The holiday season in the Red River Valley is a magical time, made better by the uniqueness that sets this community apart.  Where else can you purchase a handcrafted Christmas ornament on one street and enjoy homemade lefse on another?  In how many other places can you take in a holiday concert at noon and pick out a hand-cut tree after dinner? The ways to celebrate this special time of year are as diverse as the people behind them.  This holiday season, take full advantage of all the community has to offer and create memories that will only grow fonder with time.

Noon Holiday Concerts, Plains Art Museum, Fargo


From November 27th to the 30th, enjoy a free holiday concert at the museum from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.  Monday will feature the Concordia Sax Quartet, Tuesday the Dave Ferreira Trio, Wednesday Darin Henze & Friends, and Thursday Marjorie Schlossman, Margie Bailly & Friends.  Order lunch while you listen, and peruse the galleries for free.  Additionally, on December 1st from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm the museum will host its 4th Annual Holiday Art Sale.  Find one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists or add a unique and inspiring piece to your own collection.

Bonanzaville, USA, West Fargo


The valley’s favorite pioneer museum will hold its annual Christmas on the Prairie event on December 2nd from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Step back into the days of yesteryear with an authentic 1920’s Prairie Christmas.  Enjoy carolers, Christmas crafts, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa Claus, and much more.

Holiday Lights Parade, Downtown Fargo


The Holiday Lights Parade by Xcel Energy is back on November 21st, beginning at 6:30 pm.  The unofficial kickoff to the holidays, the parade is a time-honored tradition that combines community spirit, holiday thrills, and loads of lights.  Enjoy over one hundred decked out floats as they welcome the holidays back to the Red River Valley.

8th Annual Holiday Collections Craft/Vendor Fair, West Fargo


Few things are as special as local craft and vendor fairs, especially if you have any hard to shop for people on your Christmas list.  Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo will hold their annual fair on December 2nd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Over 80 crafters, artisans, and vendors will be on hand to help you fill all your holiday shopping needs.  Admission is only one dollar.

Stabo Scandinavian Imports, West Acres Mall, Fargo


Stabo specializes in handmade gift items imported from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.  The store has been a staple on the Christmas shopping circuit since 1972.  If you are looking for a unique gift that pays homage to Scandinavian heritage, look no farther than Stabo.

Campbell Beach Farm’s, Cavalier


Run by second-generation tree farmers, Campbell Beach Farm is the area expert in fresh cut trees.  This is not a tree lot — instead, you will be able to select the perfect tree for your family in its natural habitat.  The price is a flat $25 per tree, regardless of size.  Although located a few miles from Fargo, the memories built will be priceless.

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase, Fargo


A holiday tradition for many shoppers throughout the state, the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase will take place November 17th through the 19th at Scheels Arena.  Nowhere else can you find such a vast collection of products made right here in North Dakota.  More than 150 members will have their goods on display.

At Home Bakery, Fargo


If you are looking for homemade baked goods without the hassle and mess of baking yourself, At Home Bakery is for you.  Specializing in baked goods that will taste like they are fresh from your own oven, the bakery will help infuse tender loving care into any meal.

Freddy’s Lefse, West Fargo

Is there a better way to say “I love you” than with a plate of warm, homemade lefse?  A holiday tradition for many nationalities, it is a must for Scandinavians.  Lefse is a food so difficult to make correctly that it may be better to have someone do it for you.

Kreps Family Farm, Borup, MN

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A small family-owned and operated farm just northeast of Fargo/Moorhead, the Kreps Family Farm is your source for fresh, healthy, and wholesome poultry, pork, goats, beef, and eggs. They also produce homemade jams and jellies, breads, pies, baked goods, and salsa, all of which make a perfect addition to any holiday meal.

Maple River Distillery, Casselton

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If you want to add some homegrown spirits to your get together, a stop by the Maple River Distillery will do the trick.  The distillery is home to infused vodkas, cordials, and brandies in a variety of flavors including chokecherry, rhubarb, apple, pear, cherry, and wild plum.

BarnWood Designs, Hillsboro


If you are looking for a distinctive handmade gift that combines local artistry with the rural feel of the state, BarnWood Designs is the place for you.  Their home décor items, many of which feature a holiday theme, will add a quiet sophistication to any home.  Have a finicky friend or relative on your shopping list?  Problem solved.

Nicole D Creations, West Fargo


No holiday decorating is complete without a handmade wreath.  Nicole D Creations’ wreaths are one-of-a-kind and can be personalized for any home, personality, or holiday.  Whether shopping for a loved one or for your own front door, let Nicole D Creations do the job.


By Jamee Larson