• Festival of Lights


    The Festival of Lights is an evening of holiday fun in downtown Brookings. This parade encourages businesses, clubs, and organizations to participate in the premier holiday celebration! With an evening of fun in mind residents are encouraged to dine and shop in Brookings. 

    2016 Festival of Lights
    December 1, 2016

    This years theme...

    What does Santa do when it's not the holiday season? This year's theme, The Secret Life of Santa, allows your business or organization to use your imagination. Transform your float into a holiday paradise as Santa sits oceanside, maybe Santa enjoys riding his motorcycle down Sixth Street or jamming with his reindeer and elves at a North Pole open mic night - it's your turn to get creative! Show us what you think Santa does when he's not busy preparing for the holidays.

    Schedule of Events

    Parade of Lights | 7 PM
    Downtown Brookings
    Watch dazzling lights make their way down Main Avenue between 8th Street and 3rd Street (Sponsored by: Hy-Vee & Papa John's)

    Register your business or organization>>

    Festival of Trees
    More information to come!

    Historic Trolley Rides | 5-7 PM
    Pick up details to come!
    Climb aboard a horse drawn trolley and experience the Central Residential Historic District (Sponsored by: Brookings Historic Preservation Commission)

    Free Play & Cookie Decorating
    Children's Museum of South Dakota | 5-7 PM
    Sugarcoat your evening with cookie decorating and a hot chocolate bar
    * Free admission, $2 for the cookie & hot chocolate bar

    Letters to Santa
    Hitch Studio | 4-8 PM

    Make and mail a letter straight to Santa in the North Pole!

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