'Tis the season for higher gas prices.  KSFY reports that gas prices spiked during this holiday season and will end higher than the same time last year.

Gas prices in South Dakota are averaging around $2.48 per gallon, according to AAA Spokesperson Marilyn Buskohl. The average was around $2.22 this time last year.

According to AAA, the national average went up four cents this week to $2.58 per gallon.  That price is near the same average as last month, but it's up 31 cents compared to the end of 2018.

While gas prices tend to spike during the holiday season, nationwide fuel was cheaper in 2019 than last year.  The overall national gas price average in 2019 was $2.61, compared to $2.71 in 2018.