On Monday, December 1, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West moves to its winter schedule, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday; closed Monday – Wednesday. The winter schedule stays in place through February. The Center hosts its annual Holiday Open House, a free celebration for the community and surrounding region, on Saturday, December 6.
“We’re pleased that our Holiday Open House coincides this year with the day of Cody’s Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade,” says Marguerite House, the Center’s Acting Director of Public Relations. “We hope everyone will spend some time with us during the day, listen to the performances, and have the kids visit with Santa before heading downtown to enjoy the parade and stroll.”
Filled with festive decorations, holiday music and dance, Christmas treats, and Santa Claus, the free open house takes place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Center encourages all attending to share the spirit of the season by bringing a can of food or a new, unwrapped toy. The Center will be accepting these items from December 4 – 7 and donating them to Cody Cupboard and Holiday Helpers for distribution in the community during the holiday season.
Live entertainment for the event runs simultaneously in two venues throughout the day—school, family, and community groups, as well as local performing arts organizations, all perform at the event on a volunteer basis. Programs offer something for everyone: holiday music by choruses, choirs, and jazz bands; and dance in a variety of styles. Once finalized, the complete entertainment schedule will be posted at centerofthewest.org/event/holiday-open-house/.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.