Trails Center hosts "Holiday on the Homestead" in December

CASPER, Wyo. – Celebrate 20 years of bringing history to life this holiday season with the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center’s annual “Holiday on the Homestead.” This year marks the first in-person event since 2019.

The celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring live music, model train displays, decorated Christmas trees, and various other festive activities for the whole family, Holiday on the Homestead is an event you won’t want to miss.

“Holiday on the Homestead is a wonderful experience to share with the community,” says Trails Center Director Leslie Peters. “This year’s event highlights the Trails Center’s 20th anniversary. We invite you to celebrate with us and learn about the history of the place we call home.”

Activities are contingent on weather and supplies and are listed as follows.

Wyoming Gingerbread House Competition
Enter homemade edible versions of Wyoming structures to be judged by visitors. Entries must be at the Trails Center by 4 p.m. on Dec. 9. For contest rules, visit Sponsored by the Historic Trials Center Foundation.

Hands-on activities

  • Rag dolls – create a handmade gift for you child
  • Origami cup and ball – test your pioneer dexterity skills by creating your own game
  • Tree cookie ornaments –  recycle trees into a lovely ornament for your home
  • Cookie decorating – frost your own tasty holiday cookie
  • Pony Express letters to Santa – write a letter and watch as the National Pony Express Association delivers it to Santa on horseback
  • Military encampment – join living historians as they portray military life on the wintery frontier
  • Seymour Antelope – Hang out with the Bureau of Land Management’s official mascot
  • Prairie sweet shop – hand-dip chocolates from the Dutch oven with our pioneer women

Live Performances

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – The Bighorn Basque Club will sing, dance, and recall stories from the home country, bringing Wyoming’s Basque culture to life.
  • All day – Award-winning fiddler Erica Flom will perform pioneer music and holiday favorites.

Holiday on the Homestead is free to the public. However, visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit local non-profit, the Wyoming Food for Thought Project. Needed items include peanut butter, fruit cups, cereal boxes, ramen noodles, and granola bars. As an added gift, everything in the Trails Center bookstore will be on sale for 15% off for this day only.

For more information, please call the Trails Center at 307-261-7700.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST.
1501 N Poplar St., Casper, WY 82601.

Admission is Free

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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