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Casper's holiday celebrations with a local twist
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Casper's holiday celebrations with a local twist


Casper offers a variety of holiday-themed shows and festivities along with outings to keep the kids entertained during school breaks. Holiday music, celebrations and shopping abound with a local twist.

The Star-Tribune’s holiday arts and entertainment guide showcases both traditional and out-of-the-ordinary options to celebrate the season.

Turkey Trot 5k

Burn off some calories in advance at the annual Turkey Trot 5k, which this year benefits Metro Animal Shelter and Poverty Resistance.

When & where: 9 a.m. Thursday at the Tate Pumphouse Trail Center, 1775 W. First St. with registration starting at 8 a.m.

Tickets & info: Free, donations are requested for pet food or a non-perishable food item for Poverty Resistance, which is in need of peanut butter and canned tuna. More info at Turkey Trot 5k on Facebook.

Gratitude Labyrinth Walk

The fifth annual Gratitude Labyrinth Walk starts with a meditative, gratitude-themed labyrinth walk by the river lead by Elliott Ramage. Supervised children are welcome.

When & where: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bart Rea Learning Circle, Amoco Park, 1155 W. First St.

Tickets & info: Free, donations are accepted but not expected. Find out more at the Gratitude Labyrinth Walk Facebook event page.

Downtown festivity

Downtown Casper kicks off the season with the community Christmas tree lighting 6 p.m. Saturday at David Street Station, 200 S. David, followed by the downtown Christmas Parade at 6:45 p.m. The ice rink opens for the season on Friday, and several downtown shops celebrate Small business Saturday. Find out more at, and the Christmas Tree Lighting and Ice Rink Opening Day Facebook event pages.

Shopping time

Local options abound during this weekend’s traditional start of the holiday shopping season along with some events that might help you find a unique gift, like the new Funky Junk: Holiday Edition, 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at The Hall on Ash, 355 S. Ash St. featuring many small businesses. Find out more at the event’s Facebook page.

For readers on your list, check out Wind City Books’ author signing event with local writers including Mary Billiter, Dennis Davis, Steven W. Horn, Karlon Knudson, Debra Moerke and Kyle Thomas 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Wind City Books, 152 S. Center St. Find out more at Small Business Saturday Local Author Event on Facebook.

Music at Metro

Metro Coffee’s fourth annual Small Business Saturday, Big Business Music show features a day of local original artists.

When & where: 12-6 p.m. Saturday, at Metro Coffee, 241 S David St.

Tickets & info: No cover, find out more at Small Business Saturday, Big Business event page on Facebook.

Symphonic celebration

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert features vocalist Devin DeSantis as well orchestral holiday classics accompanied by the Wyoming Choral Arts Ensemble and local ballet students. A post-concert reception will follow at Racca’s.

When & where: 7:30 p.m., doors open 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the John F. Welsh Auditorium, Natrona County High School, 930 S. Elm St. A dress rehearsal 11 a.m. Dec. 7 is $10 for a family or free with a canned food donation.

Tickets & info: 307-266-1478, the symphony office at 225 S. David St., Suite 1, Wind City Books or Hill Music. Find out more at

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Founder and creator of Grammy-winning Mannheim Steamroller and no. 1-selling Christmas artist Chip Davis celebrates 35 years of the longest running consecutive concert tour with the full “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” album live for the first time on this year’s annual tour.

When & where: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Casper Events Center, 1 Events Drive

Tickets & info: $57.60- $78.60 at, 800-442-2256, the SinclairTix Box Office and statewide SinclairTix outlets

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage’

Charlie Brown and the rest of Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” characters uncover the true meaning of Christmas in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage’ encompassing scenes from the 1965 Television Special set to Vince Guaraldi’s musical score. The audience will be invited to a sing along.

When & where: 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Casper Events Center, 1 Events Drive

Tickets & info: Price $25-$89 at, 800-442-2256, the SinclairTix Box Office and statewide SinclairTix outlets

‘Santa Clues’ at the Casper Theater Company

The Casper Theater Company stages “Santa Clues” written by Brian Davy of Casper is an adult comedy “about Santa’s elves, their grievances, a naughty and nice list, a witch and a murder in the gift wrapping department,” according to the Casper Theater Company.

When & Where: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Casper Theater Company, 735 CY Ave.

Tickets & info: $15, $13 for seniors at, Casper Senior Center or 30 minutes prior to curtain at the door. For more information, call 267-7243. Not for ages younger than 12.

‘A Christmas Carol’ at Stage III Community Theatre

Stage III Community Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” brings a two-act retelling of the Dickens’ Christmas classic by Gayann Truelove and Tammy Barton that’s received critical acclaim for light humor and strong emotional images.

Where & when: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22 at Stage III Community Theatre, 900 N. Center St.

Tickets & info: $12, $10 for seniors and students at, The Cadillac Cowgirl or at the door starting an hour before the show. For information, call 307-234-0946.

Historical holidays

Step into the frontier and pioneer era during local museums’ free, family-friendly celebrations.

Candlelight Christmas at the Fort 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Fort Caspar Museum, 4001 Fort Caspar Road features the fort buildings illuminated by candles and firelight, army and civilian re-enactors through the fort and museum, free cookies, live music by the Wyoming Fiddlers Association of Casper a kids’ activity and holiday shopping. The event is free and donations of non-perishable food for Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies are encouraged. Find out more at, 307-235-8462 or the Candlelight Christmas Facebook event page

Holiday on the Homestead at 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Dec. 14 at the National Historic Trails Center, 1501 N. Poplar St. features a free day of pioneer-style holiday festivities with live music, dancers, living history reenactors, Seymour the Antelope, decorated trees, yarn dolls, quilt boards, cookie decorating, ornament making, gingerbread houses and model trains. Find out more at Holiday on the Homestead on Facebook.

The annual model railroad exhibition at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 18-21, 24 and 26-28 features model trains for visitors to operate, historical memorabilia and a chance to win a train set and layout. Donations of non-perishable food for Wyoming Food for Thought are encouraged.

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