Dec 2, 2015

Buffalo Bill Center of the West to host holiday open house on Saturday

Entertainers, raptors, cookies and Santa Claus will all be on hand for Saturday's annual holiday open house at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

The 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event coincides with a full slate of celebrations and activities in Cody -- including the Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade, the Festival of Trees and Old Trail Town Christmas.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is getting into the holiday spirit with its annual open house. Courtesy photo

Although the holiday open house is free, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is encouraging all attendees to get into the spirit of the season by bringing a can of non-perishable food or a new, unwrapped toy to share. The center will pass the donations along to Cody Cupboard and Holiday Helpers for distribution to those in need throughout the community.

The center decks the halls for the occasion, and serves up cookies and treats made by staff and volunteers. Santa Claus will visit with children and look over their Christmas lists.

Two different spots in the center will feature live entertainment throughout the day. That includes school, family and community groups, as well as local performing arts organizations. Multiple programs will be offered, including holiday music by choruses, choirs and jazz bands and dances in a variety of styles.

The birds of the Draper Museum Raptor Experience, one of the center’s most popular programs, will help celebrate the holiday. Attendees can view the birds — golden eagle, great-horned owl, peregrine falcon, red tailed hawk, turkey vulture and American kestrel — and ask questions of their handlers in the center’s Draper Natural History Museum.

In addition,  the center’s Cody Firearms Museum will reopen two revamped galleries, one featuring the Browning Arms Company, and the other featuring the popular exhibition, “Journeying West: Distinctive Firearms from the Smithsonian.” Ashley Hlebinsky, firearms curator, will be on hand to talk about both displays with interested visitors.

Visit www.centerofthewest.org/event/holiday-open-house for the full schedule.

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