What to do during the holiday season in Fargo-Moorhead

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So much is happening for the holidays in Fargo, so we put this list together for you.

Holiday Boutique at Gallery 4

Thursday- Saturday, November 7-9

Local art from more than 35 artists will be all in one place – Gallery 4. Peruse large pieces of art, jewelry, pottery, and more while you enjoy hot cider and cookies.

Where: Gallery 4 | 115 Roberts St N
Cost: Free and open to the public

Taste of the Holidays

Wednesday, November 13 | 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

An event that’s full of food, drinks, and shopping? Count me in! Spend the evening learning how to make new holiday recipes and enjoying tastings of spirits, wines, and beers

Where: Holiday Inn Fargo | 3803 13th Ave S, Fargo
Cost: $20 for GA tickets, $50 for VIP

Broadway Carriage Rides

Thursdays, November 14, 21, & 28 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bundle up and hop on a carriage ride down historic Broadway Drive in Downtown Fargo. There will only be 3 rides per evening, so get your tickets early!

Where: Downtown Fargo | (701) 478-3822
Cost: $10


Thursday-Sunday, November 21 – 24

Folkways invites you to celebrate the holiday season at Christkindlmarkt. Four full days with a German-style gift market, food tent, and Beer Hall by Drekker Brewing Company

With food, live musical performances, art demonstrations, mulled wine, holiday treats, and activities for the kids, it’s a great way to get some shopping done or simply spend time out enjoying the wintry weather. 

Check out the full schedule for more information. 

Where: Drekker Brewing Company | 1666 1st Ave N, Fargo 
Cost: Free

Fargo Holiday Showcase

Friday-Sunday, November 22-24

Shop from over 120 Pride of Dakota members at the Fargo Holiday Showcase. This is a great shopping event to get your holiday shopping done.

Where: Scheels Arena | 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo
Cost: Free thanks to the Bank of Dakota College SAVE Plan

Great Russian Nutcracker

Saturday, November 23 | 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

The Moscow Ballet graces the stage of the Fargo Theatre each year to bring to life the Great Russian Nutcracker.

Where: The Fargo Theatre | 314 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 239-8385
Cost: Check website for tickets

Holiday Art Markets at Aptitude

Sunday, November 24 – December 22 (Thursday, Saturday, and Sundays)

A new way to shop for art this holiday season, the Holiday Art Markets will kick off on November 24 during “It’s a Wonderful Night” and continue on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays until the weekend before Christmas.

Where: Aptitude in West Acres Mall | 3902 13th Ave S, Fargo

Christmas Tree Lighting

Tuesday, November 26 | 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate as the Fargo Park District lights the Christmas tree at the Depot. This is a perfect way to kick-off an evening of holiday celebration before the Holiday Lights Parade. 

Where: Fargo Park District | 701 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 499-6060
Cost: Free

Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade

Tuesday, November 26 | 6:30 p.m.

The annual kick-off to the holidays is the Holiday Lights Parade. The Holiday Lights Parade attracts thousands of spectators and includes hundreds of participants that decorate their entries with lights. 

Where: Downtown Fargo District | (701) 241-1570

Also happening during the parade: 

Holiday Winterfest

Tuesday, November 26 | 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with live reindeer, barrel train rides, treats and more! 

Where: 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 241-1570

Plaid Friday

Friday, November 29

Wear plaid and receive discounts at participating businesses throughout Downtown Fargo. Support these companies by choosing to shop local the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Downtown Fargo

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Fargo Theatre

Friday, November 29 | 1:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

A fresh take on this timeless classic brings all of your favorite Peanuts characters to life. All ages welcome.

Where: Fargo Theatre | 314 Broadway N
Cost: $29.50 – 89.50 + fees

The Last Schwartz

Thursday – Saturday, November 29 – December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees – December 8 & 15 at 2:00 p.m.

A Holiday comedy about family dinners that everyone can relate to. Theatre B presents The Last Schwartz on weekends throughout the Holiday Season.

Where: Theatre B | 215 10th St N, Moorhead
Cost: $25 for adults & seniors, $20 for senior matinee & military/veteran tickets, $12 for students, and $7 for students on Thursdays

Holiday Nights at the Zoo

Thursday-Saturday, November 29 – December 28

Stroll through the Zoo while it’s decorated to be a charming Christmas village. Enjoy some marshmallows by the campfire while you’re hanging with the animals.

Where: Red River Zoo | 4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo
Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for children (2-14), children 2 and under are free

Holiday Lights at Lindenwood Park

November 29 – December 31 | 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Drive through the park to see 65+ holiday lights displays for just $6/car! The park will be open daily to the public from 5:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Where: Lindenwood Park
Cost: $7 per car ($6 with a canned good) | $11 per bus/limo

Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes

Saturday, November 30 | 7:00 p.m.

Full theatrical cirque event for the entire family. Enjoy holiday hits performed by a full symphony orchestra along with acrobats, aerialists, and more!

Where: Scheels Arena | 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo | (701) 364-3672
Cost: $35-85

Santa Village

November 30 – December 23

Fargo’s version of the North Pole! 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.

Where: Rheault Farm | 2902 25th St S | (701) 499-6060
Cost: Free, donations encouraged. Horse-drawn carriage rides are $2.50 per person.

Victorian Christmas Tours

Thursdays, December 5 & 19 | 5:30 p.m.

Explore the Victorian origins of many of today’s Christmas traditions with a tour of the Comstock House.

Where: Comstock House | 506 8th St S, Moorhead
Cost: $5-10

The Winter Market by Eco Chic

Early bird – Friday, December 6
General admission show – Saturday, December 7

This seasonal vendor show has expanded past their former name – Junk Market – into a vintage show with the region’s best showing of vintage, modern, and handmade offering.

