Christmas season offers abundance of events, programs

Staff report

Jill Meier/BV Journal 

Spirit of the Truth Lutheran Church will share the story of the birth of Jesus at their Live Nativitiy on Sunday, Dec. 18.


Staff report


The holiday season is in full swing in the Brandon Valley Journal’s coverage area. Following is a round-up of the Christmas season events that are scheduled for December. If your organization has an event that we missed, email information to to print next week.


City of Valley Springs

winter coloring contest

Valley Springs City Hall is staging a coloring contest. Coloring pages can be picked up in person at City Hall or downloaded from the city website, Entries should include the child’s name, address, phone number and age on the back of the page. The deadline for entry is Dec. 16. Winners for each age bracket will be selected on Dec. 20. There are three age brackets: 0-5 years old, 6-10 and 11-plus.

To learn more, contact Valley Springs City Hall at (605-757-6555.


Blessed Redeemer

Preschool programs

Youngsters who attend Blessed Redeemer Preschool will perform their Christmas program at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 and 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2.


Holidazzle Cheer & Dance competition

Brandon Valley High School’s cheer and dance programs will host the 17th annual Holidazzle Cheer and Dance competition that begins at 8 a.m. at Brandon Valley High School.


Santa & Mimosas

The “Hometown Team” is once again hosting Santa and Mimosas from 9 a.m.-12 noon Saturday, Dec. 3 at Oak Ridge Nursery & Landscaping in Brandon. The “Hometown Team” includes Realtor Cindy Wills with Keller Williams, insurance agent Josh Koob with American Family Insurance, and Amanda Starzl, a residential real estate loan officer with First Dakota National Bank.

The event will offer professional photos with Santa Claus by photographer Tammy Carda, Christmas “spirits” for mom and dad, holiday giveaways and a coloring contest.


Brandon Lutheran

Advent Brunch

Brandon Lutheran Church’s WELCA group will host its annual Advent Brunch from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at the church. The Hallelujah Hooligans will be the featured entertainment, along with raffles and a Love Gift offering for a local need in the community. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling Barb Buck at (605) 582-7477.


Living Springs Church

Women’s Cozy

Christmas Social

Living Springs will host a Women’s Cozy Christmas Social from 10 a.m.-12 noon Saturday, Dec. 3. Pre-registration was required and closed Nov. 27. The event (for children 10-plus and adults) includes a potluck brunch, hot chocolate bar and crafting in cozy Christmas outfits.


Risen Savior Parish

Christmas Cookie Parade

Risen Savior will host its annual Christmas Cookie Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the church. The event also offers a soup and turkey croissants lunch served at 12 noon, a 50/50 cash raffle, raffle baskets and a visit from St. Nicholas.


Faith United Church

kids’ program

The children’s Christmas program will be performed during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 4.


Split Rock Lutheran Church

Splitrock Lutheran Church will present an Advent Christmas Concert featuring Tangled Blue at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. A free will offering will be taken. The concert will be followed by a Christmas Confections bake sale.



Orchestra Concert

BVHS and BVMS orchestras will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the BV Performing Arts Center.


Risen Savior

Christmas Cantata

Risen Savior will perform its Christmas Cantata at Bethany Meadows in Brandon at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, and again at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the church with a potluck meal to follows. The cantata will also be presented at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Garretson at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Prince of Peace in Sioux Falls.


BVIS Orchestra Concert

Orchestra students in grades 5 and 6 at Brandon Valley Intermediate School will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the BV Performing Arts Center.


BV Chamber Holiday Mixer

Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce members will gather for a Holiday Mixer from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Oakridge Nursery & Landscaping.

Second Saturday

Remember to shop local on the Second Saturday (Dec. 10) of every month throughout the year. For special deals and promotions, visit the Chamber website at


Brandon Mops plans

Ho Ho Ho and Hot Chocolate

The Brandon MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will host Ho Ho Ho and Hot Chocolate from 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Dec. 1 at Kingbird Coffee. Tickets are $10 per child and includes time to talk with Santa, a photo opportunity with the jolly ol’ elf, a children’s hot chocolate and cookie, and supplies to write letters to Santa and give it to him in person.


Dec. 10 holiday open house at Therapy Unlimited

The McCrossan Boys Ranch hitch team will be giving horse-powered wagon rides from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 in Brandon. The wagon rides are part of the holiday open house at Therapy Unlimited, 14-2 E. Cedar St. Rides will be about 20 minutes in length and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Therapy Unlimited also has a holiday kids’ craft planned and will serve refreshments.


BVHS Winter Formal

Brandon Valley High School students will don their formalwear for the Winter Formal, which begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the high school.


Brandon Lutheran Church programs

Preschool and kindergarten children (Sunday kids) at Brandon Lutheran Church will present their Christmas program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 and again at 6:15 p.m. (Wednesday kids). That same evening, the Christmas Cantata will be performed at 6 p.m.


BVHS Band Concert

Brandon Valley High School Concert Band will perform its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Performing Arts Center.


BVMS Band Concert

Brandon Valley Middle School bands will give its winter concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the Performing Arts Center.


BVIS Band Concerts

Brandon Valley Intermediate School’s fifth and sixth grade bands will perform at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., respectfully, on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Performing Arts Center.


Santa Claus Day in Valley Springs

Santa Claus Day in Valley Springs is Saturday, Dec. 17. Santa will arrive at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall for this Valley Springs Community Club event. He’ll be there until he hears what’s on everyone’s wish list. Folks can sign up for a raffle to win one of 12 turkeys. The drawing will be at 2:55 p.m.


Madrigal Show

BVHS Madrigals will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Performing Arts Center.


BV Assembly of God

Brandon Valley Assembly of God’s Christmas Celebration Service is set for 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.


Spirit of Truth Lutheran Live Nativity

Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church will host a Live Nativity beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the church, 112 E. Annabelle St.


Heritage Lutheran Church

Kids for Christ Christmas program will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at Heritage Lutheran church. 


Brandon & Split Rock Lutheran Churches

Brandon Lutheran’s Children’s Christmas Program is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, which is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Split Rock Children’s Christmas Program begins at 6 p.m.


BVHS Chorus Concert

Brandon Valley High School chorus will perform its winter concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 in the Performing Arts Center.


RBE, BE 3rd-grade concerts

Robert Bennis and Brandon Elementary third graders will perform separately in concert at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively, on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Performing Arts Center.


BLC Longest Night Worship Service

The Longest Night Service at Brandon Lutheran Church is planned for 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.


Christmas Eve Worship Services

Saturday, Dec. 25

Brandon Lutheran: Candlelight services at 5, 7 and 10 p.m.

BV Assembly of God: Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m.

First Lutheran Valley Springs: Christmas Eve worship at 6 p.m.

Risen Savior Parish: Mass at 5 p.m.

Spirit of Truth Lutheran: Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m.

Split Rock Lutheran: Candlelight service at 9 p.m.


Christmas Day Worship Services

Sunday, Dec. 26

Brandon & Split Rock Lutheran Churches: Christmas Day joint service at Brandon Lutheran, 9:30 a.m.

BV Assembly of God: Christmas Day family service at 10 a.m.

Celebration United Methodist: Christmas Day worship at 10 a.m.

Risen Savior Parish: Mass at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Spirit of Truth Lutheran: Christmas Day worship at 9:30 a.m.


New Year’s Eve Church Services

Risen Savior: Mass at 5 p.m.


New Year’s Day Church Services

Brandon & Split Rock Lutheran Churches: New Year’s Day joint service at Split Rock Lutheran, 9:30 a.m.

Risen Savior: Mass at 8 & 10:30 a.m.


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