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Santa Claus waits for children to tell him what they would like for Christmas inside Santa’s Workshop in December in downtown Casper. 

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The holiday season brings out local and touring talent, which means plenty of shows to get you in the holiday mood. There’s something for all ages and tastes, whether you’re into Broadway, local theater, dance, history or symphonic music.

This guide rounds up a few of the numerous options around the Cowboy state.

Check back to our Wednesday entertainment section and through the season for more options and updates.

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Riders in the Sky—Christmas the Cowboy Way

The “wacky, four-part harmonizing cowboys” have donned their sequined yuletide outfits for this holiday musical show for the whole family, complete with singalongs. The show features cowboy humor and original songs including “Riding Home On Christmas Eve,” “Deck The Bunkhouse Walls” and “The Last Christmas Medley You’ll Ever Need To Hear.”

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St., Cheyenne

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1

Tickets: $24-49 at the Cheyenne Civic Center box office, 510 W. 20th St., (307) 637-6363 or

Broadway in Casper’s Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has been a favorite holiday tradition for three decades. The show features Mannheim Steamroller’s Billboard’s Seasonal Chart-topping music along with multimedia effects.

Where: Casper Events Center, 1 Events Dr., Casper

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19

Tickets: $47.10 to $78.60 at, 800-442-2256, the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or at any of the six statewide outlets

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s “Christmas Time is Here!”

Pianist Rich Ridenour brings his virtuosic and comedic flair to this playful, family-friendly show featuring holiday to classical tunes.

Where: John F. Welsh Auditorium, Natrona County High School, Casper

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Tickets and info: $22-42 at 266-1478, 225 S. David St. or

Powder River Symphony’s “Deck the Halls”

The Powder River Symphony’s holiday concert features seasonal favorites, surprises and the Campbell County Chilren’s Chorale. The symphony also hosts its Holiday Parade of Homes fundraising event and reception Dec. 3. For information go to or the symphony’s Facebook page.

Where: CAM-PLEX Heritage Center, Gillette

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 10

Tickets: $20, $15 for seniors and military and free for youth under 18 with a paying adult at, (307)682-8802 or at the door

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday Magic”

The symphony’s holiday show features holiday hits fromTchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” to sing-a-long carols. The event features extra local talent this year with the Cheyenne All-City Children’s Chorus, dancers from the En Avant Dance Studio, and the Cheyenne Chamber Singers.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St., Cheyenne

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

Tickets: Cheyenne Civic Center box office, 510 W. 20th St., (307) 637-6363 or


“The King Stag”

The Casper College theatre and dance department’s holiday show “The King Stag” features a fantasy fable of masked characters “imagined as ‘dolls’ being manipulated by the hand of an unseen child.” In the show’s “commedia” style, the actors seem more like objects than people and the play takes on a tone of childlike innocence.

Where: Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre, Krampert Center for Theatre and Dance, Casper College

When: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-3, 6-9

Tickets: $12 adults, $10 for students 5-18 at, the box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, (307)268-2500 or at the door one hour before each performance.

A Dickens’ Christmas Carol (A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts)

The Cheyenne Little Theatre Players is a different take on the classic. A stuffy old traveling theatre company begins its 15th annual farewell tour of the Dickens’ tale, but last-minute role swaps bring on mayhem and hilarity.

Where: Historic Atlas Theatre, 211 W. Lincolnway, Cheyenne

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Dec. 1- 17. Dinner theater productions are 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16.

Tickets: $12-22, or $12-46 for Saturday dinner theatre shows at or (307) 638-6543

“A Christmas Carol”

Powder River Playhouse’s family community theater brings Charles Dickens’ tale to life on stage as Ebenezer Scrooge embarks on his “overnight journey to redemption.”

Where: Cam-Plex Heritage Center, 1635 Reata Drive, Gillette

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 16

Tickets: tickets $13-20 at or (307)682-8802

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Charles M. Schulz’ Emmy and Peabody award-winning won fans since the TV special aired more than five decades ago. The classic cartoon comes to life as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang save a tree, produce a play and find the meaning of Christmas. This stage version also features the classic Vince Guaraldi score.

Where: Cam-Plex Heritage Center, 1635 Reata Drive, Gillette, WY

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 21

Tickets: $15-45 at or (307)682-8802


The San Diego Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

Cheyenne ballet students join the San Diego Ballet’s international cast from China, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Mexico. The ballet’s 26th year still delights with more than 100 costumed dancers in the Tchaikovsky classic.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W. 20th St., Cheyenne

When: 2 p.m. Dec. 3

Tickets: $25-62 at the Cheyenne Civic Center box office, 510 W. 20th St., (307) 637-6363 or

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker”

The Moscow Ballet brings its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America to Casper and features local dance students in the performance set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker draws crowds for its award-winning dancers as well as its lavish costumes and backdrops as well as props that include a 50-foot tall Christmas tree and 20-foot wingspan of the Dove of Peace.

Where: Casper Events Center, 1 Events Dr., Casper

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 7

Tickets: $31-178 at, 800-442-2256, or the SinclairTix Box Office at the Casper Events Center or at any of the six statewide outlets

“Nutcracker 17”

Desert Dance Theater presents the “Nutcracker” with a rock and roll twist with Clarissa and the Prince “on holiday fantasy with an old-school circus vibe.” The dancers perform ballet, tap dance, jazz and more as fairies, flowers and friends dance through a snowy Christmas Eve. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted in the evening performances, but may attend the matinee.

Where: Western Wyoming Community College Performing Arts, 2500 College Dr., Rock Springs

When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, and 2 p.m. Dec. 2

Tickets: $6-10 at, (307) 382-1721, or at the door

For the family

Candlelight Christmas at the Fort

Bundle up and see what Christmas was like on the frontier with characters from the past. The museum inside will feature free hot chocolate, cookies, craft making activities for kids, exhibits and holiday shopping.

Where: Fort Caspar Museum, 4001 Fort Caspar Rd., Casper

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Cost: free

Info: (307) 235-8462 or

Community Christmas Celebration at Ucross

The fifth annual Ucross Community Christmas Celebration features the lighting of thousands of Christmas tree lights, a fireworks display, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. A special exhibition, “Raymond Plank: A Life of Courage and Faith,” honors the Ucross Founder Raymond Plank. The event also features a reading of a Christmas story by bestselling author Craig Johnson.

The Buffalo Balladiers will perform carols and Buffalo High School students will lead kids’ crafts. Festive refreshments will be served.

The Ucross Foundation welcomes non-perishable food for families in need.

Where: Raymond Plank Creative Center, located at the Park at Ucross, at the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 east

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 9

Cost: Free and open to the public

Info: (307) 737-2291 or

“The Polar Express” Pajama Party

“Pajamas are encouraged and hot cocoa is mandatory” aboard “The Polar Express.” The main attraction features the film classic of a boy on a magical adventure to the North Pole. Kids will receive a bell, candy canes and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus—who will pose for photos with kids for a $5. The 2 p.m. show will be closed-captioned.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W 20th St., Cheyenne

When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 16

Cost: $4.50 and $6.50 at the Cheyenne Civic Center box office, (307) 637-6363 or

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