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5 (More) Festive Events: What to Attend During the Next Two Weeks


December is in full swing and the holiday jitters are making us all a bit uneasy. When you’re not at home enjoying quality family time, you may find yourself asking, “What exactly is there to do around town this time of year?” (There’s only so much time you can spend with your family without going completely bonkers, right?)

Well, luckily for you Fargo has a bevy of exciting events for you and and your family. Here’s your guide to what's happening over the next two weeks.

Two Family Events

  1. A Christmas Story: The Musical
A Christmas Story: The Musical is fun for all ages
A Christmas Story: The Musical is fun for all ages

It would be shocking to me if you haven’t seen this film by now. It is, after all, on every single “Best Christmas Movies of All Time” lists and on constant rotation on TBS around this time of year. Maybe you’re familiar with the quotes and you just don’t know it. Does “You’ll shoot your eye out!” ring a bell? How about “I triple dog dare you!”? You have to be familiar with at least the Leg Lamp, right?

Well, if you aren’t familiar with any of these quotes, let me fill you in:

“A Christmas Story” is a 1983 film focusing on Ralphie, a boy in the 1940s hoping to get a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. The story follows him and his family through a series of humorous vignettes all centered around Christmastime. The film has since become a staple for cable television reruns and is heavily quoted throughout the season.

In 2012, the film was adapted into a musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are best known now for winning Best Original Song for “City of Stars” at the 2017 Academy Awards for the film “La La Land.” Since adapting “A Christmas Story,” their Broadway play has become a smash hit and has also garnered critical acclaim.

The musical has now made its way to Fargo and will be performed at Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre from Dec. 7 through Dec. 21. The local adaptation is being directed by Lori Koenig.

Here’s The Facts Jack

Where: Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre, 333 4th St S., Fargo
When: Dec. 14-16 and 20-22, 7:30-10 p.m.
Info: Adults $25
Seniors (65+) $20
Students $15
More info here

2. Sleigh Rides in Viking Ship Park at the Hjemkomst Center

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is hosting their annual sleigh rides outside of the Hjemkomst Center in Viking Ship Park. If you haven’t done this already, it’s a real treat for the family.

Sleigh ride tours of Viking Ship Park have been ongoing for over 20 years
Sleigh ride tours of Viking Ship Park have been ongoing for over 20 years

For $4 you can enjoy a tour of Viking Ship Park on the back of a large wooden sleigh, pulled by four Clydesdale horses that gallop and neigh their way through the snow. Children under 2 years old get free admission. But be prepared – tickets are first-come, first-served!

The purchase of a ticket also gives you a discount to museum admission where you can warm up afterwards with a cup of hot cocoa and tour the large viking ship replica that stretches the length of the exhibit.

“This event has been going on for over 20 years,” says Parks Recreation Specialist Kim Wangler. “It’s a great opportunity for families to be outside together and get a scenic view of the 12-acre park.”

The ride lasts between 10 and 15 minutes so make sure you bundle up, especially if the forecast is slated to be colder than usual.

Here’s The Facts Jack
Where: 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead

When: Dec. 26-28, 1-4 p.m

Info: $4 per person (children 2-years-old and under are free)

Three Brewery Events

1. Very Merry Holiday Craft Market

Unglued and Drekker Brewing Company are teaming up to bring you their third annual Holiday Craft Market, now at the new Brewhalla location

Drekker's new
Drekker's new "Brewhalla" location

Brewhalla will be filled with handmade goods from local artists and crafters. They will have a free “Make and Take” section where you can craft your own ornaments (complete with essential oil spray) that you can take home with you.

While you’re there, you can enjoy the entire Drekker selection of microbrews, pinball machines and food provided by the Hotdog Peddler. For the specialties on sale, you can expect food such as hot sauce, raw honey, jams and even dog treats.

The crafts on sale are varied and tie together the regional culture by including caramel candies, Hardanger ornaments (Norwegian style embroidery) and even quilting.

Kids are invited to craft their own gifts
Kids are invited to craft their own gifts

“It is going to be crazy magical and fun with just how beautiful and big Brewhalla is,” says Ashley Morken, owner of Unglued. “It’s the last weekend before Christmas so you can do some last minute shopping while supporting local goods.”

Here’s The Facts Jack

Where: Drekker Brewing (Brewhalla), 1666 1st Ave N, Fargo
When: Dec. 16, 2-8 p.m.
Info: For more info check out their Facebook Event

2. New Year’s Eve Comedy in The Cellar with Steve Gillespie

The Cellar is located beneath Front Street Taproom
The Cellar is located beneath Front Street Taproom

On New Year’s Eve, The Cellar (located beneath Front Street Taproom) is hosting a New Year’s countdown party with professional comedian Steve Gillespie. Steve Gillespie, originally from Minneapolis, is coming to Fargo from Los Angeles where he has had a successful career landing him spots on Fox’s Laughs, CMT’s Next Big Comic and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His most recent album reached No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts.

“For the 10:30 show, everyone in attendance will get a glass of champagne and we will toast as we ring in the New Year,” says Zachary Tooker, event coordinator for The Cellar. “We’ve done New Year’s parties in the years past, but this is the first one with Front Street.”

The Cellar prides themselves in producing a high quality show by bringing in talent from around the country.

“For the price of a movie ticket, you’re getting a fun live show and great beer provided by Front Street,” says Tooker.

Here’s The Facts Jack
Where: 614 Main Ave, Fargo
When: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Info: Pre-sale tickets $15, $20 at the door

Get your ticket here.

3. Cellar Swap & Ugly Sweater Party at Junkyard Brewery

Junkyard Brewery is putting a unique spin on the spirit of giving by hosting their very own cellar swap. The concept is simple: bring any beer that you’d like to share to the brewery and place it under their Christmas tree. After that, grab a beer that has been wrapped by someone else and take it home! Once you’re at home, you’re free to open it up and enjoy. More than likely you’ll be drinking something you wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

Junkyard recently expanded to include two tap rooms
Junkyard recently expanded to include two tap rooms

As an added incentive to partake in the good hearted holiday cheer, you are encouraged to wear the ugliest Christmas sweater you own. As a reward, enjoy $1 off any beer your purchase.

You can look forward to live folk and bluegrass music by JT Kennelly from 7-9 p.m.

Here’s The Facts Jack
Where: Junkyard Brewery, 1416 1st Ave N, Moorhead
When: Dec. 19, 4-10 p.m.
Info: Update your RSVP on Facebook.

Five Bars That Will Be Open

No need to call around on Christmas Eve – we've got you covered. Here are some bars that will be open during the holidays. (Just be cool and tip well.)

  1. Dempsey’s 226 Broadway N Fargo - Dec 25, 4-2 a.m.; Dec. 31 & Jan 1, 4-2 a.m.
  2. Front Street Taproom 614 Main Ave N Fargo - Dec 25, 4-12 a.m.; Dec 31, 4-12 a.m.
  3. Sidestreet Grille & Pub 404 4th Ave N Fargo - Dec 25, 11-2 a.m.; Dec 31, 11-2 a.m.
  4. BVLD 3147 Bluestem Dr, West Fargo - Dec 24, 11-5 p.m.; Jan 1, 11- 2 a.m.
  5. Duffy’s 16 12th St S, Fargo - Dec 31- 1, 8-2 a.m

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