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November 16, 2017 06:05 PM

Christmas At The Western Mall Comes Back

After a year off, Christmas at the Western Mall is back! The annual light show wasn't getting as much attention and organizers needed a break. Now they're coming back bigger and better!

What you might not realize about this holiday display, is what it does for sick kids across South Dakota.

"It's a spectacular show. There's five songs with music and lights and there's thousands of lights and it's just like nothing else," said Paul Krueger, Make a Wish South Dakota President and CEO.

Each song in the show takes about 40 hours to put together with the production of lights. All of this work is going to help kids, like Ellis Hope.

Ellis was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last year, and went through months of treatment. After all that, he was granted a wish through Make A Wish South Dakota.  He chose to take his family to Atlantis in the Bahamas. 

"Because I just wanted to give our whole family, not just me, but our whole family just a break from all of the hospital and all the gunk that we'd been going throng for the past six months," said Ellis. 

"This is off my plate of worries. It's taken care of by someone who only wants the best for us," said Lori Hope, Ellis's mom. 

Make a Wish South Dakota grants about 70 wishes every year. Those wishes cost around $7,200 each.

For families like the Hope's, it's a life changing organization. One you can help, by donating to the Christmas at Western Mall.

"Like, everyone wants to do nice things all the time. It's just kind of human nature. But they go out every day and make kids who are in pretty crappy situations and just give them the world pretty much. Whatever they want," said Ellis. 

"The abundance. The generosity. It's like everything we should be about in life and it just, yeah. It changed us forever," said Lori. 
The show runs nightly from Thanksgiving through New Years day from 5:30 to 9:30.

All donations go to Make A Wish South Dakota. 

Find information on other holiday happenings in the area on our Home for the Holidays page

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