Holidays in the Black Hills: Embracing the Magic

Holidays in the Black Hills: Embracing the Magic

Posted by: Jessie Eckles
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Holidays Black Hills

This holiday season, the Black Hills transforms into a winter wonderland, inviting all to unwrap the magic and create cherished memories with loved ones. Whether you find yourself enchanted by the lights or transported back in time, the events for the holidays in the Black Hills promise to make this holiday season truly special. So, bundle up and let the spirit of the season guide you through these festive adventures.

If you’re looking for comfortable accommodations during your stay in the Black Hills in either Rapid City or Deadwood, SD, Liv Hospitality has you covered! Our hotels are conveniently located close to all the holiday festivities. Check out our locations: WaTiki® Indoor Waterpark Resort, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, AmericInn by Wyndham, The Hotel Alex Johnson, Courtyard by Marriott, Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort, and Cadillac Jack’s® Gaming Resort.

Christmas Nights of Light – Storybook Island | November 24–26 and December 1-3, 8–23

Nestled in the heart of Rapid City, Storybook Island transforms into a winter wonderland during the Christmas Nights of Light event. Families gather to witness the park adorned with millions of twinkling lights, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. As children’s favorite storybook characters come to life amidst the enchanting glow, the air is filled with laughter, joy, and a touch of magic. Enjoy a night where imaginations run wild, and the spirit of the season is truly felt.

Storybook Island Nights of Light


Holiday Celebration and Winter Market – Main Street Square | November 25

Get in the holiday spirit as the heart of the city transforms into a winter wonderland during the Holiday Celebration and Winter Market at Main Street Square in Downtown Rapid City. The festivities kick off with a dazzling skating performance, setting the stage for an afternoon filled with holiday joy. The Winter Market is a treasure trove for those seeking one-of-a-kind items. This event will bring the warmth of community spirit that make this celebration a must-attend for locals and visitors alike.

Holiday Celebration and Winter Market


Festival of Lights Parade – Downtown Rapid City | November 25

The streets of Downtown Rapid City come alive with a burst of color and holiday cheer during the Festival of Lights Parade. Imagine a procession of festively decorated floats, marching bands playing, and dancers twirling to the rhythm of the season. The Parade of Lights is not just a spectacle for the eyes but a communal celebration that brings the entire city together in the spirit of unity and joy.

Festival of Lights Parade


Santa at WaTiki® Indoor Waterpark Resort | December 18 – December 23

WaTiki® Indoor Waterpark Resort is turning into a rad holiday hotspot as Santa makes a splash, trading in his sleigh for a wave of fun. The halls are decked with twinkling lights, and families gather round for a tubular experience, buzzing with excitement to see Santa! Kids’ eyes will light up, and the entire waterpark is infused with the spirit of Christmas. Water you waiting for? Get to WaTiki® this holiday season!

Santa at WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort


1880 Train Holiday Express | November 24 – December 28

Step back in time with the 1880 Train Holiday Express, a nostalgic journey through the Black Hills. The historic steam engine takes passengers on a scenic ride, offering breathtaking views of the snow-covered landscape. With Santa aboard, warm hot cocoa, cookies, and a special story on the way to the North Pole. The Holiday Express provides a magical escape.


Christmas Tours of the Adams House | November 24-26 and December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17

In the historic town of Deadwood, the Adams House invites you to step into Christmas Tours. The mansion, adorned in holiday splendor, offers a glimpse into the holiday traditions of days gone by. Marvel at the elegant decorations and immerse yourself in the stories of Christmases past –a unique blend of history and holiday spirit.


Skating & Ice Bumper Cars at Outlaw Square | Tentative Open Date November 19

Outlaw Square turns into a winter playground with skating and ice bumper cars. Lace up your skates and glide beneath the open sky or add a twist of excitement with ice bumper cars –a delightful modern take on winter fun. Laughter echoes in the air as families and friends enjoy the thrill of these whimsical experiences.

Skating & Ice bumper cars at Outlaw Square
Jessie Eckles