Holiday festivities come early to Fremont CountyNov 30, 2016 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer
There is no need to wait any longer for the holiday season this year - almost every day will be a little bit like Christmas in Fremont County through December.
The first weekend of the month is already filled with events, and more will follow as winter approaches.
Festival of Trees
December begins on a high note with the 12th annual Festival of Trees.
The two-day event, themed "A Wonderful World of Candyland," begins 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ugly sweaters Thursday night for kids' crafts, pictures with Santa and refreshments. Admission is $10 per family.
The festival continues this week with the Friday night gala. VIP admission is at 5:30 p.m., and general admission is at 6:30 p.m. There are live and silent auctions, dinner and entertainment. Admission is $50 per person, $75 for two, or $600 for a corporate table of eight.
Proceeds benefit The Riverton Division of Community Entry Services.
The Fremont County Nativity Celebration community event is Thursday through Saturday at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 430 Elizabeth Drive. The event is 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. It features hundreds of nativity sets from around the world, as well as other artwork depicting the life of Jesus Christ.
The Riverton Holiday Craft Fair at the Wind River Hotel Casino is9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wind River Casino, 10269 Wyoming Highway 789. For more information, call 857-2131.
Riverton's Christmas craft festival is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Margaret's Gymnasium at the corner of North Seventh Street East and East Park Avenue. The Knights of Columbus group will serve its famous chili, and kids can get pictures taken with Santa. Admission is free, and there are door prizes each hour. For more information, call 856-1423.
Light up Lander
Light up Lander is 3-5 p.m. Saturday beginning at Mr. D's Food Center, 700 Main St. in Lander. Cookies and cocoa will be served, and there will be hayrides and a visit from Santa. Canned goods for the local food bank can be exchanged for a raffle ticket to win prizes. The free event concludes with a lighted parade down Main Street. For more information, call 332-2964 or email email@example.com.
The Dance Academy's presentation of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lander Valley High School Auditorium, 350 Baldwin Creek Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for anyone under 4. Tickets are on sale at The Dance Academy or at the door on the night of the performance.
The Nutcracker Ballet, presented by The Eugene Ballet Troupe, is 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at LVHS. Tickets are $10-$20. For more information, visit landerconcerts.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art in the Afternoon, the Lander Art Center's holiday art fair featuring fine art from local and regional artists, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lander Community and Conference Center, 950 Buena Vista Drive. There will be music, food, a raffle and artwork. There is a $2 entry fee. For more information, call 332-5772 or email email@example.com.
The season begins strong way up north.
The Dubois Christmas Tree Extravaganza is 4-7:30 p.m. Friday at Headwaters Community Arts, 20 Stalnaker Street in Dubois. The event includes a Christmas tree contest, gingerbread house contest, live music, warm chili provided by the Headwaters, and a visit from Santa. For more information call Tammy Lucas at 455-2687.
The Annual Dubois Museum and Friends of the Library Christmas Spirit of Christmas Concert is 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Headwaters. The concert features live local music and home baked goodies of all kinds. All ages are welcome, and the event is free to the public. For more information, call the Dubois Museum at 455-2284 or Headwaters at 455-2687.
The Shoshoni Senior Center's Holly Jolly Good Time Christmas Party Social and Silent Auction is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, with dinner at 6 p.m. at the senior center, 214 E. Second St. in Shoshoni. There will be live music and dance with the Sundowners following dinner. Dinner is $12 per person and includes prime rib, baked potatoes, salad, a roll, dessert and drinks. For more information, call Shoshoni Senior Citizens Center assistant director Dawn Marie Thacker at 876-2703.