Holiday Winterfest returning to Downtown Fargo

The winter event is a wholesome experience for friends and family

As we approach the dreaded dead week and finals week preparation, it’s important to still take a little time for yourself. There’s no better time to do so than at 12-6:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 4 at Fargo’s Holiday Winterfest.

The Holiday Winterfest is an annual celebration just before the end of our fall semester in Downtown Fargo that’s filled with lights, food, ice skating and gift donations unfolding throughout the event. Oh, and did you know that the event is free?

With the event taking place at Second Ave. N. in the heart of Downtown Fargo, it’s not a far drive at all for NDSU students that wish to attend.

With celebrations dampened last year due to slight restrictions and a lingering fear of the pandemic, this year’s numbers in attendance are looking to be much higher than they were in 2020.

This year’s Holiday Winterfest is looking to be one of the biggest and best yet with no shortage of treats, fun and games for everyone attending. Some of the many activities advertised for this year’s celebrations include barrel train rides for the kids, as well as hot cocoa, treats, s’more roasting and gorgeous lights for all ages.

Other activities include, but are not limited to marshmallow roasts, winter photo opportunities at the photobooth and non-competitive ice skating. For those of age, feel free to stop inside one of the many bars in Downtown Fargo after the celebrations and warm up with a nice beverage.

Last but certainly not least, is the heartwarming opportunity to participate in a seasonal gift donation, with gifts going towards less fortunate children in the community and families that won’t be able to afford an abundance o gifts this winter. Whether it be a job loss due to the pandemic or any other reason, every child deserves a smile on their face this holiday season.

The light experience, and Holiday Winterfest in general, leads up to the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. With the holiday light show being arguably the best in North Dakota, few will want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience taking place so close to our home.

Attendees may have hot cocoa, s’mores and firepits, but it would still be smart to dress warmly as Fargo’s temperatures dip down to near-unbearable. Still, it’s the perfect seasonal event to bring friends, family or a date to as the opportunities are everything someone could want out of the holiday season celebrations and then some more.

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