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Watford City Christmas Events Kick Off with "Christmas in America" Parade


November 22, 2017 | View PDF

Jim Konsor of the Bakken Oil Rush Ministry reads Christmas stories to kids at last year's event.

Watford City offers an array of exciting Christmas events this season. Christmas begins early the day after Thanksgiving with the Parade of Lights, continues through December with events for kids, and ends with a bang with A Magical Medora Christmas!

The Watford City Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Parade of Lights on Friday, November 24th. The parade begins at 6:30 PM CST, and the theme is "Christmas in America", so expect red, white and blue themed floats. The Chamber has asked local businesses and inviduals to decorate a float for the parade. The parade will begin at the elementary school, head toward First Internation al Bank & Trust, loop around the hospital and head down Main street. Awards will be given to the parade floats voted "best theme" and "best use of lights". Friday is also the day for the 2nd annual Tipsy Turkey Pub Crawl, the fire department's Big Buck contest at Outlaw's, and the 4H Spudfest baked potato bar.

The Bakken Oil Rush Ministry will host its Christmas event at the civic center on December 2nd, beginning at 6:30PM CST. The evening will begin by singing Christmas carols and a reading of the Christmas story from the Bible. A ventriloquist will share a story about the meaning of the "gifts". Children who attend will be given numbers and allowed to choose a toy from the "Toy Mall". Christmas goodies and refreshments will be available. For additional information, contact Jim Konsor at 605-268-0058.

The Rough Rider Center will be hosting Christmas Fest on Saturday, December 9th, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM CST. The entrance fee is $4 per person. The event will feature a visit from Santa, inflatable structures, swimming, a vendor show, and a Christmas tree auction. The auction will be a silent auction from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, with the winners announced at 6:30 PM. Businesses and individuals are asked to donate a decorated tree for the auction. 50% of the proceeds will go to the Watford City Police Foundation's Blue Santas to assist them in providing toys for children in need during the Christmas season. To donate a decorated tree, contact Kylee Roff at 701-713-6913.

If you missed out on a visit to the Medora Musical this summer, you are in luck this holiday season! A Magical Medora Christmas, a variety show featuring four past and present Medora performers, is coming to the Watford City High School on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:30PM CST. Performers include Emily Walter, former host of the Medora Musical; Broadway star and Tony Award winner Jared Mason; and former Broadway Soloist Job Christenson, as well as true-to-the season magic and comedy by Bill Sorensen. Doors open 45 minutes before the show. Tickets are available online at and locally at First International Bank. Shows often sell out quickly, so get your tickets early! Group discounts are available.


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