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All Throughout the Year: Jackson Hole Holiday Celebrations for Everyone

No matter when you visit, you’ll find plenty to do in Jackson Hole. Although it may be known for its ski slopes, the Wyoming town offers events and activities for every season.


Town Square Lighting


The day after Thanksgiving officially starts the holiday season in Jackson Hole. During the annual Town Square Lighting Ceremony, the square is transformed into a winter wonderland, thanks to the addition of thousands of twinkling lights on trees and elk antler arches. As holiday music plays, visitors enjoy steaming cups of hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa Claus. Starting in mid-December, Santa appears on the Town Square every evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


New Years’ Eve Celebration


Torchlight parades are the highlight of the Jackson Hole New Years’ Eve celebration. During the torchlight parades, a line of skiers snakes down the slopes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain and Grand Targhee Resort holding red torches. Fireworks light up the night sky when the skiers reach the bottom of the slopes. After the fireworks, there’s no better way to ring in the New Year than with a champagne toast at a Jackson Hole luxury hotel.


Easter Egg Hunt


The annual Easter Egg Hunt is held on the Town Square on the Saturday before Easter. The hunt features a visit from Peter Rabbit and his friends, and prizes for several lucky attendees. In previous years, Jackson Twin Cinemas offered free screenings of family friendly movies after the Easter Egg Hunt.


Old West Days Celebration


Held every year in May, the annual Old West Days Celebration honors the town’s western culture and history. The celebration features rodeo events, an antler auction, bow and arrow competitions, arts and crafts, microbrew tastings, live music and theatrical entertainment. During the event, guests can watch cowboys shoot it out in a reenactment on the Town Square.


Independence Day Celebration


Independence Day starts early in Jackson Hole with the annual pancake breakfast on Town Square, followed by the 4th of July parade. In the evening, guests are treated to a musical performance and a shootout on the Town Square. The Jackson Hole Rodeo offers a special 4th of July Rodeo that has become a Jackson Hole Independence Day tradition. After the rodeo, visitors and residents enjoy fireworks at the bottom of the Tetons in Teton Village or at the base of Snow King Mountain.


Jackson Hole Arts Festival


The Jackson Hole Arts Festival, held every year in September, draws thousands of art lovers. The festival features the works of artists from around the world and includes more than 50 events. Although artwork is the star of the 11-day event, visitors will also enjoy the food/art gallery walk, art sales and auctions, luncheons, wine tastings and ranch tours.


There’s never a bad time to visit Jackson Hole, thanks to the variety of events held in the area. Whether it’s your first visit to the town or your 10th , you’re sure to find an activity or event that will pique your interest.


Jared Clements is a busy flight attendant. He likes writing about his travel experiences online. His articles appear mainly on travel sites.


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