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"Christmas Capital of North Dakota" Readying for the Season

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It may seem like summer was just around the last corner, but "'Tis the Season" is already upon us.

Like many North Dakota towns, this one is seeing its share of activity thanks to a robust energy industry and a strong overall economy.  But soon, familiar shops, restaurants, businesses and churches all along Main Street will be transformed.

The Dickens Village Festival is coming to Garrison -- decorating started today -- and when it does, this town becomes the "Christmas Capital of North Dakota."

"New this year we're putting together an entire package to spend a day at Dickens.  That's a $45 offer and we're including an English high tea, a double decker bus ride, an afternoon entertainment ticket and $10 Garrison bucks that can be used at any local store or at our street vendors, and then we're also putting in the play ticket," says McKaila Matteson, Director, Garrison Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Every year, the town features a live play, "A Christmas Carol," and this year is no different.  To celebrate the 20th Festival, they're performing a musical -- complete with 50 cast members.

The Dickens Village Festival runs from November 29th to December 1st, then again on December 6th and 7th, and December 13 and 14th.  For tickets and more information, go to www.dickensfestival.com.  The Garrison Convention and Visitors Bureau says they estimate about 1,000 people visit the Festival each day.


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