West Fargo and Bonanzaville ushering in Christmas

Wagon rides from the Rusty K Ranch drive through the village during the Prairie Christmas at Bonanzaville on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. David Samson / The Forum

Now that Thanksgiving and Halloween are past, West Fargoans can officially turn their attention to Christmas 2020 with two of the city's most festive events happening this week.

The official city tree lighting ceremony, will go virtual Thursday, Dec. 3, when Mayor Bernie Dardis will light the tree at the POW/MIA Plaza at 5:30 p.m.

The event will be live streamed online.

Bonanzaville will also continue one if it's largest events of the year with Christmas on the Prairie planned for Saturday, Dec. 5.

While attendance will be limited this year at Christmas on the Prairie to safely practice COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing, the live events are still scheduled and the day has been extended to 7 p.m.


The Pioneer Village will be decorated for the holidays and the model trains including the Spud Valley Christmas train will be available.

Free family photos will be available as well as the annual Christmas cookie decorating stations.

Horse drawn wagon rides will be available, hot cocoa will be served and demonstrations will be done at the blacksmith shop and print shop.

Due to the limited attendance, advance tickets are required. Online, ticket information can be found at or at

Later this month, the city and West Fargo Events will also be hosting an open skate at the Lights On Sheyenne 32 plaza, 300 32nd Ave. W., from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 12.

A showing of Frosty's Winter Wonderland will be playing throughout the day, on the hour starting at 1 p.m., with the last showing starting at 3 p.m.

Wendy Reuer covers all things West Fargo for The Forum.
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