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Winter in South Dakota isn’t for everyone. But for families made of stronger stuff, it’s the perfect place to truly enjoy the months before the groundhog sees its shadow. So don’t let the snowfall scare you away—instead, revel in the wonder and delight it brings, from rosy cheeks to hot cocoa.

Stay warm on the ice.

The Scheels IcePlex features three full-sized indoor ice-skating rinks and is a great new addition to the Sioux Falls community. Rent a pair of ice skates and join us for Family Open Skate, Open Hockey, or Cosmic Skate—there’s something here for every age. If you’re a fan of hockey, be sure to snag tickets to a Sioux Falls Stampede game at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center when you’re in town!

Soar across the snow.

If you’ve never been sledding or snow tubing, you’re missing out. Sioux Falls offers countless parks and recreational areas, but our personal favorites are Tuthill Park for downhill sledding and Great Bear Recreation Park for snow tubing. No experience is necessary, and kids (and adults) of all ages are sure to have an amazing time.

Santa loves Sioux Falls.

It’s more than just a rumor—Santa Claus loves it here. Ask him yourself when you visit Shriver’s Square on Saturdays in December! The kids can take pictures with Santa, share their Christmas gift wish lists, and even take a horse-drawn wagon ride downtown—all for free!

Do some window (or real) shopping.

Take a leisurely stroll through downtown Sioux Falls during the holiday season and you’ll find window displays. Child’s Play Toys showcases an oasis of charming children’s toys and clothes, while Zandbroz Variety is a haven for the curious and fun-loving. And be sure to take a peek at Unglued Market, where you’ll find creatively inspired, locally handmade gifts. You might even spot a little something for yourself along the way.

Warm up with a family meal at Fiero’s.

While you’re downtown visiting Santa or doing a bit of holiday shopping, swing by local hotspot Fiero Pizza for quick, delicious, create-your-own pizzas the whole family will love. Follow it up with a sweet treat at the family-owned Cookie Jar, where you’ll find enormous soft cookies, hand-decorated cakes, and hot cocoa.

Walk in a winter wonderland.

The Winter Wonderland at Falls Park is a grand Sioux Falls holiday tradition. Every night from November 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017, the waterfall and its surrounding park are illuminated with thousands of dazzling lights. Stay cozy and warm in your car as you drive through the exhibit, or venture up to our five-story tower for a breathtaking 360-degree view. Admission, oohs, and aahs are all free.

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