West Rapid City tree becomes Main Street Square centerpiece

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Christmas is just over a month away and downtown Rapid City is starting to reflect the holidays. The biggest sign of the season is the arrival of Main Street Square’s Christmas tree.

This year’s tree comes from a home in west Rapid City. Alvin Lei says the tree comes from his childhood home in the Black Hills and came to sit in front of his house on West Main Street in the early 1990s.

“It grew into a beautiful tree but it’s way too big for it’s britches,” said Lei. “It’s over the sidewalk, it’s over the property lines. It’s just too big.”

The blue spruce was one of eight submitted to become the Main Street Square tree. Executive Director for Main Street Square, Domico Rodriguez, says they look for a tree 25-30 feet in height and one that is very full.

He adds that the annual tree lighting ceremony is just what Rapid City needs in 2020.

“The Mayor will officially turn on the lights on the tree and we’ll soon have Santa making appearances and everything,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a nice refresher after a really hard year for downtown Rapid City, just to see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Starting at 4:30 p.m., both online and on air here on NewsCenter1, you can watch the lead up to the big moment when Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender reads his proclamation to light the tree.

It all begins the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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