The Kaupp Christmas spirit travels from Canada to Mitchell

The Kaupp residence is located at 41290 Rock Creek Drive

Lisa Kaupp and her kids Shaelyn, Trell, Ryker and Brynlee and their dog Tova stand outside of their home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, at 41290 Rock Creek Drive in Mitchell.
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MITCHELL — For a little more then a year, Paul and Lisa Kaupp have called Mitchell, South Dakota, their home, and the family that moved from Alberta, Canada, spreads holiday cheer all the same.

Holiday lights wrapped around a tree outside of the Kaupp's residence on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Mitchell.
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With the help of her family, it only takes Lisa a day to set up decorations, but the family adds more to the collection as the season goes on if something catches Lisa's eye while shopping.

A giant teddy bear sits in between the garage door of the Kaupp's home on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Mitchell.
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One of the decorations is a 20-foot snowman that greets you along their driveway. Surrounding the snowman are trees strung out with colorful lights, and between garages is a giant bear with his candy cane and Santa cap.

Lisa isn't sure how many people have driven by to check out their bright home, but it's a tradition she enjoys. Well, because she likes looking at other holiday-themed homes.

A 20-foot inflatable snowman greet visitors as they enter the Kaupp residence on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, at 41290 Rock Creek Drive.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

The Kaupp family piles into the car with a warm cup of hot chocolate and drives around town to look at all of the holiday lights.


A snowman sits in the Kaupp yard next to a lit up tree on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Mitchell.
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The family made "a pretty quick, fast-pace decision" to move to Mitchell, Lisa said. Paul owns a company in the oilfield business that's headquartered in Williston, N.D., but it also has offices in Montana and Wyoming.

In their search for the right size community and a centralized location between all the offices, Paul visited Mitchell and then had a video chat with Lisa to show her the house. It was soon after they moved from the small town of Bassano, Alberta, to Mitchell and fell in love with the location.

A 'Merry Christmas' sign sits in the Kaupp yard on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Mitchell.
Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

This month, the Mitchell Republic is seeking well-decorated holiday homes by in Mitchell and throughout the region. Email or call the newspaper's office at 605-996-5514 for tips on which homes we should consider. We will be featuring some of the best-decorated homes throughout December.

Adam Thury joined the Mitchell Republic in March of 2022. He was born and raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School in 2015. He always had an eye for photography but started honing his skills mid-2014. He has worked on growing his knowledge of photography by shooting for local events. He can be reached at and found on Instagram at
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