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December in Medora

December in Medora

by Alix Johnson | November 28, 2022

The weather outside may be frightful, but Medora is a delightful winter wonderland this time of year! With bison and buttes, snow and sweeping vistas, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to explore on a winter day. And in the charming town of Medora, you’ll find shopping, dining, and entertainment galore. So bundle up and hit the road – you’ll be glad you did!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora ND are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and enjoy the simple things in life. The fresh air, tranquil scenery and friendly people are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. So whether you’re a nature lover, history buff or just need a little rest and relaxation, Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, ND are the perfect place to be. Here’s our recommendations to make the most of your getaway!

Entertainment

Celebrate this holiday season with wonderful music, comedy, and inspiring Christmas cheer at Very Merry Badlands Christmas. This holiday favorite is wonderful for the entire family! Celebrating the Christmas season with Medora Musical stars of the past and present who bring you some of the season’s very best music in the charming Old Town Hall Theater that will remind us all of the reason for the season!

Dining

Mosey over to Theodore’s Dining Room — conveniently located in the Rough Riders Hotel, so there’s no need to get dressed for the cold! Theodore’s is open all year for breakfast, dinner and drinks. Ask about their winter specials!

Shopping

Check off your Christmas list with unique finds at Rough Riders Gift. Their shelves are overflowing with art, jewelry, accessories, and housewares. If you have a foodie on your holiday shopping list the kitchen section is a do not miss! 

Next door to Rough Riders Gift you’ll find Lilly & Zella’s. Stop by for women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry and made-in-America goods. 

Cozy Up

Check-in at the Rough Riders Hotel. This time of year the lobby is decorated for Christmas cheer! Stop by during Medora’s 26th Annual Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas for photos with Santa or take a moment to settle in by the hearth with a coffee and a book from the largest private library of books on, and by, Theodore Roosevelt.

Explore More In Medora

More to Do

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Experience the magic of the stunning, snowcapped badlands with a drive – or a hike for those brave enough – through North Dakota’s national park. Winter offers sweeping landscapes unlike any other time of the year. Learn more about Teddy Roosevelt National Park here. 

Chateau de Mores

The Chateau de Mores memorializes the life and activities in North Dakota of Antoine de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Mores, who arrived in 1883 and founded a new town, named after his wife, Medora. Visit history.nd.gov to learn more and see hours of operation.

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Medora’s history was built on the back of a horse. Experience the legends of cowboys, cowgirls and the Native Americans in this immersive museum experience. Visit northdakotacowboy.org to learn more and see hours of operation.

More to Eat

Boots Bar & Grill

Grab a seat at this mellow spot offering steaks, burgers & other basics, plus brews & wines in homey digs with a patio. Learn more at bootsbarmedora.com.

The Little Missouri Saloon

Medora’s oldest Saloon & Steakhouse. Established as a place where cowboys could hang their hats, the Little Missouri Saloon has a long history of great food, friends and drinks! Learn more at littlemosaloon.com.

Uncork’d

Full Service Wine, Beer and Spirits Bar also featuring small plate food options! Learn more at www.medorauncorkd.wine.

Hidden Springs Java

Coffee Shop to start your day in Medora. Serving Espresso, Lattes, Smoothies. Learn more at @hidden_springs_java.

More to Shop

Bar Diamond Bar Boutique
Shop timeless pieces including all things Pendleton, home decor, handbags, gifts, blankets, towels and more. Learn more at @bardiamondbar.

Holiday Events

December 2-4

Eats on the streets, shopping, dancing, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy – all amidst western Christmas decor and snowcapped buttes.

December 10

Be bold and brave the cold! Whether you’re on Bold St. Nick’s naughty list or nice list, you will experience the world-famous Maah Daah Hey like few racers ever have – frozen!

In the News

Medora ranked #6 coziest town in the USA! 

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, Medora is the place to be. Ranking #6 in the Cozy Town Index, with a score of 80.13, Medora’s small-town charm makes it feel like you are truly getting away. 

“Travelers can’t help but fall in love with the kindness and welcoming attitude shown by locals and other travelers coming through.”