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Winter Celebrations in the Tetons

By on November 18, 2015 Categories: Jackson Hole Entertainment


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Jackson is a happy place, but never more so than during the holidays. As the snow starts to fly in earnest and families gather from places all around the globe, Jackson Hole becomes the center of true celebration of all things joyful. The stars shine brighter, the snow gets deeper and Santa’s sleigh bells can be heard on the wind. Some might believe that even the elk come to enjoy the merriest season of the year.

There’s a lot to do here in the next few weeks, so mark you calendar to catch some of these great events:

The Town Square Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 27th, from 5 pm to 7 pm, Jacksonites gather at the Town Square to see those venerated antler arches take on the magical gleam of the holiday season. Jackson Hole Community Band joins the Jackson Hole Chorale to provide seasonal music and Christmas carols. Insider tip: Santa Claus may even stop by with a sled-dog team from Jackson Hole Iditarod. The evening’s highlight is when the square’s thousands of LED lights are switched on. It’s a thrilling moment and an inspirational sight to behold.

Fables, Feathers and Fur

Every Wednesday morning the National Museum of Wildlife Art offers a free storytelling event for youngsters aged 3 – 6. It’s a terrific opportunity for children to engage with art by observing, reading about and making their own art in the galleries. All materials are provided.

And if your little one develops an appetite, just pop into Rising Sage Café at the museum. You’ll find yummy sandwiches, soups and other goodies, sure to soothe all sorts of hunger pangs.

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Wyoming Whiskey Bartender Shootout

Hold onto your hats, folks, or at least your shot glasses. The second annual bartender shootout is scheduled for December 4 at 7:30 pm at The Rose in Jackson. It’s a winner-take-all proposition, a no-holds-barred effort to proclaim the greatest cocktail recipe in the West. Free to the public.

Tuba Christmas

Jackson Hole Community Band gathers with tuba players from Idaho and Nevada to provide a festive event of basso profondo proportions. The event, established in 1974, honors Professor William J. Bell and uses Alec Wilder arrangements of Christmas music for tubas and baritones. The event happens in communities around the world, with groups as few in number as four or five to larger gatherings such as the one that fills Rockefeller Center in New York City. Mark your calendar for December 5 and head out to the National Museum of Wildlife Art for this free concert. From noon to 1 pm.

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Holiday Art Bazaar

Jackson Hole’s Art Association has been hosting this event for over half a century. Designed to showcase local artists during the holiday season, the Art Bazaar is the perfect place to find that singular gift that makes someone’s day. All proceeds benefit the Art Association’s education classes and community outreach. Admission $5. From 9 am – 4 pm, December 12 at Snow King Resort.

Holiday Concert

Mark December 19th for this festive concert of the season’s favorite music as presented by the Jackson Hole Community Band. The concert is free at Center for the Arts, but you can feel extra special by bringing a non-perishable food item to help stock the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard. 7 pm – 8:30 pm.