Detroit Mountain

There are a lot of big names in the world of skiing: Vail, Aspen, Whistler, Steamboat, and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, to name a few. Although these famous destinations are all inconveniently far away, there are plenty of smaller but nonetheless great places nearby where a Fargoan can enjoy a fine day of skiing or snowboarding on their day off. One of these, Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, MN, is only an hour’s drive east. The ski area is home to 21 distinct trails along with two triple chairlifts and two magic carpets lifts, as well as a 1,100’ tubing hill with 10 individual runs. It’s a lovely place, and worth a visit even if you’ve never skied or snowboarded before.

Santa Tom

Very few men among us are blessed with the robust physique, the saintly good looks, and the spirit of benefaction that it takes to serve as one of Santa Claus’ ambassadors from the North Pole. Fortunately for Santa Tom, he had already been gifted with the whole package when he first received his calling to portray the jolly old elf several years ago.

Bluestem Reindeer Ranch

With the exception of the Easter Bunny, no animal is as central to a holiday as the reindeer is to Christmas. The arctic ungulate’s efforts are completely indispensable to Santa’s mission to bring toys to good girls and boys, and coal to the ones who antagonize their parents. Suppose Santa’s sleigh were powered by some other creature, like the donkey or ox or noble house cat — it just wouldn’t be as impressive without the reindeer’s stately antlers, bulbous snoot, and inestimable charm. Christmas would be ruined.

Explore Downtown: Holidazzle

Holidazzle, downtown Minneapolis’ annual free holiday festival, is returning to Loring Park this year Thursdays through Sundays from November 23rd until December 23rd. The wholesome family event will kick off with a brilliant display of fireworks on opening night, which will repeat every Saturday night after opening weekend. The lights won’t just be in the sky, of course — nearly every tree in the park will be festooned with festive Christmas twinklers, and illuminated art installations will be part of the celebration again this year as well.