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Cody Yellowstone is in full-tinsel mode, and it’s easy to find the holiday spirit anywhere you look. Every shop window is beautifully decorated with displays of artwork, jewelry, clothes and jackets. As I gaze with longing at the authentic offerings, I feel a little like Ralphie coveting a Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock.

The season isn’t just about shopping though. There are events galore throughout the town Cody as well as in nearby Powell and Meeteetse, and every one of them is sure to have waist-enhancing goodies, highly stimulated kiddos and surprises galore.

Cody offers so many ways to celebrate the season that sometimes it’s hard to experience every event. But I’m sure going to try.

Here are the events on my calendar this year.

Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 – Country Christmas Gift Show and Winter Nights Magical Lights in Powell, Wyo. The gift show includes local performers and a lighted parade. Santa arrives with the Powell Fire Department.

Saturday, Dec. 1 – Holiday Open House at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This memorable day at our world-renowned museum includes inspired holiday decorations throughout all five museums, live entertainment, music, dance performances and carolers. The museum is collecting food, toys and pet care items to donate to a variety of local charities.

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The big guy delights young visitors during the Buffalo Bill Center of the West holiday open house.

Sunday, Dec. 2 – Country Christmas Tour of Homes in Powell, Wyo. This fun and festive event includes trolley tours of some of the most beautiful – and beautifully decorated – homes in town along with festive appetizers and drinks.

Saturday, Dec. 8 – Holiday Open House at Heart Mountain WWII Interpretive Center. This free event includes crafts like origami and haiku writing, homemade baked goods served with Japanese tea and hot chocolate and a very special exhibit called “The Mountain Was Our Secret: Works by Estelle Ishigo.”

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Meeteetse’s historic downtown buildings are beautifully decorated during the holiday season.

Saturday, Dec. 15 – Christmas in Meeteetse in Meeteetse, Wyo. This special event includes a local artisan’s craft fair, food specials, marshmallow roasting, story-telling, entertainment, community dinner and lighting of the Memory Tree. Whenever I’m in Meeteetse, I always stop by Tim Kellogg’s Meeteetse Chocolatier for some holiday specials like eggnog truffles and candy cane bark.

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The saloon at Old Trail Town features old-fashioned decorations.

Until next time, I’m making my list and checking it twice here in Cody Yellowstone.