Area Events


Community volunteers are needed to help trim the Christmas trees at the Twin Valley Living Center on Thursday, November 30th from 9am-3pm. Dinner will be offered at noon, and there will be coffee and goodies served throughout the day.


The Old Fashioned Family Christmas Festival Craft Show will be from 9am-3pm at the Ada-Borup School.

The UMC Horticulture Club & Natural Resources Club are hosting the Winterberry Craft & Vendor Bazaar on Saturday, December 2nd, at UMC's Bede Ballroom from 10am to 4pm. The bazaar is free and open to the public. Vendors and crafters from across the region will showcase a wide selection of unique gifts, clothing, plants, toys, food products, holiday items, and much more for all to enjoy. For more information on the Winterberry Craft and Vendor Bazaar, contact: Laura Bell, at 218-281-8131 or by email at

The Lake Park-Audubon ECFE is hosting their annual Saturday with Santa on Saturday, December 2nd from 10-11:30am at the LPA Elementary South Gym. There will be craft activities for the kids to make and take home to give as gifts, snacks to make and eat, meet Santa & Mrs Claus, and get their picture taken. The LPA Just For Kix dancers will also dance for the crowd.

The Audubon Fire Department will have free photos with Santa on Saturday, December 2nd from 4:30-7:30pm at the fire hall, along with a spaghetti feed, with free will donation accepted.

2017 Winter Fair will be on Saturday, December 2nd from 9am-3pm at the Climax-Shelly School. The event will feature holiday music, door prizes, Christmas gifts, and lunch. Santa will be there from 10am-12-Noon.

Climax Lutheran Parish Youth are sponsoring the 2017 Parade of Trees to be held at the Climax Library, with viewing beginning on Saturday, December 2nd, during the Winter Fair, as well as during regular library hours during the week of December 4th. Set up will be Thursday, November 30th (2-8pm) and Friday, December 1st (5-8pm). To register your tree, contact Jean Vatnsdal at 218-791-3962. A free will offering will be collected to help local youth attending the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston.

Celebrate the holidays with a Christmas show at the Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Saturday, December 2nd. "That Holiday Feeling" by Sinatra & Company will begin at 7:30pm in the Barry J Houglum Auditorium at the Ulen-Hitterdal school. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. For tickets, call 218-596-8853 or email

Santa Day in Hawley will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at the Hawley Community Building, including a free will offering breakfast by the Women of Today, kids can see Santa and shop for family & friends at Santa's Secret Workshop, also horse wagon rides around town from 9am-noon.

The Friends of Rydell and Glacial Ridge Refuge Association will host their annual Christmas Tree Cutting Event on Saturday, December 2, from 9am-4pm, at the south-central portion of Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge (formerly the Lee Nursery) on Highway 32. Signs will be up along the highway, marking the event location. Participants will need to stop at the Glacial Ridge Project Office, located 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 2 on Highway 32, (5.5 miles west of Mentor) to register and get a map to the tree cutting site. There will be coffee, hot apple cider, and cookies available. Volunteers will be available at the site to assist with tree cutting and tie-down, if requested.


Halstad Lutheran Church is having the Men's Potato Dumpling Dinner and Women's Bazaar on Sunday, December 3rd from 11am-1pm in the Halstad Lutheran Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be accepted for the meal. There will also be a silent auction and quilt raffle. A selection of quilts will also be available for purchase, along with Christmas crafts and goodies.

A Pancake Breakfast With Santa Claus will be on Sunday, December 3rd at the Ulen Event Center. The pancake breakfast is from 9am-noon, and sponsored by the Ulen Lions. Pictures and treats with Santa are from 10am-noon, sponsored by the Ulen Civic & Commerce.

Norman County West FFA presents Donkey Basketball on Sunday, December 3rd at the NCW High School in Halstad, beginning at 2pm. Advance Tickets are $7, and will be $10 at the door. Tickets are available from NCW FFA members, Valley Hardware & Supply, the NCW H.S. & Elementary School Offices, or call Rita Olson at 456-2814. Teams will include: NCW Staff/Board/Alumni, FFA Members, Collegiate FFA, and Halstad Businesses.

