I love the fact that finally a day has been established to shop locally with Small Business Saturday! The Bismarck-Mandan area is blessed with so many unique and specialty shops. Not only do we have the big box stores, we have the small mom and pop stores that thrive by offering so many unique services and products.

In Mandan on Small Business Saturday, the day will be filled with all sorts of great deals and holiday spirit. Downtown Mandan is growing and the beautification project of Main Street is coming together nicely to where it has become a residential and shopping destination.

Santa and Mrs. Clause will be welcomed with their own parade starting at Hardee's and rolling to the 300 block of Main Street. (11/29) Start time for the parade is 10:45 AM. Plus kids can take pictures with The Clause's at Harvest Grill from 11am - 1pm.

This is going to be a fun event. Caroling, covered wagon rides and much more is planned for Downtown Mandan by the Mandan Progress Organization.

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Then at dusk, watch the lights come alive in Dyksoorn Park.

Stay tuned for many more details, including what to expect in Bismarck!

[SOURCE: Mandan Messenger]