South Dakota November 24, 2016
Here Are The 8 Most Enchanting, Magical Christmas Towns in South Dakota
Are you in need of some holiday cheer? South Dakota’s Christmas towns offer just that, with plenty of festivities and displays to brighten your holiday. Whether it be an annual parade, a historic trolley ride, or a magnificent light display, these towns have something for everyone. Here are the 8 most enchanting, magical Christmas towns in South Dakota.
The legendary Parade of Lights in Brookings will be held downtown at 7:00 PM. Watch the dazzling, creative Christmas floats make their down Main Avenue and vote for your favorite. If you arrive a couple hours early, you can enjoy a trolley ride in the historic downtown. The last ride leaves at 6:30!
Visit the Capitol building in Pierre anytime November 23rd-December 26th 8:00 AM-10PM to see this year’s theme: “A Monumental Christmas.” This enchanting display of stunningly lit Christmas trees is one you won't want to miss.
Welcome the season with the December Star of the Hills Light Parade that takes place on December 3rd at 5:30 PM. After you vote on your favorite float, head over to Way Park, located at the corner of Mt. Rushmore Road and 4th Street,
for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance!
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This historic mining town is ready for Christmas, and just like the previous years, their lights and displays are nothing short of spectacular. Visit Deadwood’s annual Holiday Open House at the Days of ’76 Museum for delicious Christmas treats, exciting children’s activities, and more. Stop by this festive event on December 3rd, anytime between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM at 18 Seventy Six Drive, Deadwood, SD 57732.
Each year, this small town is filled with plenty of holiday cheer. Huron is known for their Christmas Lanes, a tradition since 1862. Today, over 40 lanes participate with magical holiday displays and twinkling lights. Grab your hot chocolate, hop in the car, and vote on your favorite decorated home. Don’t miss their Parade of Lights, held annually the Friday after Thanksgiving at 7:00 PM.
Zonta Festival of Trees is a fundraiser in support of women and children that takes place every year in Spearfish. The trees featured in this magical festival are decorated by community members and volunteers who dedicate their time and talents each year. The 25th annual festival of trees will take place November 30th – December 3rd at Spearfish Park Pavilion.
Brandon is home to one of the largest animated Christmas Light Displays in the state, with more than 600 controllable channels of animation and nearly 100,000 lights. The magical display begins Thanksgiving night and runs until New Year’s Day. This display is located at 120 West Fir Street in Brandon 57005 . Tune in to 93.1 FM and watch the lights dazzle to the music Sunday-Thursday 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM or Friday-Saturday 5:30 PM-10:30 PM.
8. Rapid City.
Rapid City is a must -see during the holiday season. Explore the beautifully lit downtown, get some Christmas shopping done, and join the other ice-skaters at Main Street Square. This town (okay, city) is absolutely festive and magical, so you won’t want to leave your camera at home.
There are so many delightful Christmas events in South Dakota. If we left out your favorite, we would love to hear about it! What is your favorite “Christmas Town” in the state?