If your Christmas plans include a trip to the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota don't miss the Holiday Express!

If you've vacationed in 'The Hills' through the years you're probably familiar with the historic 1880 Train in Hill City. In fact, you may very well have taken a ride through the beautiful scenery. Well, as if by Christmas magic, over the holidays the train is transformed into...The Holiday Express!

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The South Dakota Christmas Train

Yes, you can take a magical ride all the way from South Dakota to the North Pole! Santa even rides along! Don't forget the hot cocoa and sugar cookie.

It's our own little Polar Express, except without the disturbing animation.

@emily.jankowski @southdakota on the 1880 Train in Hill City, SD was a magical experience 🎄 #christmastime #snow #hifromsd #southdakota #trainrides #HolidayExpress ♬ original sound - ✰ Christmas sounds ✰

What, you don't believe you really go to the North Pole? Well let me ask you, do you believe in Santa Claus? If you do, then yes, you go to the North Pole. If you don't...bah humbug!

The hour-long round trips are available through December. The ride starts in Hill City, South Dakota, and chugs to the North Pole, in this case, the historic ghost town Oblivion, South Dakota

Four Places to get a Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree Around Sioux Falls

When the decorations come out for the holidays are you faced with the task of hunting for that perfect fresh Christmas tree? Shouldn't be that difficult. There are plenty of tree farms in the area. But are there?

If you won't be the family to pull out the Christmas tree from a box, then let's go hunting for one. I've got just the place for you. Actually, four locations in the Sioux Falls area.

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