Santa Claus coming to town

FAIRMONT — Santa and Mrs. Claus, direct from the North Pole, will arrive at the Fairmont Municipal Airport via the North Pole Express around 4 p.m. Nov. 16.

Everyone is invited to greet their arrival. Cameras are welcome.

Later in the evening, Fairmont will kick off the holiday season with the annual Glows parade, complete with pre- and post-parade activities.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Have a question or a last-minute parade entry? Contact the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce at (507) 235-5547 or visit its website at

Immanuel Lutheran Church will serve chili and oyster stew from 5-8 p.m. at 1200 N. North Avenue.

The MCSAP Coalition will host a Youth Fun Night until 10 p.m. at the Martin County Youth for Christ Lighthouse, 213 Downtown Plaza. All Martin County YoCo students and friends are invited to join them during and after the parade for pizza, hot chocolate, snacks, games and music. Call Steph Johnson at (507) 236-4118, or the Lighthouse at (507) 235-6016 for details.

Fairmont Opera House will feature a performance of “Sleeping Beauty” by the Continental Ballet Company beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Ballet returning to Opera House

FAIRMONT — The Continental Ballet Company of Minneapolis will present its production of “Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Fairmont Opera House.

Four local dance students from Borchardt’s Dance Company and Dancin’ Plus will be involved in the production.

The Continental Ballet Company was founded in 1988 by Riet Velthuisen, a native of Holland who danced with the Dutch National. The company is dedicated to providing opportunities for children and families to experience the art of classical ballet through performances, classes and community activities.

The ballet “Sleeping Beauty” has been staged by Riet Velthuisen using the original music by Tchaikovsky and the addition of some of Mrs. Velthuisen’s original choreography. In this classic children’s fairy tale, Princess Aurora has a spell cast on her that has put her to sleep for 100 years. She can only be awakened by a kiss from her true love. The ballet will show the celebration upon her awakening.

Tickets for Continental Ballet Company can be found at or by calling (507) 238-4900. Students of Borchardt’s Dance Company and Dancin’ Plus are free for this show with a paying adult.