Be prepared for dozens of different replies when you ask a kid or an adult the question, "What puts you in the Christmas Spirit?"

As soon as the first snow falls, as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers are finished, when you hear the first Christmas song of the season, and the first holiday commercial on the radio you know it's the ready-set-go mode.

I think the Sioux Falls Parade of Lights is a good way to launch the Christmas season. Although the lighting of Falls Park for Winter Wonderland should be considered.

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There is plenty to do to prepare for Christmas, and around Sioux Falls you will see more and more neighborhoods become more colorful after stringing lights on the house and trees. Yes, there are those who take the Clark Griswold approach. But, it sure puts you in the Christmas Spirit, doesn't it?

Here are some Christmas events around the area that will surely pull you out of your humbug funk and sprinkle some pixy dust to change the mood.

Winter Wonderland at Falls Park
November 18 - January 8, Falls Park - Sioux Falls, SD

Holiday Parade of Lights
December 1, Downtown Yankton - Yankton, SD
605-668-5236

Disney On Ice
December 1-4, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

7th Annual Standstill Parade of Lights
December 1, Historic Downtown Vermillion (Main St.) - Vermillion, SD
605-624-5571

Christmas at the Dells
December 2 - December 4, Dell Rapids
605-428-3595

Augustana University Christmas Vespers
December 2-3, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Sioux Falls

Handel’s Messiah
December 2-3 First Lutheran Church Sioux Falls

605 Made Holiday Market
December 3, Cherapa Place Downtown Sioux Falls

Tonic Sol-Fa The 2022 Misfit Tour
December 3, Washington Pavilion

Sioux Falls Cares
December 7-December 8

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
December 7, Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls

Christmas with the Symphony: ‘Tis the Season!
December 10-11, Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls

Jim Brickman A Very Merry Christmas
December 11, Washing Pavilion Sioux Falls

26th Annual Christmas at the Cathedral
December 15, Cathedral of Saint Joseph - Sioux Falls, SD
605-988-3765

14th Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers
December 17, Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls

The Premiere Playhouse Presents: A Christmas Carol
December 17-30 Orpheum Theater Center Sioux Falls

An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line
December 18, Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls

Christmas with Michael W. Smith
December 20, Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls

The Nutcracker presented by Main Stage Ballet and Dance Academy
December 22-23, Washington Pavilion Sioux Falls

Winter Wonderland at Falls Park

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