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Hill City Olde Tyme Christmas Parade & Celebration Kick-off


November 27, 2020    

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New this year Hill City's Lane of Lights on Museum Drive.

This free family-friendly event happens every year the day after Thanksgiving!  Enjoy shopping, specials and old-world charm in Hill City as we start the month-long festivites that comprise Hill City's Olde Tyme Christmas! Take a ride on the 1880 Train to the North Pole and add some sparkle to your day by viewing the Trees & Trains exhibit at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum.   On Friday, November 27th, bring your loved ones to gather at the Alpine Inn at 5pm for roasted chestnuts and cider, followed by our home-town lighted parade at 6pm.  Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance in the parade and afterward, they take a break from toy-making duties to hand out apples to children and hear their fondest wishes for Christmas at Old World Plaza.  Take a break from the hustle-and-bustle all through December and make Hill City's Olde Tyme Christmas part of your regular family tradition this year with us!


Event Location:

Downtown Hill City

Holiday Express on the 1880 Train


November 27, 2020  - November 28, 2020   

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Experience the magic as you take a one hour, round trip journey 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 way to the North Pole. Santa will hand out a small sleigh bell to each child on the trip.

One hour, round trip; ½ hour each way. The Holiday Express travels to the North Pole (Oblivion) and back. It does not travel to Keystone.

Holiday Express
$39 Adult, $18 child (3-12)
2 and under ride FREE
Group rates are not available for special event rides.

Holiday Express

  • Assigned Seating
  • Train Ride
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Small bell for each child
  • Visit with Santa

Book your tickets now!

Event Location:

1880 Train

Holiday Express Spiked! on the 1880 Train


November 27, 2020  - November 28, 2020   

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Holiday Express Spiked passengers enjoy everything received with a regular ride along with spiked hot cocoa in a keepsake mug! Adults only (21+), limited runs. Check out our new, Spiked only departures on November 27 & 28 and December 5 & 12. This is a great office Christmas party outing or the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Call 605.574-2222 today or purchase online!

Holiday Express – Spiked!

  • Train Ride
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Keepsake thermal cup
  • Assigned seating in adult only car
  • Visit with Santa

One hour, round trip; ½ hour each way. The Holiday Express travels to the North Pole (Oblivion) and back. It does not travel to Keystone.

Book your tickets now!

Event Location:

1880 Train

Kris Kringle Homemade Craft Fair & Bazaar


November 27, 2020  - November 28, 2020   

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November 27th 9-5 (staying open until parade starts) and November 28th Saturday 9-2.

Great place to start your Christmas shopping.  All items are homemade and local.

We have everything from: embroidered towels, wooden signs, mittens, hats, agate jewelry, quilted items, aprons, earrings, baked goods, waling sticks, memory books, bake potato microwave bowls, place mats, scarves, bottle wind chimes, character drawer, candles, and much more. Don't want to wrap your purchases, there will be a free goodwill gift wrapping table  The event is being held at the Hill City Middle School Lunch Room.

Admission fee: any non perishable food item for the Hill City Food Bank.

Event Location:

Hill City Middle School

Lane of Lights Museum Drive-Hill City


November 27, 2020  - December 27, 2020   

New this year Hill City’s Lane of Lights on Museum Drive.  Drive Museum Drive to enjoy the Lane of Lights.  The lights will be on starting at 6pm-10pm daily.  On Fridays and Saturdays there will be Hill City Helpers to welcome the visitors.

Event Location:

Museum Drive

Mulled Wine Samples at Prairie Berry Winery


November 27, 2020    

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On Friday November 27, employees will be dressed in period costume and serving samples of mulled wine.

Event Location:

Prairie Berry Winery

Trees and Trains Exhibit at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum


November 27, 2020  - November 28, 2020   

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Trees and Trains is for the entire family.  Walk around the beautiful decorated South Dakota State Railroad Museum to view the different Christmas trees on display.  The Christmas trees have been decorated by different organizations and local people.  Times are 10 am to 6 pm.

Event Location:

South Dakota Railroad Museum

Holiday Express on the 1880 Train


December 5, 2020    

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Experience the magic as you take a one hour, round trip journey 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 way to the North Pole. Santa will hand out a small sleigh bell to each child on the trip.

One hour, round trip; ½ hour each way. The Holiday Express travels to the North Pole (Oblivion) and back. It does not travel to Keystone.

Holiday Express
$39 Adult, $18 child (3-12)
2 and under ride FREE
Group rates are not available for special event rides.

Holiday Express

  • Assigned Seating
  • Train Ride
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Small bell for each child
  • Visit with Santa

Book your tickets now!

Event Location:

1880 Train

Holiday Express Spiked on the 1880 Train


December 5, 2020    

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Holiday Express Spiked passengers enjoy everything received with a regular ride along with spiked hot cocoa in a keepsake mug! Adults only (21+), limited runs. Check out our new, Spiked only departures on November 27 & 28 and December 5 & 12. This is a great office Christmas party outing or the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Call 605.574-2222 today or purchase online!

Holiday Express – Spiked!

  • Train Ride
  • Spiked Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Candy Cane
  • Keepsake thermal cup
  • Assigned seating in adult only car
  • Visit with Santa

One hour, round trip; ½ hour each way. The Holiday Express travels to the North Pole (Oblivion) and back. It does not travel to Keystone.

Book your tickets now!

Event Location:

1880 Train

Trees and Trains Exhibit at the South Dakota State Railroad Museum


December 5, 2020  - December 6, 2020   

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Trees and Trains is for the entire family.  Walk around the beautiful decorated South Dakota State Railroad Museum to view the different Christmas trees on display.  The Christmas trees have been decorated by different organizations and local people. Times are 11 am-5 pm.

Event Location:

South Dakota Railroad Museum
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