It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. 

The trees are collecting snow, homes are lit up with decorations, and the air is filled with notes of Bing Crosby’s voice. 

With all the hustle and bustle that the season typically brings, it’s important to make time for fun and family. 

Thankfully for those in the Bismarck area, a number of holiday events help provide those opportunities. 

Here are seven fun-filled events to go alongside your customary Christmas plans and traditions. 


Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker

Bismarck Event Center — November 22

Few events are as spectacular to witness as the 1892 classic, The Nutcracker.

The Moscow Ballet gives a stunning performance, full of world-class dance, ornate costumes, remarkable sets, and a beautiful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s score. 

It’s the perfect show to kick off the holiday season. 

Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm. Make sure to book your tickets in advance. 


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Bismarck Event Center — November 25 

The musical edition of the classic story of Rudolph is a hit for all ages. 

The cast of Santa, Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Rudolph, and the rest of the squad all tell the feel-good story of reveling in one’s own unique gifts. 

The show begins at 7:30pm, with the doors opening a half hour prior. Reserve your tickets here to ensure a seat. 


Breakfast with Santa

Bismarck Event Center — November 30

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Santa is making his arrival in Bismarck.

From 9am – 11am, Mr. Claus will be hosting breakfast and activities for every attendee. Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon artists, bouncy houses, and a chance to meet the man in the red suit. 

Tickets are $6 for ages 3-12, and $8 for adults. Find more details at the event’s page. 


Tree Lighting Ceremony

Peace Park — November 30

For the very first time, Peace Park will play host to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 

The event is free, and will feature a warm greeting from Mayor Bakken, caroling, and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. 

Immediately following the lighting ceremony, Santa will lead attendees to the Bismarck Event Center for holiday beverages and treats. 

Find all the details of the event here. 


Stories With Santa

Dakota Zoo — December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Every weekend afternoon in December, Santa will be at the Dakota Zoo to share stories and take photos with children. 

Dakota Zoo members receive free admission. Be sure to check the zoo’s schedule of events for exact dates and times. 


Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase

Bismarck Event Center — December 6-8

The Holiday Showcase is coming to Bismarck, and it’s the perfect event to shop Pride of Dakota products for those on your shopping list. 

Hundreds of vendors will supply gourmet food, art, books, jewelry, sporting goods, home decor, apparel, toys, pet supplies, and more. 

Admission is free, and the event lasts nearly all weekend starting on December 6. Find more info on the event here. 


Northern Plains Dance: The Nutcracker

Belle Mehus Auditorium — December 13-15

The Nutcracker is back again, and is performed in the Belle Mehus Auditorium by Northern Plains Dance. 

As a local non-profit organization, Northern Plains Dance has been performing The Nutcracker for over two decades in the Bismarck area. The production captures all of the magic of the cherished holiday show. 

You can purchase tickets on the Northern Plains Dance website. 


Of course, there are plenty of other holiday events happening around the Bismarck area. These are simply seven of the top activities to help kick-start your December plans. 

To check out some more holiday events, visit Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events. 

From all of us at the EverSpring Inn & Suites, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!