The weather had been threatening some perilous low temperatures this weekend, but they’ve slowly started to climb to bearable levels. There’s lots of indoor events this weekend to keep you warm, with a couple of outdoor options for the more adventurous among us. Santa will be extra busy on Saturday making rounds in Otter Tail County with appearances at the Dalton Community Center, Erhard City Hall, the Fergus Falls Public Library and the Fergus Falls Eagles Aerie. The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is inviting kids to come make lots of crafts for friends at home and in nature, while Outstate Brewing Company is hosting their grand opening for anyone looking for a place to stay warm this weekend. Throw on some thermals and get out there!
1. Dalton is celebrating their annual Dalton Christmas Fest this Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at noon. Activities will be happening throughout Dalton, including A Center for the Arts’ children’s choir concert at the Opera House at 2 p.m. and marshmallow roasting at the fire station starting at 3 p.m. The Community Center will also be hosting lots of fun things to do like a vintage photo booth, live Nativity, a visit from Santa Claus and holiday cartoons with Christmas treats, hot chocolate, cider and more, starting at 3 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., visitors can have soup and sandwiches at the Community Center and then take a horse-drawn sleigh ride or drive through the Threshing Village Tour of Lights. At 7 p.m., the vocal jazz group Front & Center Singers will be caroling at the Community Center.
2. There’s lots of kid-friendly holiday events on Saturday with Santa making lots of appearances, starting at 10 a.m. with Santa Storytime at the Fergus Falls Public Library. Santa will be reading stories to kids and there’s an opportunity to visit with him and get photos taken.
Erhard Santa Day starts at 11:30 a.m. Santa will be at Erhard City Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with treats, a craft and hayrides (weather permitting).
Next, at 2 p.m. is both the Eagles annual kids christmas Party from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and A Prairie Crafty Christmas from 2 to 4 p.m. The Eagles Annual Kids Christmas Party will be upstairs at the Eagles Aerie in Fergus Falls with games and activities like face painting, coloring contest, cookie decorating, fish pond, bean bag games and ornament making, and a special guest at 3 p.m. A Prairie Craft Christmas is at the Prairie Wetland Learning Center in the lower level dining hall. Storytime with Ms. Arielle of the library will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. followed by lots of craft making including ornaments, paintings, popcorn and cranberry garlands for birds and cookie decorating along with hot cocoa and an outdoor guided winter stroll.
3. If you need a break from all the holiday fun, try some locally brewed beer at Outstate Brewing Company, which is hosting their grand opening from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. with Bison football starting right away, food from Hot Dish and Fish Factor 108 available starting at 12 p.m. and acoustic musicians starting at 2 p.m. and going into the evening. Outstate Brewing Company is located at 309 S. Vine St. in Fergus Falls.