HUFFINGTON POST
10/28/2011 10:50 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2011

Thanksgiving In South Dakota: A MapQuest Guide

Thanksgiving in South Dakota is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in South Dakota and one opportunity to give back to others.

South Dakota Thanksgiving Events Map

Sioux Falls Jingle Bell Run/Walk


The evening after Thanksgiving, downtown Sioux Falls is hopping with the Jingle Bell Run/Walk and Parade of Lights. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk starts at the Sioux Falls Family YMCA, where sleigh-bell-clad participants (runners are even encouraged to tie bells to their shoe laces) suit up in holiday garb for the race. Early registration is $25. After the event -- which benefits the Arthritis Foundation -- a parade of holiday music and decorated floats moves down Phillips Avenue. Later, onlookers are invited to the Holiday Inn City Centre for float awards and refreshments.

230 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Main Street Square Turkey Bowl


The term "turkey bowl" might evoke images of a holiday football game. But in Rapid City, they take the term literally. The city hosts the annual mid-November event in Main Street Square where, as the Turkey Bowl name suggests, participants bowl on the downtown ice rink using frozen turkeys and Cornish hens. Folks can also wrestle each other on the ice using inflatable sumo suits. There's more traditional ice activities, like ice skating, too. Police officers, firefighters and military personnel receive half-off skating prices all day. Frozen turkeys are given away as door prizes during the event.

Main Street Square, 626 Main St., Rapid City, SD 57709

Volunteer: Watertown Volunteer Center


The Watertown Volunteer Center is always looking for helping hands, especially around the holiday season. The center's People Against Hunger Program helps the less fortunate in the Watertown area. Volunteers are welcome to help deliver food totes on Thursdays. If Thursdays are inconvenient, the Watertown Volunteer Center arranges volunteer opportunities with several other nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs and local Red Cross chapters. Volunteers can help with fundraising events, mentoring programs or other activities.

111 E. Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In South Dakota: Video

A video clip of the 2009 Parade of Lights, held annually the night after Thanksgiving in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Want other great Thanksgiving events and volunteering opportunities? Check out TurkeyQuest and our coverage in North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota.