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The holidays are quickly approaching and the Fargo-Moorhead area is gearing up for some festive fun. Here's your guide to local holiday happenings, Santa sightings, and much more!

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Holiday Performances, 10 a.m., West Acres Shopping Center, www.westacres.com.

Santa Phots, Dec.1 - Dec. 24, during mall hours, West Acres Shopping Center, www.westacres.com.

Holiday Lights in Lindenwood Park, Dec.1 - Dec. 31, evening, Lindenwood Park, 701-318-4747.

Santa Village, ongoing through December 23, Rheault Farms, 2902 25th St. S., Fargo, 701-241-8160, www.fargoparks.com. Visit web site for dates and times.

The Blenders, Dec. 9-12, 7:30 p.m. daily, additional 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 12, Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, 701-235-4152/

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Darin Henze and Friends, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Holiday Book Drive, 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S., Fargo, 701-281-1002.

Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Waterford at Harwood Groves, 3418 Harwood Drive, Fargo, 701-476-1200. Vendors include Perfectly Nuts, Wired Up and Maple River Winery; gift selections include jewelry, Christmas crafts, paintings, homemade food items, mittens and more; apple cider and holiday treats will be served.

Holiday Goodies: Make and Take, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead, 218-284-3400. Join us at holiday baking central and take home different types of holiday goodies. You'll work at one station where you'll make your assigned baked treat. At the end of the session, participants will exchange goodies. This is an effective and fun way to make some holiday treats. Bring take-home containers. Fee includes food; $29-$33.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 - Friday, Dec. 3

Festival of Trees, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fargodome, 701-241-9100.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Noon Holiday Concert Series with NDSU Student Ensemble, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Holiday Extravaganza, 10 a.m., Moorhead Center Mall, 510 Center Ave., 218-233-6117.

Friday, Dec. 3

'Tis The Season, First Presbyterian Church, 650 2nd Ave. N., Moorhead, 218-477-2102.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Christmas Card Crafts, Noon., Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N., Fargo, 701-241-1495.

Holiday Fun, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., RDJ Rec Center, 1104 2nd Ave., S., Fargo, 701-241-1650.

Holiday Shopper's Break, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 601 15th Ave. N., Fargo, 701-232-6342.

Christmas Brunch, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Hope Lutheran Church - North Campus, 2900 Broadway, Fargo, 701-235-6629. "Breath of Heaven," a presentation by Ornetta Bergstrom, also music, $10, pre-registration required.

Christmas Cookie Walk, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1420 7th St. N., Fargo. Cookies, candy, fudge sold for $7 per pound.

Santa Visits the West Fargo Library, 2 p.m., West Fargo Library, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Visit with Santa and make a holiday ornament. Bring your camera and enjoy some holiday fun.

Santa Fly-In, Noon - 3 p.m., Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., 701-293-8043.

Saturday, Dec. 4 & Sunday, Dec. 5

Comstock House Holiday Treats and Tours, Noon - 4 p.m., Comstock House, 506 8th St. S., Moorhead, 218-291-4211.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Winter Choir and Brass Concert, 2 p.m.., Festival Concert Hall., Adults $5, Students/Seniors $2, 701-231-7969, ndsu.edu/finearts.

"A Classical Christmas", 7 p.m., St. Mary's Cathedral, 604 Broadway, Fargo, 701-235-4289. Valley City State University Concert Choir and Valkyries, with vocal and instrumental soloists. Free-will offering accepted.

Monday, Dec. 6

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Margie Bailly and Marjorie Schlossman, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Trim the Tree at the Dr. James Carlson Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Library, Fargo, 701-241-1495. Kids and their parents are invited to make decorations and ornaments at the library's annual open house, all materials provided, registration not required.

Tree Lighting, 6 p.m., West Fargo City Hall, 800 4th Ave. E., West Fargo. West Fargo High School Carolers will entertain and hot apple cider and cookies will be served.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Jordan Christianson, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Trim the Tree at the Northport Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fargo Public Library - Northport Branch, 2714 N. Broadway, Fargo, 701-241-1495. Kids and their parents are invited to make decorations and ornaments at the library's annual open house, all materials provided, registration not required.

