Ultimate guide to holiday events in Jackson Hole

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Jackson Hole is one of the best places to spend the holidays. On top of the snowy weather and festive lights, the there are tons of fun and family friendly events to get into the holiday spirit. Here is a list of family-friendly events happening all month long: *December 1 - Astronomy Extravaganza:* This free, family friendly event includes a tour of the solar system and the Milky Way Galaxy in an indoor inflatable planetarium. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Teton County Fair Exhibit Hall. More information is available here . *December 2 - 5, 9 - 12 - Art Market Days at the Art Association of Jackson Hole:* Each week, 8-10 regional artists will display their wares for locals and Jackson visitors to purchase. More information is available in Buckrail's recent article, "Art Market Days gives the community a chance to shop local artists for holiday gifts ." *December 4 - Art Walk in Driggs:* Evening of free art, food, drinks and community. The event also includes live music and auction of community art pieces at the Local Galleria. For more info, visit *December 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 - Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol:* The play is presented at Pierre's Playhouse in Victor, Idaho. More information is available at *December 5 - Opening Day for Snow King Mountain: *Snow King Mountain opens to the public. *December 5 - Elks Spaghetti Fundraiser:* All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner with Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser to benefit the Good Samaritan Mission at the Elks Club. Silent Auction will include 2016 Golf Packages, Ski Packages and Retail Gift Certificates. Live Homemade Dessert Auction starts at 7 p.m. and features homemade pies, cakes, and cookies. The event costs $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 8-12, and free for kids 7 and under. The event is at the Elks Club, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. *December 5 - Victor Holiday Festival and Light Parade:* This event includes storytelling, turkey bowling, Santa visits, and more. Details are available on the City of Victor website . *December 5 - TubaChristmas:* TubaChristmas was established in 1974 in memory of one of the world's foremost tuba players, William J. "Bill" Bell, retired professor at Indiana University and former member of the NBC Symphony under Toscanini, the Sousa Band, and the Goldman Band. The Jackson Hole Community Band has sponsored and presented TubaChristmas since 1992, and players from ID, NV, and other locations throughout western WY have joined our local band members this festive event. The event begins at 12 p.m. and is free to the public. *December 5 - 100 Years of Frank Sinatra:* From 7 - 10 p.m. at the Pink Garter Theatre, step back in time to a 1960's supper club evening and celebrate the incomparable crooner, Frank Sinatra with his long-time friend and road manager Tony O. Chef Rene Stein will prepare an family-style Italian inspired dinner. Featuring music by the Pam Phillips Trio and the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole. Tables for dinner and general admission tickets without dinner available. Information is available at *December 6 - Jackson Hole Chorale Holiday Concert 'Gloria':* The public is invited to attend this free concert, featuring the singing of Vivaldi’s Gloria along with other holiday classics. Celebrating their 33rd year of bringing quality music to our community, the Chorale will be collaborating with members of the Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra and the Jackson Hole Brass Quintet. The event is at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. *December 8 - Green Drinks JH: Green Your Gathering:* Special guests Virginia Symons, John Boczar, Maureen Murphy, and Tim Harland will share tips and advice on how to green your gathering, whether it’s a small house party or a community celebration. The event will include free refreshments featuring Grand Teton Distillery. Attendees will appreciate the unique perspectives and real-world examples of making special events more sustainable. *December 9 - Light Up a Life 2015:* St. John’s Hospice invites the public to Light Up a Life on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m. in the St. John’s Medical Center lobby. Staff from the Medical Center, Foundation, and Hospice will present a tree-lighting ceremony to remember and honor loved ones. During the ceremony, names will be read as the lights are illuminated. Musical guests include the children's chorus from Big City Broadway; folk musicians Christine Langdon, Phil Round, and Shelley Rubrecht; St. John's vocalists Amy Robinson, De Hunter, Lisa Larson-Hoyt, and Caroline Jolley; and piano accompanist Laura Huckin. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony. More information is available here . *December 11, 12, 13 - The Nutcracker:* Dancers’ Workshop will present the San Diego Ballet and DW students in performances of this holiday classic December 11, 12 and 13. After the matinee performance on Saturday, December 12, join Dancer's Workshop on stage for a special Meet-the-Characters Tea Party to see the sets and costumes up close and collect autographs from the performers. *December 12 - Holiday Gift Show at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center:* Starting at 10 a.m., buy gifts for the ones you love from the artists you love. Valerie Seaberg, Laurie Thal,Meggan Stordahl & Carolyn Little, Jenny & Sam Dowd, Nancy Carson, Sharon Rudd, Diane Awuv, Clairey Grubbs, Abby Paffrath, Kristen Simpson, Diane Benefiel & Dee Parker, Nancy Hogenson pottery, jewelry, blown glass, wreaths, paintings, handcrafted clothing, hats, bags, art, chocolate gift boxes. *December 12 - Winter