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Bismarck’s ‘Christmas at the Depot’ brings Christmas alive

Children write letters to Santa while waiting in line for a visit with the “jolly old elf” himself. Jeannie Barton-Northrup

Saturday night’s Christmas at the Depot in Bismarck brought out a festive crowd with the annual parade and a Santa Claus appearance while the Light Up Bismarck Christmas Light Competition began.

Saturday’s light parade kicked off at 5:30 p.m. Despite a sprinkle of rain, people lined the parade route to see floats adorned with many Christmas lights. Harris for Sheriff was the best float of the night and won a $100 prize. Second place went to Unico Bank, and the Tackle Box won third place. After the parade, parents lined up with their children to visit Santa and have snacks at the old train depot. Carolers entertained those who waited in line and wandered Main Street.

Judging for the Christmas light competition takes place Dec. 16. Businesses in Bismarck and homes within a mile of Bismarck city limits are eligible to compete for prizes. To register, stop in at Bismarck City Hall for a registration form. The best businesses will win $100. Five homes will be chosen, with the first-place winner raking in $500. Second, third, fourth, and fifth place will win $350, $250, $150, and $75 respectively.

Unico Bank Wisdom Hauling, The Tackle Box, Bismarck Medical Providers, Carla’s Cafe, Healthy Life Pharmacy, Lady Queene, Mike’s Market, and The Train Station Antiques sponsor competitions for floats, homes, and businesses.

Jeannie Northrup is a staff writer with the Daily Journal. She can be reached at

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