Great things to get out and enjoy for Your Weekend!!



••MINNESOTA VIKINGS  host Philadelphia Eagles SUN 12Noon on FOX.


••BISMARCK BOBCATS HOCKEY  FRI at Minot and SAT host Minot   Saturday is the big teddy bear drop—so bring along a teddy bear for kids!  Home games start at 715 at the VFW Center.


••ND State Bison play Coastal Carolina SAT 11am at the Fargo Dome in the College Football Playoffs



EVENTS AROUND TOWN:                   


••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 for more info!


••”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.

••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, and SUN the 15th at 2pm for the final performance.  Dakota Stage is downtown at 412 East Main


••See the classic “Nutcracker” On stage FRI, SAT & SUN at the Belle.   You’ll be transported to a world of magic and wonder.  FRI 730pm,  SAT 230 & 730 and SUN at 230pm.  The Belle is at 201 North 6th Street downtown Bismarck


••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!!


••Jessie Veeder “Winter Songs” Concert is on FRI 730 in Mandan at the Mandan ONE Theater with her full band.  Tickets available at the door.  201-West Main downtown Mandan.


••St Joseph Baking Extravaganza & Home Product Show  Is on SAT from 10-4 and SUN from 9-12 at the St. Joseph School. In Mandan.  Lots of great holiday goodies---like caramels, divinity, fudge and more.  Proceeds go to the school!


••3rd Annual Howliday Dog Wash is on SAT from 10-4 at Groomindgales 422 West Main in Mandan.  It’s a big holiday party with your dogs.  Small dogs $10, medium $15 and large dogs $20.  All dogs get a holiday scarf! 


••13th Annual Cookie Walk is on from 10-3 SATURDAY at the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association at 422 East Front Avenue downtown Bismarck.


••A Victorian reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Caarol”  Is on SAT from 3-5 at the former governor’s mansion.  It will feature University of Mary English Professor Jamieson Ridenhour.  It lasts around 2 hours.  There will be coffee, hot cider and cookies served.   302 East Avenue B Downtown Bismarck.  FREE, but donations to the Red Cross will be accepted.


••Celebration of Christmas is on SATURDAY night at 7pm at Dakota Adventist Academy.   Special dramatic Christmas Music will be presented.  Non-perishables for the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House are welcome.  15905 Sheyenne Circle in Bismarck.


••Bismarck Jaycees annual fund raising event “A Tribute To John Denver”  Will be on Saturday at 2pm at Simle Middle School.  Tickets for adults $10, $5 for kids 12 and younger.   Simle Middle School is located at 1215 North 19th Street in Bismarck.


••Impact Fighting Championships 11  This is the last Impact Fighting Championships for this year.  It’s on SATURDAY 730pm at the Bismarck Civic Center.  10 exciting fights including a first ever women’s fight. 


••Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus presented “Home For The Holidays” Christmas Concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.  It will feature a variety of holiday favorites.  The concert is free and open to the public.  SAT at 730pm and SUN at 4pm.  519-Raymond Street in Bismarck.


••Pancake Breakfast with a visit from Santa is on SUN from 10am-1pm at the Bismarck Eagles Club 313-North 26th in Bismarck.  Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee  $6 for adults and kids 10 and under in free!


••Messiah’s Annual Classical Christmas Concert is on SUN at 4pm.  Choral works by the Messiah Luther Chancel Choir will be featured.   FREE, 1020-Boundary Road in Mandan.


••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.


••Bismarck State College has it’s annual Holiday concert coming up TUES at 730pm.  It’s a tribute to the Christmas Season with both tradition and sacred music.  FREE!  1500-Edwards Avenue in Bismarck.





“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (PG-13)  2:40

Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), his mighty band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and wise wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) embark on a crusade to reclaim Erebor from the vicious dragon Smaug.


“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” (PG-13)  1:40

Madea gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they'll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Jubilee, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.  Tyler Perry, Kathy Najimy star.