Community Partners Ready to Launch Old West Holiday

Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 12:02 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) - Cheyenne’s transformation into the North West Pole is nearly complete and loads of socially distant shopping and holiday cheer are ready to be spread across the community.

Visit Cheyenne, along with its economic development partners, the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority, the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce and LEADS have been working since late summer to create a socially distant “Old West” celebration of the holidays in Cheyenne for 2020. Preparations are nearly complete, and the first event launches Saturday evening at 4:30.

The light poles along Capitol Avenue will be adorned with wreaths delivered on horseback and hung by local officials starting at 4:30pm. At 5:30 the switch will be thrown, and the entire downtown will light up like never before.

Local businesses along with Visit Cheyenne have been decorating windows, buildings and Gunslinger’s Village with lights donated by Gary and Nancy Kelley who used to decorate the Hemi-Lighted Forest. Gunslinger’s Village is a tribute to Don Meyer, whose widow Carol donated the display that used to adorn their yard each winter in Kimball, NE.

From 5:30-7:30 a 3D light show will dance across the front of the historic Cheyenne Depot downtown, dazzling crowds and creating multimedia extravaganza sure to delight the entire family and bring the holiday spirit to Cheyenne. The light show will repeat on Black Friday November 27th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Old West Holiday events and activities will continue Saturdays until December 19th. For a full schedule of events please visit

Old West Holiday is designed to offer an opportunity for the residents and businesses of Cheyenne to experience shopping and holiday joy in the downtown area in a socially distant and responsible manner. Visit Cheyenne reminds everyone when participating to follow the current Laramie County Mask Mandate and to practice social distancing.

Visit Cheyenne is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Laramie County, Wyoming and is the leader in developing, promoting and protecting the Cheyenne area’s travel industry.

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