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Wintertime Festivals in Friendly Wyoming

Updated on September 29, 2009

Festivals Held in Wyoming

While many are aware of the assortment of ski locations that make Wyoming tourism so popular during the winter, it should also be noted that Wyoming has a variety of festivals as well. These wintertime festivities begin in late November and last through the end of March offering a plethora of family friendly entertainment.

  • Jackson Town Square Lighting Ceremony (Day after Thanksgiving)-Each year residents and guest alike come together for the holiday music, the lighting of town square and a visit from St. Nick. There are plenty of cookies, hot chocolate and coffee to go around.
  • Jackson Winter Carnival (Last week of January)- Held in conjunction with the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, the festival includes bonfires, bands and fresh brewed drinks of every kind. Activities include an assorted skiing competitions, dogsled races, skijoring and ice skating. However, be sure to dress in warm layers, as freezing temps are standard.
  • Waterfall Ice Festival- Held in Cody during mid-February, this festival is touted as “the Friendliest Little Ice Festival in the Northern Rockies”. There are dozens of entrants in frozen waterfall climbing competitions and ice sculpting, as well as national ice climbing sponsors, new product merchants, demos and climbing clinics. In addition, there are dances,, dinners, and numerous discussions all extolling the virtues of this interesting sport. Contact South Fork Ice for yearly specifics.
  • Wyoming State Winter Four- Held each year in March in Lander, Wyoming, this is the place to see regional (and beyond) artisans and their jewelry, arts and crafts. While there, be sure to check out the horse show(s), live bands, food and other entertainment.

This is but a smattering of Wyoming’s wintertime fun. If you plan on going to Wyoming during the cold weather months, then be sure to include one of these as part of your itinerary.


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