Christmas is the most magical time of the year, especially in the Cowboy State. You will find activities, parades, tree lightings, and Santa visits throughout Wyoming. Join us as our communities celebrate and ignite that Christmas spirit. Enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate during the tree festival in Saratoga, ice skating in Casper, carriage rides in Rock Springs, and so much more with your family, friends, and loved ones this holiday season.
This list has far from everything Wyoming has to offer, so be sure to check out the Travel Wyoming Events Calendar to avoid missing out on all the fun.
Welcome to the capital of Wyoming. Cheyenne is known for having the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days, rich history with the Union Pacific Railroad, and certainly, does not disappoint when it comes to the holiday season. Starting the day after Thanksgiving the city kicks off Old West Holidays. Santa stops downtown to open Santa’s Mailroom where the Pony Express will pick up and deliver letters to Santa. You can then enjoy downtown as it is transformed into Satna’s Saloon, Santa’s Stables, Kringle’s Ranch, Mrs. Claus’s Cookies and much more. To end the day, be sure to stop by the Cheyenne Depot Plaza for a 3D holiday light show. Every Saturday during December they have exciting activities going on downtown. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind holiday celebration that takes you back to the Old West.
Located approximately 30 miles north of Cheyenne on I-25, Casper is full of holiday spirit. Dust off those ice skates, fill your photo frames with Santa Claus and kick off the holiday season Casper style. The Downtown Casper Jingle & Mingle kicks off the spirit of Christmas by supporting the local downtown retailers during a fun-filled holiday shopping trip and ice skating at the David Street Station ice rink. Later, enjoy the countdown to the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and grab the perfect spot to watch the Downtown Christmas Parade which begins at David Street Station and runs right down second street. After walking around Conwell Park and enjoying the lights take a stroll through the park to see the decorations. Each tree in the park is adorned with lights for a spectacular view.
A Sheridan annual tradition to kick off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving is the Sheridan Christmas Stroll! Enjoy free photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause, wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, chili, hot dogs, hot cocoa and cider, live music and more. Check off your shopping list with tons of in-store sales and specials. Purchase a Stroll button and look for the matching button number at participating stores — you can win a great prize!
Join the northeast corner of the state as they display their festival of lights. Known as one of the biggest Christmas light displays in the state it contains over 50 displays with more than 100 individual pieces. They set up the last week of November and you can explore the wonder until the first week of January. While in the area enjoy shopping in Gillette and check out their annual holiday window displays. Businesses in the city compete for the best holiday window display transforming the town into a Christmas wonder.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving until mid-December Rock Springs downtown is the perfect place to create holiday memories. They offer carriage rides free to the public and you can meet Santa in their downtown gazebo. Enjoy the magic of the season while shopping the unique stores and enjoying the holiday cheer.
While known for its hot springs this quiet community puts its creative hands together to create the annual Festival of the Trees. Over 250 decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, gift baskets and other holiday items are auctioned off for charity. You can bid on a tree, write Santa a letter or just take in the holiday splendor of Saratoga.