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Things To Do in November and December in Jackson Hole

As Jackson Hole gears up for another ski season, it's also putting on a festive face for the upcoming holidays. From enjoying live entertainment to the lighting up of Town Square, you'll find a lot to do during November and December.
Elk Refuge sleigh rides in Jackson Hole.

Ski season kicks off around Thanksgiving or the weekend following it at Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on November 28th, with Snow King opening up its slopes November 30th. But aside from the obvious thrills that late November and December bring to powder hounds, there is a lot of non-skiing fun going on, too. You can take in a live show at the Center for the Arts or Jackson Hole Playhouse, check out the night sky with astronomers, duck into a holiday craft fair, or watch Santa bring smiles to young and old alike in Town Square.

Check out the offerings that are happening over the next two months!

Antler Arches on the Jackson Hole Town Square

November Events

Ongoing:

Grand Teton Music Festival presents Community Concerts the second Friday of each month from October to April - These free concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church and spotlight professional musicians who call the Mountain West their home.

2: Warren Miller’s 'Timeless' at the Center for the Arts - Two screenings at 4 and 7 p.m.; tickets are $17 in advance, $18 at the door - jhcenterforthearts.org

14: Teton Gravity Research's premiere of "Roadless" - At Center for the Arts. TGR's new snowboard film; two showings at 6 and 9 p.m. - jhcenterforthearts.org

18: National Theatre Live: "The Madness of George III" - At Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org

21-22: Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale - Sponsored by Art Association, featuring local artisans; also on Dec. 1 - artassociation.org

26: New Moon Stargazing Program - The night of the new moon is the perfect time to enjoy the enormity of our cosmos. Join a Stargazing leader with telescopes at the far west side of the Stilson Parking Lot in Wilson, behind the back of the bus stop building for the Village Road Transit Center. Programs are provided for a sliding scale ($0-$15/person) suggested donation - wyomingstargazing.org

27: Grand Targhee Resort Opening Day - Weather dependent - grandtarghee.com

28: Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot - 5K run/walk sponsored by Teton County/Jackson Parks and Rec Department - tetonparksandrec.org

28-30: Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort open for sightseeing only - From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

28: Opening day at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - jacksonhole.com

29: Annual Town Square Lighting - Holiday carols, cookies and Santa Claus. The event—held from 5 to 7 pm.— is truly a sight to behold! - jacksonholechamber.com

December Events

Ongoing:

Grand Teton Music Festival presents Community Concerts the second Friday of each month from October to April - These free concerts take place from 7-10 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church and spotlight professional musicians who call the Mountain West their home.

5: Wort Hotel Street Lighting and Holiday Party - music, refreshments, Santa and more

7: Art Association's Annual Christmas Bazaar - Arts and crafts show at The Center for the Arts lobby; ideal for made-in-Jackson Hole holiday shopping  - artassociation.org

7: TubaChristmas at National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson Hole Community Band performance; noon - jhcband.org

7: Snow King Mountain Resort Opening Day - snowkingmountain.com

8: Jackson Hole Chorale Holiday Concert - At Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole; free

11: Cocktails and Creatives at the Rose - Locally-made items for holiday shopping, libations and revelry; 6-10 p.m.; located in Pink Garter Plaza

13-15: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - Presented by Dancers' Workshop at the Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org

14: 26th Annual Christmas Craft Fair - Arts and crafts show at the Virginian Lodge for all your gift needs! - jacksonholechamber.com

14-31: Holiday musical at Jackson Hole Playhouse - "Christmas Survival Kit;" 6:30 p.m. holiday spirits/hors-d'oeuvres; 7 p.m. Christmas dinner and show - jacksonholeplayhouse.com

14: National Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides Open – Hop aboard a horse-drawn sleigh between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Tickets cost $23 for adults/$15 kids (ages 5-12); free for ages 4 and under. Trips depart from the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street. - Click here for more info

15-24: Santa on the Town Square – The jolly old elf himself will appear nightly from 5-7 p.m. on the glittery Town Square through Christmas Eve - jacksonholechamber.com

17: An Evening With Chris Thile - At Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org

18: "Old Time Christmas" at the Wort Hotel - Sponsored by Jackson Hole Historical Society; music, refreshments; free; 7-9 p.m.

19: Ugly Sweater Party at Snake River Brewing - Wear your favorite ugly sweater for $3.50 pints; music starts at 8 p.m. - snakeriverbrewing.com

21: Jackson Hole Community Band's Holiday Concert - At Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org

21: GLOW Nights Launch in Teton Village - Festive après-ski celebration of art, projections and music.

