Ho-Ho-Holiday fun! Seasonal events coming up in Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo this month

Santa Claus will skate with people on Dec. 15 at Veterans Memorial Arena in West Fargo. Forum file photo

FARGO — This year's late Thanksgiving means the period between turkey day and Christmas is a short one.

While there may be fewer days between the two holidays, there is just as much — if not more — things happening this season.

Here's a look at some of the holiday highlights over the next month.

Arts & Crafts

Holiday Art Market, 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 5-9 p.m. Thursdays, through Dec. 22, Aptitude at West Acres, 3902 13th Ave. S., Fargo, shop from dozens of local artists and find one-of-a-kind gifts.

Kimberley Diede, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N., Fargo, author will sign copies of her new book “Capturing Wishes — A Whispering Pines Christmas Novel.”


Holiday Open House, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5, Dakota Fine Art, 11 Eighth St. S., Fargo, gallery artists and guest artist Zhimin Guan display their work.

The Very Merry Holiday Craft Market opens Dec. 15 at Drekker Brewing Co. in Fargo. Special to The Forum

Very Merry Holiday Craft Market, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Drekker Brewing Co., 1666 First Ave. N. Fargo, Unglued brings in the veriest, merriest holiday craft market, filled with handmade stuff from more than 30 local makers and crafters.


"Nutcracker" and Holiday Show, 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 1 p.m. Dec. 7, Moorhead High School, 2300 Fourth Ave. S., Moorhead, Bonnie Haney School of Dance and Performing Co. presents selections from classic ballet and festive contemporary dances; $10 to $30.

“A Grinchmas Story: A Dance Show,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Hansen Theatre, Minnesota State University Moorhead, student dancers and choreographers tell the story of Cindy Lou Who and her furry green friend through ballet, jazz, tap, and more; $5 to $7.

FMBallet presents "The Nutcracker" Dec. 20-21. Special to The Forum


"The Classic Nutcracker," 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo, FMBallet presents graceful snowflakes and flowers, the majestic Sugar Plum Fairy, an epic battle between mischievous mice and toy soldiers, plus much more; $16-$48.


Santa Village, various times through Dec. 23, Rheault Farm, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo, see live reindeer, decorate cookies, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, visit for hours; admission to Santa Village is free, but guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys for local charities.

Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park, 5:30-10 p.m. through Dec. 31, Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Drive, Fargo, over 65 holiday lights displays throughout Roger Maris Drive in Lindenwood Park, a benefit for Fargo-Moorhead Sertoma Club; $7 per car/van, or $6 with canned good, $11 per bus/limo.

Libraries Dance! "Nutcracker" Sneak Peek Storytime and Ballet Class, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N., listen to a story and then spend time moving and stretching while getting basic techniques and lessons on different types of dance, open to children ages 3 to 12 years, no pre-registration is required.

Holiday Sweater Making, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N., we deck our holiday apparel, bring a sweater, T-shirt, apron or other clothing item and decorate it to show off your unique personality, paint, glue, and other jingle-jangles as well as some snacks provided, recommended for adults and teens, pre-registration is requested but not required.

"Nutcracker" Storytime with FMBallet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Moorhead Public Library, 118 Fifth St. S., a special "Nutcracker" storytime with the FMBallet includes fun stories and songs, plus a dance lesson at the end.

Snowman STEM, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, West Fargo Public Library, 215 Third St. E., kids will learn all about different areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through fun snowman-themed experiments and activities; program is free and open to kids in grades K-5.

Holiday Nights at the Zoo, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28, Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo, enjoy a family stroll under charming Christmas lights and decorations, special animal presentations, educational activities, holiday campfire, music and more; $4 to $6.


Light Up the Night, 5 p.m. Dec. 5, POW/MIA Plaza, Sheyenne Street and Fifth Avenue, West Fargo, kick off the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, with music by the West Fargo High School Carolers, West Fargo Police Department serving hot cocoa and an appearance by Santa.

Victorian Christmas Tours, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 19, Comstock House, 506 Eighth St. S., Moorhead, historic house will be lit and decorated, offering insights into Victorian holiday traditions; $5 to $10.

400 Block Petting Zoo, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 6, 400 block of Broadway North, Rusty K Ranch brings goats, sheep, alpacas, a mini donkey, mini horse, calf and other farm friends to visit.

