Family-Friendly Christmas Tree Farms and Local Holiday Events You Don’t Want to Miss!
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Family-Friendly Christmas Tree Farms and Local Holiday Events You Don’t Want to Miss!

Nov 18, 2022

The holiday season is just around the corner! Check off that to-do list while making memories with the whole family. Below are our favorite Christmas Tree farms and local events that are sure to become beloved family traditions.

Christmas Tree Acres and Merry Carroll’s Gift Shop

Located just 3 miles south of Sioux Falls, Christmas Tree Acres has been a family-owned and operated Christmas Tree farm for over 30 years. Be sure to also check out their wreaths and holiday-inspired gifts and crafts at Merry Carroll’s Gift Shop. Then stop by and visit Santa and get your family Christmas photo in front of one of the several holiday-themed backgrounds. Christmas Tree Acres and Merry Carroll’s Gift Shop officially opened for the season on November 12.

Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Riverview Christmas Tree Farm, located in Canton, is the place to start a new family tradition of cutting down your own tree. The farm is open every weekend starting the week before Thanksgiving through December 11. A saw is provided for you to cut down your tree, or you can select from a variety of pre-cut trees. Then be sure to warm up in the lodge with hot chocolate and treats, shop for holiday crafts and wreaths, and visit Santa!

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Washington Pavilion, Downtown Sioux Falls A relatively new Sioux Falls tradition, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:45 on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the corner of 11th Street and Main Avenue. Enjoy free cookies, hot cocoa and live music around the 45-foot unlit tree. At 6:25 p.m., see the largest Christmas tree in Sioux Falls come to life for the holidays!

Parade of Lights

Downtown Sioux Falls No Thanksgiving Day weekend is complete without the annual Downtown Sioux Falls Parade of Lights parade - now in its 30th year! After observing the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Washington Pavilion, walk on over to historic Phillips Avenue. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. on the south end of historic Phillips Avenue from 13th Street to 5th Street. Enjoy the dazzling lights and sounds of the holidays with the whole family!

Falls Park Winter Wonderland

Every year, Falls Park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Enjoy time with the family in the warmth of your own vehicle and experience Falls Park lit up by hundreds of thousands of lights. Tune in on the radio for holiday music to accompany the magical display! Winter Wonderland lights up nightly starting November 18 through January 8, 2023.