Santa rappels from the Aerial Tram at Teton Village

Santa Claus will be rappelling from the Aerial Tram at Jackson Hole Mountain around 4:30 p.m. today to take last-minute requests from kids before embarking on his worldwide tour tonight.

Final calls to see Santa

Still haven’t had your five minutes with the Big Guy? Today is your last chance.

Santa Claus will be dropping from the tram around 4:30 p.m. today in what has become a Jackson Hole Mountain Resort holiday tradition. For those who are avid Christmas Eve day skiers, you may even catch a glimpse of Mr. Claus out on the slopes. Keep your peepers peeled for candy-cane-striped poles.

Claus will also be taking final present requests between 5 and 7 tonight in the Stage Stop building on Town Square, his home away from home for the holidays.

Curious to know more about the jolly old St. Nick? Flip to page 5B in the Valley section, where News&Guide reporter Emily Mieure shares her exclusive interview with Father Christmas.

Traditional Christmas

If one of your Yuletide traditions is taking in a Christmas pageant with kids dressed as biblical figures or manger animals, St. John’s Episcopal Church has you covered.

The church’s annual Christmas Eve Pageant begins at 3:30 p.m. today and kicks off the afternoon service, which ends at 4:45. The pageant and service are free to attend, but the church is expected to be full. Pro tip: Arrive early.

Naughty or nice?

The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar wants to know: Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Either way, the bar welcomes patrons to a no-cover live show with Rock Creek. The band will take the stage at 8 tonight.

Those in attendance receive a ticket just for showing up to the Christmas Eve show, which puts bar-goers in the running for prizes being raffled off at 11 p.m.

Feeling lucky? There will also be a Spin the Wheel game for drink specials and more raffle tickets being handed out for “festive participants,” according to the event post on Facebook.

As expected, this is a 21-and-older event.

Keep the holidays rollin’

Don’t put those ugly Christmas sweaters away just yet.

Melvin Brewing is hosting a “Festivus for the Rest of Us” party at its Alpine taproom starting at 11 a.m. Saturday

The annual “Holidaze party” offers up 10% off the tab for those donning their ugly holiday sweaters. The most hideous of them all will win a prize and receive 25% off.

Those who go whole hog for the party and dress up as Santa will also receive 25% off.

Kiddos are invited to join for cookie decorating, arts and crafts and cocoa between 1 and 4 p.m. The Chanman Band takes the stage at 7.

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Apres with the fam

Kids run the show during Saturday’s apres at Solitude Station at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The fun starts at 4 p.m. with a showing of “The Little Prince.” Cocoa and cookies will be provided.

Adults can order a stronger drink and chow down on apps, courtesy of IWC Schaffhausen.

Tubing and hot chocolate

Still trying to wear out the kids?

Grand Targhee Resort in Alta is hosting a s’mores and hot chocolate tubing party from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The sugary snacks are complimentary, but tubes must be reserved (and safety waivers signed).

Tube rental costs $15 for an hour; $5 for each additional hour.

Try your hand at painting

After a day of skiing, give painting a try with the help of some wine and instruction by Teri McLaren from Local Galleria in Driggs, Idaho.

McLaren will lead the acrylic painting demonstration and class, which will have painters completing a Teton scene.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in Rendezvous Lodge at Grand Targhee Resort.

Tickets cost $55 and include paint supplies, two glasses of vino and a charcuterie board. Reservations are required; sign up at

— Melissa Cassutt


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