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Overnight in Jackson

We spent one night here in our way to Yellowstone. The gentleman at the front desk was great when we checked in and out. He walked us to our room for check in to make sure that we were settled. The room was what I imagined a western town room should look like. We loved it. We had a family room with bunk beds and my grown kids had fun with them.

Hixson, Tennessee – TripAdvisor

Celebrating the Holidays in Jackson, WY

It’s the holiday season and if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate, Jackson Hole, WY is a great place to be. Despite colder temperatures, the town warms your soul with its decorative downtown and seasonal activities you can only find in Jackson.

Recently named by Country Living as one of the “best places to visit for Christmas”, see how Jackson lights up for the holidays. So, see how we celebrate the holidays in Jackson, WY and start planning your holiday vacation.


Elk antlers in the town square

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Elk antler archway in the town square

You know it is the holiday season as soon as you see the elk antlers go up in the town square. Four decorated arches of lights and elk antlers guard the entrance to the town square and are probably one of the most notable holiday traditions in town. A tradition that started many years ago, this notable landmark has visitors stopping for their perfect Instagram shot.

Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride

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Sleigh rides at the Elk Refuge

Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a scenic winter wonderland and encounter an elk herd numbering in the thousands at the Elk Refuge. This activity is great for the entire family and is a seasonal holiday favorite in Jackson.

Read here for other winter family vacation ideas.

Santa’s coming to town

Starting December 15th, from 5 to 7 PM through Christmas Eve, Santa will be visiting the town square every night. Also, catch Santa on Christmas Eve at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as he rappels out of the Aerial Tram. Or ski with him on Christmas day on the Teewinot and Casper runs.

Ice skate in Teton Village or Town Square

What holiday season is complete without an ice rink? Choose from either the ice rink in Teton Village or the Town Square. Both are open to the public and are free unless you need to rent skates.

Ice Castle in Teton Village

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Ice skating in the Teton Village

Also located in the Village Commons, at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, is a fairytale-like castle made of snow and ice. A great activity for the kids to explore.

Holidays at the Playhouse

Starting December 13th, visit the Jackson Hole Playhouse for their musical comedy show, Holidays at the Playhouse. This dinner theatre combines delicious food and a hilarious show, sure to entertain. Tickets go fast so be sure to plan ahead.

Ring in the New Year

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A torchlight parade of skiers down the mountain at Deer Valley Utah.

Head to the slopes of any mountain resort in town on New Year’s Eve to watch in awe of the time-honored tradition of the torchlight parades. Each parade is followed by an equally impressive firework show.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – starts at 6 PM

Snow King – parade starts at 6:15 PM

Grand Targhee Resort – starts at 5:30 PM


Affordable Jackson Hole lodging

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Deluxe two-bedroom suite

For affordable and comfortable accommodations in Jackson Hole, WY, browse our availability at The Pony Express Motel. We are the idyllic choice for your holiday vacation, with cozy rooms and convenient amenities. We can’t wait to see this holiday season!

Great value

Reasonably priced, pet-friendly, with a fully equipped kitchen, the Pony Express is a real find in Jackson. It is an easy one-mile drive from the center of Jackson so you can enjoy the town yet escape when the crush of tourists gets too much.

Richard – TripAdvisor

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