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Published November 28, 2010, 12:00 AM

Holiday happenings

From Christmas concerts to Santa’s visits, here’s what families can do together this holiday season
Looking for something to do this holiday season that doesn’t involve shopping or shoveling snow? Check out this list of holiday-themed events to find out where you can see productions of “The Nutcracker,” when you can skate with Santa and where to go for a cookie exchange.

By: John Lamb, INFORUM

Looking for something to do this holiday season that doesn’t involve shopping or shoveling snow? Check out this list of holiday-themed events to find out where you can see productions of “The Nutcracker,” when you can skate with Santa and where to go for a cookie exchange.


Christmas Letters and Labels, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Probstfield, 2410 14th St. S., Moorhead. Learn to use the mail merge feature of Microsoft Word and Excel to create your Christmas letter. You’ll also learn how to insert graphics and photos into the letter; $19-$23, https://communityed.moorhead.k12.mn.us. (218) 284-3400.

Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Waterford at Harwood Groves, 3418 Harwood Drive, Fargo. Vendors include Perfectly Nuts, Wired Up and Maple River Winery; gift selections include jewelry, Christmas crafts, paintings, homemade food items, mittens and more; apple cider and holiday treats will be served. (701) 476-1200.

Holiday Goodies: Make and Take, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Dec.8, Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S. Take home different types of holiday goodies. Bring containers. Fee includes food; $29-$33, https://communityed.moorhead.k12.mn.us. (218) 284-3400.

Christmas Bake Shoppe, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham, Minn. Three dozen cookies, $9; proceeds benefit community outreach projects; also The Pantry (jams, jellies, pickles), the Bread Store (Christmas breads and lefse), Candy Store (fudge, caramels and peanut brittle), the Card Shoppe (napkins and cards), Craft Shoppe (homemade stocking stuffers), Quilt Shoppe (Calvary Cut Ups’ quilt creations of all sizes,) Youth Shoppe (fresh pine wreaths) and a kids’ activity/craft center for ages 3-8. (218) 346-4780.

Christmas Cookie Walk, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1420 7th Street N., Fargo. Cookies, candy, fudge sold for $7 per pound.

Comstock House Holiday Treats and Tours, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday and Dec. 5, Comstock House, 506 8th St. S., Moorhead. Take a tour of the house and enjoy holiday treats. $2-$4; free for children age 5 and younger. (218) 291-4211.

Fargo-Moorhead Jingle Bell Run/Walk, registration 8 a.m., run at 9 a.m., Saturday. Courts Plus Fitness Center, 3491 S. University Drive, Fargo. Fundraiser for people living with arthritis in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota; $30 registration. Register online or at event. www.2010fargojinglebellrun.kintera.org. (800) 333-1380.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5. Community Center, Sabin, Minn.; a variety of unique vendors, door prizes, lunch available.

Service of Love and Remembrance, 6 p.m. Saturday, Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th St. S., Fargo. Appetizers from 5 to 6 p.m.; coffee and treats following the service for those remembering deceased loved ones. (701) 237-6441

Angel of Hope Memorial Service, 7 p.m. Monday. North entrance of Island Park. Annual candlelight memorial service for all parents and families who have lost a child, at the Angel of Hope statue. Attendees may bring a white flower to place in memory of loved ones.

Crafty Christmas Containers, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. Create one-of-a-kind containers for your holiday gifts. Class is free and open to teens and adults. Limited space, so please register. Free. (701) 433-5460.

Norwegian Krumkake and Rommegrot Demonstration, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Moorhead Library, 118 5th St. S. Learn how to make Norwegian treats; bring an electric krumkake iron if you have one. Free. (218) 233-7594.

Christmas Bake Sale, 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Edgewood United Methodist Church, 3000 Elm St., Fargo. (701) 235-2163.

Cookie Exchange, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. Bring three dozen cookies or bars and exchange them for three dozen others. Open to all. (701) 433-5460.

West Fargo Holiday Light Ride, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. Tour bus leaves North Elmwood Park, 500 13th Ave. W. Hot chocolate and cookies served in the park office starting at 5:30 p.m. $7, reservations required. (701) 433-5360.

