Christmas in North Platte

The Holidays in North Platte abound with traditions that will make them memorable for your whole family.

Every year Cody Park gets transformed into Santa’s Workshop! Santa’s Workshop has been a North Platte tradition for generations. Now in North Platte’s scenic Cody Park, numerous animated vignettes portray all aspects of the Christmas season, from busy elves toiling away in the workshop to joyous children on Christmas morning. The workshop opens November 24 and runs through December 24 each night at dusk. Frequent special events include Carousel rides and concessions, horse drawn rides, visits from Santa, caroling and foods of the season.

What are the origins of all of our beloved holiday traditions? Why did we start to hang stockings, where did the wreaths and trees originate?

Christmas Around the World at the Golden Spike Tower will help answer these questions. Eighteen exhibits from around the world will explain many of our most treasured traditions.

The display opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Christmas Eve. As a special holiday treat, enjoy their Holiday Open House and shop on Museum Store Sunday November 25.

Maranatha Camp and Retreat Center hosts a Community Christmas on Saturday December 1 from 1pm to 6pm. Enjoy holiday fun in the beautiful setting of Camp Maranatha.

Now in it’s 3rd year, the Lincoln County Historical Museum is once again hosting a Lighted Christmas Village Drive-Through, which is quickly becoming a beloved holiday tradition. The village will be lighted December 1 & 2, 7 – 9, 14 – 16 and 21 – 24.

Located just around the corner from the Buffalo Bill Ranch, the Historical Village is a delightful collection of important homes and buildings dating from the earliest settlement of the area. Buildings in the Village are adopted by local businesses, clubs and organizations and will be filled with Christmas Cheer!

Another great addition for your Christmas light viewing enjoyment is the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

Local businesses adopt different areas of the Fairgrounds in ag-related holiday decorations. The drive through is lighted each evening December 1 through 23 from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

The Christmas Kids Fest in downtown North Platte on December 6th is filled with special holiday fun for children and families at the North Platte Community Playhouse. It includes a Christmas movie in the theater, visits with Santa, games and crafts, a coloring contest and carriage rides.

Col. Wm. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his wife Louisa loved to entertain for the holidays in their beautiful mansion. Today the community of North Platte keeps the tradition alive with Christmas at the Cody’s.

Every nook and cranny of the Cody mansion is filled with holiday cheer. Outside, cider, cookies and roasted chestnuts are served in a recreation of Christmas past. Horse drawn rides complete with carolers will keep you warm and toasty no matter the weather.

Out in the barn, you’ll find our Military Appreciation Tree and you can create your own ornament for a favorite service member.

Christmas at the Cody’s 2018 runs December 7 & 8, 14 & 15 and 21 – 23, 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 4 – 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Each vehicle parking on the Buffalo Bill Ranch property must have a Nebraska State Park Permit. Tickets and park permits can be purchased online: Christmas at the Codys Tickets

Music and drama are combined in the annual “Living Christmas Tree” performance at the First Baptist Church, now in its 25th year. The performances are scheduled for December 7 – 9 at 7:00 p.m. The 2018 theme is “The Return of the Promise”.

You also won’t want to miss the Downtown Parade of Lights on December 13. Enjoy lighted parade entries, and afterward warm up in one of the many downtown pubs and eateries.

For details on all of these events, contact the Visitors Bureau at 308-532-4729 or visit our calendar page.