Updates (December 15): Due to effects from the recent blizzard, the fireworks and cannon have been cancelled. However, we are thrilled to announce that the Craft Family will be joining the festivities for a surprise performance. Learn more below.
The 10th annual Ucross Community Christmas Celebration will be held at 4 p.m. sharp on Saturday, December 17, at the Raymond Plank Center. The family-friendly festivities are open to all, with free tickets available here.
Following a decade of tradition, bestselling author and Ucross neighbor Craig Johnson will give a special reading of a new short Christmas story featuring his beloved character, Walt Longmire. In addition, the Buffalo High School Balladiers will sing Christmas carols, and Ucross will offer crafts for children and festive refreshments. The evening will culminate with cannon fire, fireworks, and the lighting of Christmas trees in The Park at Ucross.
In the spirit of Christmas, Ucross invites guests to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items for families in need. After the event, Ucross staff will distribute the donated items to several local community food pantries.
“We look forward to enjoying our annual Christmas traditions with our friends and neighbors,” said Ucross President William Belcher. "And we are grateful for this surprise addition of the Craft Family."
The beloved Craft Brothers band and their musical family members will close the show as we all celebrate the season with their famous harmony.
The festivities will conclude with the lighting of the Christmas trees, which the Powder River Energy Corporation team will again volunteer to string with lights across The Park at Ucross.
The day’s festivities will also include a special event at 11 a.m., when Ucross will host the ribbon-cutting and dedication for the new Lauren Anderson Dance Studio and Koehler Performing Arts Center. The public is welcome to attend. Details are available here.
The Raymond Plank Center is located at the intersection of Highways 14 and 16 East in Ucross (Google Maps directions here). For further information, call 307-737-2291.
Photos from the 2021 festivities by Ucross Fellow Anna Paige