Weekend Watch: Holiday happeningsFARGO - The weather outside is frightful this weekend, but there is plenty of holiday cheer out there to warm you up.
By: John Lamb, INFORUM
FARGO - The weather outside is frightful this weekend, but there is plenty of holiday cheer out there to warm you up.
Sing a seasonal tune or two with Acappella Xpress at Harmonize for the Holiday, 6:30 tonight and Thursdays until Christmas at Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 7th St. S., Moorhead. Or just kick back and listen to Michael W. Smith and Third Day sing holiday numbers when the contemporary Christian acts play at 7 tonight at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave., Fargo. Tickets range from $15 to $50. (866) 300-8300.
You can find warmth in a couple of playhouses. Theatre B, 716 Main Ave., Fargo, continues its run of “Scrooge Macbeth” tonight through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and weekends through Dec. 28. Tickets range from $5 to $20. (701) 729-8880. The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre brings “The Wizard of Oz” to the Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St., S., 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The show runs through Dec. 21. Tickets from $6 to $16. (701) 235-6778.
Food is a big part of the holiday celebrations. If you missed the cutoff for ticket sales to NDSU’s Madrigal Dinners on Friday and Saturday night, try a different taste of the old world. The Traditional Norsk Christmas, 7 p.m., Friday at the Sons of Norway, 722 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, features a smorgasbord of Scandinavian tastes, with music by Mary and Charley Johnson and The Front Fenders. Tickets are $30 at the door or $25 in advance at Scandesign, Stabo or Sons of Norway.
Celebrate the season with the animals at the Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo. Jaws, Paws and Lunch with Santa Claus, starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, and includes lunch with Santa, rides and activities. Admission from $10 to $15.
Santa Village at Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo, opens again from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, for visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other activities. Santa Village opens various days and hours through Dec. 23. Admission is free, guests encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys used to support area organizations. (701) 499-7788.
Christmas on the Prairie at Bonanzaville, 1351 West Main Ave., West Fargo, gives a flavor for winter here through the years. The entertainment runs from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday. Admission from $3 to $5. (701) 282-2822.
The Comstock House, 506 8th St. S., Moorhead, opens its doors from 1 to 4 p.m. Explore a Victorian Christmas with the Holiday Treats & Tours, with art by the Red River Watercolor Society, traditional treats and tea. Admission is $5, free for children 5 and younger.
Gasper’s School of Dance & Performing Arts, 524 7th St. N., Fargo, will have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head when it presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 20-21. From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, they’ll give you a sweet taste with the Sugarplum Treat Sale. Admission is a $10 donation, proceeds assist FM Ballet. (701) 234-9440.
Just like Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” Handel’s “Messiah” is another Christmas classic. More than 200 students in five choirs and the Baroque Festival Orchestra present the masterwork at 2 p.m. Sunday at Festival Concert Hall, NDSU. Tickets range from $5 to $15. (701) 231-7969.
With “Dakota Air” on hiatus, Merrill Piepkorn and the Radio Stars Band had time to work up “A Kinda Cowboy Christmas,” 2 p.m., Ever-Green Events Center, 302 27th St., N., Fargo. Admission is $10.
More classical than cowboy, The Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies Winter Concert features a variety of seasonal pieces from high school-aged performers. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $4 to $8. (701) 388-4536.
Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533