30 FUN THINGS TO DO IN BEMIDJI FOR CHRISTMAS

OUTDOORS

December 5 & 12, 2019

The Story Tree Preschool Program

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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Young nature explorers are invited to The Story Tree (dibaajimowaatig) Preschool Program to discover nature through a variety of activities like stories, crafts, games, short walks.

December 16, 2019

24th Annual Itasca State Park Winter Bird Count

ITASCA STATE PARK 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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This holiday season take part in the nation-wide Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Explore Itasca’s count area in search of our winter bird residents. Stay a few hours or spend the whole day. Information collected is used to track migration patterns and changes in winter bird species abundance throughout North America.

December 21, 2019

Winter Solstice Celebration

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

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Winter Solstice has been celebrated all over the world for thousands of years and signals the first day of winter. It is the shortest day and longest night of the year, however, days start getting longer and nights get shorter signaling the coming spring. After learning about this special day, we will make a nature-inspired Winter Solstice lantern.

MUSIC & DANCE

December 3, 2019

SUBSCRIPTION CONCERT [3] “Rhythms of the Season”

BHS AUDITORIUM 7:00 PM

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Music educator and former Burning Hills Singer Brandon Box Higdem will bring down the house this year for our holiday concerts. Don’t miss this special evening as Brandon dazzles us with your holiday favorites as sung by Michael Bublé and more!

December 8, 2019

Bemidji Chorale Christmas Concert

CALVARY LUTHERN CHURCH 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM

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Join Bemidji State University for their Winter Choir Concert!

December 11, 2019

BSU Voltage Concert

BANGSBERG RECITAL HALL 7:30PM

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Voltage is the student Electronic Music MIDI Ensemble at BSU and is under the direction of Greg Gaston The unique music performed by the group is realized by utilizing totally electric instruments including EWI, MalletKat, synthesizers, guitars, basses, sequences, samples, loops, Wavedrum, Octapad and sampled MIDI percussion.

December 14, 2019

Decade the Halls

SANFORD CENTER 7:00PM

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Tenth Avenue North presents Decade the Halls with music by Plumb and special guest Land of Color.

Heralded as “a Christmas experience unlike any other,” the “Decade The Halls” Tour brings a whole new meaning to the timelessness of Christmas. Featuring both traditional Christmas favorites and original Christmas songs, Tenth Avenue North performs in the styles of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s up to the present. This will be a memorable night of music, pageantry and time travel!

December 20, 2019

Live Music!

BRIGID’S PUB 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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Join us for an evening of Jazz featuring Sam Miltich, Briand Morrison and Matthew Miltich.

December 21 & 22, 2019

First City Dance presents the Nutcracker

HISTORIC CHIEF THEATER

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Also, Don’t miss! December 21, 2019
Nutcracker Meet & Greet & Craft
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Come enjoy our annual performance of the Nutcracker!! Join us for one of our three (or ALL THREE if you’re feeling extra festive!) performances at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

December 30 & 31, 2019

Inflatable Fun Festival

SANFORD CENTER

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Bouncy House Fun for Everyone! Join us at the Sanford Center for the Inflatable Fun Festival brought to you by Coca Cola of Bemidji! There’s even a New Years Eve Balloon Drop for the kiddos!

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

December 3, 2019

Wood Slice Ornament Decorating Class

TREEHOUSE @ COMPASS ROSE 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Drop-in and create an ornament or two for your tree! Makes great gifts for teachers and friends as well! We’ll have all the supplies you’ll need.

December 4, 2019

International Street Food: Turkish Cuisine

HARMONY FOOD CO-OP 5:30 p.m.

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Kebabs and beyond! Angie Ness’ incredibly popular cooking class series “International Street Food” returns to the community kitchen on Wednesday, Dec. 4th, for a voyage to Turkey. This one will fill up quickly, so make sure to reserve your spot today!

December 5, 2019

Buffalo Plaid Tree Class

TREEHOUSE@COMPASS ROSE 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

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Join us and create this trio of buffalo plaid trees.

December 7, 2019

Adult Holiday Giftmaker Workshop

WATERMARK ART CENTER 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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Join us for this multi-project maker workshop to create gifts from the hand and heart. Projects include…Knotted Gemstone Necklace, Stamped Metal Jewelry (Choose key chain or necklace…various fobs available), and Silk-screened Embellished Pouch.

December 10, 2019

Cookie Decorating for the Kiddos

THE TREEHOUSE @ COMPASS ROSE 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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You want to carry on the tradition of holiday cookie decorating without destroying your kitchen? We hear you friend!! Join us at The Tree House for some creative and messy holiday cookie decorating!

December 11, 2019

Finnish Holiday Cookies

HARMONY FOOD CO-OP 5:30 p.m

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Cookies with a side of culture! Join Aili Kultala, in Harmony’s Community kitchen, for a traditional Finnish holiday favorite – pinwheel cookies, or joulutorttu! We will be mixing, shaping, baking, and (of course) eating delicious cookies, while we learn about Finnish cultural traditions around the holidays.

December 12, 2019

Decorate Cookies Like A Boss-Adult Class

THE TREEHOUSE @ COMPASS ROSE

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Learn how to make your cookies look like you run a bakery in your free time. Join us to learn some tips and tricks on next level cookie decorating.