Storytime at the West Fargo Library: The Red Mitten, 1:30 p.m., West Fargo Library, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Stories, songs and make-and-take crafts for preschoolers.

Swingin' Big Band Christmas Dance Party, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m., Avalon Events Center, 613 1st Ave. N., Fargo, 701-306-9681. FM Kicks plays for dance lessons from 8-9 p.m. and dance to follow 9-11 p.m., with complimentary food. $7 per person, $5 with student ID.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Gingerbread Adventures, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S., Fargo, 701-281-1002.

Trim the Tree at the Fargo Public Main Library, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fargo Public Library, Fargo, 701-241-1495. Kids and their parents are invited to make decorations and ornaments at the library's annual open house, all materials provided, registration not required.

Holiday Goodies: Make and Take, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Moorhead High School, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead, 218-284-3400. Join us at holiday baking central and take home different types of holiday goodies. You'll work at one station where you'll make your assigned baked treat. At the end of the session, participants will exchange goodies. This is an effective and fun way to make some holiday treats. Bring take-home containers. Fee includes food; $29-$33.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Storytime at the West Fargo Library: The Missing Mitten, 6:30 p.m., West Fargo Library, 109 3rd St. E., West Fargo, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Stories, songs and make-and-take crafts for preschoolers.

Crafty Christmas Containers, 7 p.m., West Fargo Library, 109 3rd St. E., West Fargo, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Create one-of-a-kind containers to give your holiday gifts in this year. This class is open to teens and adults. Class size is limited, so please register at the West Fargo Public Library. Admission is free.

"Gingerbread & Jingles" Holiday Vendor Fair, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1420 16th St. E., West Fargo, 701-277-9681.

Friday, Dec. 10

Polar Express Storytime, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S., Fargo, 701-281-1002.

The Notables Christmas Concerts, 1 p.m., Bethany on 42nd; 2 p.m., Bethany Chapel on South University Drive, Fargo. Admission is free.

Missing Mitten Mystery, 3 p.m, West Fargo Public Library, 109 3rd St. E., West Fargo, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Listen to a story and search throughout the library for some missing mittens, prizes will be awarded, admission suggestion is one pair of mittens for the mitten tree. Mittens will be donated to West Fargo school children.

Friday, Dec. 10 & Saturday, Dec. 11

Bonnie Haney Dance and Performace Company Nutcracker and Holiday Show, Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Moorhead High School Stage, 218-236-9900, bonniehaneydance.com. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Half price tickets for youths accompanied with an adult.

The Nutcracker Suite & Holiday Show, Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2:00 p.m., Moorhead High School Theatre, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead, 218-236-9900.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Snowflake Spectacular, 2-4 p.m.., Plains Moorhead Library, 218-233-7594, larl.org. Make spectacular paper snowflakes.

The December Cookie Walk and Holiday Recital by the Red River Dance & Performing Company, 12:30 p.m. walk, 2:00 p.m. recital, Shanley High School Auditorium, Adults $5, Children 5-12 $3, Children under

Fargo SantaCon, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Downtown Fargo.

Holiday Open House, 1-3 p.m., Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County, Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave., N., Moorhead, 218-299-5511.

Singing Santa coming to Fargo-Moorhead, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Olivet Lutheran Church, 701-232-6342.

Red River Finns Christmas Party, Betheseda Lutheran Church, 401 40th Ave. S., Moorhead, 701-281-9303. Potluck at noon, sing-a-long and stories at 1 p.m.

Breakfasat with Santa, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 901 Broadway N., Fargo, 701-235-9226. $7 for adults, $5 for under 12 and over 65, free picture e-mailed with purchase, additional e-mailed or printed pictures $5.

Christmas Bake Sale, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Edgewood United Methodist Church, 3000 Elm St., Fargo, 701-235-2163.

"Let Heaven and Nature Sing," 6 p.m., Knutson Center Centrum, Concordia College, Moorhead, 701-205-0390. With the Master Chorale, wassail and carols at 6 p.m., dinner and concert at 6:30 p.m, call for ticket information.

Santa Fly-In, Noon - 3 p.m., Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., 701-293-8043.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Handel's Messiah, 2 p.m., Festival Concert Hall, Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $5, 701-231-7969, ndsu.edu/finearts.

