The Original Governor’s Mansion Christmas Celebration

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Nothing brings in the holiday spirit like decorated trees and colorful lights. Landmark Community Church is hosting its Christmas tree display at the original Governor’s Mansion.

This is the second year they are putting on the celebration. Last year, they planned the entire event in just two weeks and over 500 people attended.

The public can tour the mansion and check out the decorations.

The event is free for everyone. The church will feature hay rides, a live nativity, Christmas movies and more.

The trees were decorated and donated by local organizations. Most of the decorations came from nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity.

Nick Reid, a member of Freedom’s Journey, helped decorate one of the trees. Freedom’s Journey advocates for survivors of human trafficking.

“It’s significant in the way it was decorated. We put butterflies to symbolize new life and new beginnings, which is what we strive for,” said Reid.

Some of the more unique decorations included a “toilet-tree” that was decorated with hygiene products. Another one was decorated with pictures of cats.

The most significant one was the Governor tree. It was clothed in pictures of all of South Dakota’s governors.

You can catch the trees, wreaths and Christmas spirit this month. It is open to the public Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-16. Both weekends, the event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

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