Tree Lighting

The Grand Lighting Ceremony takes place Tuesday November 20 at 7 p.m. Governor Daugaard, First Lady Mrs. Daugaard, and special guests will entertain and delight while kicking off the 2018 Christmas at the Capitol. "An Enchanted Christmas" is the theme for this year's Capitol celebration. Entertainers will include a variety of groups to be announced. As always, a special guest from "up North" will make his presence known at the end of the evening. Come be a part of this special event. Arrive early!  Prelude music begins at 6:30PM.

Cultural Heritage

The annual Holiday Open House of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center is Friday, November 23, from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Call (605) 773-6000 for more information or visit

There will be live entertainment and refreshments. Get your picture taken with Santa. Find great South Dakota gifts at the Heritage Store. Admission to the event and museum are free. Please bring a canned good for donation to the Pierre Food pantry.

Holiday hours for the Cultural Heritage Center from November 24 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

December 8 from 11 am to 3 pm. This year marks the 20th Annual Attorney General Pie Day and the wonderful opportunity it presents to enjoy our festive State Capitol. This is an event that began in Wasta, South Dakota, a town along the Cheyenne River and I-90. The dessert was offered to voters on election day until then Attorney General Mark Barnett ruled it was an illegal enticement. The residents of Wasta were invited to Pierre during the holiday season to have a slice in exchange for missing the pie on election day. "Pie Day" is a tradition that Marty Jackley's office continues..

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