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Less Than 60 Days Until Christmas Get Your Shopping and Holiday Spirit Started Today

Today, Monday, Oct. 26, tickets go on sale for the 25th annual MeritCare Festival of Wreaths. The event takes place Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Ramada Plaza Suites Crystal Ballroom, Fargo. Events include English Tea, Girls' Night Out, shopping, breakfast and lunch events with Santa, a formal gala, and more. Proceeds from this year's event will be used by MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center to fund embrace – a survivorship program to help patients facing cancer find hope within each other.

Today, Monday, Oct. 26, tickets go on sale for the 25th annual MeritCare Festival of Wreaths. The event takes place Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Ramada Plaza Suites Crystal Ballroom, Fargo. Events include English Tea, Girls' Night Out, shopping, breakfast and lunch events with Santa, a formal gala, and more. Proceeds from this year's event will be used by MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center to fund embrace – a survivorship program to help patients facing cancer find hope within each other.

All Festival of Wreaths activities are open to the public. Reservations are required for some activities. Tickets are available by calling the MeritCare Foundation at (701) 234-6190 or (800) 437-4010, ext. 6190, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, or may be purchased online at festivalofwreaths.meritcare.com.

Following is the line-up of this year's events:

Open House Shopping Extravaganza, Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Early shoppers receive a 15 percent discount at MeritCare Gifts' Holiday Shop on Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shops: Alpine Village features miniature trees and gingerbread houses created by local chefs and artists. The MeritCare Gifts' Holiday Shop is filled with an assortment of decorations and other holiday-related items. A quick lunch is available on Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Silent auction: Available throughout the weekend festivities.


  • English Tea at Three, Friday, 3-4:30 p.m.

  • Tickets: $25, reservations required.
    An afternoon social to include a traditional English tea experience as presented by the British Club of Fargo-Moorhead.

  • Girls' Night Out, Friday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

  • Tickets: $35, reservations required.
    This event includes a style show, wine, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment and shopping.

  • Breakfast or Pizza with Santa, Saturday, 9 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.

  • Tickets: $15 adults, $12 children 10 and under. Reservations required.
    Children have the opportunity to dine with Santa, sing songs and receive goodie bags.

  • Gala, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. social, 8 p.m. dinner

  • Tickets: $100 per person, reservations required.
    A gourmet dinner followed by an exciting, live auction filled with unique holiday items.