Snow Sports in Siouxland

It's officially snowy fun season in Sioux City!

While we don't have huge mountains, we do have plentiful snow, and some great places to enjoy snow sports. I researched the best places to enjoy snow sports in Sioux City and our surrounding communities in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota and was inspired by the beautiful scenery, and by the pictures shared with me of families having so much fun out in the cold. Here's where to go sledding, tubing, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and ice skating in or near Sioux City:

Grandview Park Sioux City, IASledding at Grandview Park is free and open to the public in the designated sledding zone (near the playground off Stone Park Blvd)Sertoma Park Sioux City, IASledding at Sertoma Park is free and open to the public in designated sledding zoneSledding not allowed in Sioux City public parks other than those twoHillview Recreation Area Hinton, IASledding at Hillview Recreation Area is free and open to the public except durin…

Christmas Tree Farms Near Sioux City

Here are some of the Christmas tree farms I found within about 2 hours of Sioux City. Some didn't have many details available yet, but I encourage you to give them a call if you have questions about the one you want to visit. The Christmas tree farmers I spoke to in writing this post were super nice, festive people who are genuinely excited about helping families make the season special.

December 2018 Sioux City Kids Events

Each month we will bring you info on events for kids in the Siouxland Area. If you know of one we have missed, please leave us a comment or send us an email. We will update our lists throughout the month as we hear of new events, so check back often for the latest scoop! We also recommend checking out our Event Lists tabto find our lists for othermonths.

free events
Sat 12/111am: First Saturday Family Storytime at the Sioux City Public Library downtown11am: How to Catch a Snowman storytime at Barnes & Noble
Sun 12/21-4pm: Christmas Open House at the Pierce Mansion with refreshments, live music, and Santa!Mon 12/3Tues 12/411am: Library Storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public LibraryWeds 12/510:30am: Library Storytime at the Aalfs (downtown) branch of the Sioux City Public LibraryThurs 12/6Fri 12/77pm: The Polar Express pajama party storytime and activities at Barnes & Noble with free cocoa & cookiesSat 12/89am: Christmas Bingo at Chick-fil-A
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Christmas Road Trips for Siouxland Families

There are tons of great holiday events happening in the coming weeks in some of our nearby communities. Here are some of my top picks for Christmas events within about 4 hours or so of Sioux City that could make a really fun day trip or weekend trip for families in the Siouxland area!

Sioux Falls
Winter Wonderland at Falls Park features over 300,000 lights on hundreds of trees and poles, and will be lit every night from 11/16 to 1/6/201927th Annual Parade of Lights 11/23 at 7:30pm, on Phillips Ave from 13th to 5thTis The Season: Christmas with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, 12/8 & 12/9Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical at Washington Pavilion, 12/16 at 1 & 6pmFor more info on these events and the other great Sioux Falls holiday events, check out the Visit Sioux Falls website More Christmas fun in South Dakota Vermillion
Standstill Lighted Parade Thurs 11/29Free screenings of A Christmas Carol 11/26 and It's a Wonderful Life 12/17 at the Coyote Twin TheatersFor…

Santa Pictures in Sioux City & How to Win Yours For Free!

This post is sponsored by the Southern Hills Mall.

Santa is coming to the Southern Hills Mall, for photos and for fun! Want to take pictures with Santa this holiday season? Would your kids would love the chance to hang out with Santa and make crafts or eat cookies? Here's everything you want to know about Santa's visits to the Southern Hills Mall, plus a fun opportunity to win a Santa Photo Package from the Southern Hills Mall! I have taken my kids to have pictures taken with Santa at the Southern Hills Mall in the past, and Santa was very sweet, even after all of my kids refused to sit on his lap (I ended up holding one while the other stood in front of Santa. It was still cute!). This week I saw the mall elves setting up the photo area, and it looks so festive and cute, with tons of traditional Christmas decorations and props! If you want a classic Santa photo experience, the Southern Hills Mall is definitely the place to go.

Santa Photos
Santa will be available for photos a…

Siouxland Families Explore Prairie Park

Sioux City's newest park just had it's grand opening! We checked out Prairie Park, just off Lewis Boulevard, and were pleasantly surprised. Prairie Park makes use of some previously untended land near the water treatment plant and now provides a butterfly habitat and fishing pond, along with about a mile of walking trails and a shelter with several picnic tables.

The pond has a wide trail around it, which is perfect for walking with kids. We saw a pair of geese which was very exciting to my 1 and 5 year olds, and the water was beautiful and peaceful. You could hear a little bit of highway noise when you were on the part of the trail closest to the road, but overall the plants provided a nice screen from the sound, and I would guess they will do so even more as the park grows and matures in future years. There were several people fishing while we were there, and the DNR stocks the pond so it is sure to reliably have fish.

The prairie grass and butterfly habitat weren't ver…

Siouxland Families Explore Stone State Park

One of the most peaceful places in Siouxland is also bustling with life and adventure. Stone State Park, nestled in the northwest corner of Sioux City, provides just under 1600 acres of hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoors fun, and it especially shines in fall when the leaves change colors! Stone State Park's official address is 5001 Talbot Road, and you can get to it from Highway 12 on the west of the park, or Stone Park Boulevard or Talbot Road from the east of the park. Stone Park is part of the Loess Hills, a unique geographic formation of a type only found here and one place in China, and the trails have varying scenery of woodland or prairie type plants. Stone State Park is considered an "urban wildlife sanctuary" and has a rich history which includes a zoo built there a century ago and torn down decades ago, and a Civilian Conservation Corps camp between the World Wars (the CCC built the Lodge and many of the other structures and entrances!). The road thr…