6 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Grenora High School, Grenora. 800-633-6721.
6-7 • Dickens Village Festival, Garrison. 701-463-2345.
6-7 • Snowmobile North Dakota State Convention, registration starts at 4 p.m., Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Bottineau. 701-263-4076.
6-8 • Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase, 4-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck. 701-328-2231.
7 • Chateau de Mores Open House in conjunction with Cowboy Christmas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, Medora. 701-623-4355.
7 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 1:30 and 6 p.m., Old Town Hall, Medora. 800-633-6721.
7 • Parade of Lights, Walk-a-Bout New Town and Craft Fair, New Town. 701-627-4812.
7 • Hayride and Santa, 1-4 p.m., Buckstop Junction, Bismarck. 701-425-2080.
7 • Holy Cross Catholic Church “Holiday Collections” Craft/Vendor Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 2711 Seventh St. E., West Fargo. 701-282-7217.
7 • Fun Keys Dueling Pianos, Hazen. 701-748-6848.
7 • Christmas Festival, 10 a.m., Bottineau. 701-228-3849.
7 • Christmas at the Zoo, 1-4 p.m., Roosevelt Park Zoo, Minot. 701-857-8206.
7 • Minot Minotauros Hockey vs. Bismarck Bobcats, 8:05 p.m., Maysa Arena, Minot. 701-857-8206.
Dec. 7-March 28 • “Farm Beginnings,” for new and beginning farmers, eight Saturday sessions, hosted by FARRMS, Tuttle Rural Innovation Center, Tuttle 701-361-6731.
8 • Chateau de Mores gingerbread contest awards and Taste of Ethnic Christmas buffet, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, Medora. 701-623-4355.
8 • Holiday Open House, 1-4 p.m., Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site, 320 E. Ave. B, Bismarck. 701-328-9528.
8 • Holiday Open House, 1-4 p.m., Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site, Jamestown. 701-328-9528.
8 • Sensational Sunday: A Wild Herd, A Vanishing American Treasure, 2 p.m., North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck. 701-328-2792.
9 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Reiland Fine Arts Center, University of Jamestown, Jamestown. 800-633-6721.
9 • Missouri Basin Toastmasters Club, noon, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck. 701-557-5762.
9-15 • Old-fashioned Christmas, Drayton. 701-454-3474.
10 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Nelson Hall, Minot State University, Minot. 800-633-6721.
10 • Minot Christian Women’s Club Luncheon, 12:15 p.m., Grand Hotel, Minot. 701-624-5531.
10, 17 • Minot Toastmasters Club, 6 p.m., Grand Hotel, Minot. 701-624-5531.
11 • Hearing Loss Resource Group, 10:30 a.m., lower level conference room, Essentia Health Wahpeton Clinic, Wahpeton. 701-239-7380.
11 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Lake Region State College, Devils Lake. 800-633-6721.
12 • Fargo/Moorhead Hearing Loss Resource Group, noon, Moorhead Public Library, Moorhead, Minn. 701-239-7380.
12 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Grafton High School, Grafton. 800-633-6721.
13-14 • Former Governors’ Mansion State Historic Site open 1-5 p.m., 320 E. Ave. B, Bismarck. 701-328-9528.
13-14 • Dickens Village Festival, Garrison. 701-463-2345.
13-15 • Catfish Capital Open Bonspiel, Drayton. 701-360-1693.
13-15 • “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Belle Mehus, Bismarck. 701-530-0986.
13-15 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Fargo North High School, Fargo. 800-633-6721.
14 • Wreaths Across America at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 11 a.m., Mandan.
14 • Bold St. Nick’s Fatbike Race, starting at noon, Medora. 701-570-0260.
14 • Taube Museum of Art Hosts Family Paint Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Taube Musuem of Art, Minot. 701-857-8206.
14 • Countdown to Christmas Bazaar, North Dakota State Fair Center, Minot. 701-857-8206.
14 • Minot Symphony Orchestra Concert, “Holiday Magic,” 7:30 p.m., Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Minot State University, Minot. 701-857-8206.
14 • State Archives Open, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck. 701-328-2668.
15 • Holiday Open House, 1-4 p.m., Stutsman County Courthouse State Historic Site, Jamestown. 701-328-9528.
15 • Christmas at the Confluence, Fort Buford State Historic Site, Williston. 701-572-9034.
15 • Classical Christmas Concert, 3 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, Mandan. 701-663-8545.
16 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. 800-633-6721.
17 • Bismarck/Mandan Hearing Loss Resource Group, 10:30 a.m., Bismarck Senior Center, 315 N. 20th St., Bismarck. 701-239-7380.
17 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Vangstad Auditorium, Valley City State University, Valley City. 800-633-6721.
18 • Hearing Loss Resource Group, 10:30 a.m., Health Education Center at CHI Mercy Health, Valley City. 701-239-7380.
18 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Stern Center, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. 800-633-6721.
19 • Confluence History Book Club, 7 p.m., Fort Buford State Historic Site, Williston. 701-572-9034.
