on the stage at Island Park. The theater company presents A Christmas Story: The Musical, the beloved holiday tale of Ralphie Parker and his Christmas wish. Iconic images from the film make their appearance on stage – yes, a leg lamp and pink bunny pajamas – and are set to an enjoyable musical score written by the team behind LaLaLand and The Greatest Showman. For tickets, visit https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=fmct.
Northern Plains Dance: The Nutcracker
Be a part of the magic of a classic Christmas tradition as Northern Plains Dance presents “The Nutcracker” at Bismarck’s historic Belle Mehus Auditorium. The beloved story of a young girl and her Christmas dream is sure to inspire and thrill audiences of all ages. The dazzling sets, costumes and dancing – not to mention the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s musical score – enrapture audiences year after year. Buy your tickets at www.northernplainsdance.com; 701-530-0986.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
Hankinson, Enderlin - Dec. 14
Carrington, Harvey, Minot, Kenmare - Dec. 15
It’s that time of year again when Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train passes through North Dakota, bringing holiday joy and music with it. This is your chance to enjoy entertainment by Willy Porter, Trews, Sam Roberts Band and JoJo Mason. The lighted holiday train collects food and donations to support local food banks. For times and more information, visit www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/united-states.
Bold St. Nick’s Fat Bike Race
Brave the cold for the third annual Bold St. Nick’s Fat Bike race in North Dakota’s rugged Badlands. Enjoy the Maah Daah Hey Trail against a wintry backdrop as you wind and weave your fat bike across some of the toughest – and prettiest – terrain in North Dakota. Racers on the nice list compete on a loop course for one hour; naughty list riders will race for four hours; teams of two to four riders can sign up for the Reindeer Team option. Learn more about this event at www.experienceland.org/bold-st-nicks-fatbike-race/.
Experience the joys of a live dance performance – and support local dancers and musicians - as the FMBallet dances to The Wonderland Orchestra’s live rendition of Tchaikovsky’s classic suite of The Nutcracker. www.fmballet.org/; 701-234-9440
Get the Christmas holiday off on the right note with the Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular. Santa and his helpers will be on hand to take you along on a merry musical journey. Enjoy classic favorites like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bells.” www.bismarckeventcenter.com/events/2018/christmas-wonderland/; 701-355-1370.
Finish out the year with a bang. The 80s glam rock band Hairball is notorious for dazzling lights, sounds, video screens, smoke and fire. Its die-hard fans’ antics only add to the experience. www.aleruscenter.com/events/detail/hairball-5.