Holiday Open House
Celebrates the season with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West at our annual Holiday Open House, a day filled with festive decorations, Santa Claus, and entertainment.
The Holiday Open House is free, but families attending are encouraged to share the holiday spirit: we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item and place it in the collection box at our entrances. We will divide the food donations among Cody Cupboard, Manna House, and Powell Valley Loaves & Fishes to help those in need in our community.
Local and regional groups perform for the crowds at our Holiday Open House, with entertainment running simultaneously in two venues. The diverse programs offer something for everyone: music by choruses, carolers, honor choirs, jazz bands, and barbershop quartets; dance in styles from ballet to modern, clogging to tap. All our performers generously volunteer their time and talent.
In 2017, our performers included: 40 Fabulous Fingers piano quartet, Lovell Ladies & their Rhythmical Recorders, CMS Jazz Band, Yellowstone Harmony Chorus, Hope Sheets & Lori Burkart, CMS Jazzical, Cody Chamber Ensemble, Livingston Honor Choir, Sunset Honor Choir, Eastside Honor Choir, Cody High School Jazz Band, Cody Center for the Performing Arts, Victoria’s School of Dance, Absaroka Mountain Thunder Cloggers, Rocky Mountain School of the Arts, Sunlight Martial Arts, Cody Community Choir
Visit with Santa
Santa Claus considers the Buffalo Bill Center of the West a very important stop in his preparations for Christmas each year. Children (of all ages!) can visit with Santa at the Holiday Open House and tell him their wishes for the holiday season.
Draper Museum Raptor Experience
The birds of our Draper Museum Raptor Experience appear at the Holiday Open House as well! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., find them and their “mobile perches”—their human handlers—in the John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery of the Draper Natural History Museum.
The Cody Reading Council is always on hand near Santa to read favorite Christmas and holiday stories, so don’t worry! If that line to Santa is long, there will be plenty to entertain the children while they wait.
Print a Bookmark
Our resident printer, Volunteer Mike Parker, helps visitors print their own souvenir bookmark. Find Mike next to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s printing press in the Buffalo Bill Museum.
Our Museum Store
Enjoy a storewide holiday sale during the Holiday Open House!
Festive decorations not only greet visitors to the Holiday Open House, but through New Years to spread holiday cheer!
A sixteen-foot decorated Christmas tree graces the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West each year for the Holiday Open House.