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Fort Sisseton Celebrates a Frontier Christmas

LAKE CITY, S.D. – Get in the holiday spirit at Fort Sisseton Historic State Park’s annual Frontier Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 14. 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 can make traditional Christmas crafts throughout the grounds. Write a letter to military personnel to thank them for their service and to wish them a Merry Christmas. Try your hands at egg-baked bread in the North Barracks’ kitchen. Visitors can also enjoy roasted chestnuts.

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 Ali Tonsfeldt, park manager. “It’s a chance for families to try something new by revisiting the splendor of Christmas past.”

This year we will have two tree lighting ceremony, one at noon and another 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 served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until gone. Cost for a meal is $5 per person.

For more information, contact Fort Sisseton at 605.448.5474 or email