5 Activities to do with Family During the Holidays

The holidays have a way of bringing loved ones together. Whether it’s more time with family nearby and/or guests from out of town, you’re going to want to keep them entertained! If you’re looking for things to do while extra family is in town, there are plenty of fun, family friendly activities around town!

Winter Wonderland

Every year, Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls is covered in lights. The tree covered park is fully lit in Christmas lights wrapped around every possible branch. It’s been a long-standing tradition in Sioux Falls and crowds gather every year from late November-early January to take it in. When entering the park, you can choose to either park and walk along the many pathways through the area or drive around the park by car. Either way, it’s a sight to see and you won’t want to miss it!

Cost: $0 (Free Park Admission)


Christmas at the Western Mall

If you haven’t seen the lightshow at the Western Mall, it’s definitely something you will want to check out! The 2018 show is all-new and includes music and thousands of dancing lights. You’ll also find a 24 ft castle fenced in a snowy yard. Christmas at the Western Mall runs nightly from 5:30-9:30 from Thanksgiving Day-Christmas Day. Shows are played in 15-minute increments with 3-minute intermissions in between.

Cost: $0 (Free-will Donations support Make a Wish Foundation South Dakota!)



Limos and Lights

Book a trip to ride around Sioux Falls with your family and friends! You can enjoy company, and any refreshments and holiday treats you want to bring along while seeing the best Christmas displays Sioux Falls has to offer! The limousines drive through the beautifully lit neighborhoods of Sioux Falls. There are over 30 Lights and Lanes locations in town and of course your driver will be an expert on the best, but are open to suggestions!

Cost: Estimated $150 per hour

Escape Room

Bring your loved ones closer together by using teamwork and logistical skills to find your way through a tricky situation using locks, clues, and hopefully a couple hints! You can choose between several different scenarios and difficulties. There are tougher rooms as well as beginner/kid friendly ones to make sure there’s something for everyone!

Cost: Estimated $30 per person/per hour

Great Bear

If you have some outdoorsmen in the family, make a trip to Great Bear Recreation Park! You can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or just relaxing inside and watching with heat and refreshments!

Cost: Varies based on season passes/single visits/amount of people

We hope you enjoy time with your family and friends this holiday season! Merry Christmas!