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HoHoHoliday happenings to get you celebrating the season

NDSU's Madrigal Singers perform Dec. 7 - 9. Special to The Forum1 / 4
Four-year-old Kylie Stadsvold of Moorhead goes over her wish list with Santa during a visit to Rheault Farm in south Fargo in 2012. Forum file photo2 / 4
The annual Holiday Lights in Lindenwood park in Fargo kicks off Friday and runs through Dec. 31. Forum file photo3 / 4
North Dakota State University clarinetist Cynthia Goosby performs with a woodwind quartet as part of the 2014 noon holiday concert series at the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo. Forum file photo4 / 4

An early Thanksgiving means more of the holiday season to celebrate. Here are some of the events that will bring you a little holiday cheer.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Holiday Art Market, 4:30 - 8 p.m., select Thursdays and 10 a.m. select Saturdays through Jan. 6, Free, APT, A Creative Incubator, 225 4th Ave. N., Fargo, The Arts Partnership hosts bazaar with rotating vendors, foods and musicians, free.

Christkindlmarkt, 5 - 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Dec. 2, Stone Building, 613 1st Ave. N., Fargo, outdoor winter wonderland, gift market and beer hall, with different featured musicians each day.

Holiday Art Sale, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, local artists, including works by Plains Art studio members, instructors, and local professionals.

A Vintage Christmas, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, Hartl Ag Building at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, 1805 West Main Ave., West Fargo, Eco Chic Boutique event features 50-plus curated vendors from the tri-state area featuring the best in handmade, vintage, repurposed and artisan crafts, gifts, furniture, uniques and more, $5 for adults.

The annual Holiday Lights in Lindenwood park in Fargo kicks off Friday and runs through Dec. 31. Forum file photo

COMMUNITY

Holiday Lights, 5:30 - 10 p.m., Friday - Dec. 31, Lindenwood Park, 1955 Roger Maris Dr., Fargo, more than 60 illuminated displays through park drive, $6 per car or van, $5 with canned goods for the local Food Pantries, and $10 for buses or limousines.

CULTURAL

Traditional Norsk Christmas, 6 p.m., Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave., N., Fargo, Friday, tastes of fine Norwegian Christmas foods, $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

DANCE

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo, Nov 29, puppets, nesting dolls and dancing, $30 - $175.

FM Ballet's The Classic Nutcracker, 7 p.m., Dec. 15 and 16, 2 p.m., Dec. 16 and 17, Festival Concert Hall, NDSU, classic tale with live orchestration. $10 - $40.

Bonnie Haney Production: The Nutcracker and Holiday Show, 7 p.m., Dec. 15, 1 p.m., Dec. 16, Shanley High School, 5600 25th St S., Fargo, highlights from classic ballet with other holiday music to different dance styles, $15 - $31.

FAMILY

Santa's Whimsical Wonderland, daily through Dec. 24, West Acres, 3902 13th Ave S, Fargo, meet the big man and have your picture taken.

Holiday Nights, open from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through December 23 The Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave., S, Fargo, winter festivities. redriverzoo.org.

Holiday Open House, 10 a.m., Saturday, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E., Holiday fiction (adult, teen and children's) cookbooks, traditions, crafts, entertaining, music and DVDs on display, refreshments and visit from Santa Claus from 2-3:30 p.m., free and open to all.

Christmas on the Prairie, 10 a.m., Saturday, Bonanzaville, 1351 West Main Ave., West Fargo, an historic Victorian celebration at includes carolers, cookies, crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa Claus and more, $3 and $6.

Jaws Paws & Lunch with Santa Claus, 10:30 a.m., Saturday and Dec. 9, Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave., S, Fargo, lunch, crafts, photo with Santa and more. redriverzoo.org.

Four-year-old Kylie Stadsvold of Moorhead visits with Santa at Rheault Farm in south Fargo in 2012. Forum file photo

Santa Village, Rheault Farm, 2902 25 St S., Fargo, see live reindeer, decorate cookies, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, admission to Santa Village is free, but guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys for local charities, go to ww.fargoparks.com for hours.

Family Holiday Concert, 10 a.m., Dec. 9, Main Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St., N., Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists sing favorite holiday songs, children can join in the music-making with various rhythm instruments, including sleigh bells.

Skate with Santa, 2:15 - 4:15 p.m., Dec. 10, Moorhead Sports Center 324 24th St., S., Mr. and Mrs. Claus skate with children and families.

Skate with Santa, 7 - 8 p.m., Dec. 10, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., West Fargo, Santa hits the ice to Christmas music, free refreshments and crafts available, skate rental not available.

Santa Fly-In, 10 a.m - 1 p.m., December 16, Santa touches down in the Sanford helicopter to talk with children about their lists, elves will help children in and out of special airplanes, free to Fargo Air Museum Members, photos available for purchase.

