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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 November 16th at Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort on November 24th, with Snow King opening up its own slopes in short order after that on Dec. 1st. 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 crafts 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

2: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

9: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

16: Grand Targhee Resort Opening Day - grandtarghee.com

16: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

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

22-23: Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort open for sightseeing - From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

23: 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.comc23:

23: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

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

29-30: Teton Mudpots Holiday Sale - Sponsored by Art Association, featuring local artisans; also on Dec. 1 - artassociation.org

30: National Theatre Live's broadcast of "Frankenstein" - At Center for the Arts; 7 p.m. - jhcenterforthearts.org

30: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

December Events

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

2: "The Nutcracker: A Screening" at Center for the Arts - Dancers' Workshop and the Russian Club of Jackson Hole present a screening, performed by the Marlinsky Ballet; free; 2-3:30 p.m.; free - jhcenterforthearts.org

7: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

7-8: Jackson Hole Snocross National at Snow King Mountain - This two-day event featuring the world's greatest snocross racers - snowkingmountain.com

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

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

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

13: "Holidays at the Playhouse" musical at Jackson Hole Playhouse - Annual holiday comedy/musical performed by professional actors. Dinner and show at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Jan. 5, 2019 - jacksonholeplayhouse.com

14: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

15: 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

Jingles in Jackson at Wort Hotel - Big City Broadway's youth choir performs "Holiday Inc." in the Wort's Silver Dollar Showroom; free; 6 p.m. - worthotel.com

"Old Tyme Christmas" at Wort Hotel - Sponsored by Jackson Hole Historical Society; music, refreshments, more; free; 7-9 p.m.

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

21: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

Menorah lighting on Town Square - See the giant Menorah be lit, sing Chanukah songs and hear the story of Chanukah. Hot potato latkes, doughnuts filled with jelly, chocolate Chanukah gelt and hot chocolate and hot matzah ball soup will be served; Menorahs and dreidels will be available; 6:30 p.m.

Cocktails & Creatives at The Rose - Purchase locally-made gifts and enjoy spirits from the bar; 6-10 p.m. 

Mountainfilm on Tour at Center for the Arts - The best films from the Mountainfilm Festival, including the award-winning "The Last Honey Hunter." - jhcenterforthearts.org

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

21: "Feathered Fridays" at Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center - Meet birds of prey from Teton Raptor Center from noon- 2 p.m.; drop in anytime between those hours for free program.

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

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

25: Ski with Santa at Snow King Mountain

Holiday Round Up: Cookie Decorating - Kids Ranch at base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; free; 4 p.m. - jacksonhole.com

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

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

28: Free Wyoming Stargazing program at Center for the Arts - From 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the lawn outside the Center, astronomers from Wyoming Stargazing will have a Dobsonian telescope to look at planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and more! There will also be several iPads with the Star Walk application installed. - wyomingstargazing.org

Holiday Round Up: Indoor Planetarium - Presentation by Wyoming Stargazing in Walk Festival Hall, base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort; 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 starts at 6 p.m.; Snow King at 7 p.m., and Grand Targhee at 5:45 p.m. - jacksonhole.com; snowkingmountain.com; grandtarghee.com

More Fun Things To Try

• MEET BIRDS OF PREY

On Saturday, December 22 at noon and 2 p.m., enjoy an hour-long educational experience with live raptors at the Teton Raptor Center at historic Hardeman Ranch in Wilson. Raptor Encounter is suitable for all ages. Meet resident raptors and learn about birds of prey in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A portion of the program is outside, so please dress accordingly.

The cost to attend is $18 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 21st 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 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 know —has for the past 22 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 2015’s 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 tap room in Alpine (approximately 45 minutes south of Jackson Hole) visit melvinbrewing.com/taproom or call 307-654-0427.