The Christmas Market, 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. Dec. 7, Hartl Ag Building, Red River Valley Fairgrounds, 1801 Main Ave. W., West Fargo, shop local vendors and makers in a winter wonderland.

Bonanzaville in West Fargo will be decorated for the 2019 Christmas on the Prairie event on Dec. 7. David Samson / The Forum

Christmas on the Prairie, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, Bonanzaville, 1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo, the pioneer village will be transformed to a simpler time where carolers sing the sounds of the season and cookies are baked in a wood-burning stove; $6 to $12.

Jaws Paws & Lunch with Santa Claus, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo, lunch, crafts, photo with Santa and more; $10 to $15.


Fargo's SantaCon attracts a colorful cast of characters. Special to The Forum

Fargo SantaCon for Charity, 1-8 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Fargo, annual holiday pub crawl is a fundraiser for the Gladys Ray Shelter and Veterans Drop-in Center.

Candy Cane Carnival for Kids, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Avalon Events Center, 2525 Ninth Ave. S., Fargo, event includes a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, dance party, photos with superheroes and princesses, crafts and more; tickets from $10 to $25.

Skate with Santa, 2:15-4:15 p.m. Dec. 8, Moorhead Sports Center, 324 24th St. S., Moorhead, lace up your skates and enjoy ice time with the big man, free hot chocolate and cookies served; skate rental available for limited sizes.

Cirque Dreams "Holidaze," 8 p.m. Dec. 11, Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, acrobats, artists, dancers and daredevils entertain with holiday-themed thrills; tickets from $35 to $65.

Holiday Favorites at the Planetarium, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21, Bridges 167, Minnesota State University Moorhead, seasonal fun with a look in the night skies.

Santa Fly-In, 10 a.m. Dec. 14, Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., Fargo, Santa touches down in the Sanford helicopter to talk with children about their lists as elves help children in and out of special airplanes; photos available for purchase.


Christmas with the Comstocks, 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Comstock House, 506 Eighth St. S., Moorhead, explore traditions of a Victorian Christmas by learning about the customs of the Comstock family and their friends; $5 to $7.

Skate with Santa, 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 Seventh Ave. E., West Fargo, skate to Christmas music, the North Dakota State University Bison Club Hockey team will also be joining Santa on the ice; free refreshments.

Kids’ and Grown-ups' Gingerbread House Challenge, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, West Fargo Public Library, 215 Third St. E., design a most delicious creation, register in advance.

Downtown Santa Dash, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 20, start and finish this holiday 5K at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 Fourth St. N., Fargo.

Sleigh Rides, 1-4 pm Dec. 26, 27, 30 and 31, Hjemkomst Center, 202 First Ave. N., Moorhead, travel through scenic Viking Ship Park; tickets $4 per person at the door, no reservations.

Kids Blast! New Year’s Party, 3-4 p.m. Dec. 31, blast into the new year with crafts, ice cream floats and lots of fun; event is free and open to all ages.

"Frozen" New Year’s Eve Party, 11 a.m. Dec. 31, Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N., slide into 2020 with a morning filled with “Frozen”-themed activities, crafts and snacks, open to families with children of all ages; free and no pre-registration is required.

New Year's Eve Daytime Party, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31, Skate City, 3302 Interstate Blvd., door prizes, noise-makers and hats, balloon drop with prizes inside; $6, skate rentals apply.



Noon Holiday Concerts, Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo, lunch available for purchase from Chef's Table Catering, musicians include: Concordia Sax Quartet, Dec. 2; Dave Ferreira Trio, Dec. 3; Darin Henze and Friends, Dec. 4; Pelican Quartet, Dec. 5; Silver Winds Flute Quartet, Dec. 9; North Dakota State University Faculty Chamber Ensemble, Dec. 10; NDSU Brass Quintet, Dec.11; Michelle Gelinske & HeartSprings Tremble Clef Choir, Dec. 12; Clarion Quartet, Dec. 16; Dakota Rose String Quartet, Dec. 17; Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Dec. 18; Sarah Morrau & Bekka Devries, Dec. 19; free concerts.

Silver Winds Flute Quartet, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, TAK Music Venue, 1710 Center Ave., Dilworth, woodwind ensemble and guest musicians play a mix of holiday classics, lyrical and festive arrangements and original compositions.

