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Christmas at the Capitol


PIERRE, S.D. – It is that time of year again! Christmas! Take it all in by visiting the State Capitol Building where you and your family will find nearly 100 beautifully decorated Christmas trees on display to enjoy.
“The holiday season is a special time of year,” said Governor Mike Rounds. “Jean and I are proud to host the 28th Annual Christmas at the Capitol. We invite you to come to Pierre and enjoy this beautiful display. My family and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and joyous holiday season.”
The theme for 2008 is "Sharing Holiday Messages."
Businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities and governmental offices throughout the state have decorated and helped display the trees. Christmas at the Capitol goes until Sunday, December 28, 2008. The Capitol Building is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; seven days a week.
Individuals and families can enjoy the entertainment, stories, artwork, special events and displays while touring the building this time of year. To find out more about the events and what is happening throughout the month of December at the Capitol Building, please visit or call 605-773-3212.
The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special “In Your Own Backyard” link at to access the complete list of articles.
The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.


Wanda Goodman, (605) 773-3301,