Oldest Festival of Trees celebration kicks off in Lead

LEAD, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead kicked off the Christmas season with its 35th Annual Festival of Trees Vintage Holiday Celebration. The three day event will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the opera house.

The celebration is considered the original Black Hills Festival of Trees celebration.

Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the building which has been decked out in Christmas trees, wreaths and other decorations. Santa greeted onlookers as they entered the theater on Thursday.

Hot cocoa, apple cider and cookies will be available for the celebration and live music will be provided by the United Methodist Church Hymndingers bell choir, the Bell Fourche Center of the Nation Brass Quintet and Ruth Groeneveld.

Hours for the festival are 5-7 p.m. Thursday and 1-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Admission is a donation of pet food, non-perishable food items or monetary donations. All donations will go to the Twin City Animal Shelter of Lead and Deadwood, the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry in Lead and the Historic Homestake Opera House to continue restoration projects, theatre operations and programs.