Mandan Holiday Lights on Main

Holiday Festivities take center stage in Mandan Thanksgiving Weekend

The Mandan Progress Organization is celebrating the Holiday season in style with a collection of activities Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy holiday lights, shopping, and most importantly Santa and Mrs. Clause in Mandan!

Lighting Ceremony

The inaugural grand lighting of “Mandan Holiday Lights on Main” will kick off festivities on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by giveaways and hot chocolate in the parks presented by Farmers Union Insurance. Holiday Lights on Main is Mandan’s newest Holiday attraction featuring larger-than-life, interactive displays that will be open nightly from Nov. 25 thru the New Year.

“Mandan is well known for its signature summertime events, and is now going to be the place to visit during the most wonderful time of the year,” said Executive Director Matt Schanandore, “We are encouraging visitors to help give back to the community through our season of giving at the lights.”

Each night at the Holiday Lights on Main, non-perishable food items will be accepted for a local food pantry and free-will donations will help support the attraction and local charity groups. Christmas Trees of Charity will be on display in the Morton Mandan Public Library and visitors may vote for their favorite tree. The winning tree will receive $1,500 towards their organization’s cause.

Santa’s Arrival

On Saturday, Nov. 26, Mandan will host the big man himself! Santa’s Arrival Parade will take place at 12:30 p.m. starting on Collins Ave and heading west to Dykshoorn Park and the Morton Mandan Public Library. Throughout the afternoon, share a Christmas wish with Santa, wagon rides, s’mores and activities in the park. Santa will be at the library from 1-3 p.m. followed by a movie. This will also be the second night of Mandan’s “Holiday Lights on Main.”

Small Business Saturday

Also on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26, shoppers will have a chance to win $500 in Mandan Bucks during the Annual Shop Hop. Those visiting five or more of the 30-plus participating Mandan businesses will be eligible for the prize drawing and other great prizes from local merchants. Ring in the savings with merchants offering great deals to shoppers taking in the annual event. Shop Hop passports will be available at participating businesses.

Main Street Closure Planned

Main Street from Second Ave NW to Fourth Ave NW will be closed for these events on Friday, Nov. 25 from Noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Third Ave NW will also be closed to traffic from Main Street to the alley during the street closure. Motorists are encouraged to use First Street as a detour.

Make sure to use the hashtag, #visitmandan, when sharing all of your fun "Mandan Holiday Lights on Main" photos throughout the holiday season! More details found here!

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