West Yellowstone Activity Calendar
With no shortage of activities in West Yellowstone, your biggest problem will be deciding which pastimes you're going to enjoy the most! Whether you're exploring solo, traveling with your family, or visiting with a partner on a romantic vacation, there are dozens of year-round and seasonal activities to take part in. From hot rod shows to rodeos, fly-casting clinics to holiday celebrations, the West Yellowstone activities available to you go far beyond simply sightseeing. Visit famous landmarks, learn about the natural, historic, and cultural significance of the region, get physical with outdoor recreation activities, participate in contests and skills trainings, and more.
Browse upcoming events and activities below, and continue to check back as your West Yellowstone vacation approaches, as this page is continuously updated to reflect current and upcoming activities.
If you have any questions, please contact us at 877-600-4308 for more information about any West Yellowstone activities.
December 1-18: Shop Local in West Yellowstone and Win a Shopping Spree!
Between December 1st and 18th, shoppers who spend $25.00 or more in a participating business, including our own Branch Restaurant and Gift Shop, receive one heart for every $25.00 you spend. Shoppers then redeem their hearts for raffle tickets at either the Chamber of Commerce or First Security Bank until 11:00 AM on December 19th. Each heart, with accompanying receipt, gains one raffle ticket and a chance to win one of THREE shopping sprees. The drawing is on Friday, December 19th at noon on the KWYS radio station (920 AM).
1st place is $120 "Whoville Bucks" to be used in any of the businesses who participated. 2nd place is $80, and 3rd place is $40.
For a list of participating businesses, visit www.destinationyellowstone.com.
Contact: 406-646-7001 or email email@example.com
December 1-31: Christmas for the Critters at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Help make the holidays more joyful by donating food for the enrichment of the bears and wolves. Please call the Center for specific needs. Bring in your donation to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and get $1.25 off an adult regular admission, 10% off any gift shop purchase, and tons of gratitude! To ensure the safety of the animals please only bring unopened items.
Contact: 406-646-7001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 13: SPAM Cup #1 Classic
Skiers of all ages and abilities are invited to compete for the coveted custom-designed SPAM trophy and bragging rights for a month! 2k, 7.5k, and 15k race opportunities are offered. Spectators are welcome! Day-of registration is available at the Rendezvous Trailhead Building. Race starts at 11:00 a.m.
December 14: Biathlon Cup #1
An added way to enjoy the experience of the Rendezvous Trails. It's the ultimate racing challenge - ski hard and then... shoot! Never done it? Want to try it? Instructions and a gun are available. Day-of registration is available.
December 14: Christmas Bird Count
Join the 14th annual West Yellowstone Christmas Bird Count in conjunction with the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center and the Sacajawea Audubon Society. Enjoy a day of birding in the West Yellowstone/Hebgen Lake area. Meet at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center at 8:30 a.m. $5 fee.
If you don't want to be out in the cold, you can still participate by letting us know the number and species of birds at your bird feeder. Mailing Address: PO Box 996, West Yellowstone, MT, 59758.
Contact: 406-646-7001 or email email@example.com
December 15: Yellowstone National Park Opens for Winter Oversnow Travel!
December 18: Christmas Stroll & Parade of Lights
It's a time of rosy cheeks and laughter. Join your friends and neighbors as we light the Town tree, greet Santa, and stroll the shops seeking just the right gifts!
Schedule of Events:
- 5:30 PM - Parade of Lights
- 6:00 PM - Santa arrives to light the tree, then heads to Madison Crossing for photos with the kids.
- 6:00-7:00 PM - Meet the dog sled teams (mushers and dogs) participating in the "Rodeo Run" Sled Dog Races
- 6:15-8:45 PM - Stroll, stroll, stroll. Adult scavenger hunt
- 7:00 PM - FREE movie for kids K-6th grade at Bear's Den Theatre with hayrides to the Theatre from Madison Crossing beginning at 6:45 PM. All children must be picked up at the theater immediately following the movie.
Contact: 406-646-7701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
December 19-20: Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races
The yips of eager dogs will pierce the winter morning air as mushers prepare to move to the start of the Sled Dog Races. Paws will pound across the "Old Airport" just off of Iris Street and Highway 20 as sleds and mushers head off down the trail. Races start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and teams will finish around 11:00 a.m. to noon. Spectators are welcome, and this event is free to the public.
December 20-21: Kids'N'Snow Weekend
December 20-21, 2014 marks the first full weekend of Kids'N'Snow activities in West Yellowstone, MT. Activities include a visit by Santa, kid's cross country ski race, or a snowshoe hike with an interpretive ranger. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering special winter learning classes each day throughout the weekend. Saturday evening includes free S'mores and Skatin' & Sleddin' at the West Yellowstone ice rink. One of the most popular activities is the "Snowcoach Sampler". A limited number of free sled dog rides will also be available on Sunday morning.
December 25: Christmas Dinner at the Branch Restaurant
Bring your family and friends and celebrate the holidays in style at this delicious Christmas Dinner at The Branch Restaurant and Bar, located right next to the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone. Dinner will feature a menu of Sweet Potato Johnny Cakes with Honey Crème Fraiche, Quail stuffed with Macerated Figs, Sage, and Sausage Stuffing, Warm Gingerbread Brownie with Maple Ice Cream and Bourbon Caramel Sauce, and more. Reservations are accepted but not required. Regular menu will be available as well.
January 5: Free Ski Day
Join the West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation for the annual FREE SKI DAY on the Rendezvous Ski Trails. WYSEF will be offering free lessons as well. First-timers, refresher, skate, and classic lessons available. Skiers will also have the chance to try Biathlon again. Marc Sheppard, of Altius Custom Firearms, and his team will be on hand to offer instructions to all skiers interested in taking their skiing experience to the next level. No experience or equipment is needed.
For more information, visit www.rendezvousskitrails.com/schedule