Christmas may be a couple of weeks away, but the season for holiday events is in full swing. Check out some of these festive events.
Thursday, Dec. 6
Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N., Fargo, always goes all out for holiday decoration. In the last few years, they’ve added more attractions with the annual Writer Wonderland. The event brings together a variety of regional authors to showcase their newest titles and gives book buyers the opportunity to chat with the scribes and get the works signed. Authors this year include Jacqueline Bussie, Kimberly Diede, Timothy Kloberdanz, Kat Socks and The Forum’s own Jeff Kolpack and Danielle Teigen. Zandbroz will serve complimentary craft beer, coffee and holiday treats. The festivities start at 6 p.m. Thursday; 701-239-4729.
The regional landscape is available, but few see it as completely as Dan Jones. The Fargo painter captures the light, land, leaves, grass and even soil with a keen eye for color and a deft use of his brush. From portraying the vibrant colors of fall to the light of deep winter or the blues of a summer night, Jones’ canvases bring the outside inside. See for yourself at a show of new work opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ecce Gallery, 208 Roberts Alley, Fargo; www.eccegallery.com or 701-361-7067.
Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 9
Last week, the Concordia College campus was alive with the school’s annual Christmas concert. This weekend, it’s the Master Chorale that will have the campus singing. The group’s annual holiday concert, Christmas with the Master Chorale of Fargo-Moorhead, will light a song in your heart with a mix of classical compositions and more contemporary tunes. A special dinner concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, for $42. The regular concerts are at 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with tickets from $12 to $15. All shows are at Concordia’s Centrum; https://masterchoralefm.org.
If you want to get away from the holidays for a few hours, Hairball always packs a pleasant diversion. The tribute act to arena anthems of the 1970s and '80s will pull out classic rock gems for hours, allowing you to headbang your problems away. The rockin’ starts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 Fourth St. N. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show; www.ticketmaster.com.
President’s Winter Celebration of the Arts
While the other schools in the area have signature holiday events, Minnesota State University Moorhead has chosen to celebrate the season. True to its liberal arts roots, the school observes all of the performing and fine arts with the President’s Winter Celebration of the Arts on Friday. The event features performances of student theater, dance, spoken word and music in a nonstop, 90-minute show, followed by the lighting of the dragon and hot cocoa on the mall. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Hansen Theatre, Center for the Arts, MSUM. Tickets are $8 and $10; www.mnstate.edu/tickets.
You don’t have to be the age of a child to appreciate the Toys, Collectibles & Curiosities Exposition this Saturday at the Moorhead Center Mall, 510 Center Ave. Indeed, the kids in many adults will come out as people look over the array of classic, forgotten and just plain old odd playthings. Vendors will set up their collections of trinkets, comic books, albums and assorted memorabilia from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; www.valleycon.com/tcce/.
Santa Claus won’t be visiting homes for a few more weeks, but he’ll be making the rounds this Saturday in downtown Fargo. The annual SantaCon is a festive pub crawl that encourages participants to dress up as the jolly old man, or Mrs. Claus, or an elf, reindeer, gingerbread house, Christmas tree or any other kind of holiday attire, while going barhopping. It’s all in good fun as the event raises funds and needed goods for the Gladys Ray Shelter and the Veterans Drop-In Center. The fun starts at 1 p.m. at the VFW and moves along hourly to Rooter’s, The HoDo, Dempsey’s, The Empire and Bismarck Tavern, Sidestreet and Pickled Parrot, where drawings will be held at 7:30 p.m; www.facebook.com/fargosantacon.
Minnesota’s first lady of Christmas music, Lorie Line, has been traveling the Midwest with a sleigh full of new and classic holiday arrangements. The piano woman brings her share of seasonal songs, some based on this year’s theme, "Lord of Lords," to the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., on Saturday. Her interactive shows have developed a strong fan base, so if you’ve never seen her live, now is your time. Tickets are $59. The holiday harmonies start at 7:30 p.m; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.
Church of Cash
Holiday colors tend to run red, green, blue and white, but Sunday night will be a "Man in Black" kind of Christmas at the Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N., Fargo. The Church of Cash, a tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash, will play his classic tunes as well as putting his honky-tonkin’ twist on some holiday favorites. This ID-only show starts at 8 p.m., with $18 tickets; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.