Christmas at the Cody’s
Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his wife Louisa loved to entertain for the holidays in their beautiful mansion. Today their hometown of North Platte, Nebraska keeps that tradition alive with Christmas at the Cody’s.
Each year during the Christmas season, townsfolk gather to decorate each room of the mansion, the outbuildings and grounds and the huge barn that was a staging point for the famed Wild West Show with thousands of lights for the Christmas season.
Organizations adopting rooms over the years include Lincoln County Historical Museum; P.E.O.; XI Alpha Sigma; North Platte Opportunity Center; Experience Works; Wish I May; Lincoln County Tourism Advisory Council; MPCC Rodeo Team; Rape and Domestic Abuse Program; Relay for Life; Golden Spike Tower; Express Softball; Kids Club and the North Platte Jaycees, Buffalo Bill Kiwanis, Great Plains Health.
Not a single space is neglected, from the landing leading to the cupola where mansion staff would watch for visitors coming out from town, to the back porch leading to the storehouse where hot cider, Christmas cookies and roasted chestnuts are distributed.
Col. Wm. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his wife Louisa will be on hand to welcome you into their home, and as a special guest, Santa Claus will be holding court for the little ones in the barn. In the front of the house in the piano room, local artists and musicians will be providing non-stop entertainment.
Outside, horse drawn rides will be available all evening long, complete with carolers to lead you in your favorite Christmas carols. Each stall of the barn is decorated by different non-profit organizations of Lincoln County, so you won’t want to miss that. Also in the barn is the Kid Center with crafts, games and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The 2016 dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 9 – 11; 16-18; and Thursday and Friday December 22 and 23, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Admission is $5 per person, with kids 3 and under free. Military Appreciation night is Saturday, Dec. 10th. All those with valid military ID’s are admitted free. First Responder appreciation night is Saturday, December 17th.