Did anybody guess where we found ourselves at home for holidays on this week’s Wordless Wednesday?  This week we are highlighting a FABULOUS museum that is found out in Gering: The Legacy of the Plains.  As you possibly guessed from the picture, I did not find myself at home at this location this week.  But I did get to explore a bit at this location in early September.  At the time, they were finishing a huge renovation of much of their museum space.  I can’t wait to go back and see the results!  At some point, this location will definitely be featured on this blog again.  But for today, we will focus on how they celebrate Christmas in this part of the Panhandle.

First of all, they kick of the season by being a part of a parade.  Sounds fun and festive to me!


Then this Saturday, they are having the official “High Plains Christmas.”  The details below are directly from their website.

This holiday tradition is held the first Saturday in December featuring hayrack rides, marshmallow roasting and cowboy coffee around a bonfire. Kids can write letters to Santa and send them via Pony Express to Santa’s Village in downtown Gering. A hot meal is served while supplies last – your choice of vegetable or bean soup ($5) or a hotdog ($4), beverage, homemade bread, and dessert included.  This year, we are trying something new and fun! If you love singing to Christmas carols, then you’ll love Christmas Karoake! We are also hosting our first ever Ugly Sweater Contest. Both activities are open to all ages and is included in your admission.  The event time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and all children under 18 are free.

legacy-of-the-plains-gallery-of-treesHigh Plains Christmas also begins the museum’s “Trees Along the Trail” annual event.  Local organizations direct a theme tree.  For $1, you can vote on your favorite tree.  The proceeds are split between the local organizations and the museum.  Although the winning organization gets a prize, really everyone wins because you cannot help but get into the Christmas spirit with so many great trees to enjoy!


Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.