Despite some traditional events not being held this year like the tree lighting gathering (pictured here), the Journey of Lights Parade and the Manger Melodies are both once again scheduled to take place.
HOT SPRINGS – As the holiday season fast approaches, Christmas In the Hills recently provided an update regarding upcoming festivities for December 4 and 5, 2020.
To encourage social distancing, there will not be a tree lighting gathering or caroling at the Evans, however, The Sounds of Christmas Journey of Lights Parade, sponsored by Black Hills Energy, will include the Chanteurs performing on one of the floats. As usual, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be appearing in the parade.
As in years past, the trees at the Evans will be lit and the mayor will conduct the traditional reading of the Proclamation in the vicinity of City Hall and the Theatre to kick off the Christmas Season.
Viewing of The Journey of Lights Parade will pass by the Evans at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and travel along River Street, ending at Lynn’s DakotaMart. Each float will be announced and live streamed on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. (facebook.com/HotSpringsSouthDakota).
The livestreaming of the parade is being made possible thanks to Justin Gausman (Video Technician), Pat DeSmet (Sound Engineer) and Pat Russell (Parade Announcer).
The United Churches Mission Group for Haiti, who traditionally provide the soup supper, will be selling boxed dinners in the parking lot.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Living Nativity will be presented by Hot Springs Fellowship of Christian Athletes youth from 6-7 p.m. in front of the Mueller Civic Center. Be sure to stop by early if you plan to livestream the concert and check out the surprise participants!
At 7 p.m., Christmas In The Hills 2020 presents “Manger Melodies” a free concert headlined by Orion and Stacey Potter. Opening performances will include Tracy Bastian at the grand piano with Lynn Buchholz singing. Kim and the Cue Balls will also perform with special guest John Culbertson. Ted Moeller will be Master of Ceremonies.
Christmas In The Hills thanks their major concert sponsor, Hot Springs Ace Hardware, along with the following program sponsors for Manger Melodies: Accouter Rental and Sales, Bill Graves State Farm, Builders First Source, Fall River Health Services, First Interstate Bank, Hot Springs Housing, and Nelson’s Oil & Gas.