November 26, 2020
Written By: Elevate Rapid City
There is no place like home for the holidays. This couldn’t be more true than for those luck enough to call the Black Hills Region home. One of the best things about living here is the quality of life we are able to enjoy. So, whether you have a more adventurous spirit or looking for a safe way to make memories with a friend or two, you’re sure to find something to do this winter.
Enjoy Local Brews
The region is home to dozens of breweries and wineries for those looking for adult-only experiences. And area coffee shops have the espresso or tea brewing for those who are looking for another option. From the igloos at Prairie Berry to the pour-your-own method at Pour 54, you can find unique experiences in addition to your new favorite brew.
Ice Skating at Main Street Square
Both the young and young at heart can enjoy skating in the heat of downtown Rapid City. With nearly 7,000 square feet of ice, nearly 200 people will be able to be on the ice at a time. And the fun doesn’t stop there! Warm up by the fire with a hot drink from Alternative Fuel and explore the shops at Main Street Square. You’re also within walking distance of plenty of downtown restaurants and bars.
Season begins late November through February, weather pending.
Stroll through Storybook Island
The fairytale magic of Storybook Island is multiplied under a blanket of snow and twinkling lights. Visit your favorite storybook characters as you stroll through nearly 16 miles of lights. Kids can enjoy a visit with Santa (until he heads to the North Pole December 24), and his reindeer will even enjoy a visit December 11-20. Admission is $3 per person.
November 27-29 December 4-6, 11-23 and 26-31
Enjoy a Christmas Cruise
Looking for a safe way to get out of the house and take in the most creative light displays? Load up the kids, grab the cocoa and go for a Christmas Cruise! From the area’s favorite parks like Wilson and Halley (aka The Gap) to neighborhoods that compete with Clark Griswold, you’re sure to enjoy some quality time taking in the lights. Not sure which neighborhoods to drive through? tourdelights.com is a great guide for area displays.
Explore the Outdoors
Snowmobile. Snowshoes. Hiking boots. Fat Bike. Skis. Boards. No matter your preference, the Black Hills offer plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors. With M Hill and Skyline Drive right in town, you can enjoy a hike then hit up a local brewery or restaurant to warm up and satisfy the appetite you worked up. Area lakes offer opportunities for ice fishing. Or you can bring a taste of the Black Hills home when you get a permit to cut down your own Ponderosa Pine tree.
Cheer on the Rush
Rapid City’s professional hockey team takes the ice in December. Grab your cowbell and best red as you cheer on the Rush to victory! You don’t have to be an avid hockey fan to get into the excitement and pride of cheering for the hometown. Be sure to snap a selfie with Nugget to make your friends at home jealous.