|Wyoming’s population may be small, but its spirit for fun and holiday cheer is by no means lacking. In fact, every region in the state is filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas the minute that the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers retreat to the refrigerator. From young to old, these Wyoming festivities offer something for everyone with many beginning on Friday November 25th this year. If your 2005 Thanksgiving plans call for a visit to Wyoming, stay an extra day and welcome the holidays with the following festivities.
Christmas in Wyoming Stroll - Sheridan
Regionally acclaimed, the Christmas in Wyoming Stroll invites individuals of all ages to historic downtown Sheridan on Friday evening, November 25th. The annual event features a live nativity, live entertainers, horse drawn wagon and trolley rides, shopping, fireworks, and of course, a visit from the jolly man himself.
Christmas Opening & Parade of Lights - Worland
Warm your heart and stomach at Worland’s Christmas Opening on Friday November 25th. The event kicks off with a free chili feed, plenty of cider and hot chocolate, and downtown stores that stay open late for those early-bird Christmas shoppers. The festivities continue with the Parade of Lights featuring dozens of themed floats glowing down Main Street, a huge fireworks display, and the lighting of Pioneer Square Park in the town’s center with a visit from Santa Claus. Kids of all ages are invited to take their picture with Santa and share their secret wishes.
Town Square Lighting Ceremony - Jackson
Showcasing a touch of class and a more mellow atmosphere than some of the state’s other festivities, Jackson’s Town Square Lighting Ceremony features community caroling and live music by the Jackson Hole Community Band and Jackson Hole Chorale. As a special feature, Santa lights up Town Square for the holiday season at 6 PM on Friday November 25th.
Santa in Centennial Park - Lander
Santa Claus arrives in Lander on Saturday November 26th for an afternoon and evening of pictures and visits with the town’s youngest residents. Wagon and sleigh rides add to the holiday cheer in this picturesque mountain community.
Christmas in Downtown - Casper
Stick around for this annual favorite in downtown Casper on Saturday November 26th. Hundreds of floats wind their way through downtown with plenty of candy thrown out for the kids.
Christmas Opening - Cheyenne
Head to Wyoming’s capital city for entertainment sure to please the whole family. Held on November 25th and 26th, Cheyenne’s Christmas Opening features an art and craft show, live entertainment, a Christmas parade with 100-plus lighted floats, visits with Santa, lighting of the City Christmas tree, children’s activities, and more.
Star Valley Festival of Trees - Afton/Star Valley
Star Valley celebrates the beauty and tranquility of the holiday season at its annual Festival of Trees. The festival showcases dozens of beautifully decorated trees and nativity scenes and also includes a popular quilt raffle.