A traditional Christmas at home with family and friends can be an inviting experience. However, this year, when you’re looking to switch up the fun, consider heading to scenic Jackson Hole for something entirely new! Whether you’re one for sleigh rides, or you can’t wait to grab a show and pair it with hot cocoa, you’ll find Jackson Hole is an ideal place to be to enjoy a Christmas away that’s truly one-of-a-kind. The following are the top reasons why you’ll want to be sure to spend Christmas in Jackson Hole this year.
The Glittering Moments in Town Square
When you’re heading to Jackson Hole and looking for that Hallmark holiday vibe over Christmas, you’ll find it waiting for you right in Town Square. This inviting central hub in Jackson Hole is always a fun place for visitors and locals to hang out, take a stroll, check out shops, and enjoy fine dining as well. Over the holidays, it has even more to offer thanks to elk antler arches that are dripping in Christmas lights and festival décor that sets a scenic seasonal scene. It’s a wonderful place to make the most of holiday shopping options or snap a photo for your annual Christmas card.
There’s even an ice skating rink set up where Town Square visitors can rent a pair of skates and hit the ice alongside family and friends. On a typical year, Santa holds court at Town Square each evening between December 17th and Christmas Eve. It’s a great chance to drop by with the little ones so they can let him know what they want for Christmas or to get that beloved annual photo. There is also often a collection of cookies, and hot chocolate to enjoy alongside holiday music during these visits from Santa.
The Sleigh Rides
Christmas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is made even more magical for guests who make time to enjoy a horse-driven sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge while they’re in town. This quintessential winter activity is truly inspiring and a must when your travel plans bring you here this time of year. Your sleigh ride through the impressive and snowy refuge will be led by an experienced guide when you book between December 17th and Christmas Day.
Evening guests will have the added benefit available to them of following up their ride with a warm dinner. Sleighs can carry up to 16 passengers and the cushioned benches and warm blankets make for a comfortable outing even when the temperatures are frigid. This is an experience to bring your camera along as you’ll likely see bald eagles and even coyotes in addition to the elk that call the refuge home. Sleigh rides can be enjoyed anytime from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The Sensational Holiday Slopes
A top Christmas activity for many travelers making their way to Jackson Hole in December is to enjoy time skiing on the spectacular slopes. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a top destination for ski enthusiasts when the fresh powder falls thanks to the variety of runs and amazing views to enjoy along the way. If you’re new to skiing, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has plenty of offerings when it comes to lessons, and you won’t have to worry about gear as there are great rentals available too.
The Seasonal Performances
Taking time to enjoy a holiday performance or two is easy to do for those who make Jackson Hole, Wyoming their vacation destination of choice over the Christmas season. At the Jackson Hole Playhouse, locals and visitors alike can enjoy the annual Christmas musical performance that’s sure to thrill! Performances are designed for family-friendly viewing and often become a tradition that you’ll want to take part in every time holiday plans have you enjoying time in Jackson Hole. Tickets to the performance can also be booked to include a dinner at the Playhouse’s Saddle Rock Saloon when you’re hoping to make your night out as delicious as it is entertaining.
Access to National Parks
A trip to Jackson Hole over Christmas is a chance to enjoy easy access to some spectacular national parks while you’re in town. Jackson Hole sits within easy reach of places like Grand Tetons National Park and Yellowstone National Park as well. Both are ideal destinations to enjoy guided tours and wildlife watching in winter when you’re ready to bundle up and make the most of gorgeous sightseeing. At Yellowstone, there are exciting options to enjoy guided snowmobiling adventures this time of year as well through the team at Scenic Safaris. Guests have options to travel by snowmobile or Snow Coach to take in the snow-covered terrain of the park in style. Guides will point out wildlife along the way and can even customize your journey to include a stop at inviting hot springs.
Book Your Holiday Getaway Today
Make more of every single holiday moment in Jackson Hole this year by booking luxurious accommodations to top off your stay in style through Adobe Jackson Hole. Reach out to learn more about our welcoming options that are available and start planning your next trip.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, making now the ideal time to plan your Thanksgiving away in scenic Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, this is a picture-perfect place to begin new holiday traditions in style!