21: Ugly Sweater Party at the Wort Hotel - Local band entertains in the Silver Dollar Showroom starting at 7:30 p.m.; prize for the ugliest sweater

22: Holiday Round-Up: Ornament Making - Kids Ranch at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; free; 4 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

23: Holiday Round-Up: Family Ice Skating on the Village Commons; free; 4-6 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

24: Santa Claus arrives at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - See Santa drop in from the Aerial Tram at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. - jacksonhole.com

24: Menorah lighting with Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Amangani resort hotel; free; Hanukkah treats, dreidels and mini-menorahs available.

25: Ski with Santa at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - The jolly old elf will be skiing the green runs on Teewinot or Casper from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

26: Holiday Round-Up: Meet Birds of Prey - Teton Raptor Center program at TBD in Teton Village; free; 4 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

27: Josh Ritter at Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org 

27: "I Don't Ski:" a new play by Andrew Munz - New, one-man comedy special from Jackson Hole's Best Actor; 8-10 p.m. at the Pink Garter Theatre

28: Giant menorah lighting at 7 p.m. on Town Square hosted by Chabad Jewish Center. Hanukkah treats including latkes and jelly doughnuts will be available for free as well as dreidels and mini-menorahs.

28: Holiday Gallery Art Walk - Galleries will be open late, with many serving cider and other festive refreshments, along with special show openings and holiday events. - jacksonholegalleryassociation.com

28: Holiday 80's Party at Wort Hotel - Local 80's band, 86, performs in the Silver Dollar Showroom starting at 7:30 p.m.; no cover

29: Menorah lighting with Chabad Jewish Center of Jackson Hole at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Four Seasons Resort Hotel in Teton Village; free; Hanukkah treats, dreidels and mini-menorahs available.

29: The Mike Super 2.OH Show - At Center for the Arts - jhcenterforthearts.org

30: Holiday Round-Up: Ice Skating on the Village Commons; free; 4-6 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

31: New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parades - At-dusk parades of skiers of all ages holding torches as they carve down the slopes at all three local ski resorts—plus fireworks! Ring out 2017 with a bang. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's parade and fireworks start at 6 p.m.; Snow King at 7 p.m., and Grand Targhee at 5:45 p.m. - jacksonhole.com; snowkingmountain.com; grandtarghee.com

31: Gondi Gala at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort - Annual New Year's Eve party at Rendezvous Lodge at the top of the Bridger Gondola; 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; dress warmly for the gondi ride; $75 per person - jacksonhole.com

More Fun Things To Try

• MEET BIRDS OF PREY

On Wednesday, November 27 at 11 a.m., enjoy an hour-long educational experience with live raptors from the Teton Raptor Center at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse in Wilson. Raptor Encounter is suitable for all ages. Meet resident raptors and learn about birds of prey in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The cost to attend is $20 per adult, $15 for children ages 4 to 12 and seniors (age 65-plus); kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are required as space is limited. Book online or call 307-203-2551.

On Friday, December 20th, the Raptor Center and the National Elk Refuge will team up to present "Feathered Fridays" at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on Cache Street from noon-2 p.m. “Feathered Fridays” programs feature naturalists and educators from the Raptor Center and the refuge, along with a variety of live raptors on the glove. There is no beginning, middle or end to this free program during the two hours. Just pop in at your convenience for this very unique opportunity. Call 800-772-5386 or visit fws.gov/refuge/national_elk_refuge/ 

Jackson Hole Winery

• TAKE A LOCAL LIBATIONS TASTING TOUR

Get in out of the early winter's cold and spend an afternoon on a tasting tour of some Teton-grown libations. Savor and then stock your bar with some of Jackson Hole’s best liquid “souvenirs”—as heady, wild and glacially pure as Wyoming itself.  

  • Jackson Hole Still Works; Produces Wyoming-sourced, handcrafted, artisanal grain-to-bottle vodka. Tours and tastings take place Monday through Saturday at its distillery just south of the town of Jackson on Hwy 89. Call 307-699-8998.
  • Jackson Hole Winery: This small, family-owned winery combines the finest grapes from California’s wine country and Wyoming’s high altitude and cold climate to create a variety of award-winning wines. For private tours, call 307-201-1057.
  • Snake River Brewing: Wyoming’s oldest and largest craft beer brewery, the “Brewpub”—as it is fondly known —has for the past 25 years won countless awards for its beers and established itself as a staple on the Jackson Hole dining scene. Brewing essentials are visible from every angle in the large, bright, two-story venue. We recommend trying the beer sampler. The Brewpub is located at 265 South Millward St. Call 307-739-2337.
  • Thai Me up/Melvin Brewing: Voted Small Brew Pub of the Year, Thai Me Up on Pearl Street has 20 craft beers on tap. For a tour of Melvin Brewery’s facility and taproom in Alpine (approximately 45 minutes south of Jackson Hole) visit melvinbrewing.com/taproom or call 307-654-0427.
  • Roadhouse Brewing Company: Located at 1225 Gregory Lane. Taproom hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. The Roadhouse Pub and Eatery is on Town Square.