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There is still plenty of time to have fun before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st. Sheridan County is filled with things to do and places to go as this year (and decade) comes to an end! Here are nineteen things to do to make sure 2019 goes out with a bang!

1. See a show

Enjoy one of the many world-class shows presented by the WYO Theater, the Carriage House Theater or the Whitney Center for the Arts, like the Munsick Family Christmas Show or Christmas Swing.


2. Go ice fishing at Sibley Lake

Stop by Fly Shop of the Bighorns for supplies, Wyoming Buckshot Saloon for a Beachy Chicken Sandwich and then hit the ice at Lake Desmet, a popular spot for anglers hoping to catch a record breaking trout.


3. Complete an escape room at Escapade

Test your wits and race the clock at Escapade, the live-action game that brings your team together to find clues, solve puzzles, investigate mysteries and escape before time runs out. Be the team to complete the challenge the fastest to be a permanent fixture on the Wall of Champions.


4. Go Ice Skating

Lace up your skates and spend your afternoon on ice with free rentals and open skate available throughout the week or come as a spectator to support Sheridan’s North American 3HL team, the Hawks, at the Whitney Rink at the M&M’s Center .


5. Sledding at The Bowl

Gather the toboggans, boogie boards, and saucers and cruise up to the Bighorn Mountains’ most popular sledding destination, locally known as “The Bowl”. Take a break from sledding and enjoy lunch at Arrowhead Lodge, just minutes from “The Bowl”.


6. Try a Local Brew

Mingle with the locals during happy hour at one of the local breweries, Black Tooth Brewing CompanyLuminous Brewhouse, or Smith Alley Brewing Co. and give the local seasonal flavors a try!


7. Painting at the Paint Post

Call upon your inner Picasso and join a guided painting class at the Paint Post. Enjoy music and wine while a local artist guides you, step-by-step, to create your very own masterpiece.


8. Skiing at Antelope Butte

Shred some pow at recently reopened Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area on skis or a snowboard – we won’t judge. Nothing beats Bighorn Mountain powder or the views that come with it.


9. Build your own mug at Red Bison Studio

Handcraft your own custom pottery under the supervision of master of the trade, Stephen Mullins. Get in on a 4-night beginners class or bring the whole family for a night of creation.


10. Snowshoeing

Enjoy snowshoeing the 15 miles of groomed trails on the trail systems at Sibley Lake and stop for a warm bowl of soup or some quiche at Gallery on Main in Dayton on your way down the mountain.


11. Shopping in Downtown Sheridan

Shop and stroll your way down Historic Main Street; from western wear to specialty gifts and curios, the boutique shops downtown offer a diverse selection of treasures. Many staples in Sheridan’s downtown have called Main Street home for nearly 100 years.


12. Visit the Neighborhood Bison

Swing by and visit the resident buffalo and elk at Kendrick Park and don’t forget to bring your camera! The enclosure offers several viewing areas that provide great opportunities to snap a photo of a lifetime.


13. Try a warm drink

Cuddle up with a good book and coffee at Andi’s Coffee, the cozy and welcoming house-turned-coffee-shop or grab one to go from The Daily Grind. Try Bison Union Coffee Shop’s Espresso Mule for an authentic warm, western coffee experience.


14. Christmas Light Sightseeing

Christmas spirit is not something that is taken lightly in Sheridan County and locals display their Christmas spirit through bright and flashing lights that adorn homes and lawns. Take a drive through the Powder Horn and down Sheridan’s Historic Main Street for some of the most elaborate arrangements.


15. Backcountry Snowmobiling

For the biggest thrills on fresh powder, spend the day atop a snowmobile, exploring the 218 miles of the Northern Bighorn Mountain Trail System. Check with guides Sled WYO, Off The Grid Outdoors, Arrowhead Lodge, or Bear Lodge to schedule with a Bighorn Mountains Expert.


16. Take a Cooking Class

Brush up on your cooking skills with a guided cooking class at Cottonwood Kitchen + Home or Verdello and then shop their stock full of kitchen and cooking curiosities to take home to practice your new tricks.


17. Revel in world-class art

Make the beautiful drive to the base of the Bighorn Mountains where Big Horn, Wyoming is home to the Brinton Museum, a 24,000 square foot building that houses one of the most significant and extensive Western and American Indian Art collections in the Rocky Mountain West.


18. Kick off Christmas

Kick off the last Christmas of the decade at the 7th Annual Ucross Christmas Celebration, complete with an intricate firework display, Christmas tree lighting, Christmas stories read by Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire Series, Craig Johnson, and live music.


19. Bighorn Rush Sled Dog Challenge

If you love the snow as much as the sled dogs that race in the sled dog races, dust off those snow boots to attend the 3rd Annual Bighorn Rush Dog Sled Challenge. Courses range between 8,500’ to 9,800’ and terrains vary, making this race hold true to its name – a challenge.

 

Bailey McLean | Sheridan Travel & Tourism

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