Make It a Flavorful Holiday Away
For many travelers to Jackson Hole over Thanksgiving, it’s hard to imagine the holiday away from home without a fantastic Thanksgiving feast on the calendar. Fortunately, Jackson Hole is a destination packed with flavorful options to enjoy, and over Thanksgiving, restaurants tend to elevate their menus with holiday flare. Consider heading over to the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill this year to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00 am until 3:30pm. Guests can make the most of this savory moment for $35 a person, and dinner typically includes turkey, rosemary, and sage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato casserole too. This is a popular dinner option this time of year, so you’ll want to be sure to make your reservations at least 48 hours in advance. Another great Thanksgiving dinner option in town is found at Spring Creek Ranch where they host a menu made up of grilled lobster tail and acorn squash soup just to name a few of the many mouthwatering options. Other stops in Jackson Hole that are generally open for delicious business over Thanksgiving include the Mangy Moose, Gun Barrel Steak and Game House as well as The Kitchen, Orsetto Italian Bar and Eatery, and Kampai for fantastic Japanese cuisine.
Run Your Way to Thanksgiving Fun
If you’re the type of traveler who absolutely loves to find an athletic event no matter where you roam, then you’re sure to be inspired by the annual Turkey Trot hosted in Jackson Hole each Thanksgiving Day. The race is on once again in 2023 and will kick off at 9:00 am at Wilson Boat Ramp access off Highway 22. The Turkey Trot is a 5K with options for participants to run or walk according to preference. It’s a fantastic way to exercise in great company and a fun way to work off that Thanksgiving meal as well!
Get Out and Explore Nature at Its Best
Year-round, Jackson Hole is a destination designed to inspire nature lovers. If you find yourself here over Thanksgiving, you’ll be just in time to admire wildlife and landscapes when colors are changing and temperatures are beginning to fall. A great place to start your exploration is at the National Elk Refuge which was created in 1912 and continues to provide a safe haven for an astounding population of elk alongside other wildlife. There are plenty of opportunities here to come and enjoy the view on your own, but they also offer guided experiences when you’re looking to learn more. Another fantastic option for making the most of the great outdoors this Thanksgiving during your Jackson Hole getaway is to set aside some time to take a hike or guided wildlife outing through nearby Grand Teton National Park. Whether you’re one for nature photography or simply enamored with breathtaking views, these destinations both have everything you’re looking to enjoy and more.
Take Holiday Photos in Town Square
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on gratitude while spending quality time with family and friends. When you find yourself in Jackson Hole this time of year, you can capture those moments on camera by planning to take photos at iconic Town Square. Here, you’ll find four massive arches made of elk antlers that are shed seasonally at the nearby refuge. These arches are unique and stunning, making for a great photo opportunity that might just end up being worthy of your annual holiday card! Once you’ve grabbed your photos, you can spend some time checking out the many charming shops and restaurants that adorn Town Square as well. It’s a great place to hang out, people-watch, and enjoy some downtime this holiday.
Hit the Slopes
If you stick around until the day after Thanksgiving, you just might be one of the first on the ski slopes when Jackson Hole Mountain Resort kicks off its opening day. Whether you’re new to skiing or a pro on the snow, taking time to explore some of the first tracks at the ski resort when ski season opens is always a thrill! They have trails fit for skiers of all skill levels and plenty of options for booking ski lessons if you need a refresher or it’s your first time giving the sport a try. Of course, the après ski scene here is just as appealing as the slopes when fresh powder falls!
Book your Jackson Hole Adventure Today
Taking time to enjoy a journey to scenic Jackson Hole is always a great choice and at Abode Jackson Hole, we’re here to make sure travelers have access to luxurious and welcoming vacation rental accommodations to match the moment. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting and inviting options including our rentals that will help you relish every moment of time enjoyed in your Thanksgiving in Jackson Hole! We can’t wait to welcome you to Wyoming soon.