What to do During The Holiday Season in Fargo-Moorhead

Traditional Christmas Celebrations

XCEL ENERGY HOLIDAY LIGHTS PARADE
November 21, 2017

Downtown Fargo
The Annual kick-off to the Holidays is the Holiday Lights Parade presented by the Downtown Community Partnership and sponsored by Xcel Energy. This parade attracts thousands of spectators throughout the Fargo-Moorhead community and includes hundreds of participants that decorate their entries with lights. The parade starts at 6:30pm.

CHRISTKINDLMARKT
November 30th-December 2nd, 2017

The Stone Building
Folkways invites you to celebrate the holiday season at our Christkindlmarkt. Join us for three days of festive cheer in the Outdoor Winter Wonderland, Gift Market, and Beer Hall by Front Street Taproom. With food, live musical performances, art demonstrations, mulled wine, holiday treats, and activities for the kids, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Free concerts will take place in our beer hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Activities for families will take place on Saturday from 11am-4pm.

TRADITIONAL NORSK CHRISTMAS
December 1st, 2017

Kringen Lodge 25 Sons of Norway
The 13th Annual Traditional Norsk Christmas Event, featuring a taste of fine Norwegian Christmas foods, is coming to Sons of Norway December 1st! Hosted by Frode Tilden, the event will have Kransekake, Meatballs, Salmon, Rømmegrøt, Flatbrød, Norwegian-shaped waffles, Lefse and plenty of Gløgg! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $25 in advance – $30 at the door. The event starts at 6pm.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS IN LINDENWOOD PARK
December 1st-31st, 2017

Lindenwood Park 
Drive through the park to see 65+ holiday lights displays for just $6/car! The park will be open daily to the public from 5:30pm-10pm.

CHRISTMAS ON THE PRAIRIE
December 2nd, 2017

Bonanzaville
We are excited to bring you a historic Victorian Christmas celebration at Bonanzaville! The pioneer village will be transformed to a simpler time where carolers sing the sounds of the season and cookies are baked in a wood burning stove. Cost is $3.00 for children (12 & under) and $6.00 for adults. 10am-5pm.

COMSTOCK CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOURS
December 2nd, 16th, & 23rd, 2017

Comstock House
Many contemporary Christmas traditions originated in the culture of the Victorian Era and we’re highlighting that history this December. The Comstock House will be decorated and illuminated in Victorian fashion and tours will be offered of the house to shed some light on the Christmas customs that the Comstock family and other Victorians enjoyed at the turn of the twentieth century. At the end of the tour, guests can enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Tours leave at 5:30pm, 7pm, and 8:30pm.

WINDOW WINTER WONDERLAND
December 7th, 2017 

Downtown Fargo
Stroll through Downtown and admire the festive storefronts, just like the good ol’ days. Vote for your favorite on December 7th! Pictures will be available on this event page. 5pm-8pm.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE COMSTOCKS
December 9th, 2017

Comstock House
Come celebrate a Victorian Christmas at the historic Comstock House, which will be decorated for the holidays. Guests will explore the traditions of a Victorian Christmas, by learning about the Christmas customs of the Comstock family and their friends. Play Victorian parlor games, listen to live Christmas music, enjoy hot cocoa & cookies, and even learn some local history while exploring the origins of some of our holiday traditions. 4pm-7pm.

DOWNTOWN SPECTACULAR
December 14th, 2017
Downtown Fargo
Downtown Fargo is full of magic during the holidays. We invite you to help us celebrate the holiday season at the Downtown Spectacular. Trolley rides, treats, and holiday lights. Check website for more information.

Family Friendly

HOLIDAY NIGHTS
Now through December 23rd, 2017

Red River Zoo
Enjoy a family stroll through the Zoo complete with charming Christmas lights and even an ice skating rink! Roast marshmallows by the campfire and enjoy up close animal encounters.  Nothing says winter fun like spending time together at the Zoo! Thursday through Saturday from 6pm to 9pm. (Except for Thanksgiving Day)

SANTA VILLAGE
November 25th-26th, December 2nd-3rd, 6th-10th, 13th-17th & 20th-23rd, 2017

Rheault Farm
Celebrate the Season of Giving by visiting Santa Village. Meet Santa, decorate a cookie with Mrs. Claus, see the model train displays, enjoy the holiday light displays, make a special craft project and make memories together as a family. Enjoy Fargo’s version of the North Pole!