Where: Red River Valley Fairgrounds | 1805 Main Ave W | (701) 356-6600
Cost: Early bird shopping on Friday night is $20, general admission for Saturday is just $5

Concordia Christmas Concerts

Friday- Saturday, December 6 & 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, December 7 & 8 | 2:00 p.m.

350 singers from four ensembles and a symphony orchestra will sing the most beautiful Christmas music you’ll hear all season.

Where: Concordia College | Memorial Auditorium | 901 8th St S, Moorhead

A Christmas Carol

December 6-15

The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre puts on the story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim at the Stage at Island Park.

Where: The Stage at Island Park | 333 4th St S, Fargo | (701) 235-6778

Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Saturday, December 7 | 8:30 a.m.

This festive 5k run takes place at Courts Plus, and anyone can join in on the fun!

Where: Courts Plus Community Fitness | 3491 University Dr S, Fargo | (701) 237-4805

Jaws, Paws, and Lunch with Santa Clause

Saturdays December 7 & December 14 | 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. while the carousel will have free rides all day. Head to the Wolf Cabin for the Critter Close Up exhibit and then top off the day with photos with Santa.

Where: Red River Zoo | 4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children (2-14), children 2 and under are free

Christmas on the Prairie

Saturday, December 7 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The pioneer village will be transformed into a simpler time where carolers sing the sounds of the season and cookies are baked in a wood-burning stove.

Where: Bonanzaville USA | 1351 Main Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 282-2822
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors/military/college student, $6 children (6-16), children 5 and under are free

Traditional Norsk Christmas

Saturday, December 7 | 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Get a taste of a real Norwegian Christmas celebration at the Sons of Norway. Try foods that taste like they came straight from the homeland including Kransekake, Lefse, and more! 

This event is 21+ 

Where: Fargo Sons of Norway | 722 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-9222
Cost: $30 ($10 after 9:00 p.m.)

12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl

Saturday, December 7 | 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Grab your favorite holiday outfit and head to Downtown Fargo for one of Fargo’s classic bar crawls.

Purchase tickets online to receive a discount, and then receive a beer cup (1st beer included), Santa hat, and drink specials at all participating bars.

Where: Downtown Fargo
Cost: $10 – $20

The Boys of December ’63 Christmas Show

Sunday, December 8 | 8:00 p.m.

This Frankie Valli tribute band gets festive with a show to get you in the spirit of the season. All ages welcome.

Where: Fargo Theatre | 314 Broadway N
Cost: $35 + fees

Lorie Line

Monday, December 9 | 7:00 p.m.

The annual Christmas show with fashion, beautiful music with a holiday tone. She will have her Pop Chamber Orchestra along with a featured vocalist to just add to this amazing show. All ages welcome.

Where: Fargo Theatre | 314 Broadway N
Cost: $60 + fees

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Wednesday, December 11 | 7:00 p.m.

A circus-like holiday stage spectacular at the FARGODOME features ornaments, costumes, and acrobatics that come alive celebrating holiday themes.

Where: FARGODOME | 1800 N University Dr, Fargo
Cost: $47.50-65

Downtown Santa Breakfast

Saturday, December 14 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy breakfast with Santa in Downtown Fargo. Kids can visit with Santa about what’s on their wish list, as well as grab some waffles and cocoa.

Horse-drawn wagon rides to the Fargo Theatre are from 10:15-11:15 and then enjoy some kids-based activities to round out the afternoon.

Where: Downtown Fargo

Santa Fly-In

Saturday, December 14 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Watch Santa come in on the Sanford helicopter for a stop at the Fargo Air Museum. Bring the kiddos so they can chat with the Man himself about their lists before he heads out again at 1 p.m.

Where: Fargo Air Museum | 1609 19th Ave N, Fargo
Cost: $10 adults, $7 children (5-18), children 4 and under are free

Christmas with the Comstocks

Saturday, December 14 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate the seasons as the Comstocks did. Play Victorian parlor games, listen to live music, and enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats.

Where: Comstock House| 506 8th St S, Moorhead
Cost: $5-7

Very Merry Holiday Craft Market

Sunday, December 15 | 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Drekker Brewing has teamed up with Unglued to bring the Christmas shopping experience and beer together!

Some of the coolest vendors from the area will bring their gifts to the taproom so you can stroll through the aisles with your favorite frosty beverage.

Where: Drekker Brewing Company | 1666 1st Ave N, Fargo

Elf at Drekker Brewing Company

Wednesday, December 18 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Drekker Brewing will be showing a fan-favorite Christmas movie – Elf. Enjoy a beer and watch this classic film.

Where: Drekker Brewing Company | 1666 1st Ave N, Fargo

A Charlie Brown Christmas by the FMCT

Thursday-Sunday, December 19-22

Another local show, the FMCT will be showing the story of Charlie Brown and the gang.

Where: The Stage at Island Park | 333 4th St S, Fargo | (701) 235-6778

Downtown Santa Dash 5k

Friday, December 20 | 6:30 p.m.

Head Downtown for the first evet Santa Dash 5k the Friday before Christmas to kick off the weekend. All ages can come out to run and festive outfits are definitely encouraged.

Where: Fargo Civic Center | 207 4th St N, Fargo | (701) 241-1480
Cost: $12-35

FM Ballet’s Classic Nutcracker

Friday-Saturday, December 20 & 21 | 7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, December 21 & 22 | 2:00 p.m.

Fargo’s local ballet company’s winter performance is The Classic Nutcracker. With the live professional Orchestra, it is bound to be a magical evening.

Where: NDSU Festival Concert Hall |
Cost: $18-48 adults, $16-42 seniors, $12 child/student

Happy holidays from all of us to you!