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Dazzling November Events in the Black Hills and Badlands

  • Dazzling November Events in the Black Hills and Badlands
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
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From full turkey dinners and warm, fragrant pies fresh from the oven to holiday season preparations stocked with gifts, garlands and snowflakes, there's a lot to enjoy about November. November in the Black Hills means Ponderosa Pines draped in delicate blankets of snow, festivals abound and strings of lights popping up everywhere. The weather's as cold as ever this fall, but the Black Hills and Badlands have the events that are guaranteed to warm you with seasonal cheer!

The 3rd annual Mountain West® Beer Fest
Saturday, November 9, 2019

12pm VIP Open 1pm General Admission 1-5pm Open Sampling All Day Activities Include Human Foosball, Beer Yoga, College Football at the Sports Bar and Corn Hole. The 3rd annual Mountain West® Beer Fest is Saturday, November 9 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center from 1pm-5pm.

Hill City Girlfriends Weekend
Friday, November 1, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Seventh Annual Girlfriends' Weekend will begin on Friday, Nov 1 and continue into Sunday with sales, samples, classes, and giveaways designed to make Hill City a fun, fall destination for you and your best gals. There will be extra excitement this year.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Monday, January 20, 2020

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2020:

January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Veteran's Day Ceremony
Monday, November 11, 2019

Show your support and appreciation for those who are or have served in the armed forces by attending the Veteran's Day Ceremony at Main Street Square. This will be followed by the Veteran's Day Parade organized by the VFW. 

The Gold Camp Players at the Historic Homestake Opera House announce their fall production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
Friday, November 15, 2019

LEAD, SD – The Gold Camp Players at the Historic Homestake Opera House announce their fall production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

Deadwood's Big Whiskey
Saturday, November 16, 2019

There is more to whiskey than the grain it’s made from. At Deadwood’s Big Whiskey, you will have the opportunity to sample the top Irish, Scotch, and Bourbons, enjoy a signature cocktail at each location and learn from top whiskey representatives.

Ice Rink Opening Day
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Help us kick-off the winter season. A family movie will be shown at dusk. 


Holiday Parades and Festivals

Lights, parades, fireworks and magical rides on the 1880 train! The Black Hills and Badlands is ready to help you get into the spirit of the season with sparkling lights, hot chocolate and visits from Santa as November comes to an end.   

Hill City Olde Tyme Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration
Friday, November 29, 2019

All roads lead to Hill City on Friday, November 29th for Hill City's Olde Tyme Christmas and Lighted Parade!  Shopping specials and treats abound the day after Thanksgiving when families come to experience Hill City's old-fashioned charm and festively adorned Main Street.  Visitors can head for t

Holiday Express
Friday, November 29, 2019 to Saturday, December 28, 2019

Experience the magic as you take a one hour, round trip journey on the 1880 Train from Hill City to the North Pole where Santa will board the train and ride back to Hill City, taking time to visit with each child on the way. Passengers enjoy hot cocoa, a sugar cookie and a special story on the wa

Christmas Nights of Light
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Storybook Island is transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland. Filled with lights and Christmas cheer. $2.00 per person, 5:30pm to 8:30pm every night we are open, Santa in the park every night thru December 23rd. Enjoy a nice hot cup of cocoa, or cider while strolling through the park.


Parade of Lights, Light up the Night & Fireworks
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Belle Fourche is the place to be to get in the Christmas Holiday spirit! Kick off the Christmas season with us at the Center of the Nation - Belle Fourche, SD!

(Schedule is currently subject to change as more details are added)

December 21, 2019 Schedule:

Festival of Lights
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Every year, there comes a magical evening when crowds gather and children’s eyes glow with wonder. In downtown Rapid City, floats strung with thousands of lights sparkle in the trees, twinkle on the buildings, and dazzle more than 30,000 spectators.

Holiday Celebration & Winter Market
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Help us usher in the holiday season with a festive celebration, including ice skating, tree lighting, Santa Claus' arrival, musical performances to delight young and old alike and more.

There's a lot to be thankful for, so snuggle up with a mug of hot cider and take in the seasonal cheer this November in the Black Hills and Badlands.

For a full line up of festivals and events in the Black Hills and Badlands, visit our Events Calendar.

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