Winter Wonderland comes to town square for holidays

JACKSON, Wyo. — The annual holiday lighting of town square including the arrival of the North Pole’s most famous resident will kick off a jam-packed Christmas season in Jackson. Just after Thanksgiving, downtown Jackson will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland to officially welcome a holiday season that will be filled with winter activities, local shopping, and festive celebrations.

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce invites locals and visitors alike to a breathtaking event on November 29, from 5-7 p.m. Watch as the famous antler arches and historic Town Square are transformed by thousands of brilliant bulbs.

The lights will call Santa to the Square via a local fire truck, where he’ll make his way onto the stage and listen to children’s Christmas wishes. Boy Scout Troop 268 will continue its support of the event by giving out hot cocoa and holiday cookies to excited onlookers, and Jackson Hole Chorale will fill the space with carols and holiday cheer.

This event is only the beginning of a holiday season in Jackson that is unlike anywhere else. December in Jackson attracts thousands of holiday-lovers worldwide with world-class skiing and winter activities, local shopping through the Chamber’s Winter Windfall Program, an entire month filled with events, and brightly-lit, snow-covered antler arches at the center of it all.

“It’s like stepping into an old postcard or a holiday carol,” describes Britney Magleby, Special Events Manager at The Chamber.

After the season-opening celebration, many more festive events span the entire town. The Annual Wort Hotel Chamber Mixer lights up the street on December 5 from 5-7 p.m. The Chamber’s local shopping initiative Winter Windfall is back for its second year from November 29 through December 18. Then, Santa returns to the Square for nine days straight, from December 15–24, in the Stage Stop cabin that he’s transformed into his home-away while in Jackson just before Christmas Day.

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