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The holidays mean chilly nights, seasonal sights, and spending time with loved ones. If you're looking for fun things to do to get out of the house, we have some ideas to make this holiday season special.

1. Winter Wonderland at Falls Park

A favorite holiday tradition for both locals and guests, Winter Wonderland at Falls Park is a sight you can’t miss. Hundreds of thousands of lights are strung everywhere you look, and synced with holiday music from a local radio station. Pile in the car, bring some hot chocolate, and prepare for a truly dazzling experience.

Insider tip: For an even better view, see it all from our five-story viewing tower!
Before you leave, be sure to check out the Visitor Information Center for holiday gifts for your friends and family.

2. Downtown Sioux Falls

The holidays are a special time in DTSF. You’ll find the streets decked with lights, decor, and safe events all season long. Every business and organization celebrate differently, but it all contributes to a truly wonderful holiday experience. From South Dakota Symphony Orchestra performances to holiday festivals at the Washington Pavilion, you’ll find that everything is centered around the holidays.

3. Festive Drinks

Carpenter Bar is once again doing their 24 Days of Cocktails Countdown, featuring a specialty holiday themed cocktail each day in December. Sip on something new such as a Spiced Pear Martini or a Cranberry Old Fashioned, or enjoy a classic like a Hot Toddy. Follow along on the Cocktail Countdown on their Instagram page.

4. Holiday Lights & Lanes

It wouldn’t be the holidays without light displays, and Falls Park is only the beginning! Sioux Falls has more than 30 holiday light and lane displays for your entertainment! With themes like Penguin Lane, Star of the East, and Candy Cane Lane, these tours will delight everyone in your group.

5. Sioux Falls Santa

There are many places around Sioux Falls where you have the opportunity for a Santa sighting with your family. See where he will be throughout Sioux Falls this holiday season.
(Make sure you wear your mask around Santa!)