Why rock around just one Christmas tree when you can dance all month long?

Several spots in the region are providing events for people to view trees trimmed in all their holiday glory, starting at the end of November and lasting throughout December.

First up is the ninth-annual tree lighting in Rapid City's Wilson Park, from 5:15 to 6 p.m.

According to a news release about the event, students from Wilson Elementary School will sing carols, with candles provided by The Mount Rushmore Road Group "as a special lighting touch."

There will be hot chocolate and cookies from Black Hills Bagels, Colonial House Restaurant, Perkins Restaurant and McDonalds, and appearances by the Visit Rapid City Mascots — and maybe even Santa Claus.

Treats will start at 5:15 p.m., followed by a presentation and entertainment, culminating with Mayor Steve Allender lighting the tree at 5:30 p.m.

Just a few days later, there will be another tree lighting at Main Street Square, followed by the Festival of Lights Parade, downtown Rapid City, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

Northern Hills

SPEARFISH | The Zonta Club of Spearfish is hosting the community's 26th annual Festival of Trees. 

Held at the Spearfish Park Pavilion, the event will take place from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 29; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1; and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2.

It is free to attend, though donations of canned or boxed food are requested for the Spearfish Food Pantry.

On Nov. 29-30 there will be school tours, and there will be a senior tea from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. 

There will also be an auction and social event on Dec. 1. The social time lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and auction begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $25.

On Dec. 2, there will be a Saturday with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon. Story time is from 10 a.m. to noon, with a free book for each child while supplies last. Admission is free. 

In Belle Fourche, there will be a Festival of Trees from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at First Interstate Bank. Contact the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce at 892-2676 for more information. 

Sturgis already held its Festival of Trees event on Nov. 17. There will be a tree lighting and holiday kick-off in the community from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 30 downtown. It will start at 6 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point, and will include hot chocolate, Christmas carols and a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Southern Hills

CUSTER | Custer State Park will host a Festival of Trees event again this year.

A news release from the organization says local businesses, civic organizations and individuals can display a tree at the new Custer State Park Visitor Center throughout the holiday season.

Trees can be set up Nov. 24 to Dec. 15 between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors can view the trees from Dec. 15 to Jan. 1, and will be able to vote on a "Favorite Tree." 

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Participants must provide their own tree and decorations, and are encouraged to decorate their tree in a creative way that promotes their business and services offered. They are also are responsible for the removal of their tree the week of Jan. 2-8. 

Space is limited to approximately 20 trees on a first-come, first served basis. Contact Julie Brazell at 255-4515 for more information or to register.

It is free to participate in the event, and to view the trees, but a park entrance license is needed to enter the park. They can be purchased at the visitor center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

The visitor center will be closed on Nov. 23 and Dec. 25-26, and open with limited hours on Dec. 24.

In Hot Springs, there will be a tree lighting and Journey of Lights Parade during the Christmas in the Hills event from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1.

'The Colors of Christmas'

PIERRE | For the truly dedicated, a quick trip over to Pierre might be in order for the annual Christmas at the Capitol event. 

An 37th annual holiday tradition, nearly 90 live trees will be decorated and displayed in the Capitol building from Nov. 22 to Dec. 26. There will be a lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

This year's theme is "The Colors of Christmas," and there will be live entertainment during the event. The display is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is free.  

— This article has been updated to add Dec. 1 as the date of the Christmas in the Hills event in Hot Springs.

Contact Candy DenOuden at candy.denouden@rapidcityjournal.com

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