The Christmas lights are on again in The Park at Ucross, a part of the Ucross Foundation. Anyone driving down Highway 14 E between Sheridan and Ucross are treated to an impressive display. Thousands of Christmas lights adorn the mostly evergreen trees in The Park at Ucross, which will be lit daily from dusk to dawn from November 27 through January 11. The Ucross Chapel will also be open daily throughout the holiday season, although due to health precautions, a public event will not be held this year. However, a special Ucross Christmas video, which will include a reading by Craig Johnson, local author and creator of the Longmire series of books will be available at ucross.org.
“While it was a difficult decision to forego our annual Ucross Community Christmas Celebration, we have chosen to be abundantly cautious, especially at the holidays,” said Ucross President Sharon Dynak. “We hope the dazzling lights and magical outdoor setting of the Park will bring joy and peace to our neighbors, friends and families this holiday season.”
According to the Ucross Foundation, Powder River Energy Corporation has once again provided volunteer help with the Christmas tree lights. Special touches and additional decorations will be found throughout the grounds and in the Ucross Chapel. The Chapel is open daily and is decorated with a tree inside and a wreath on the door.
Carly Fraysier, communications director at the Foundation, added “We have been lighting trees in the park since 2013. The maintenance crew doesn’t have an accurate count, but they guess there is anywhere from 30 – 40 trees lit up.