The North Platte Canteen is born

December 17, 1941. Ten days after Pearl Harbor. North Platte residents met a troop train coming through on Union Pacific Railroad’s main line.

They had heard would be carrying their loved ones to war. There were soldiers on it all right, but from Kansas, not North Platte. After an uncomfortable silence, the townsfolk surged forward to share their Christmas treasures with the Kansas boys, and the idea for the North Platte Canteen was born. Eight days later on Christmas day, the Canteen opened and would remain open for the next 54 months, serving more than six million service men and women for the duration of World War II.

The story lives on in North Platte in the Canteen exhibit at the Lincoln County Historical Museum that will open for the season on May 1.

Pickin with Santa

Join the North Platte Country Bluegrass Festival on December 20th, 2014 from 5:00pm-8:00pm for their “Pickin’ With Santa” fundraiser!

They will be serving hot soup, delicious deserts, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee all for a FREE WILL DONATION. While you are eating, kick back and listen to some great LIVE bluegrass music! Bring the kids and get pictures with our Bluegrass Santa.

Proceeds will go to support the 2015 Country Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for April 23-25 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

Make a day of it celebrating Christmas in North Platte! Enjoy the Christmas at the Cody’s, beginning at 5:30pm at the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, then after enjoying an evening of Bluegrass music, make your way to Cody Park for the Cody Park Winter Wonderland!

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Every nook and cranny of Buffalo Bill’s North Platte home is filled with holiday cheer. Outside, cider, cookies and roasted chestnuts are served in a recreation of Christmas past. Horsedrawn rides complete with carolers will keep you warm and toasty no matter the weather. Inside you’ll find live entertainment in the parlor, and even Santa will make an appearance. Of course, Buffalo Bill himself will be there to make you feel welcome. December 19-22, 5:30pm. Admission is $5 per person, children 3 and under free.

Soar high above Christmas at the Cody’s, then come out and visit for yourself!

Even the horse barn is filled with Christmas cheer!

Santas Train Village

Join Conductor Bernie as he shares Santa’s Train Village at his home, 1609 West 1st St., North Platte.

Santa’s Trail Village will be open December 10, 11 and 12 in the evening from 4pm – 8pm, and on Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 14 11am to 4pm.

A Free will Donation to North Platte’s Original Town Association will help with Rail Fest 2015.

You may pick up tickets at the North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation, 502 S. Dewey St. after December 2nd.

Small children must be held.


For your musical enjoyment, one of North Platte’s premiere vocal groups, the Heartland Singers perform their Christmas concert on Sunday, December 7 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

There will be some traditional music performed, such as “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah and “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” as well as beloved Christmas carols like “The Little Drummer Boy.” There will be songs that not everyone will know but some they can recognize, too, like “Still, Still, Still” and “Mary Did You Know?”

Soup Fur Paws

Join us for our 2nd annual Soup FUR Paws fundraiser!

Freewill donation soup supper (many homemade soup choices) with garden salad, bread choice, dessert & drink!

Each diner will receive one FREE Ticket to enter our large raffle, tons of prizes from businesses around the community! This year, you will get to choose which prize you want to try to win, and can even purchase a few more tickets to increase your chances of winning the prize or prizes you really like!

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm at the North Platte Eagles Club, 620 North Chestnut.

Fundraising event to benefit Fur the Love of PAWS Rescue in North Platte and their passionate efforts to save lives in need at the North Platte Animal Shelter, as well as animals within the community through rescuing, vetting, fostering and rehoming.

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Create memories with your family at Santa’s Workshop in North Platte’s Cody Park throughout December 2014.

On Wednesday, December 3, join the NPHS Choir and Santa as they join North Platte mayor Dwight Livingston for the lighting of the Christmas Tree at 6pm. There will be hay rides from 6-9pm.

You can enjoy hay rides every night from December 3 through December 24 at 6pm, except Monday December 8 and 15.

Horsedrawn rides will be available Dec 5 and 6; 12; 19 and 20.

Caroling and Entertainment will be available December 6; 12; 14; 19; 20; 21; 22 and 23.

Santa will be available December 3; 5; 6; 7; 12; 13; 19; 20; 21; 22 and 23.

St. Nick’s Flicks in the Sticks will present Christmas movies on December 13 and 20.

Children on Parade will be at 4pm on December 14 – Come in your favorite costume and win prizes!

There are free carousel and glider rides and the concession stand is open for hot chocolate and refreshments Tuesday through Friday 6-9pm and Saturday and Sunday 4-9pm.

Santa’s mailbox is located in Cody Park by the Christmas houses.

Christmas in Cody Park Schedule

Sutherland Tour of HOmes
November 23, 4-7pm. Tickets $10. All proceeds go to the Sutherland Junior Class.

Homes on Display:
Rob and Melony Rongisch
Jack and Michelle Blomstedt
John and Dusty McMillan
Tory and Elizabeth Copeland

Tickets are available at Maline’s Super Foods, Ozzies, HiLine CoOp and the Sutherland school main office.
Tickets will also be available on November 23 at the home of Rob and Melony Rongisch, 831 Darlin St.

festival of trees
2014 Festival of trees presented by the Quality Inn and Suites / Sandhills Convention Center, 2012 S. Jeffers.

Friday – November 28, 7pm – 8pm. Family night, pictures with Santa
Saturday – November 29, 10am – 5pm. Senior Citizens Special Admission
Sunday – November 30, 1pm – 5pm. Tree auction Sunday at 4pm

Admission $2 per person

Proceeds benefit Miss Nebraska Scholarship Pageant and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Carousel Tour of Homes

The annual Carousel of Homes presented by the North Platte Community Playhouse Guild will be held November 22, 2014, 1-5pm and 7-9pm.

Homes on the tour include Charlene and Richard Schneider, 115 Regency Lane; Stacy and Jason Merz, 4337 W. Teal Lane; Pam and Mike Abel, 4015 Aspen Dr.; Gwen and Traves Covey, 4344 Teal Lane.

Tickets are available at Country Joy, Oak Tree, Westfield Hallmark and Floral, the Quilt Rack and Prairie Friends and Flowers.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

There will be a bake sale, coffee and cookies in the Patty Birge Room at the Neville Center, 5th and Bailey from 1 – 5pm.