Tree Lighting

The 2017 Grand Lighting Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, November 21. Preludes to the event begin at 6:00, with Welcome and Introductions beginning at 6:30. The Grand Lighting Ceremony begins at 7:00.

Immediately after the ceremony, kids of all ages can pose for pictures with Santa Claus in front of the South Dakota Christmas tree. Parents are reminded to bring their cameras. Refreshments, donated by Lynn’s Dakotamart in Pierre, will be served on the first floor of the Capitol.

Cultural Heritage

The annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center is Friday, November 24, from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Call (605) 773-6000 for more information or visit

Holiday hours for the Cultural Heritage Center from November 25 to December 23 are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. The Cultural Heritage Center is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.

Pie Day

On December 9th, celebrate the 20th Annual AG Pie Day with a free piece of pie, coffee and ice cream on the first floor of the Capitol Building. Volunteers will be serving pie, time and date to be announced.While you are at the Capitol, tour three floors of gorgeous trees on display. Event runs from (times to be announced).

For a complete listing of Holiday events in Pierre, visit the Pierre Chamber Website.