Whether you love or hate the winter, we live in an area that provides plenty of opportunities to do fun things through the colder months.

If you’re in need of a few ideas for winter fun, we hope this list provides with you some. We’re positive that you have ideas even better than ours, so please feel free to send them all along to us!

Go Ice Skating

The community ice skating rink at Tonkin Stadium is one of the popular offerings by R Recreation.

Riverton’s Tonkin Stadium and Lander’s City Park both have great outdoor ice rinks available, usually beginning in mid-to-late December. Dress warm and bring a thermos of hot cocoa!

Meet Santa Claus

Fun with Santa during CATS Museum’s 2017 Polar Express Event

There are so many opportunities across Fremont County to meet the big guy. Light Up Lander, CATS Polar Express, Riverton Community Christmas, Dubois Headwaters Christmas party. Santa is good at getting around places quickly after all. Even if you’re a grown up, helping become a “Santa assistant” can be very rewarding.

Find The Perfect Sledding Hill

Fremont County residents have long held the theory that Riverton’s Tonkin Stadium is the perfect spot for a sledding adventure. The truth is – there are dozens of great hills around! We wouldn’t recommend using any non-chloric, silicon-based kitchen lubricants, however.

Check Out The Christmas Lights

And not just in your neighborhood! Load up the car, and cruise all across town or even a neighboring community. Have your family members keep track and declare which neighborhood wins the decoration battle!

Try Out Ice Sculpting – Or Maybe, Just Admire Them

Riverton’s Wild West Winter Carnival offers your chance to carve a creation out of a block of ice. The 2019 sculpting contest is January 13th.  Just a warning, this gets pretty competitive as there are some great artists!

Shovel Your Neighbors Walk or Driveway

We get it, shoveling usually isn’t fun. It’s cold, it’s hard work. But, if you take an opportunity to help a neighbor out with the chore you’ll feel great about doing such a good deed, and usually, they’ll be willing to help you out when you need a hand with something in return.

Cheer For The Sled Dog Teams

Every January the Pedigree Stage Stop Dog Sled race passes through Fremont County and stops in Lander. Community members are welcome to come cheer for the dog sled teams and they even have a chance to meet some of the dogs and mushers.

Attend A Play Or Musical

Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College and community high schools and middle schools have some great holiday and winter programs. LVHS’ Drama Club just finished up the musical ‘Oklahoma!’ and CWC is hosting a “Festival of Carols” soon. The entertainment is good, and it’s an indoor activity!


There are many people in our own neighborhoods who do not have the resources that many of us take for granted. Help out at a shelter for humans or pets, lend a hand at a soup kitchen, donate a coat, or just chip in a couple bucks to your favorite charity this holiday season.

Try Some New Outdoor Recreation

Most Fremont County folks have at least one form of outdoor recreation that they love. Why not consult a friend and try something new this year? Ever wanted to try snowshoeing? Maybe it’s a good time to discover ice fishing?

Hit Up The Winter Farmer’s Markets

Foxworthy Farms produce at Lander Farmers Market. CWC Student Photo by Shelby Hickerson

Many folks aren’t aware that local farmer’s markets continue all winter long. In Lander, the Winter Farmer’s Market is held until May on Saturday’s at the VFW.

Watch It Snow From A Coffee Shop

Lander Bake Shop

Your favorite coffee shop gets a tiny bit more magical while snow is falling outside. Leisurely sip your warm beverage while you peer out at a County 10 winter.