Looks like there is a lot happening this weekend, and most all of it INSIDE!   Get the family together and enjoy!







••MINNESOTA VIKINGS  at Baltimore Ravens SUN 12Noon on FOX.


••BISMARCK BOBCATS HOCKEY  FRI host Brookings. SAT at Brookings.  Home games start at 715 at the VFW Center.


••ND State Bison play Furman  University SAT 230pm at the Fargo Dome in the College Football Playoffs





••20th Annual Dickens Festival is on FRI-SAT-SUN in Garrison  This is a great family getaway where Garrison becomes a quaint Victorian Village.  It’s on FRI-SAT & SUN through Saturday the 14th.  Lighted parade, ride the Queen Elizabus, English Tea, Fruitcake toss, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, troy and tractor collector’s show, and a live presentation of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.”   Their website is dickensfestival.com for more info!


•St. Alexius Hospice 20th Annual Wreath Auction  is on FRI from 8am-3pm at the entrance at 10th & Rosser.  Christmas wreathes, holiday arrangements and a variety of season items will be sold by silent auction.


••”Christmas At Vintage Shop” Is on SAT & SUN at Buckstop Junction.  Enjoy the 7th annual Christmas Open House.  Free coffee & cookies for guests.  Lots of great Christmas gift ideas.  It’s on from 12noon-4pm both days and it’s on through December 21st!   It’s right off the East Bismarck Expressway. 


•”Christmas In The Park” is on a Sertoma Park in Bismarck.  It’s on nightly from 6pm-10pm.  Enjoy the Christmas lights and more.


••Pride Of Dakota Holiday Showcase  is on FRI-SAT & SUN at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall.  All sorts of great things for sale—all made right here in the Dakotas.  FRI 4-9, SAT 9-5 and SUN 11-4.  $2.


••See the Christmas Production—“The Long Christmas Dinner” at the Dakota Stage .  It’s a classic play written by Thornton Wilder.  It’s a delightful drama about several generations of one family and 90 Christmas Dinners.  See the Play this FRI & SAT at 730pm, SUN at 2pm and next WED-THU FRI & SAT at 730pm, and SUN the 15th at 2pm for the final performance.  Dakota Stage is downtown at 412 East Main Avenue.


  ••Mandan Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast  Is on SAT from 630am-1pm at the Mandan Eagles.  $4.  Proceeds benefit local youth activities.    


••6th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair  is on this SAT from 10am-2pm at the Grace Lutheran Church on Main Street is Driscoll.  Complimentary refreshments, while you do your holiday shopping in one location.   Free Admission!!


••Make Your Own Family Christmas Tree Ornaments!  This SAT from 130-330 at the Theo Art School at 1810 Schaefer Street.  $5.  It’s a chance for adults and kids to work together to create special Christmas ornaments. 


••Annual Christmas At Mary Concert at the University Of Mary is on SAT at 730pm and SUN at 3pm on the campus in the Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel.  Great Christmas music celebrating the reason for the season will be presented in both song and dance. 



••Annual Breakfast With Santa Is on SUN at St Mary’s Grade School in Bismarck.   Bring the kids for a warm Sunday morning breakfast and a visit with Santa.  Breakfast from 8am-12noon and the Santa store will be open from 10am-12noon.  808-East Broadway.  FREE, but donations are welcome.


••Christ The King School PTO Breakfast & Bake Sale is on SUN from 830-1230.  It will include an “Omelet Station” along with scrambled eggs, sausage, potato patties, fruit, cinnamon rolls and caramel rolls and more.   Free will donation!  505 10th Avenue Northwest in Mandan.


••Annual Santa Lucia Festival is on SUN at 230pm at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church.  It’s a traditional Swedish festival celebrated each December to bright up the long winter nights.  FREE.  You’re invited to bring along your own special Christmas treats to share.  1143 North 26th in Bismarck.


••Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is on MON at the State Capitol at 5pm in the Memorial Hall.  Music and more.  Everyone is welcome!


••See the 84th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah   You’re invited to enjoy this special presentation SUN at 730pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3rd Street and Avenue A in Bismarck.    FREE!!!




••Learn About Photography at a mini-class at Bob’s Photo at 1019 East Interstate Avenue SAT Morning 10-1130am.  FREE.


••Come & See The Animals!  The Dakota Zoo now has their fall hours and is open FRI-SAT & SUN from 1-5pm weather permitting.    $7 for adults, $4 for children.  


••Family Story Time is on MON from 630-730pm at the Bismarck Public Library.  Enjoy an evening of storytelling for the whole family.  FREE.  515 North 5th Street in Bismarck.


••St. Mary’s High School annual Christmas Concert is on MON at 730pm in the high school gym.   Admission is free.  1025 North 2nd Street in Bismarck!





“Out Of The Furnace” (R)

An ex-con must choose between escaping a life of poverty and rescuing his brother from a life of crime in this drama.  Stars Christian Bale, Casey Afflect, Sam Shepard and Woody Harrelson.


“Inside Llewyn Davis” (R)

Idealistic young folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) struggles to make a name for himself in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s in this fictional period drama from Joel and Ethan Coen.  Stars Oscar Issac, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Casey Mulligan.