• Every year, there comes a magical evening when crowds gather and children’s eyes glow with wonder. In downtown Rapid City, floats strung with thousands of lights sparkle in the trees, twinkle on the buildings, and dazzle more than 30,000 spectators.

    Main Street Square comes to life with holiday skaters and steaming cups of cocoa. Anticipation grows… surely the 21st Annual Festival of Lights Parade will begin soon!

    This spectacular event, which has earned its reputation as the premier winter event in the Black Hills, is made possible by businesses and organizations throughout the City. The Parade provides a terrific opportunity to show your holiday spirit and leadership in our community. The Festival of Lights parade began as a project of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rapid City Class of 1996, and is still hosted by LRC alumni as well as other volunteers. We look forward to seeing you at the Season’s Brightest Event.

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2017 Festival of Lights Award Winners

Thanks to all that worked to put on such an amazing parade!  Judges had some tough decisions to make as they selected the top floats out of the more than 100 that participated.  Congratulations to the 2017 winners!   Holiday Magic – Best overall entry Business:  Northwest Pipe Fittings Non-Business or Non-Profit: West River Electric … Continue reading

2016 Festival of Lights Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winners! ♦ Holiday Magic – Best overall entry Business:  Northwest Pipe Fittings Non-Business or Non-Profit: US Marshall’s Posse ♦ Season’s Brightest – Best use of lights Business: Thomas & Son’s Moving Company Non-Business or Non-Profit: Wambli Ska Drum & Dance Society ♦ Sounds of the Season – Best use of music Business: Black … Continue reading

2015 Festival of Lights Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners! ♦ Holiday Magic – Best overall entry Wambli Ska Drum & Dance Society ♦ Season’s Brightest – Best use of lights Business – Four Seasons Motor Sports Non Business or Non Profit –  Rapid City Regional Airport ♦ Sounds of the Season –  Best use of music Business – Scott Peterson Motors/Terpening Lights Non … Continue reading

And the winners are…

With so many great floats parading through downtown Rapid City, our judges had their work cut out for them in choosing winners for each category. Thank you to all parade entries– it was a gorgeous night and you made it a beautiful parade. The following businesses and non-profits were awarded top honors in the 2013 Festival … Continue reading

Festival of Lights Lives on in 2013!

When Carol Brown and Sue McCormick announced last year they would no longer co-chair the 15-year-old Festival of Lights Parade, they anticipated someone would step up and take the reins. But with the holiday season on the horizon and no appointed leader, the future of Rapid City’s annual light parade looked dim, until Connie Olson, … Continue reading

Tappers Take to the Street

The floats that cruise down Main Street and back up St. Joseph Street during Rapid City’s Festival of Lights parade range in color, shape and size. Here a float strung with holiday lights carries a troupe of tap dancers as they keep time to “Carol of the Bells.”