Wonderland Family Day: *Families will have fun celebrating the holidays with activities and crafts at the library. Children can decorate gingerbread men, watch a calligraphy demonstration in the Gallery, receive a personalized bookmark, and shop for a book to take home at the children's Book Sale in the Book Nook. Location: Ordway Auditorium. The event is free. *December 12 - Rolling into Readiness Bus:* From 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on December 12, have fun, play and learn with your child when the Rolling into Readiness bus brings activities for kids ages 6 and under to a neighborhood near you. Rolling Into Readiness collaborators will present indoor and outdoor snow activities, including water and snow experiments, building with snow, and snow-themed crafts to support families in getting children ready for Kindergarten. Location: Teton County Fair Building, 350 West Snow King Avenue. The event is free. *December 12 - 37th Annual Chanukah Party:* On Saturday, December 12 at 6 p.m. is 37th Annual Chanukah Party. The event includes latkes and fixins’, drinks and dessert. Please bring a main dish or side dish to share. Main dishes encouraged. Kids activities offered. E. Leaven Food Co. $10 suggested donation. *December 12 - Chanukah Menorah Lighting:* At 7 p.m. in Town Square, the Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole will be honoring Chanukah with more community Chanukah events than ever before. The community is invited to a giant Menorah lighting, sing Chanukah songs & hear the story of Chanukah. Delicious Chanukah treats such as hot potato latkes, doughnuts filled with jelly (Sufganiyot), chocolate Chanukah gelt and hot chocolate will be served while Chanukah Menorahs and dreidels will be available for one and all. *December 15 - January 23 - Winter Wonderland Ice Skating on Town Square* *December 18 - The Jackson Salon Show: Annual Member's Show & Christmas Party:* This event celebrates the engaged community of Art Association Members. This year's exhibition will also be the annual Christmas party open to the community at large. More information is available at *December 19 - Grand Opening Teton Lift and Piste Restaurant:* Join JHMR for the Official 50th Anniversary Celebration Day. More information is available at *December 19 - Holiday Concert at the Center Theatre:* Take a break from your hectic holiday schedule and join the Jackson Hole Community Band for this festive concert. Conducted by Jennifer Levanduski, this concert includes traditional favorites and some new selections. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the JH Food Cupboard. *December 19 - Mountain Coaster Opens:* The Cowboy Coaster will be open Tuesday – Sunday starting on December 19. *December 19 - National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides Begin: *Sleigh rides begin for the season on Saturday, December 19 and operate daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except for Christmas Day. The rides are a way to observe and photograph wildlife on the refuge. In addition to elk, passengers routinely see coyotes, bald eagles, trumpeter swans, ravens, and other wildlife. More information is available here. *December 20 - 24 - Nativity Scene on the Town Square* *December 20 - Winter Solstice Celebration and Stargazing at R-Park:* Join Rendezvous Lands Conservancy for a Winter Solstice Celebration beginning at 4 p.m. at the far northwest corner of R-Park and then stick around for stargazing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Stargazing will take place from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the same location as it did this summer at the far northwest corner of Rendezvous Park, near the location of the gravel pit. *December 31 - Glow Worm Parade for Kids at JHMR:* This New Years' tradition substitutes glow sticks for torch lights. Kids up to 14 years-old-who are comfortable skiing Teewinot, are welcome to participate. Meet at the Kids Ranch at 4:50 p.m., and the parade on Teewinot Run at 5:30 p.m. Come dressed with skis and boots (no poles please). Younger kids will do a shorter parade before the older. Details are available at . *December 31 - Torchlight Parade and Fireworks at JHMR:* JHMR employees will treat the community to a traditional torchlight parade on Apres Vous followed by a celebratory fireworks show. Parade starts at 6 p.m., fireworks to follow. *December 31 - Kids Night Out at JHMR:* On Kids Night Out, the Kids Ranch offers evening activities for children ages 4-18 in a supervised environment. Activities include a pizza party, indoor and outdoor games, movies and sledding. More information is available at *December 31 - Snow King Torch Light Parade and Fireworks: *A torchlight parade and fireworks on New Year’s Eve is a tradition in many ski town, and Jackson is no exception. This annual event kicks off the new year with a bang and is just as much fun to watch as it is to ski down. Expert skiers (who are comfortable skiing steep terrain in the dark carrying fire) are invited to participate in the parade. More information is available on the Snow King Mountain website . *December 31 - Grand Targhee: New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks:* Come watch or participate in Grand Targhee Resort's Torchlight Parade. The Kid's Glowstick Parade is perfect for kids between 5 and 14 who possess basic turning and stopping skills. Kids meet time is 4 p.m., and their parade is at 4:30 p.m. Adult's Torchlight parade is open to skiers and riders 12 and up and space is limited. Roadside flares are used and old clothing is recommended. Meet at 4:45 p.m. at the Ski School. Parade starts about 5:30 p.m. Did we miss a great holiday event? Let us know what it is here and we will add it to the list. *Feature Photo: h/t @JacksonHole on Instagram ( ) / Pitchengine Communties* #buckrail #news #whatshappening