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The Best Black Hills and Badlands Events for a Dreamy December

  • The Best Black Hills and Badlands Events for a Dreamy December
Saturday, November 30, 2019
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The holiday spirit is thriving in the Black Hills and Badlands for the month of December!  With miles of lights, parades, ugly sweater parties and New years countdowns, December in the region is sure to be full of winter wonder. We’re officially in snow season, but the backdrop is perfect for these fantastic holiday events.

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.

Blue Jean Ball 2
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

We want to thank you for 22 years of growth and success at The Journey Museum and Learning Center! Celebrate by joining us on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, for Blue Jean Ball 2.

Outlaw Square Grand Opening
Friday, December 6, 2019

Take part in the Deadwood Community Holiday Celebration! This event begins at 5 p.m. on December 6 at Outlaw Square. Activities include holiday food and drink, carolers, activities for the kids, tree lighting, bonfire, s’mores and more, including visits with Santa!

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

Cowboy Christmas
Saturday, December 14, 2019

It's the 10th year of the Black Hills Cowboy Christmas Concerts & Dance!

One of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year.

43rd Annual Lakota Nation Invitational
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 to Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) has enjoyed 42 years of wonderful athletics in the bright spirit of good will and camaraderie -  hallmark characteristics of the LNI phenomenon for almost four decades.

Scrooge Night
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Scrooge Night is Thursday, December 19 throughout Sturgis. 

Stay tuned to see what deals and specials you will find throughout town!

Ugly Sweater Skate Party
Friday, December 20, 2019

Don your ugly sweaters and join Main Street Square for a holiday party on the rink! Entertainment, prizes, and more will make the night fun for all ages!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Spend your last night of the year at Main Street Square. The ice rink will be transformed into a dance party complete with lights on the ice, interactive activities and more. 

Festivals and Tree Lightings

Original Black Hills Festival of Trees
Thursday, December 5, 2019

All welcome to attend the Lead & Deadwood Chambers of Commerce Mixer! Enjoy food, drinks, photos with Santa, raffle, silent auction of unique and vintage items, & live auction of decorated trees and wreaths! December 5, 4-9:00 p.m.

Winter Frostival: Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Join us at Harley-Davidson Rally Point for the Annual Tree Lighting during the Winter Frostival on Thursday, Dec. 5 starting at 6 p.m.

*Christmas Carols
*FREE Hot Cocoa
*'Twas The Night Before Christmas Story
*Hot Toddy Stand
*Angel Tree Tags

New Years Eve in Deadwood
Friday, December 27, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Celebrate the New Year in Historic Deadwood! You’ll find live bands, nightclub music, drink specials, and thousands-upon-thousands of dollars in giveaways up and down our cobblestone streets. Stay tuned to this page as we update you with New Year’s Eve parties happening around town.


Sundance Festival of Lights Parade
Friday, December 6, 2019

A beautiful lighted parade illuminates Main Street Sundance! Local events before and after the parade throughout town. Sundance Holiday Hoopla | Come and be a winner! Raffle drawing, 50/50, money games & a loser drawing! 

Winter Frostival: Parade of Lights
Friday, December 6, 2019

Join us at The Parade of Lights during the Sturgis Winter Frostival!
6 pm Friday, December 6, 2019

Starting Point: 2421 Vanocker Canyon Road
Route: Down Junction; Around Hospital; Back on Junction; Down Main Street
Ending Point: 4th & Main


Custer Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2019

The 29th annual parade of lights signals the kick-off of the Holiday season in the Southern Hills. After the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus appear at Way Park for the Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade will begin at 8th and Mt. Rushmore Road and end at Way Park on 4th and Mt.

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

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