Young at Heart: Ornaments, 10:15 a.m. Dec. 14, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. Make painted suncatcher ornaments. Young at Heart programs are geared to seniors 55 and older. (701) 433-5460.

Sleigh Rides, 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27-30, Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave N., Moorhead. Scenic ride along the Red River through Viking Ship Park in a horse-drawn sleigh. After the ride, warm up with hot chocolate and cookies inside. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. $4 per ride with children ages 2 and younger free. (218) 299-5340.

Young at Heart: Movie, 10:15 a.m. Dec. 28, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. “Fallen Angel”; geared to seniors 55 and older. (701) 433-5460.

Cultural events

Traditional Norsk Christmas Event, 7 p.m. Friday, Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. N., Fargo. Dinner and music. ID-only. $15. (701) 232-9222.

St. Lucia Celebration, 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Peace Lutheran Church, 1011 12th Ave. N., Fargo. Traditional Swedish holiday celebration includes potluck from members of the Swedish Cultural Heritage Club. (701) 232-8365.


Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” 3 p.m. today, Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University. Spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and larger-than-life puppets set against a stunning backdrop of unicorns, exotic birds and animals. Visit http://tickets.fmsymphony.org for tickets.

“ ’Tis The Season,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, First Presbyterian Church, 650 2nd Ave. N., Fargo. The University Orchestra (MSUM and NDSU) performs selections from the Nutcracker Ballet and Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio. Featuring the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet. $7 adults; $5 seniors and students. (218) 477-2102.

“Nutcracker and Holiday Show,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the door; tickets are half-price for youth accompanied by an adult. (218) 236-9900.

Red River Dance and Performing Co. Holiday Recital, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Shanley High School Auditorium, 5600 25th St. S., Fargo. Children 4 and younger free, children 4-12 years old $3, adults $5.

Family outings

Santa Village, Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo. Make holiday crafts, meet Santa’s reindeer, and much more. Admission is free; however, guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys, which are used to support area charities and nonprofit organizations. (701) 241-8160.

Storytime! 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout December. Seasonal stories, songs and make-and-take crafts for preschoolers. (701) 433-5460.

Movies at West Fargo Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 and 17, and Dec. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. (701) 433-5460.

Christmas Card Crafts for Kids, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N. All materials provided, registration not required. (701) 241-1495.

MSUM Photo Guild Holiday Photo Shoot, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, third floor of King Hall, Room 308. $15. Reservations required by e-mailing msumphotoguild@hotmail.com. Seasonal props available; pets welcome.

Santa Visits the West Fargo Public Library, 2 p.m. Saturday. Visit with Santa and make a holiday ornament. (701) 433-5460.

Storybook Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, West Fargo High School, 801 9th St. E. Join the West Fargo High School Theater Department for breakfast, games, crafts and more with your child’s favorite storybook characters, including special appearances and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. $5 per person; $3 professional photos with Santa.

Trim the Tree at the Fargo Public Library, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, James Carlson Library, 2801 32nd Ave. S.; Dec. 7 at Northport Branch, 2714 N. Broadway; Dec. 8 at Main Library, 102 3rd St. N. Kids and their parents are invited to make decorations and ornaments at the library’s annual open house. Materials provided; registration not required. (701) 241-1495.

Missing Mitten Mystery, 3 p.m. Dec. 10, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. Listen to a story and search the library for mittens and prizes. Suggested admission one pair of mittens to be donated to West Fargo schoolchildren. (701) 433-5460.

Breakfast with Santa, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11, Plymouth Congregational United Church Of Christ, 901 Broadway, Fargo. Free. (701) 235-9226.

Snowflake Spectacular, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Moorhead Library, 118 5th St. S. Celebrate winter and its sparkles by learning the tricks to making spectacular paper snowflakes. Wintry treats will be served. (218) 233-7594.

Pick a Craft, 3 p.m. Dec. 17, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E. Give a homemade gift this year; choose to make a card or ornament, paint a suncatcher or more. Free. (701) 433-5460.

Skating with Santa, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., West Fargo. Skate to Christmas music, visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments. Bring a canned food item for the Fargo-Moorhead Food Pantry for admission. (701) 433-5360.


