Main Street Square holds festive events to kick off the holiday season
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Ushering in the holiday season, Main Street Square had their annual Winter Market and tree lighting ceremony on Saturday. The area was filled with people as they shopped at the vendors, ice skated or listened to live music while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
The Winter Market:
The vendors at the Market had their items set out for people to look at. The Snack Collective had a free sample and it was a way for them to share their name with the community and for people to support some local businesses.
“I worked in retail for 12 years for a large corporation and I really feel like putting the money back into the community helps with that mom,” Melissa Diedrich, owner of Namaste Create Co., said. “You know, we’re paying for dance lessons, or it’s not going into a large corporate pool. We can help support our community. By shopping local, I also help shop local and support other local vendors cause you’re supporting somebody else’s dream of owning their own small business.”
A list of the vendors at the Winter Market:
- Parade of Lights Float
- Lil Coffee Cabin
- Sgt. Poppers
- Green Chili Shack
- Oh Crepe!
- Black Hills Figure Skating Club
- Alpine Candles
- Dirt Nap Delights
- The Snack Collective
- Tessa’s Wreaths
- Bearded Buffalo
- Gypsy Road Apothecary
- CC by Cassandra
- Yarn Fantasy
- Black Hills Wild
- Huertas Knives
- Y-Knot Creations
- For the Love of Craft
- Namaste Creations
- Kimono Creations
- Whimsical Artisan
- Yhi Company
Santa Claus could also be visited inside the Shops at Main Street Square from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
50 photos of the Winter Market and the Christmas tree lighting:
Black Hills Figure Skating Club:
The Black Hills Figure Skating Club had two performances before the tree lighting. One of the coaches said the ice skaters are usually excited for it, since they get to pick out a Christmas song and also perform in front of the community.
“They love to perform, and that’s one of the things as a figure skater that you should look forward to,” Debbie Minter, one of the coaches at the Black Hills Figure Skating Club, said. “Here in Rapid City, we don’t have as many opportunities to do so as places like big cities with lots of rinks and lots of events. So, whenever we have a chance to do an event, we are always down to do it.”
Miss South Dakota Hunter Widvey returned to perform with the club as well.
Mayor Steve Allender proclaimed that Nov. 26 was Small Business Saturday before flipping the switch to light up Main Street Square with the Christmas lights.
Following the ceremony, people were able to line the streets for the annual Festival of Lights Parade.