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Calendar of Events

With Thanksgiving over for another year, a full roster of Christmas holiday events are ready to entertain locals and visitors to the Black Hills.

With Thanksgiving over for another year, a full roster of Christmas holiday events are ready to entertain locals and visitors to the Black Hills.

November 30

Ice Skating

RAPID CITY — The ice skating rink at Main Street Square downtown will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

December 2

Sip ‘N Paint

HILL CITY — Temple Estrada, a local painter and Executive Director of Keystone Chamber of Commerce will be on-site at Prairie Berry Winery Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2:30–5:30 p.m. for an afternoon of wine and painting. Whether you’re a beginner painter wanting to learn how to paint or just want to enjoy some laughs and good wine with friends, this event will teach you not to be afraid of painting (the wine also might help conquer that fear).

December 2

HOT 93.1 Ugly Sweater Skate Party

RAPID CITY — Don your ugly sweaters and join Main Street Square for a holiday party on the rink. Entertainment, prizes, and more will make the night fun for all ages from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. For event details, visit

December 2

Christmas Stroll & Holidazzle Parade

SPEARFISH — Cheers to the holidays! Come to downtown Spearfish on Saturday, Dec. 2, for our annual Christmas Stroll and Holidazzle Parade. Enjoy festive frivolity with Christmas shopping, roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus, street corner carolers, and a holiday light parade. The parade will begin at 6 p.m.

December 2

Custer Christmas Parade

CUSTER — Spend a fun-filled family evening watching the Custer Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3. The parade of lights starts at 5:30 p.m. on Mt. Rushmore Road in downtown Custer, running from 8th Street to 4th Street. This annual parade signals the kick-off of the Holiday season in the Southern Hills. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus appear at Way Park for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony.

December 2 – 3

Aberdeen Living Christmas Tree

ABERDEEN — The Aberdeen Living Christmas Tree started in 1988. The performances include an orchestra, children’s choir, adult choir and narration. Over the years, thousands have come to associate these performances on the first Saturday and Sunday of December with the beginning of the Christmas season in Aberdeen. Performances are held at the Aberdeen Civic Arena 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Free will donation.

December 9

Saturday Art Adventures – Home Sweet Home

RAPID CITY — It’s the annual make-and-take gingerbread house craft at the Dahl! This holiday fun-day will be a buffet of sweet creative construction. Get into the holiday spirit with special music, art and an edible craft. Don’t forget the free holiday-inspired gallery scavenger hunts for the adventurous. All supplies provided.

December 9

8th Annual Black Hills Cowboy Christmas

LEAD — The popular Black Hills Cowboy Christmas concerts and dance will feature more than a dozen regional and state-wide performers this year and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the Historic Homestake Opera House, 313 W. Main St. The show is featured twice on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. evening show followed by a down-home cowboy music dance. New this year is the brand-new interior plasterwork restoration within the theater.

December 9

Madison Chamber Day with Santa

MADISON — Start off the holiday season with a visit with Santa and photo opportunity during the Madison Chamber Day with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9. Held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the City Armory, there will be games, activities, refreshments for the children, and prize drawings. Santa arrives at 9 a.m. on a fire truck to kick off the morning fun.

December 9 – 10

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra ‘Tis the Season’

SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Symphony Orchestra is developing an all new Christmas spectacular called ‘Tis the Season that will debut at the Washington

Pavilion on Dec. 9-10. ‘Tis the Season combines stunning vocals, bright lights, six Broadway dancers, 18 tap-dancing Santas and holiday hits people know and love into a variety show-inspired production.

December 13 – 16

Lakota Nation Invitational

RAPID CITY — The Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) started as a small basketball tournament 41 years ago. Today the tournament has grown to host 36 basketball teams, bringing 2500 students and their families to Rapid City for that one sport alone.

Mostly all events associated with LNI are held inside the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. A pow wow, cheerleading competitions, wrestling, hand games, various knowledge challenges, art, and fashion shows are part of the long list of other events and activities planned to keep the week full of options to choose from when visitors, relatives want to spend their four days at the tournament.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) would like to wish all participants the best of luck as well as recognize the LNI board for organizing an event capable of bringing together so many Native Americans and Non-Natives alike. Ticketed Event

December 15

HOT 93.1 Lights on the Ice Teen Night

RAPID CITY — Radio station, Hot 93.1, home of today’s hottest music, will transform the Main Street Square ice rink into a party for teens, complete with lights and today’s top hits. Join the fun in downtown Rapid City on Friday, Dec. 15, 5-9 p.m. Visit our website for event details.

December 15 – 17

Sioux Empire Wacipi

SIOUX FALLS — The Great Plains Dance Company; Bird, Inc., and the Sioux Empire Wacipi are bringing this inter-tribal powwow and cultural arts event to the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls Dec. 15-17.

Included is an exhibition and showcase of native artisans and crafts people who will vend and sell their traditional arts and crafts.

Check the wacipi website for current information. Admission: $15 per day or $29 for the weekend, children 4 and under are free, and seniors 65 and older are free.

December 16

Breakfast with Santa

WATERTOWN — Join Santa and his animal friends for breakfast at Bramble Park Zoo. Create a holiday craft to take home, visit the animals outside and more. The event is sponsored by Burger King of Watertown.

Pre-sale tickets are available at the zoo and County Fair Foods of Watertown. Hurry and get yours before they are gone. (Tickets go on sale after Thanksgiving.) Admission: $6 pre-sale or $7 at the door, breakfast included. Everyone 3 and over must have a paid ticket.

December 16 – 17

Craft Beer & Bingo

HILL CITY — Craft Beer & Bingo… what a beautiful combination. Add in prizes, great food, and a fantastic caller, what could be better? Craft Beer & Bingo is coming to Miner Brewing Company Saturday, Dec. 12 from 4–6 p.m. Come early and share a housemade pizza from Prairie Berry Winery’s Kitchen and have a pint (or two).

Event Contact: Casey Nordine (605) 574-2886

December 23

Skates and a Movie

RAPID CITY — Come watch a movie on the Main Street Square big screen in downtown Rapid City. Cozy up next to the fire pit or skate to your favorite scenes on Saturday, 5-7 p.m.

December 26 – 31

Storybook Island Christmas Nights of Light

RAPID CITY — Storybook Island gets turned into a winter wonderland during the Christmas Nights of Light event. Check out all of your favorite storybook characters dressed up in lights for the holiday season. Ticket Information: Admission $3 Train Rides $2

December 31

Hot 93.1 Downtown Countdown

RAPID CITY — Spend the last night of the year at Main Street Square. The ice rink will be transformed into a dance party, complete with lights on the ice and interactive games.

December 31

New Year’s Eve in Deadwood

DEADWOOD — The Main Street of Historic Deadwood comes alive as people celebrate the coming of a new year. Local businesses feature specials to make the celebration a wonderful one. At midnight, say goodbye to 2017 by watching the ball drop above the Historic Franklin Hotel veranda. Spend your New Year’s Eve in Deadwood, where they’ve been entertaining guests since 1876.

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