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
December 2nd, 9th, & 16th, 2017

Santa Village – Rheault Farm
Come visit Santa and Mrs. Claus for breakfast! Enjoy a hot breakfast and entertainment show. Make a holiday craft with an elf. Bring your camera! There will be photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. No high chairs are provided at this event. 8 am.

CANDY CANE CARNIVAL FOR KIDS
December 3rd, 2017 

Avalon Events Center
The Candy Cane Carnival for Kids is a family-friendly event designed to kick off the Holiday Season for kids and families with Christmas crafts, cookies, photos, dancing, Christmas shopping and fun for EVERYONE in the family! $15 per person, children 12 months and younger free – every ticket comes with lunch (chicken strips and tater tots with a drink). 12pm-4pm.

JAWS, PAWS, AND LUNCH WITH SANTA CLAUS
December 9th, 2017

Red River Zoo
Enjoy a delicious warm lunch, venture over to the Wolf Cabin to meet some of our animals up close, create Christmas crafts, and top off your day by meeting Santa himself in the Discovery Barn! Each family will receive a complimentary photo with Santa courtesy of Santa Magic, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase additional photos & packages from Santa Magic. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 2 to 14) and children under 2 are free. 10:30am-2pm.

SANTA FLY-IN
December 16th, 2017

Fargo Air Museum
Santa will catch a ride in the Sanford helicopter and arrive at 10am to visit with children about their lists. Santa’s elves will help children in and out of a couple of special airplanes for children to take a look around. 10am-1pm.

Music, Plays, & Concerts

ELF THE MUSICAL
November 22nd, 2017 

FARGODOME
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. 7:30pm-10:30pm.

NOON HOLIDAY CONCERTS
November 27th-December 14th, 2017 

Plains Art Museum
Enjoy music from some of the area’s best musicians over your lunch hour. Purchase lunch from local caterer Chef’s Table and take in the galleries for FREE and shop for artful gifts at The Store. Monday-Thursday 12pm-1pm.

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER
November 29th, 2017

Fargo Theatre
Celebrate this Christmas with the experience taking North America by storm! Marking the 25th Anniversary Tour, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Show starts at 7pm.

CONCORDIA CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
December 1st-3rd, 2017

Memorial Auditorium at Concordia College
The Concordia Christmas Concerts join approximately 350 singers in four choral ensembles and a symphony orchestra to create the most beautiful collection of Christmas music you’ll hear during the holiday season.
Friday & Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 2pm.

A MAGICAL MEDORA CHRISTMAS
December 4th-5th, 2017

Fargo South High School
Medora favorites are bringing family-friendly entertainment across North Dakota, eastern Montana and western Miinnesota this Christmas season! Tickets are $25 available at medora.com and First International Banks. Show starts at 7:30pm.

PRESLEY, PERKINS, LEWIS, & CASH: A MILLION DOLLAR CHRISTMAS
December 7th, 2017 

Fargo Theatre
The four greatest rock n’ rollers on the planet have assembled to give you a Christmas gift— a MILLION DOLLAR CHRISTMAS gift! Join the smash hit cast of Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash for a rip-roaring holiday show that’ll have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree! 8pm showtime.

LORIE LINE
December 9th, 2017

Fargo Theatre
Lorie Line returns and brings her traditional Christmas show to Fargo, which is perfect for the family! KING OF KINGS, will celebrate the magnificent story and the birth of our Savior. Show starts at 7:30pm.

THE BLENDERS
December 12th-17th, 2017

Fargo Theatre
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, The Blenders are proud to call Minneapolis, MN their home. They have spent over 25 years touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal, harmony-based music. Shows begin each night at 7:30pm with additional 2pm matinees on Saturday & Sunday.

HOLIDAY ORGAN CONCERTS
December 13th-15th & 18th-22nd, 2017
The Fargo Theatre
Please join us for this holiday tradition presented by the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.  Each performance will include a 35-45 minute selection of holiday music.  The Theatre’s concession stand will be open selling popcorn, candy, and assorted beverages. Check website for hours.

FM BALLET PERFORMS THE NUTCRACKER
December 15th-17th, 2017

NDSU – Festival Concert Hall
Be apart of the magic this holiday season and see the story of the Nutcracker come to life on stage. The FMBallet graces the NDSU Festival Concert Hall stage this December with a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss! Friday & Saturday shows at 7pm; Saturday & Sunday shows at 2pm.