Gingerbread Houses, 4 p.m., Dec. 19, Dr. James Carlson Library, 2801 32nd Ave., S., Fargo, and 4 p.m., Dec. 21, Fargo Public Library, Northport Library, 2714 N. Broadway, Fargo, teens ages 11-18 decorate and eat their own gingerbread house, all materials will be provided, pre-registration required at www.fargolibrary.org.

Sleigh Rides in the Park, 1 - 4 p.m., Dec. 27 - 29, Viking Ship Park, near the Hjemkomst Center, Moorhead, scenic ride through snowy park, $4 per person, kids 2 and younger free, no reservations or advance sales.

Moana's New Year's Luau, 11 a.m., Dec. 30, Main Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St., N., make way for the New Year celebration the island way with island snacks, and "Moana"-themed crafts. Children of all ages are invited and no pre-registration is required to attend. All materials will be provided.

FILMS

"It's a Wonderful Life," 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Jimmy Stewart and Frank Capra's Christmas classic screened as part of the Classic Film Series, $5.

MUSIC

Clarinetist Cynthia Goosby performs as part of the 2014 noon holiday concert series at the Plains Art Museum in 2014.

Noon Holiday Concert, Mondays through Thursdays, through Dec. 14, Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave., N., Fargo, free concert, lunch available for purchase from Chef's Table, museum store open with gift-wrapping available, go to plainsart.org, for daily concert listing.

91st Annual Concordia Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College, "From Heaven Above ~ To Earth He Comes," features student musicians and dramatically lit sets, $19.

Handel's Messiah, Friday, 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, featuring more than 200 NDSU choral students and the Baroque Festival Orchestra under the direction of Jo Ann Miller perform the monumental piece, including the iconic Hallelujah Chorus, $10 - $20.

Unsilent Night, begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at Hansen Theatre, MSUM, followed by a 9 p.m. performance of "Unsilent Night" on the central campus quad complete with post-concert refreshments, participate by downloading the "Unsilent Night" app on the Apple or Android app stores.

Holiday Brass, 2 p.m., Sunday, First Presbyterian Church of Fargo, 650 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, horns, trombones and tuba virtuosi, along with the principal percussionists, of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony bring classical masterpieces and contemporary holiday favorites to life, $8 - $14.

A Christmas Carol Ring and Sing-Along, 7 p.m., Monday, First Presbyterian Church Fargo, 650 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, event features BELLissimo Handbells, Noteables Women's Chorus, Organists, Brass and Wind Instrumentalists, free will donations go to the Food Pantry & Music Scholarships.

NDSU's Madrigal Singers perform Dec. 7 - 9. Special to The Forum

NDSU Madrigal Dinners, 6 p.m., Dec. 7 - 9, reserve by Dec. 1, Reineke Fine Arts Center, NDSU, evening of Renaissance dining and entertainment and traditional menu with vegetarian options also available, $40

Christmas with The Master Chorale, 7 p.m., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8 and 9, and 2 p.m., Dec. 10, Concordia College 901 8th St. S., Moorhead, rich choral music with dinner roductions Dec, 8 and 9, from $8 - $42.

"Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas," 8 p.m., Dec. 7, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, jukebox musical featuring signature tunes and holiday classics from icon impersonators, $35 in advance, $38 day-of-show

Lorie Line & Her Pop Chamber Orchestra present King of Kings, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, much-loved pianist brings annual Christmas show, $56.50 Percussion Ensemble Concert, Memorial Auditorium at Concordia College, 3 p.m., Dec. 10, music for the season including: "Wizards in Winter," "March of the Toys," "I Saw Three Ships," "Away in a Manger" and "Sleigh Ride," free.

Fargo Moorhead Gay Men's Chorus Presents: A Shining Night, 7 p.m., Dec. 10, Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo, fourth annual concert includes sacred and secular holiday songs, $15.

The Blenders' Holiday Soul Tour, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 - 17 and 2 p.m., Dec. 16 and 17, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, Fargo-founded vocal group returns with their new Christmas album, "Holy Night," $42.50.

Holiday Organ Concerts, noon, Dec. 13 - 15 and 18 - 22, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, free admission, but guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Emergency Food Pantry.

A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13, Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo, country star sings holiday favorites, $25 - $59.

Home for the Holiday: A Kat Perkins Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 19, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, former "The Voice" contestant returns with holiday show, $17.50 and $27.50.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome's Have Yourself a Funky Little XMAS, 8 p.m., Dec. 22 and 23, Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N., Fargo-based band plays soul, funk, pop and rock with guest singer, Andrina Brogden, $20.

THEATER

"A Christmas Carol, A Modern Musical," 7 p.m., Dec. 8 and 15; 2 p.m., Dec. 9 and 16, First Assembly, 3401 25th St. S., Fargo, modern musical-adaptation of Dickens classic set in 2016 in Saint Paul, Minn.

For the most complete list of daily events, visit www.redrivervalleycalendar.com.

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