The Buffalo Bill Historical Center celebrates the season each year with our 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: Bring a can of food or a new, unwrapped toy that the Center will donate to charitable organizations for distribution throughout the community.
Local and regional groups perform for the crowds at our Holiday Open House each year, with the live 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. To get an idea of the type of entertainment you’ll see, here’s a look at last year’s schedule:
The performers, from Cody and the surrounding region, include school groups, family acts, and community organizations; all generously volunteer their time and talent.
Santa Claus considers the Buffalo Bill Historical Center 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 there wishes for the holiday season.
The Cody Reading Council always attends as well to read favorite Christmas and holiday stories near Santa Claus.
The birds of our Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience usually appear during the day in the John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery, with brief talks by Melissa.
The Historical Center’s Museum Store carries unique gifts, fine jewelry, books, music, toys, clothing, and more. On December 1 only, enjoy a 30 percent discount storewide (some exclusions apply). The Store also hosts a book signing by staff and community authors from 1 – 3 p.m. Confirmed authors include Dr. Charles Preston with several natural history titles, including a book about the Draper Museum of Natural History, Lynn Houze with her books on the town of Cody, and Bob Berry with Yellowstone: Yesterday and Today.
Festive decorations not only greet visitors to the Holiday Open House, but grace the Center from Thanksgiving week through New Years to spread holiday cheer!
A sixteen-foot decorated tree graces the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center each year for the Holiday Open House.
For information on all events, please visit our Events page.