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Nora Store Christmas: A Nostalgic Family Tradition

Nov 06, 2023 ● By The Hood Magazine

Less than an hour from Sioux Falls, you can find what some have called the greatest hidden treasure of South Dakota. People gather every year to sing carols, eat cookies, and enjoy what feels very much like a step back in time. Nora Store was once an active general store dating back to the 1900’s. Now it’s home to Mike Pedersen, who for over 30 years has hosted Nora Store Christmas.  

The Strom family has attended Nora Store for the last few years and it has become a Christmas tradition. They let us know why it’s a special place for their family!  

First off, how would you describe Nora Store Christmas? 

Nora Store Christmas is a joyful celebration of Christmas on the prairie in an old general store. Singing carols around the large organ, eating cookies, and sipping hot chocolate near the old wood stove feels nostalgic and magical.   

Why is it part of your holiday traditions?  

We love the historic atmosphere of the old general store and the feel of stepping back in time. We also appreciate that Mr. Mike allows groups to schedule their own private Nora Store experiences. We've enjoyed attending with our homeschool co-op.  

What is your family's favorite part of going to Nora Store? 

We love singing Christmas carols as Mr. Mike plays the organ. He keeps young children engaged with bells and Rudolph’s nose. He's an amazing storyteller and entertainer.  

Why would you encourage another family to attend Nora Store Christmas? 

This unique experience is the perfect opportunity to create lasting family memories. It's also a great photo op! 

What are some of your other favorite holiday traditions? 

Our family enjoys driving around to look at lights, attending Christmas Eve Service at our church, and sharing a traditional holiday meal with our extended family. My favorite part is watching our girls’ excitement on Christmas morning.  

Check out the Nora Store Christmas Facebook page for information about when they will be open this year!