Tree Lighting

The Grand Lighting Ceremony takes place Tuesday November 26 at 7 p.m. Governor Noem and special guests will entertain and delight while kicking off the 2019 Christmas at the Capitol. 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 27, 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

One of the best things about going home for Christmas is enjoying warm pecan pie straight from the oven with a big ol’ dollop of melty vanilla ice-cream while sitting around a table full of family at Grandma’s house. The annual tradition of Pie Day at the Capitol provides a wonderful opportunity to host a fun event and show off our beautifully decorated State Capitol. Join us for a Hometown Christmas Pie Day on Saturday, December 7th from 11 am - 3 pm.

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