Historic Homestake Opera House is inviting the public to attend a kickoff event to the Christmas season now through Saturday at the opera house theater at 313 W. Main Street in Lead.

The 2017 Festival of Trees Vintage Holiday Celebration is the oldest of its kind in the Black Hills, the original festival was hosted in December 1982 in the "Theater Built by a Gold Mine" and has continued on through the years as a popular Christmastime event in the mining community of Lead.

Amidst a beautifully decorated lobby, foyer and theater, patrons to the 3-day event will enjoy free cocoa, hot apple cider, cookies and will enjoy mingling through the building, touring through heavily decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and unique vintage items.

The trees, wreaths and vintage items have been generously donated by opera house supporters from the Northern Hills communities of Lead, Deadwood, Sturgis, Whitewood and Spearfish.

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Admission is by donation to the opera house, or donation of pet food and necessities for the Twin City Animal Shelter of Lead and Deadwood, or nonperishable food items to stock the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Lead.

Special to the event this year is the newly restored lower walls of the interior of the theater. The public is invited to explore the new Interpretive Exhibit on the second floor that showcases the entire history of the Opera House with historic items and archival imagery and film.

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Managing editor

Chris Huber is the managing editor at the Rapid City Journal.