December 13-15, 2019

Nordic Holiday Workshop

CONCORDIA NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE VILLAGE

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During this 3-day workshop, participants will be baking and crafting to their hearts content. Holiday traditions and recipes from the entire Nordic world will be featured. Enjoy your stay at Skogfjorden by sitting around the bål in Gimle with a sumptuous mug of warm gløgg, meals prepared by culinary masters or visiting “Shop The World” where all the village stores will be set up for your gift-giving needs.

December 14, 2019

Wreath-making 101

LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM

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If you’ve never made your own evergreen wreath, or even if you have, here’s an opportunity to learn how–and take yours home! Balsam, pine, and cedar boughs, wreath forms, and wire will be supplied, along with a demonstration, easy instructions, and decorating ideas.

December 14, 2019

Kids Holiday Giftmaker Workshop

WATERMARK ART CENTER 1:00 PM – 3:00PM

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Bring your holiday spirit and imagination to this multi-project gift making workshop. Kids will create a flurry of fun gifts.

December 17, 2019

Holiday Theme Family Open Crafting

THE TREEHOUSE @ COMPASS ROSE 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Tis the season for crafting with the kiddos! Join us and our huge collection of crafting supplies. We’ll have some holiday craft examples to inspire you but the rest is up to your imagination!

December 19, 2019

Soups and Stock

HARMONY FOOD CO-OP 5:30 PM

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Minnesota winter means soup weather–but we’re not talking the canned stuff! Join expert chef Amber Lynne of the Table for 7 Pop-up Dinner series for an in-depth, hands-on dive into soups, stews, and stocks for all skill levels.

December 21, 2019

Nutcracker Meet & Greet & Craft

THE TREEHOUSE @ COMPASS ROSE

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Meet the cast of the First City Dance Studio Nutcracker Production at The Tree House before they hit the stage for their final performance of the season. Get your picture taken with your favorite character, enjoy some hot chocolate, and paint your very own nutcracker ornament to take home!

December 21, 2019

Family Create: Holiday Trees

WATERMARK ART CENTER 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Create fantastical Holiday Trees. Various tree trimmings and acrylic paint colors will be available.

December 31, 2019

Good Food for the New Year

HARMONY FOOD CO-OP 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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Harmony Co-op Explorers is a free program designed for children ages 12 and younger. Something new each month, the Explores learn to cook together, build together, or craft together. From baking bread to making snow-globes, dying eggs, to building birdhouses — kids just have fun–together!

CRAFT FAIRS & THE ARTS

December Exhibits

Watermark Art Center

FOUR GALLERIES
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

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December 6, 2019

Opening Artist Reception: Vern Northrup

WATERMARK ART CENTER 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Watermark’s four galleries host rotating free exhibits, open to the public seven days a week.

November 1st – January 31, 2020 “Beyond Whiteness” in the Lakeview Gallery.

December 6th – February 28, 2020 “Akinomaage, Teaching from the Earth” in the Miikanan Gallery.

October 7th – January 24, 2020 “Looking East-Japanese and Western Prints and Ceramics” in the BSU Harlow/Kleven Gallery.

October 4th – December 21stIt’s Only Clay ” (IOC) National Juried Ceramics Exhibit & Competition in the Kaul Gallery.

December 12-15, 2019

Shop the World!

CONCORDIA LANGUAGE VILLAGES

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Shop for all your holiday gifts at the Concordia Language Villages “Shop the World.”

Find Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish gifts including giftware, books, clothing, ornaments, candies, baked goods, and more!

December 14, 2019

Holiday Market Vendor & Craft Show

TREEHOUSE at COMPASS ROSE 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Find unique gifts and support local businesses and crafters.

December 14, 2019

9th Annual Holidays by Hand Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

BEMIDJI HIGH SCHOOL 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Join us for the 9th Annual Holidays By Hand Fine Arts and Crafts Festival! This year promises to be yet another fantastic year, featuring all hand-made items from pottery to fudge. With an estimated 75+ artists participating, this is our areas largest Holiday Craft ONLY event!

Closed Tuesdays and Thanksgiving Day

Headwaters Science Center

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Join us at the Headwaters Science Center for scientific discovery and love of learning for all! Hands-on science and technology exhibits and programs run all weekend. Call for weekend events, including the not to be missed favorite of Snake Feeding on Saturdays! 218-444-4472

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

Beltrami County History Center

NOON TO 4:00 PM

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Interpretive exhibits and educational programs give visitors an opportunity to learn about the area’s railroad system, logging industry, Ojibwe life, the coming of pioneers, and even a historical view of northern Minnesota sports.

LODGINGS

WELCOMING YOU TO BEMIDJI

Stay in Bemidji for your March adventure and you have 14 comfortable lodgings to choose from, each comfortable and conveniently close to whatever activities you have planned for your visit. Many of the lodgings are lakeside with water rentals available. A number of the lodgings feature delicious dining either on premise or nearby. There are accommodations right on the bike, snowmobile and walking trails, and many easy walking distances from downtown, shopping, or the Bemidji Convention Center.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites
Best Western Bemidji Inn
Candlewood Suites Bemidji
Country Inn & Suites
Double Tree by Hilton
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express Bemidji
Island View Lodge
Kohl’s Resort
Lake Bemidji Bed & Breakfast
Quality Inn
Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge
Super 8
White Pines Resort