Mandan Progress Organization
The Custer Christmas holiday tradition returns to Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, with a variety of activities and amusements for kids and adults planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
“Custer Christmas gives people a chance to escape the busy holiday season, if only for an afternoon, says Park Manager Dan Schelske.
Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Custer House decorated in the traditional Victorian style, have a meet and greet with General George Custer, or join the state park interpreters in decorating the tumbleweed Christmas tree. There is an opportunity for people to make their very own Victorian Christmas ornaments as a free souvenir. Sleigh rides on Cavalry Square are available both days.
“We want people to have a relaxing afternoon,” says Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park Interpretive Coordinator Matt Schanandore. “They can string popcorn for the tree, or just enjoy frosting a cookie with homemade frosting, or enjoy a brisk ride around Cavalry Square on a sleigh.”
In the Commissary visitors can take old-fashioned photographs dressed up as soldiers or laundresses, individually or as a family for FREE. The Commissary Store and Coffee Shop are open during the event, offering holiday gift ideas and serving hot chocolate, apple cider and the finest gourmet coffee drinks around.
Admission to the event is $6 per adult and $4 per student. The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department has waived the vehicle entrance fee in honor of Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park’s Visitor Appreciation Weekend.
For more information about Custer Christmas and Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, visit www.parkrec.nd.gov or call 701-667-6340.
Mandan’s Holiday Shopping Promotion Begins on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30
Make memories in Mandan this holiday season. Give your family the gift of fun and fellowship during Mandan’s downhome Christmas celebration complete with the arrival of Santa Claus, a near month of special shopping deals, and a holiday community social and business showcase.
Santa’s Arrival. Santa and Mrs. Claus will parade down Mandan’s Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10:45 a.m. Children may visit Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harvest Grill, 308 W Main Street. Santa’s appearance on the holiday scene in Mandan coincides with Small Business Saturday, a day between Black Friday and Cyber Monday dedicated to supporting small businesses. Doses of nostalgia will be plentiful with wagon rides, caroling and a chance to make s’mores at the nearby Mandan Progress Organization headquarters, the historic beanery building at 411 W Main. Fifth grade students from various elementary schools in Mandan will also be decorating a Community Christmas tree by the former train depot. All activities are free.
Holiday Shop Hop. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 24, many Mandan businesses are offering special sales. . Explore Mandan’s business community to find unique gifts and benefit from discounts. Participating businesses include Aid Thrift Store, BREA boutique, Central Market, Five Nations Arts, Golden Comb, Harvest Brazilian Grill, Hirsch Florist, Jerry’s Vacuum Center, Leingang Chiropractic and Wellness, Low Vision Products, Quality Home Furniture, Raging Rivers Water Park, Station West Bar & Grill, Susie Q’s Craft Emporium, The Purse Store, Medicine Shoppe, and Zoovio. A flyer showing locations of these businesses and their sales is posted above and downloadable here. The flyer also will be circulated throughout the community.
Holiday Community Social & Business Showcase, Dec. 3. Gather with family, friends and co-workers from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Harvest Grill, 308 W Main Street. Enjoy wine, beer, appetizers, desserts, musical entertainment and the chance to purchase Christmas gifts from a variety of local businesses. Booths at the event include the Bismarck Mandan Stock Car Association, Brea boutique, Jerry’s Vacuum, Leingang Chiropractic and Wellness, Low Vision Products, Suzy Shuze-N-Starz, The Golden Comb, Susie Q's Craft Emporium, The Purse Store, and Zoovio. Door prizes will be awarded. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at the MPO office, or $25 at the door.
For more info about holiday activities, call 751-2983.
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The MPO would like to Welcome the following
New & Growing Businesses in Mandan
And Our New Individual Members
To the Mandan Progress Organization
Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association
MERCHANDISE is available at the MPO office. We have T-shirts, caps, cups, etc.
Visit the Mandan Progress Organization at 411 W Main Street.
Visitor Information Sign. Located at the juncture of east Main Street, Memorial Highway and Mandan Avenue. The purpose is to alert visitors and residents to community events. To submit an activity or event, send an e-mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding types of activities eligible to be listed, download the usage policy.
Mandan Progress Organization hours are
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.