The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller, 6 p.m., Fargodome, 701-241-9100.

"Let Heaven and Nature Sing," 2 p.m., Knutson Center Centrum, Concordia College, Moorhead, 701-205-0390. With the Master Chorale, dessert and concert, call for ticket information.

"The Reason," 7 p.m., Bethel Church, 2702 30th Ave. S., Fargo. A multi-media Christmas concert presented by PULSE featuring BarlowGirl, Reilly and Dave Lubben; $10.

Monday, Dec. 13

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Concordia College Sax Quartet, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

A Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead. Donations accepted for the Fargo-Moorhead Food Pantry.

Winter Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Fargo South High Theater, 1840 S. 15th Ave., Fargo, 701-446-2157. Students of the Fargo South High band program will perform music featuring standard literature, holiday selections and special guest Larry Homuth. Admission is free.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Silver Winds Flute Quartet, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Storytime at the West Fargo Public Library: Snowman Bob, 1:30 p.m., West Fargo Library, 109 3rd St. E., West Fargo, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Stories, songs and make-and-take crafts for preschoolers.

West Fargo Holiday Light Ride, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., 701-433-5360. Tour bus will leave from the North Elmwood Park parking lot at 500 13th Ave. W., hot chocolate and cookies served in the park office starting at 5:30 p.m., reservations required, $7 fee.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Rosemary Sauvageau, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Holiday Big Band Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., West Acres, JC Penney wing, 3902 13th Ave.S., Fargo.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Noon Holiday Concert Series with Sarah Morrau and Rebekka DeVries, Noon., Plains Art Museum, 704 First Avenue North, Fargo, www.plainsart.org.

Holiday in Bethlehem, Noon - 1 p.m., St. Joseph's School, 1005 2nd Ave. S., Moorhead, 218-233-0553. St. Joseph's school students will be presenting "Holiday in Bethlehem" Dec. 16 at noon and 7 p.m. in the school gym. This is a gift from the students and staff of St. Joseph's school. Everyone is invited and there is no charge.

Holiday Story Hour, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., NDSU Bookstore at Cityscapes, 630 1st Ave. N., Fargo, 701-231-5739. Read Jan Brett's "Gingerbread Baby" and "Gingerbread Friends," also a fun arts and crafts project following the stories.

2010 Holiday Pops Concerts, 7 p.m., Fargo Theatre, Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $6.

Friday, Dec. 17

Pick a Craft, 3 p.m., West Fargo Library, 109 3rd St. E., West Fargo, 701-433-5460, westfargolibrary.org. Give a homemade gift to someone for Christmas this year, there are many crafts to choose from, create a card or ornament, paint a suncatcher and more.

Holiday Open Gym, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., TNT Kids Fitness & Gymnastics Academy, 2800 Main. Ave., Fargo. Drop the kids off at TNT while you go finish your holiday shopping! There will be pit races, obstacle courses, trampolines and much more! $10 for first child, $5 for second child, ages 5-18.

Saturday, Dec. 18

2010 Holiday Pops Concerts, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Fargo Theatre, Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $6.

Santa Fly-In, Noon - 3 p.m., Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., 701-293-8043.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Skating with Santa, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., West Fargo, 701-433-5360. Skate to Christmas music, visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments. A canned food item for the Fargo-Moorhead Food Pantry will be your ticket to get in.

Monday, Dec. 20

Holiday Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., South High Theater, 1840 15th Ave. S., Fargo, 701-446-2156. In honor of a gift of a grand piano to South High School, an original composition for piano and jazz ensemble will be written and performed by two former South High students. Admission is free.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

F-M Golden Notes New Horizons Band Annual Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., NDSU Festival Hall, 1301 12th Ave. N., Fargo, 701-237-5366. Admission is free.

Monday, Dec. 27 - Thursday, Dec. 30

Moorhead Parks and Recreation Sleigh Rides, 1-4 p.m., MB Johnson Park, 218-299-5340.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Holiday Surprises, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S., Fargo, 701-281-1002.

Friday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Musical Revue, FMCT, 333 4th St. S., Fargo, 701-235-6778.

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