“Star of Bethlehem,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, starting Thursday at the Planetarium, MSUM. Look at the mysteries surrounding one of the most famous celestial events in history; the program also examines the stars and constellations of the brilliant winter sky. $1.50-$3. (218) 477-2920.

Santa Con, 2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Participants in holiday downtown pub crawl dress up like Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, an elf or a reindeer. Event starts in US Bank lot with stops at SideStreet Grill and Pub, Empire Tavern, Dempsey’s Tavern, HoDo Lounge and VFW. $5 donation suggested for Fargo Youth Commission.


Noon Holiday Concerts, Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo. Monday, Magda Fitterer; Tuesday, Dave Ferreira; Wednesday, Darin Henze and friends; Thursday, NDSU Faculty Brass Quintet; Dec. 6, Marjorie Schlossman and Margie Bailly; Dec. 7, Jordan Christianson Trio; Dec. 8, Darin Henze; Dec. 9, NDSU Student Ensemble; Dec. 13, Concordia Sax Quartet; Dec. 14, Silver Winds Flute Quartet; Dec. 15, Rosemary Sauvageau; Dec. 16, Sarah Morrau and Rebekka DeVries. (701) 232-3821.

“Out of the Darkness: Let Your Light Shine,” 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College, Moorhead. The 84th Annual Concordia Christmas Concert. $12. (218) 299-4366.

NDSU Madrigal Dinners, 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Reineke Fine Arts Center Challey Atrium, NDSU. An evening of Renaissance dining and entertainment with holiday music and a meal prepared by NDSU dining services including beef or chicken, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, cheese, breads and dessert; vegetarian option available. Tickets are $35. (701) 231-7932.

“A Classical Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 5, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 604 Broadway, Fargo. Valley City State University Concert Choir and Valkyries, with vocal and instrumental soloists. Freewill offerings accepted, (701) 235-4289.

NDSU Choir and Brass Christmas Concert, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Reineke Festival Concert Hall, NDSU. Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, University Chorus, Cantemus, the Statesmen and brass ensembles. $5 for adults $2 for students. (701) 231-7969.

NDSU Jazz Ensembles and Lab Band Concert, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dec. 6, Reineke Festival Concert Hall, NDSU. $5 for adults, $2 for students. (701) 231-7969.

The Blenders, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-12, 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 12. Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. Vocal quartet sings holiday tunes. $35. (701) 235-4152.

“The Reason,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Bethel Church, 2702 30th Ave. S., Fargo. A multimedia Christmas concert presented by PULSE featuring BarlowGirl, Reilly and Dave Lubben; $10. Tickets at www.thereasonchristmas.com. (701) 2324476.

Handel’s Messiah, 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Reineke Festival Concert Hall, NDSU. Presented by NDSU Concert Choir and Baroque Festival Orchestra. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. (701) 231-7969.

Mannheim Steamroller, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Gate City Bank Theater, Fargodome. Classical, modern rock, acoustic and electronic music meet in seasonal songs. (701) 241-9100.

Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 7th St. S., Moorhead. Free event; monetary donations accepted for the F-M Food Pantry, featuring children’s choirs, Bellissimo, Moorhead Carolers and area organists.

Fargo South Winter Band Concert, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, Fargo South High Theater, 1840 15th Ave. S. Band program features standard literature, holiday selections and special guest Larry Homuth. Free, (701) 446-2157.

West Fargo Band and Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, West Fargo High School, 801 9th St. E. Free. (701) 499-1828.

Lorie Line, 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Festival Concert Hall, NDSU. “Making Spirits Bright” holiday concert; tickets available at 800) 801-5463 or online at www.lorieline.com.

F-M Golden Notes New Horizons Band Annual Christmas Concert, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. NDSU Festival Hall. Free. (701) 237-5366.

New Year’s Musical Revue, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and 2 p.m. Jan. 1, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, 333 4th St. S., Fargo. An evening of musical theater for all ages with favorite musical selections spanning Broadway’s rich history. $5-$14. (701) 235-6778.


“The Seafarer,” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 25. Theatre B, 716 Main Ave., Fargo. Spend Christmas with five poker-playing Irish drunks and their mysterious guest. Info@theatreb.org. (701) 729-8880.