Christmas events start

By Jason Ferguson


It’s the most wonderful time of the year and activities to celebrate the season will take place this weekend in Custer.

The 28th annual Custer Christmas Parade will take place this Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. through downtown Custer, starting at 8th Street and Mt. Rushmore Road and traveling down to 4th Street to Way Park. Awards will be given for best use of lights, best musical entry and judge’s choice.

The awards will be given out at Way Park immediately following the parade and the lighting of the Juanita Fish Memorial Tree will also take place at the park at that time.

The Custer YMCA’s gift and craft sale will also be Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. at the Custer Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium. There are over 50 vendors slated for the event, and breakfast and lunch will be served.

As always, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. to greet children and have photos taken.

The 1881 Courthouse Museum will be the site of another Christmas sale, as it hosts its open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of items will be available for purchase, including books, toys, puzzles, baked goods, jewelry and museum souvenirs.

Art Expressions Gallery will be the place to be from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, as it will host an all-member holiday reception with holiday treats and a book signing by Paul Horsted, who recently released “Treasures of the National Parks, Yesterday and Today.” That will take place at 4 p.m. The reception will also be a chance for visitors to get a sneak peak of “Buffalo Boys,” a new gallery opening next to Art Expressions.

Custer Senior Center will once again host its annual Holiday Open House and Music Fest from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. It will feature musical acts and holiday refreshments.

The Custer Characters are getting into the Christmas spirit by performing “The Rented Christmas” at Custer Community Church. Performances are Dec. 8-9 and 16 at 7 p.m., and a matinee performance Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Admission is $10 or $7.50 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available by contacting Patti Lee at 673-2344 or emailing her at patticordo Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The Custer Characters is a program of the Custer Area Arts Council.

Christmas also means Custer Cash drawings, with many businesses participating. There will be three drawings sponsored by the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce, one each on Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 14 for $100 each. Two names will be chosen from each drawing. The final Custer Cash drawing will take place at December’s Custer Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer. Entry forms for the drawings are located at businesses throughout town. You need not be present to win.

The 25th annual Christmas for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-3 p.m. in the Custer High School commons area. The program is for all Custer County children up to age 10 who are accompanied by an adult.

Children must be registered to attend, which can be done at Custer True Value, The Lost Sock, Shopko and Lynn’s Dakotamart.

For more information on Christmas for Kids, call Ann Hamilton at 673-5094 or 571-9377.

Something new in Custer, also on Dec. 9, is the Potter Family Christmas show at the Buffalo Ridge Theater. The show will feature classic holiday music at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are available at 673-4667 or buf

Finally, the 16th annual community advent concert will take place Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at Custer Lutheran Fellowship. The show will feature preludes by French Creek Folk at 1:30 p.m., the local ukelele orchestra, six church choirs and several instrumentalists.

Refreshments will be served and there is no charge. The public is invited to attend.