Christmas is the quiet season in Montana's national parks.  Tourists are not as abundant, the snow muffles the sounds, and the animals roam the park more freely.

Christmas in Yellowstone From and Yellowstone Trips

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful place to spend Christmas than in Yellowstone National Park.  The geysers must be quite the site with the hot water making contact with the cold air forming crystals that glisten in the light creating a scene and a holiday feeling you can only get under the quiet of the big sky.

Presents wrapped in packing paper on a wooden table with a candle

What Is Open In Yellowstone Park Over The Christmas Season?

Old Faithful Lodge, Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and the Mammoth Hot Springs Visitors Center are open in the park over the holidays.

What Happens Christmas Eve And Christmas?

Candlelight Services

Mammoth Chapel holds two Christmas Eve candlelight services every year.  It's one of the oldest annual traditions in Yellowstone. Plus caroling at the Mammoth Hotel.

Tree Lighting

For more than a hundred years a giant Evergreen tree is lit on Officers Row.

A hot spring in yellowstone park in the winter

Holiday Dinner

There is a holiday dinner served at Old Faithful Snow Lodge every Christmas and New Year's Eve, plus a holiday sing a long with a long-standing tradition of storytelling by the fireplace in the lodge. You can also have Christmas dinner at the Mammoth Hotel.


  • Wildlife watching like no other time of the year.  You will likely see wolves, bison and elk more in the winter months
  • Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
  • Stargazing.  With no city lights to ruin your view, you have a chance to star watch like never before.
  • Ice Skating behind the Mammoth Lodge and Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone Park

Old Faithful Inn Yellowstone Park

Gallery Credit: Tammie Toren

Grizzly Bear Attacks and Kills Young Bison, Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly Bear Attacks and Kills Young Bison, Yellowstone National Park

Gallery Credit: Tammie Toren

Stunning Photos of Yellowstone National Park in the Fall

Take a "virtual visit" to the Park in autumn. Photos courtesy of the Nationa Park System and photographer Diane Renkin.


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