When a fresh blanket of snow adorns the peaks of Casper Mountain and locals retreat to their favorite, cozy hideaways around town, the spirit of Casper truly comes alive. Whether you’ve been dreaming of a an epic, winter getaway or this year is finally going to be the year that you teach the kids how to pizza and French fry down the bunny hill, our mountain town surely holds your next holiday adventure. So what are you waiting for? Get inspired, plan your trip and come make authentic memories to last with those who matter most this season right here in Casper, Wyoming.
Photo: David Street Station
1. Ice Skate at David Street Station
When the snow falls and the streets of Downtown Casper light the city aglow, meet us at David Street Station’s ice skating rink for a glide around the community Christmas Tree. From ”Skate with Santa” on December 4th and 18th and “Glow Skate” on January 14th to a Saturday afternoon of downtown fun with the whole family, David Street Station is the place to be for locals and visitors alike.
Following the grand opening on Friday, November 26th, the ice rink will be open Thursday – Sunday each week until January 17th (besides Christmas break in which it will be open December 20th - January 2nd every day besides Christmas Eve and Christmas). Regular skating hours: Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm – 9:00pm & Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm. Ice skate rentals are available! Explore events, rental prices and more information here.
2. Night Ski at Hogadon Basin Ski Lodge
Our local, beloved ski resort (less than a 30 min drive from Downtown Casper!) recently announced that they will be offering up night skiing for the first time ever this season. The slopes will be lit on Friday and Saturday evenings from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. This new experience is bound to put Hogadon on the map in the Rockies as the only other Wyoming ski resort to turn up at night is Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY. So whether you're a seasoned shredder or a first timer, wax up your skis, hit the slopes and meet us back in the lodge for a cold one by the fireplace.
Hogadon typically opens the first weekend in December - depending on snowfall. Stay tuned and check out their rental options from Mountain Sports here.
Photo: David Kerr Living
3. Experience a Wyoming Winter on Casper Mountain
Snowshoeing, Nordic and downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowmobiling, fat biking, stargazing and more! No matter your winter habit, we promise Casper has just the mountain adventure for you and your family this holiday season. Pack a snack and take to the sweeping Beartrap Meadow for a peaceful snowshoe excursion with the whole family or opt for something more epic and try fat biking for the first time on Eadsville Trail at the Casper Mountain Nordic Trails Center.
No gear? No problem. One of our many outdoor outfitters and rental shops is happy to set you up here.
4. Shop Local & Get in the Spirit
Casper is full of welcoming shops and charming boutiques sure to satisfy your holiday shopping fix. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or you’ve been craving an afternoon of classic window shopping, Downtown Casper is sure to take you there. Snag a gift for the guys at Ugly Bug Fly Shop or Lou Tauberts Ranch Outfitters, check stocking stuffers off of your list at Floral Rhino and Mustard Seed, break for a local treat at Donells Candies and finish off your day with an award winning cocktail at Backwards Distilling. Shopping done, pinkies up!
5. Take in the "Lights in the Park" at Conwell Park
Each year, Conwell Park (across from the Wyoming Medical Center) shines brightly as the trees in the park are adorned in Christmas lights of every color. Grab a warm beverage, bundle up and head to the park as the Wyoming sun dips below the horizon. You and the family will love strolling through and basking in the glow of the view - all while the kids run wild and burn off some energy through the snow.
Save the date: On Sunday, November 21st, join the community in the Holiday Square Lighting where Santa will be stopping by, hot cocoa and free cookies will be served and the countdown to the holidays will begin!
6. Attend the Casper Christmas Parade & Community Tree Lighting
It's about to get festive here in the 5150'! In just a few short weeks, the holiday season will be in full swing all around the heart of the West. On Friday, November 26th at 12:00pm David Street Station is opening up their downtown, outdoor rink for skating. Yet, the party will really get started on Saturday, November 27th with the Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00pm and the Christmas Parade kicking off right after at 6:30pm. Mark your calendars, rally your hot cocoa crew and meet us downtown for the holiday weekend of the season!
Tis' the season and get ready for the best time of the year in Casper, Wyoming. View our events calendar here and don't forget to tag us in your holiday fun on Facebook and Instagram @visit.casper. See you soon explorers and holiday goers!