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Experience the Magic at Storybook Island

When it comes to holiday cheer, Rapid City could basically be called Who-ville. From a parade, to ice skating to a winter market, Rapid City has this magical ability to celebrate the season for weeks, not just a couple of days. Don’t believe me? Just click here to see all the winter festivities that go on. All of these are things you would be really bummed you missed (in other words: just pack your bags and move here for the season); but if I had to twist your arm to check out just one event, it’d be the Nights of Lights at Storybook Island.

I don’t care how old you are, if you have the chance to go to the Nights of Lights event at Storybook Island, you go! Storybook Island is a pretty sweet place all year long in Rapid City (if you’re here in the summer, don’t you dare try to use the excuse that it doesn’t fit your budget, because it’s FREE); it’s a park that features nearly every storybook you could imagine! Climb through Winnie the Pooh’s tree house, follow the yellow brick road up to a photo-op with the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, or see if you can make like the Big Bad Wolf and blow those little pigs’ houses down.

See? Awesome. But if you want magical¸ you have to come during the holidays! Bundle up with a warm coat and mittens, grab some hot chocolate or coffee and get ready to experience the magic. Ok, I’ve talked a big game, so now it’s time I let you know just what type of magic I’m talking about. Picture all of those awesome storybook scenes I described to you, now imagine every square inch of them twinkling with Christmas lights! Seriously, I’m convinced the beauty of these lights would have grown the Grinch’s heart FIVE sizes, not just three.

If you happen to decide to share this moment your kids, it will be hard to determine if their eyes or the lights are twinkling brighter. The trip becomes even more magical when you pay a little extra to ride the train around the park. You can sit back, sip on your hot cocoa and snap some photos as the conductor drives you all around the beautiful park. Here’s another tip I’ll give you: keep an eye out on which weekend you go. Before their hard work on Christmas Eve, Santa lets his reindeer spend some time resting up at the magical Storybook Island. The kids will love it. Unfortunately, they aren’t able to be here every weekend, but if you time your trip right, you can get that extra dose of magic.

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Do I have you convinced yet? Check out all the other great happenings in Rapid City this winter and be sure to share photos of your magical moments using the hashtag #VisitRapidCity on Instagram!

Meet the Author

Shiloh Francis

With coffee in one hand, a camera in the other and her four-legged sidekick, Taz by her side, Shiloh loves getting out and exploring Rapid City. Her favorite things about Rapid City include the great dining scene, coffee shops and ease of access to the hiking trails within the city and the Black Hills.

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Shiloh Francis
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With coffee in one hand, a camera in the other and her four-legged sidekick, Taz by her side, Shiloh loves getting out and exploring Rapid City. Her favorite things about Rapid City include the great dining scene, coffee shops and ease of access to the hiking trails within the city and the Black Hills.

Shiloh is a transplant to Rapid City, having fallen in love with the area during family vacations and deciding to make it her permanent vacation after graduating from college. Traveling and discovering new places has always been a passion for Shiloh, but she loves the site of coming home to Rapid City each time the plane lands at the end of one of her adventures. Despite now being considered a local, she doesn’t let that stop her from taking time to play “tourist” in her own backyard. Shiloh is your go-to source for pup-spiration (all things pet-friendly), the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee or great bite to eat, and helping you find those hidden gems on your next vacation.

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