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.