It’s Christmastime in Custer

By Jason Ferguson


The holiday season is in full swing and Christmas activities to celebrate the season will take place this weekend in Custer. The events will kick off a month of activities to celebrate Christmas.

The 29th annual Custer Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m. through downtown Custer, starting at 8th Street and Mt. Rushmore Road and traveling to 4th Street at Way Park. Awards will be given for best use of lights, best musical entry and judge’s choice.

Immediately following the parade, lighting of the Juanita Fish Memorial Tree will take place at Way Park. The lighting will include a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Custer YMCA’s Santa’s Village Gift & Craft sale will be Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Custer Jr./Sr. High School gymnasium. There will be a book fair and door prizes will be given out all day. Concessions will be available, and, as always, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand from 1-3 p.m. to greet children and have photos taken.

All proceeds from the concessions and raffle, which will take place at 4 p.m., will benefit the YMCA’s Child Development Center. Over 40 vendors are expected at the event.

The 1881 Courthouse Museum will hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of items will be available for purchase, including books and children’s toys. In addition, the bookstore has acquired a large number of older books for sale, including classic novels and history books.

Museum volunteers have prepared unique displays on all levels of the museum.  There will be no admission charged to visit the museum displays or the  bookstore. 

Custer Senior Center will host its annual Holiday Open House and Music Fest from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature musical acts and holiday refreshments. See a related article in this week’s issue for more details.

On Dec. 2, Crossroads Church will host a Christmas Music Fest (see related article), and the the annual Christmas Tea will take place at Custer Community Church Dec. 6 (see related article).

Christmas also means Custer Cash drawings. The Custer Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Hill City Chamber of Commerce to provide “Community Christmas Cash” that can be spent at participating Custer and Hill City businesses.

There will be three drawings done on Facebook Live on Fridays—Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14—where names will be chosen from each drawing. On Nov. 30 there will be four $50 winners, with six more $50 winners named during the Dec. 7 drawing. The final drawing on Dec. 14 will see four winners of $100.

The 25th annual Christmas for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Custer High School commons area. The event 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 The Lost Sock, Shopko and Lynn’s Dakotamart. For more information, call Ann Hamilton at 673-5094 or 517-9377.

Also on Dec. 8 is the Custer VFW’s Holiday Gift & Wrapping Bazaar at the VFW from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Available for purchase will be a selection of gifts, cards, gift boxes, wrap and decorating supplies. Holiday gift wrapping services will be available and lunch and snacks will be served.

The 17th annual community advent concert will be Dec. 9 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, church choirs and several instrumentalists.

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

The Potter Family Christmas Show is set to return to the Buffalo Ridge Theater on Saturday, Dec. 22. The show will feature classic holiday music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and are available online at