This time of year is the perfect time to savor the traditions and reflect upon who we are and what makes us unique. Keep it simple this holiday season by shopping close to home and spending quality time with the family and friends. Choose a gift made by local artisans or attend one of the many events happening across the state. Here are a few options to check out, courtesy of the North Dakota Tourism Department:

  1. It’s North Dakota authentic. Let the Christmas shopping begin! Now is a great time to load up the family and search out that one-of-a-kind present created by neighbors at a regional arts and crafts show. Check out the Pride of Dakota shows and community craft fairs around the state. If you are still seeking that special gift with North Dakota flare, shop on-line at our North Dakota Legendary gift shop.
  2. Something to savor. Family and friends will be home to celebrate the season, so it is the perfect time to introduce them to some of North Dakota’s wine producers and microbreweries on the Beer and Wine Trail. Many wineries and breweries incorporate North Dakota agricultural products such as wheat, honey and fruit, along with other unique local ingredients into their beverages.
  3. Shopping traditions. Black Friday may kick off the shopping mayhem, but there is something to be said about an afternoon with friends and family at the local stores or window shopping along Main Street in your hometown. Several communities have scheduled events to showcase what their downtowns have to offer and many are participating in Small Business Saturday on November 28. Small Business Saturday encourages people to “shop small and support local independent businesses.”
  4. Cherish family moments.Adults may see this as a learning experience, but it’s really just plain old fun for the kids. A variety of learning-based activities catering to youngsters include zoo activities, arts, and even Santa Claus. Make sure you check Bismarck’s Dakota Zoo for information on breakfast and story time with Santa.

These are just a few ideas to savor the season in North Dakota. For more information, go to or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.