Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce

12 Days of Jackson Hole Christmas: For the Family

While not always the first thought of a family day out, I recommend you go ahead and break some habits.

On the second days of Christmas my small town sold to me...a day out with the famileeee!
By President CEO Anna Olson

A day at the Village can be amazing, but keeping closer to town can be just as adventurous. Ride the START Bus (the town shuttle is free and the bus drivers are super helpful), walk between activities, stop for treats at the cafes and coffee shops, and no driving makes it remarkably easy and shows the kids how to be independent!

Get the day rockin' with Breakfast at e.leaven, (Gill and Center Town Shuttle stop) family favorites include the choc chip pancakes and breakfast burritos. The atmosphere is casual, the service is quick (kids love that), and they let you choose your own great selection of drinks (kids love that too).

Walk around the festive Town Square, stop at the Home Ranch Welcome Center for a bathroom break and to explore the displays on the history of the Town of Jackson, and then up to the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center on North Cache to reserve your space on the National Elk Refuge Sleigh Ride (starting 12/15). Bar T 5 hosts these wagon and sleigh rides. While waiting, shop for one-of-a-kind Grand Teton-themed gifts and explore the amazing little museum in here. Just a couple of hours will deliver a lifetime of memories from this outing. Elk breath close ups? Check!

Back in town, take the Town Shuttle to Scott Lane and Broadway for a late lunch at Sidewinders. The restaurant was recently featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on the Food Network! Football, a games arcade, and great food means that everybody gets to refuel. Other popular options include Hole Bowl (Town Shuttle Stop Buffalo and Alpine) and the Snake River Brewery. Each of these businesses offer family-friendly menus and games.

After lunch, get the adrenaline flowing at with a ride on the Cowboy Coaster zooming down nearly 500 feet of Snow King Mountain. Complete the action as the sun sets and head to Town Square for ice-skating under the beautiful Elk Antler Arches and festive lights. It's free if you have your own skates or just $5 to rent some.

That's probably enough for most families! If you have any energy left, consider Exitus Escape Room for an interactive puzzle, MovieWorks for the latest film, or -- if it’s the weekend -- check out the best small town hockey with the Jackson Moose!

Hopefully this sparked some ideas for a real family day out in Jackson Hole where Christmas and every day is always an adventure.

This story is a part of the Chamber’s 12 Days of Jackson Hole Christmas shopping guide. The guide places a focus on the local businesses and nonprofits of Jackson Hole in an effort to encourage shopping local. Get a variety of cool gift ideas for the variety of cool people in your life, all the while staying local. You can also find us on Instagram, @jhchamber. Follow our campaign hashtags: #shoplocal #shoplocaljh #greatuntillate.