It is the holiday season and it’s time to celebrate another year of life and unwind a bit. After Thanksgiving the Black Hills gets the holiday spirit going.
There is a charming magic in the mountains of South Dakota – where you’ll find a variety of holiday events surrounded by the ambiance the historic American frontier.
So, what can you see for your mountainous holiday getaway? Below are a few holiday events which will invigorate your vacation.
Custer Christmas Parade
December brings us Christmas fever and the season of parades. Few towns do the season with as much magic as Custer. It’s a riveting beginning to the holiday season proper with the grand Custer Christmas Parade on Dec 1st. The parade runs along Mount Rushmore Rd from 5:30 into the mid-evening. It begins at 8th and ends at Way Park on 4th right through the heart of Custer.
You can use 615 Washington St., Custer, SD 57730 as your GPS point of destination. Make sure you make your way down to the end of the parade to see Santa and Mrs. Claus usher in the season for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony.
This local Custer event is free for all to attend.
Days of ’76 Museum’s Holiday Open House
If you stay at one of our vacation rentals near Deadwood, you can take a stop on over to the celebratory Open house at the Days of ’76 Museum. The event is both a celebration of Deadwood’s magical winter history and the beginning of the holiday season. Come by for family-friendly activities, the museum attractions and art, and some photographs with Santa Claus. The museum will have lunch-time snacks and refreshments available.
The open house is Dec 1st. It begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The museum is located at 18 Seventy Six Drive, Deadwood, SD. Just like the Custer Parade, this event is free.
An Adams House Holiday
The historic Adams House is a legendary locale in Deadwood. On Dec 16th, the attraction is delicately coated in holiday décor, including bold lights and dressings. It is perfectly designed to capture the spirit of the season.
Come by from noon to 6 p.m. for some warm cookies, s’mores, and coffee. You can admire the house from outside, but don’t forget to explore the museum inside to learn about the extensive history of Deadwood and the Adams family. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 – 12.
This is the best time to enjoy this authentic Deadwood attraction. The Adams House Museum is located at 22 Van Buren St, Deadwood, SD57732.
Carvers Café is the only three-star certified green restaurant in South Dakota, and it is a delight. This restaurant is located right at Mount Rushmore. It serves classic American fare and some high-quality warm meals for the holidays. The restaurant is located within an indoor pavilion that has stores and gift shops for your perusing pleasure.
Come by for a Thanksgiving in Black Hills and see the classic American monument during a classic American holiday. Make sure you find a spot by the window. The restaurant has one of the best views in the state- a clear look at Mount Rushmore itself!
More To See
Appreciate a majestic escape to the Black Hills. See a side of American you have longed for by walking the historic streets of Deadwood, sipping on cocktails while overlooking Mount Rushmore, and enjoying the holiday-themed events of the many towns and villages in the region. Make it all part of a winter vacation of a lifetime.