R Park's winter solstice celebration kicks off on Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Photo: Sofia Jaramillo

WILSON, Wyo. — The R Park winter solstice celebration opens this Thursday, Dec. 16.

For the second year, the Jackson Hole Land Trust is hosting the R Park Lantern Trail. R Park’s trail system will be illuminated by 250 solar lanterns designed by local art students from schools across the valley. Visitors can stroll through open meadows, under the cottonwood canopy, and along the frosted pond, guided by the soft glow of the R Park Lantern Trail.

A Mountain Academy/Teton Science School student decorates a lantern for display. Photo: Zack Andres

The grand opening is from 4-6 p.m on Thursday but the Lantern Trail will be illuminated until Jan. 10, 2022.

On the evening of the solstice celebration, two fire pits will serve as a beacon in the night. Genevieve Catering will be on-site to provide free mac & cheese and hearty chili, while supplies last.

R Park is located at the intersection of Highway 22 and the Teton-Village Road at 4270 River Springs Drive, Wilson. While parking is limited at R Park, additional parking is available at the Stilson Lot. Please follow the community pathway under Teton-Village Road to reach R Park.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.