A KAT PERKINS CHRISTMAS
December 19th, 2017

Fargo Theatre
Kat brings her “Home for the Holidays” Tour to the Fargo Theatre for an all ages show. The show starts at 7:30pm.

HAVE YOURSELF A FUNKY LITTLE CHRISTMAS!
December 22nd-23rd, 2017

Sanctuary Events Center
Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome is Fargo’s hottest classic rock, horn band. This 12 piece (6 horns, keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, male & female vocals) performs the best of the classic horn band hits. Show starts at 8pm both nights. 21+ event.

Pub Crawls

12 BARS OF XMAS CRAWL
December 2nd, 2017

Downtown Fargo
The 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl is coming to town. Grab your best holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, and elf costumes and get ready to crawl! 12pm-8pm.

SANTACON PUB CRAWL
December 9th, 2017

Downtown Fargo
For the 8th year, SantaCon comes to downtown Fargo, with holiday characters and a good cause. We will once again raise money and needed items for the Gladys Ray Shelter. We will collect toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, and razors. Also in need is warm hats and gloves. 1pm-8pm.

Shopping

PRIDE OF DAKOTA FARGO HOLIDAY SHOWCASE
November 17th, 2017 

Scheels Arena 
Shop from more than 120 Pride of Dakota members at the Holiday Showcase! You’ll find great unique products including gourmet food, wine, art, books, jewelry, apparel, children and pet items, and more! Admission $2 – Bring a reusable cloth bag to save $1. Shopping hours Friday 4pm-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, & Sunday 11am-4pm.

IT’S A WONDERFUL NIGHT
November 19th, 2017 

West Acres Mall
Join us for It’s A Wonderful Night, a Community Shopping Event at West Acres! Kick off your holiday gift-buying with exclusive savings from West Acres merchants. With fun holiday entertainment and exclusive holiday pop-up shops and experiences, it’s a can’t miss event! Parents can help themselves to wine & beer while the kids enjoy cookies and milk with Santa. Win a $1000 West Acres shopping spree or dozens of other door prizes. Tickets $5/person (6 and under, free) available at West Acres or participating organizations. Event is from 6pm-9pm. 

PLAID FRIDAY
November 24th, 2017 

Downtown Fargo
Plaid Friday Weekend is the more relaxing and enjoyable shopping alternative to the big box “Black Friday” experience and designed to promote the many social and economic benefits of spending your dollars with independently-owned businesses.Wear plaid to show your support for small businesses & receive special deals! Check specific stores for their hours.

HOLIDAY ART MARKET AT APT
Thursdays & Saturdays November 25th-January 6th, 2017

APT
The Holiday Art Market will feature multiple APT studio artists as well as temporary studio spaces filled with other area artists. In addition, there will be live music, wine tastings and snacks many Thursdays as well as excellent coffee and breakfast treats for sale on Saturdays throughout the run of the Market. Each week will bring in different, additional outside artists, different opportunities to make art and different performers. Thursdays 4:30pm-8pm & Saturdays from 10am-2pm. There will not be a market on December 23rd, 28th or 30th.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
December 2nd, 2017

Vintage Point Fargo
Join us at our Vintage Point home for our Holiday Open House. Because there is no place like home for the holidays.

A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS
December 2nd-3rd, 2017

Red River Valley Fairgrounds
Eco Chic Boutique brings you A Vintage Christmas Event featuring 50+ hand selected curated vendors from the tri-state area featuring the best in handmade, vintage, re-purposed and artisan crafts, gifts, furniture, uniques and more. This event is indoors, you will be toasty warm, so don’t worry about the weather. 9am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm on Sunday.

CHRISTMAS MAKERS MARKET
December 7th, 2017 

Abovo Events
Tis’ the season at the Pop-up Shop in Downtown Fargo. Join Grain Designs, Thunder Coffee, and Milk Made as we hone in our crafts and show you how to prepare for a perfect holiday season. The Class will include three, thirty minute sessions with each participating company. Each person will go home with a holiday centerpiece, a cheese platter coupon, and a gift card to Thunder Coffee. Come join us and get ready for the Christmas season! 6pm-8pm.

Fun Runs

JINGLE BELL RUN
December 2nd, 2017

Courts Plus Community Fitness
Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Show off your ugly Christmas sweater. Complete a 5-kilometer or 1 Mile run or walk with your team members. Running and walking space is also available inside. Spread smiles, good cheer and a winning spirit … and be a Champion of Yes! 8am-11am.

 

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