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Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Downtown Minot

The Christmas tree is shown at the end of Main Street Wednesday. The tree, donated by Enbridge and put in place by Hight Construction, was trimmed with lights by SRT and decorated by volunteers from The Pursuit in Minot. The tree lighting will take place today from 5:30-6 p.m. Ashton Gerard/MDN

The tree has been trimmed, the lights are ready and businesses downtown have prepared to host the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Open House today along Main Street. This celebration is made possible by the volunteers and business owners of the Minot Downtown Business & Professional Association.

The fun downtown will begin at 3:30 p.m. with an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Taube Museum of Art. Take time to visit and take photos with Santa, make sure you’re on the nice list and enjoy some cookies.

The main gallery is hosting its annual Festival of the Arts featuring a wide variety of local artists with work for sale. Also check out Minot State University student and Taube Gallery Manager Charles Lee’s fist solo exhibition opening reception “Combing Out My Brain” in the lower gallery.

The Depot will be open from 3-9 p.m. with a Food Hall, Libations & Live Music event. Food vendors Nordic Waffles and Tim Dandy’s BBQ & Smoked Meats will be set up just outside the Depot to serve up some grub. Available inside The Depot will be a warm place to sit and relax, libations from coffee to cocktails, restrooms and live music. A portion of the proceeds from The Depot’s food hall will be going back to the MDBPA to support more events in downtown Minot.

Performances by the Minot Chamber Chorale giving a sneak peak of their Renaissance Christmas, directed by Emerson Eads, will take place from 5-5:30 p.m. and 6-6:45 p.m.

Local musician Max Patzner will close out the night from 7-9 p.m. with a lively, acoustic performance. Though some of the businesses will shut down in the evening to prepare for Small Business Saturday, it was important to Jessica Ackerman and The Depot to stay open and give residents an additional space downtown to visit with friends and family and enjoy time together downtown.

Wagon rides at Main Street and Central Avenue will be taking place from 4-7 p.m. The SubZero Winds will be performing at Lien’s Jewelry from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and again from 6-7. p.m.

The main old fashioned tree lighting and Christmas carols will be taking place on Main Street from 5:30-6 p.m.

For more information, visit the MDBPA on Facebook, @DowntownMinot. For a full list of events, visit the Old Fashioned Christmas Open House event page on Facebook.

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