President’s Winter Celebration of the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Hansen Theatre, Roland Dille Center for the Arts, Minnesota State University, students from the school of performing arts perform in seasonal showcase of talents.

Concordia Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Memorial Auditorium, Concordia College, Moorhead, 92nd annual event on the theme, “My Spirit Sings”; $22.

Handel's "Messiah," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway N., Fargo, over 200 students in five choirs and the Baroque Festival Orchestra will present this monumental piece including the “Hallelujah" chorus; $10 to $20.

Holidays Under the Stars, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, MSUM Planetarium, 167 Bridges, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony’s Encore Chamber Players perform selected works from “The Nutcracker,” “Silent Night” and others.

Holiday Brass, Percussion & Organ, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 650 Second Ave. N., Fargo, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra's principal trombonist, Nat Dickey, creates an entertaining program of classical and contemporary music for all ages; tickets available at the door starting at 1 p.m. for $8 to $14.

Nashville Country Christmas with Connie Lee, 2 p.m. Dec. 8, TAK Music Venue, 1710 Center Ave., Dilworth, country twists on holiday classics; $15.

Winter Journey, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 650 Second Ave. N., Fargo, Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies’ annual holiday concert; $5 to $10.

"More Than a King" Tour, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9, TAK Music Venue, 1710 Center Ave., Dilworth, Season 6 “American Idol” finalist and multiple Dove Award nominee Chris Sligh and guests Tom Golly and Chad Chaney perform contemporary Christian Christmas show; $10 to $15.

FM Brass Quintet Holiday, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, JCPenney wing, West Acres Mall, 3902 13th Ave. S., Fargo, group plays Christmas songs.

Madrigal Dinners, dinners at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m. Dec. 12-14, Reineke Festival Concert Hall, North Dakota State University, vocal chamber music from the Renaissance through the 21st century; $45.

Christmas with the Master Chorale, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Centrum, Knutson Campus Center, Concordia College, Moorhead, vocal concert features dinners on Dec. 13 and 14; $8 to $45.

The Boys of December ’63 Christmas Show, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., stars of the hit Frankie Valli tribute show bring four-part harmonies and tight choreography to Christmas hits with a doo-wop twist; $35.00

Lorie Line, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., pianist and her band perform annual holiday concert with this year’s theme, "Living in the Sunshine", $60.

Holiday Organ Concerts, noon Dec. 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 20, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., seasonal music on The Mighty Wurlitzer; free admission, but guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Emergency Food Pantry.

Kat Perkins, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., Scranton, N.D., native and former contestant on "The Voice" sings Christmas favorites; $17.50 to $22.50.

Church of Cash Christmas Show, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N., Fargo, holiday tunes in the style of The Man in Black, with the Jensen Sisters; $19 to $29.

Family Holiday Concert, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N., Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists perform favorite seasonal songs, children can join in the music-making; free.

Kenny G brings his holiday tour to the Fargo Theatre on Dec. 15. Special to The Forum

Kenny G, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., iconic jazz plays holiday sax; $59.50 to $75.

The Bl e nders, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 and 22, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., Fargo-raised vocal quartet performs annual holiday concert; $45.50.

Home Free, 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave S., Fargo, vocal group sings the spirit of the season on its "Dive Bar Christmas" tour; $29.50 to $59.50.

Bracket, 8 p.m., TAK Music Venue, 1710 Center Ave., Dilworth, Afrobeat duo’s All White Xmas; $25 to $60.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome's 'Have Yourself a Funky Little Christmas,' 8 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N., Fargo, popular local cover band plays new arrangements to holiday tunes for the annual " Have Yourself a Funky Little Christmas" show; $10 to $30.


“The Last Schwartz,” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21, Theatre B, 215 10th St. N., Moorhead, a family reunites on the anniversary of their father’s death, but family togetherness makes things awkward; $7 to $25.

“A Christmas Carol,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, The Stage at Island Park, 333 Fourth St. S., Fargo, classic tale of Scrooge’s Christmas journey to rediscover the joys of life, love, and friendship; $13 to $23.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, 20 and 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22, The Stage at Island Park, 333 Fourth St. S., Fargo, the classic holiday television special comes to life when Charlie Brown and his friends discover the true meaning of Christmas; $12 to $15.

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For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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