Town Square lighting

Santa Claus waves from the front seat of a Jackson Hole Fire/EMS ladder truck during visit last year. On Friday he'll tour neighborhoods on a fire truck starting at about 5:15 p.m.

Santa is coming to town on Friday, but in the coronavirus Christmas spirit he'll be keeping a nice safe distance.

Starting at about 5:15 p.m. he will drive through neighborhoods on a fire truck, waving to everyone along his route.

Santa’s visit will be part of the annual Town Square Lighting, a post-Thanksgiving tradition that in normal years draws a crowd downtown.

This year, however, the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce requests that for safety’s sake families stay home and tune in online at 5 p.m. to watch as the lights come on.

“We look forward to ringing in the holiday season in one of Santa’s favorite mountain towns, but we ask that families do not gather on Town Square on November 27,” the chamber said.
”Instead, view the lights online and wave as Santa drives by.”

To observe the lighting and track Santa’s progress, visit

Mr. Claus generally makes an extended visit to Jackson Hole to chat with kids on Town Square, but the pandemic will keep him away.

“Santa is being extra safe during Covid and has decided to make no personal visits to the Stage Stop building this year,” the chamber said. “However, thanks to local artist, Haley Badenhop, local families and visitors can still take holiday photos in the traditional location.

“Badenhop will produce a Santa mural as a photo opportunity, available anytime December 1 through December 24.”

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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