Downtown Christmas Fun

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Christkindlmarkt

1666 1st Ave N, Fargo

Nov 21st & 22nd 5:00 – 9:00pm, Nov 23rd & 24th 12:00 – 5:00pm

Inspired by the traditional holiday markets of Europe, Christkindlmarkt is downtown Fargo’s preeminent winter shopping experience. Held by Folkways, whose mission is to better connect locals while improving their quality of life, Christkindlmarkt features every kind of vendor you could need help from to put on a homey Christmas. Browse artisanal pottery, chocolates, jewelery, and ornaments, enjoy mulled wine and hot German food, and finally nip inside Drekker Brewing Company to dance to the live music there, which comprises everything from classical to polka. How better could you get into the holiday spirit?

Experience the Twin Cities: Festive Holiday Lights Tour

I have become a fuddy duddy when it comes to Christmas. Whereas when I younger I used to string together garlands out of popcorn for the tree, construct gingerbread churches complete with stained glass windows made from melted Life Savers, and wrestle the dog to the floor so I could tie a Santa hat around her head (she loved it), now I can no longer be asked to do more than record A Christmas Story so I can delete it the following August. Thank God not everyone in this state is a boor like me — going around to see the lawns of Minnesotans who are emphatic about decorations is one of the best parts of this time of the year.

The Band’s Visit

The Band’s Visit tells the story of how one mundane mix-up changes the lives of two very different groups of people. Here’s the setup: In 1996, an Egyptian police band means to charter a bus to Petah Tikva in Israel, but owing to some understandable misunderstanding winds up in Bet Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of nowhere, instead. Rather than go at it like spiders in a freshly rattled jar, however, the misplaced Egyptians and rustic Israelis soon realize that they share much in common.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake

No praise is too lavish to heap on Tami Cabrera’s cheesecakes. They are the objectification of perfection in dessert form. Do not bother asking Tami how she accomplishes this. She will freely confess that she uses only the best ingredients, without filler or preservatives, but their origins and how she bakes her cheesecakes are not information you could pry from her. Until the day comes when the CIA determines Tami’s recipe is a matter of national security, it will remain untold.

Twin Cities Holiday Fun

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A Victorian Christmas

Do you want to celebrate Christmas like they did back in the Gilded Age, but don’t want to deal hassles such as chopping down a tree, baking on a wood stove, or Bright’s disease? Then you are more than welcome to visit the Alexander Ramsey House, where A Victorian Christmas will be held on select days November 29th through December 29th. There you’ll be greeted by guides in full Victorian dress, who will show you how the first governor of the Minnesota Territory got merry during Yuletide. See the family’s original Christmas ornaments hung on a fresh tree, listen to holiday music played on an 1875 Steinway piano, and sample cookies from Mrs. Ramsey’s own cookbook. Afterward pretend you’re going to get your horse from the carriage house, where you will actually browse Victorian Christmas ornaments, including the enigmatic pickle ornament. This is one of the Minnesota Historical Society’s most popular programs, so it is best if you book your tour in advance at mnhs.org/event/7280.