Watford City Christmas Bliss Events Scheduled Throughout Nov. & Dec.


November 25, 2020 | View PDF

The 2019 Watford City Parade of Lights. (Photo by Kathy Taylor)

This year, Watford City has a lot of holiday events to offer during the months of November and December. There will be the annual Parade of Lights, Light Up Watford City event for homes and businesses to participate in, Parade of Lights, and the 2nd Annual Candy Cane Lane event.

The Parade of Lights is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27, downtown Watford City. The parade floats will line up at the Badlands Elementary School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the parade will start heading north up the hill to Park Ave., turn right onto 4th Ave., and end at McKenzie County Fairgrounds. 

This year's Parade of Lights float winners will receive a traveling trophy and $250. There will be a prize for the overall outstanding entry that presents and illustrates the parade theme "Christmas Bliss" and a prize for the overall outstanding entry presenting the best use of lights; no registration is necessary.

The Light Up Watford City event is a decorating contest where community members can decorate their homes with lights and register for a chance to win prizes. The Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to light up their homes, set out lawn ornaments, wreaths, and any other holiday decorations that you may have. There will be $250 cash prizes awarded for the three separate themes: Chamber Choice, Simply Christmas, and Clark Griswold. 

To enter the contest, you must register your decorated home by Sunday, Dec. 6. To register, email your name, phone number, and address to [email protected]; judging will take place Dec. 8-10. 

In addition to this, there will also be a Light Up Watford City event for businesses to participate in. Businesses and organizations located within five miles of Watford City are encouraged to decorate their storefronts, windows, buildings, and parking lots. The top three winners will receive a one-year free chamber membership or a one-tier membership upgrade for one year (for existing members). Judging will be based on the use of decorations, lighting, and the overall theme.

To register for the business Light Up Watford City event, email the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce with "BUSINESS LIGHTS" in the subject line and include the name of the business, address, and phone number in the email. 

The 2nd Annual Candy Cane Lane will take place Nov. 27-Jan. 1. This drive-through event takes place at McKenzie County Fairgrounds where the public can view all the Christmas decorations and setups. People or businesses that make a $250 donation to the foundation are invited to set up a Christmas display in a 20' x 15' area (displays must be set on Nov. 27). To reserve a spot or for more information on the Candy Cane Lane event, contact Make A Wish Volunteers at 701-770-6938 or 701-307-0516. Participating in this event is a great way to spread holiday cheer while supporting the Make A Wish Foundation!


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