The Flom Lions are hosting a Pancake Brunch will be on Sunday, December 3rd, at the Flom Community Hall from 9am-1pm. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes and beverages. The cost will be $8 for adults, $4 children 6 to 12, children 5 and under, free. Family Special (parents with school-aged children) $20. The Flom Community Club is sponsoring a visit from Santa from Noon to 1pm. At 1pm, there will be a drawing for an Ice Fishing Weekend, 10” Jiffy Ice Auger, Vexilar Depth Finder, Custom Fishing Rod/$100 Gift Card. (Tickets on sale until 12:00 noon - need not be present to win).

The University of Minnesota-Crookston Commnity Band will perform its fall semester concert on Sunday, December 3rd, 3pm at Kiehle Auditorium. The concert is under the direction of TJ Chapman and is free and open to the public


A Wreath-Making Class will be held at Lake Bemidji State Park on Saturday, December 9th. There will be two session: 9:30am-11:30am and 1pm-3pm. Balsam, pine, and cedar boughs, wreath forms, wire, and red ribbon will be supplied along with a demonstration and easy instructions. Bring your own decorations if you'd like to customize your wreath. The materials fee is $8.50. A maximum of 20 people per session. Registration is required. Call 218-308-2300 by Monday, November 27th to sign up.

The annual Breakfast With Santa will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 8:30-10:30am at the Lake Park City Center. A free will donation will be accepted. Bring a food item for the Food Pantry. The event is sponsored by the Lake Park Fire Department, Lake Park Auxiliary and Women of Lake Park.

The University of Minnesota-Crookston Jazz Band will have its annual Jingle Jazz Concert on Saturday, December 9th, 7:30pm at Kiehle Auditorium. The concert is under the direction of TJ Chapman and is free and open to the public


The Hillsboro Business Association's Christmas Carnival will be on Sunday, December 10th from 11:30am-2pm at the Hillsboro Armory. Activities include Games Galore bounce houses, coloring contest, and a lunch. Santa will be at the carnival from 12:30-2pm, and sleigh rides from noon-2pm. Admission to the carnival is $1 or a food pantry item. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be making stops in Northwestern Minnesota on Tuesday, December 12th. Stops are in Detroit Lakes from 2:45-3:15pm; in Mahnomen from 4:20-4:50pm; in Plummer from 6:15-6:45pm; in Thief River Falls from 7:45-8:15pm. Please bring a canned food item to donate. Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott will be the performers for the event.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present “The Snowman” on Tuesday, December 12th 7pm at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. "The Snowman" animated film of classic children's book tells the endearing story of a young boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life. The BSO performs the beautiful soundtrack live with the film. Also on the program are songs and carols that are guaranteed to put you in the spirit of the holidays! Tickets are available at the door, as well as at Adult $20, Seniors 62+ $15, college students with ID $10. Students grades K–12 admitted free. All seats general admission. Doors open for seating at 6:30 pm.  


The Fosston High School Honor Society is collecting jackets, boots, gloves, snow pants, hats, etc for its 4th Annual Winter Clothing Drive, running now through December 15th. The items can be used, but still in good condition. All donations will be given to people in the community, homeless shelters, and women's shelters in the region. Donation boxes are located at the Fosston High School, Palubicki's, Depot Foods, Fosston Library, Cenex in Bagley, Ultima Bank in Winger & Fosston, and Calvary Free Lutheran Church of Fosston. With any questions or if you're in need of a donation, contact Sierra Gilbertson at 218-435-1909 or email


Wild Rice Conservation Club's Ice Fishing Derby will be on Saturday, December 16th. Weigh in is from 7:30-8pm at the Twin Valley Liquor Store. Prizes for the largest walleye, northern, bass and other.