N.D. holiday tourism events

BISMARCK — The state Tourism Division suggests these family-friendly events this holiday season.

15th annual Medora’s Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas


Dec. 3-4

Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages come together for the 15th annual event. Activities include wreath ceremony, musical entertainment, eats on the steet, cowboy poetry and fireworks display. http://www.medorandchamber.com/ 701-623-4910.

Frontier Winter at Fort Union

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, near Williston

Dec. 4-5

Journey to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site for a hands-on look at frontier life. The Fort Union Muzzle Loaders will occupy Fort Union, acting the role of American Fur Company employees during the winter. www.nps.gov/fous/index.htm.   701-572-9083

Custer Christmas

Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan

Dec. 11-12

Experience an 1875 Christmas with General Custer on the Dakota prairie. Sing carols and make cookies and decorations. www.fortlincoln.com 701-667-6380.

Christmas at the Confluence

Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, Williston

Dec. 12

Enjoy a wonderful winter concert, make your own hand-crafted ornaments and enjoy special treats during this special Christmas at the Confluence. 701-572-9034

Holiday Train

Hankinson, Enderlin, Harvey, Minot, Carpio

Dec. 15-16

Lighted Canadian Pacific Train rolls through North Dakota with stops in several North Dakota towns. On-board musical entertainment at each stop.  http://www.ndtourism.com/whatdo/events/festival-details.asp?AID=4230

Holly Jolly Zoo Days

Red River Zoo, Fargo

Dec. 18-19

Take the family to the zoo this holiday season and enjoy a variety of holiday activities, visit with Santa Claus, ride the carousel then finish up with hot cocoa and cookies. http://www.redriverzoo.org/ 701-277-9240

Papa’s Polar Patch

Papa’s Pumpkin Patch, Bismarck

Dec. 26-Jan. 3

Visitors of all ages will discover snow-covered bale mazes and caves, old-fashioned sled rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, Slide Mountain, the Polar Pond ice-skating rink, Papas’ville and more. http://www.papaspolarpatch.com/. 701-224-1253.

These are just some of the North Dakota activities and events in December. For more information, go to NDtourism.com