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Winter Wonderland at Falls Park 2020

Amazing rock formations illuminated by holiday lights

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

The rock faces and waterfalls of Falls Park along the Big Sioux River are famous for their natural beauty. During the festive holiday celebrations, they are enhanced by thousands of lights. Every November, the park completely transforms into a Winter Wonderland full of colorful dazzling lights and Christmas music. The festival runs every night from late November through early January.

The spectacular display features more than one mile of Christmas garland, about 400 wreaths, 270 adorned trees, and 275 adorned light poles. The park is wrapped with more than 25 mi (40 km) of strings of lights and rope lights. Kids love multiple animated lighted displays in the park, and the 360‑degree view of the spectacular available from the Visitor Information Center will leave them in awe.

After a beautiful winter excursion through the mindblowing lights in Falls Park, stop by The Falls Overlook Café to warm up and enjoy a few more stunning views. The cafe is also hosting a Winter Wonderland Celebration on certain days with live music provided by the Beautiful Kingdom. There will be a chili bar, adult holiday drinks, ice cream, and treats for children available for purchase.

Falls Park is located at 131 East Falls Park Drive, just north of downtown Sioux Falls. Falls Park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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