Experience a Hometown Christmas

Small town Christmas celebrations are full of all the charm and warmth that make the holidays so magical. Here are just a few “Hometown Christmas” events that will get the season off to the perfect start.

1.    The annual Hometown Christmas in Hartford is on December 3. It is a day packed full of holiday cheer and excitement. There is a carnival, inflatables, make-n-take crafts and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus for the kids. The whole family will enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, a Christmas Tree Lighting, carolers and a live Nativity. Other activities include the Jingle Bell Run/Fun Walk and a Gingerbread House Contest. The day’s finale is one of the biggest lighted parades in the region topped off with fireworks!

2.    Enjoy the sights, sounds and experiences of Freeman’s Hometown Christmas event on December 1-2. Festivities include a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas carolers in downtown Freeman. Experience an old-fashioned holiday as you ride in a horse-drawn wagon through town. And what Christmas event is complete without a visit from Santa Claus. The Live Nativity presentation will inspire you to slow down and reflect on the true spirit of giving embodied in this holiday.

3.    Hometown charm abounds at Centerville’s Country Christmas, taking place December 1-3! There fun for all ages. Kids will love the carnival, goodie bags, cosmic bowling and a chance to visit. Be sure to get a keepsake photo of them on Santa’s lap. The craft and vendor fair is the perfect place to find a few unique Christmas gifts. On Sunday there is a holiday tour of homes. A map will be provided along with coffee and hot chocolate to keep you warm between homes. The whole family can enjoy hayrides in the afternoon. End the weekend on a high note at “A Touch of Christmas,” a delicious holiday meal and music cantata.

4.    Christmas at the Courthouse in Wessington Springs is an annual event held this year on December 8. Tour the Jerauld County Courthouse and view beautiful Christmas trees, each uniquely decorated by local businesses, organizations, and students. There will be cider and goodies. Who doesn’t love a fun time with friends admiring Christmas trees? You might even get some ideas for decorating your own tree.

These hometown holiday celebrations will give you and your family some very special memories and may become a new family tradition.

Contact info for these communities and even more holiday events can be found here: southeastsouthdakota.com/what-to-do/calendar-of-events/