Holiday lights
Holiday lights
Holiday lights

News Release: Let holiday lights bring joy to your Christmas season

Holiday lights are as much a part of our Christmas celebration as presents and looking at them from the warmth and safety of the family car is an enjoyable way to celebrate the season.

Throughout North Dakota, homes, businesses and parks are draped in spectacular displays of twinkling lights heralding the season. Take the family for a drive to find some of the biggest and brightest displays. Or be a part of the holiday spirit and bring joy to others by stringing a few lights of your own or participating in a local lighting contest.  

Christmas music on the radio, a thermos of hot chocolate and your favorite family stories will make for a memorable night. Here are a few places to consider and check locally for other locations. 

Minot gets into the swing of things with its traditional Christmas in the Park  through Oak Park until January 2 and the Olson Family Christmas Light Display with accompanying radio music through December 31. 

In Bismarck, Chmielewski Christmas Corner is back and Lights on Chestnut now has two locations with many familiar decorations. Lights also will adorn Peace Park outside Bismarck Parks and Recreation’s downtown office. 

Jamestown and Devils Lake are encouraging the communities to get involved in lighting up the city. Jamestown’s newest display will be more than 50 large trees on Mill Hill. It also replaces its Holiday Dazzle parade with a Holiday Dazzle Neighborhood Drive-By Lighting contest. Devils Lake is having a Let it Glow lights competition through December 27. Houses will be judged by the community and awards given to the best decorations.  

Fargo‘s Lindenwood Park will glow nightly with 75 displays through December 31.  

Take a drive through Grand Forks’ Lincoln Park and enjoy the Christmas in the Park displays through December 31. The more adventurous can rent cross-country skis and glide through the park. 

Those wanting to get out of the car can do so at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park’s Holiday Winter Hike Dec. 13-20. Look for the lighted blockhouse above the park as you make your way around the park south of Mandan.