9 Amazing Things to Do on Your Christmas Vacation in South Dakota


South Dakota is a great destination for a Christmas vacation. It offers stunning scenery, festive events, and unique attractions. 

No trip to South Dakota is complete without seeing the iconic sculpture of four US presidents carved into the granite mountain. 

Visit Mount Rushmore 


The state capital of Pierre hosts a spectacular display of nearly 100 Christmas trees in the Capitol building.  

Experience Christmas in the Capitol 


In Rapid City, you can join the annual Ugly Sweater Skate Party at the Main Street Square.

Skate in an Ugly Sweater 


Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota and a hub of culture and entertainment.  

See the Winter Wonderland at Falls Park 


During the holidays, the train becomes the Holiday Express and takes you on a magical journey to see Santa Claus. 

Ride the Holiday Express 


The Badlands National Park is a natural wonder that features dramatic rock formations, canyons, and fossils.  

Explore the Badlands National Park 


Deadwood is a historic town that was once a gold rush hotspot and a home to Wild West legends. 

Watch the Christmas Spectacular 


Custer State Park is one of the largest and oldest state parks in the US. It is home to a herd of about 1,500 bison that roam freely in the park. 

Enjoy a Winter Buffalo Safari 


The Mammoth Site is a unique attraction that showcases the fossils of mammoths and other Ice Age animals.  

Visit the Mammoth Site 


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