Winter Holiday Activities in Yellowstone

Heading to Yellowstone for the winter holiday season? Check out this list of events and activities in and around the park!

Yellowstone's Christmas Courier

When the weekly mail run falls on Christmas Eve, a very busy individual takes time to make sure everyone gets their packages...and even stops to hand out candy canes at Old Faithful. (Produced by NPS/Neal Herbert)

Heading to Yellowstone for the holidays? Check out this list of great activities in and around the park!

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Christmas tree in National Forest

You need a permit to cut down any tree in either the Gallatin National Forest (western Yellowstone Country) or the Custer National Forest (eastern Yellowstone Country). Get a permit from a local business, or from any Forest Service Office in Bozeman, West Yellowstone, Livingston, Gardiner, Big Timber or Red Lodge. Read more at

Holiday Events in Cody, Wyoming

Events include Christmas at Old Trail Town and a Holiday Parade.

Holiday Events in West Yellowstone, Montana

Events include a Ski Festival, Sled Dog Races, and visits with Santa.

Jackson Hole Holiday Events

Use Jackson Hole Central Reservations to book your stay and activities including a sleigh ride among thousands of elk. Or attend community events such as TubaChristmas. |

Winter Tours

See our list of winter tour operators for snowcoach, snowmobile, ski, and dog sled tours.

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Start planning a winter vacation by downloading the Winter Trip Planner for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park today.


Winter sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge. Photo by USFWS Lori Iverson

15 Things to Do in Winter in or near Yellowstone

Our list of top Yellowstone winter activities includes watching wildlife, swimming in hot springs, eating waffles and taking exhilarating rides.

Snowmobiles and Snowcoaches passing bison on the road in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Winter Tours on Snowcoach, Snowmobiles, Skis, Snowshoes and Sleds

Let a winter concessionaire show you around Yellowstone. Knowledgeable local guides will make the day a memorable one.

Snowcoach in Yellowstone near bison and the Madison River

A Winter Paradise in West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone is the closest entrance to Old Faithful, find out why this town is a great basecamp for winter fun in and out of the park.

Old Faithful Snow Lodge in Winter

Where to Stay in Winter in Yellowstone

Find out which Yellowstone lodges in the parks turn up the heat and keep logs burning in their fireplaces all winter. Or you can brave the cold and camp.

Steam from Cistern Springs melts the snow in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin.

Winter in Yellowstone Photo Gallery

Wildlife and scenic views covered with magical snow in Yellowstone

Winter near Cooke City, Montana

Best Side of Yellowstone in Winter

Here are all the reasons why a winter vacation in Gardiner and Cooke City, Mont., next to Yellowstone is one of the most magical you’ll ever take.

Yellowstone Warming Hut

Winter Warming Huts in Yellowstone

Experience Yellowstone in its winter glory, then stop by a warming hut to grab a bite to eat, take a load of your feet and/or get away from the chill.

Winter sleigh ride on the west side of Grand Teton National Park

Frosty Winter Fun in Yellowstone Teton Territory

Just west of Grand Teton National Park lies a string of snowflake-filled towns in Idaho that offer world-class and often free winter experiences.

Dog sledding near Yellowstone

Go Dog-Sledding near Yellowstone

The Yellowstone region is fast becoming a dog-sledding destination for both recreational fun and serious racing.