Fort Sisseton Celebrates a Frontier Christmas

December 4, 2017
Photo by SD Tourism
Photo by SD Tourism

LAKE CITY, S.D. – Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park's Annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 9. Relive Christmas traditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST.

Throughout the day, visitors can listen to local musicians perform holiday music and make traditional Christmas ornaments and crafts at the North Barracks Visitor Center or egg-baked bread at the barracks’ kitchen. Visitors can also stop by the mess hall to taste freshly churned butter.

Join the fort's horse drivers for a sleigh or wagon ride through the fort grounds; get an up close look at traditional sleigh bells; see members of the Prairie Fiber Arts Guild demonstrate how wool and other natural fibers are made into clothing; and try your hand at old-fashioned rope turning.

"We really want folks to come out and enjoy an authentic, old-fashioned Christmas celebration," said Christopher Soukup, park manager. "It’s a chance for families to try something new this year by revisiting the splendor of Christmas past."

Don’t forget to stick around for the tree lighting and caroling ceremony at 4 p.m.

There is no cost to participate, but a park entrance license is required and can be purchased at the park. Concessions will be at the Library Schoolhouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Fort Sisseton at 605.448.5474 or email


GFP Mission: The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks provides sustainable outdoor recreational opportunities through responsible management of our state’s parks, fisheries and wildlife by fostering partnerships, cultivating stewardship and safely connecting people with the outdoors.


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