Santa, Ice Skating, Potter Family, Tree Lighting Ceremony round out Holiday Celebration

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

RAPID CITY, SD – Kick off the holidays at Main Street Square in Downtown Rapid City, on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, from 1 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages.

Activities at the Square begin at 10 a.m. when the ice skating rink opens for the day. The event starts at 1 p.m. with ice skating performances by the Black Hills Figure Skating Club and the Rushmore Capitals Figure Skating Club. The rink will be closed to the public from 12:30 p.m. until the performances are complete.

JD Productions will provide family entertainment and kids’ activities, from 1 to 3 p.m. Free horse-drawn carriage rides will run from 1 to 5 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m., Santa will arrive in style, escorted by a Rapid City Fire Department truck. From 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., he will hear wishes from children in the Santa House.

The Potter Family will give a holiday concert from 3 to 5 p.m., then at 5 p.m. a spruce tree will be the focus of the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

“The highlight of the Holiday Celebration will be the Tree Lighting Ceremony,” said Megan Karbowski, executive director of Main Street Square. “All activities build up to the magical moment when we count down and push the button.”

KNBN NewsCenter1 will broadcast live from the Square throughout the event. Tune in for the live Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Holiday Celebration is sponsored by Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market. Their staff will distribute hot chocolate, cider and treats at the event, with proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit organization.

The Festival of Lights Parade, beginning at 6 p.m., will be on Main Street, next to the Square.

Baker Timber will cut down the spruce tree in Memorial Park, and transport it to Main Street Square. D&W Crane will set up the tree in the Square, and Kennedy’s Window Cleaning will trim and decorate the tree.

More information can be found on (click on the Holiday Celebration link under the Concerts & Festivals tab), by calling 605-716-7979, or by stopping by the office at 512 Main Street, Suite 980.

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