20-21 • Confluence Sewing and Quilting, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Fort Buford State Historic Site, Williston. 701-572-9034.
20-22 • Fargo-Moorhead Ballet presents “The Classic Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, North Dakota State University Festival Hall, Fargo. 701-234-9440.
21 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Page High School, Page. 800-633-6721.
22 • A Magical Medora Christmas, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Belle Mehus, Bismarck. 800-633-6721.
26 • Hearing Loss Resource Group, 10:30 a.m., Minot Senior Center, 21 First Ave. S.E., Minot. 701-239-7380.
26 • Free showings of film, “Dakota 38,” 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck. 701-328-2792.
Jan. 11 • Regional Robotics Tournament, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Swain Hall, Minot State University, Minot. 701-857-8206.
17-19 • Fight the Frost Indoor Inflatable Carnival, 3-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, North Dakota State Fair Center, Minot. 701-857-8206.
7, 14, 21, 28 • Minot Toastmasters Club, 6 p.m., Grand Hotel, Minot. 701-624-5531.
|Volunteers are welcome to lay wreaths Dec. 14 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.|
Honor veterans with wreaths
At 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Wreaths Across America will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, located south of Mandan, to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the 7,050 graves of our country’s fallen heroes.
Following a 15-minute program, family members first lay wreaths on designated graves. Then, volunteers are welcome to participate by laying wreaths across the cemetery.
The Wreaths Across America event is a nationwide celebration that honors veterans with wreaths in December. In North Dakota, the local Bismarck Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol works to cover the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with wreath sponsorship.
If you wish to volunteer and help place wreaths, you are welcome to participate. There is no need to register to help. Just dress warm!
Each December, during Wreaths Across America Day, the national mission is to remember, honor and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, and at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.
www.bismarckcap.com | www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
Race the frozen Badlands
Be brave, and brave the cold, during the Bold St. Nick’s Fatbike Race Saturday, Dec. 14, in the North Dakota Badlands. During the unique race, bikers experience the Maah Daah Hey Trail like few have - frozen! The holiday-themed event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. MT.
Racers on the “nice list” ride the fun and challenging loop course for one hour. Those on the “naughty list” will be “punished” for four hours. Riders who want to work together as a group can enter the reindeer team option, during which teams will send one rider on the course at a time. Riders will attempt to ride as many laps around the five-mile course as possible before time expires.
The start, finish, dinner and awards will all be held at the Badlands Pizza Saloon in Medora. Spectators can be bold and brave the cold next to the patio fire pits as they cheer for racers making their laps.
The event also features a traditional holiday style dinner, award ceremony and wintertime activities for the whole family, including Christmas crafts and games, carriage rides, and a free family movie night.
Every lap completed by every racer will get tallied into a grand total. Sponsors donate money toward each lap, with all proceeds used to purchase new equipment for Home On The Range’s new Adventure Therapy Program.
Discover magical music
The “Magical Medora Christmas” is touring North Dakota this month, featuring past and present stars of the Medora Musical.
This traveling holiday show from Medora features some of the season’s best music and a wonderful story for the entire family to enjoy, with 30 shows in 23 communities across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana.
“People should see the ‘Magical Medora Christmas’ show to get into a very cheerful and generous mood for the Christmas season!” said Susan Axvig, tour coordinator.
All the fun will be led by producer and star of the show, Bill Sorensen, who will bring magic and laughs to the tour. “Queen of the West” Emily Walter has been with the tour since it started in 2015. North Dakota native Job Christenson will be back on tour as a former Burning Hills singer and host of the Medora Musical. Chad Willow returns, tickling the keys, strumming the banjo and adding vocals. New to this year’s tour is Kim Willow, a former Burning Hills singer, and Travis Smith, who played piano and banjo in this year’s Medora Musical.
“What makes it ‘magical’ is Bill’s touch. He has a special chemistry with the performers, and their dedication and obvious passion for Medora shines through the show. It’s corny, thrilling, heartwarming and a poignant reminder of what the season is really about,” Axvig said.
See the North Dakota Living calendar for event dates and locations.
www.medora.com | 800-633-6721
|McLean Electric Cooperative has received second place for the Parade of Lights contest in 2014 and 2018, and third place in 2016 and 2017.|
Step back in time
Garrison’s 26th annual Dickens Village Festival turns a community of 1,500 into a quaint Victorian town from the era of Charles Dickens. The festival continues Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14.
McLean Electric Cooperative (MEC) has been a sponsor of the Dickens Festival for 25 years, from sponsoring a live reindeer display, to serving cookies.
“The festival relies heavily on the support of businesses in the community to continue this successful event to help with the cost of entertainment, Queen Elizabus rides, and other events that directly benefit our town by bringing people into our community,” shared Sonja Moe, member services communicator at MEC.
This year, MEC is sponsoring the free live entertainment from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday of the festival at the Piccadilly Square.
“Our employees also have been awesome volunteers in many areas of the festival over the years. Every year, MEC employees make a float for the Parade of Lights,” she said. The parade is at 6 p.m. each night of the festival.