Anyone familiar with Buffalo Bill Cody? He was quite a famous figure back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Among his other exploits (some good and some not-so-good) he was a Pony Express rider and a scout (aka spy) for the US Army. He later became a showman, founding a Wild West show that he took throughout the US, Great Britain and Europe.
Col. Cody and his wife, Louisa built a large Victorian near North Platte which has since been restored and made into a state historical park. At Christmas, community groups and businesses come together to decorate the mansion, inside and out. It's only open for a few magical evenings, but it's worth the trip to see. Each (and every!) room is decorated in a different theme. They serve hot cider and roasted chestnuts and offer rides around the grounds in a wagon drawn by a team of horses complete with tour guides Buffalo Bill and Louisa (okay, they might be actors, but work with me here).
Here are a few highlights from the mansion this year:
Isn't it beautiful? It really was a fun evening with my daughter and friends and I'm so glad we carved out a little bit of time to go. And I'd never had a roasted chestnut before, so I can cross that off my bucket list now :)
I hope you find a few minutes to do something that makes you happy this holiday season!! Merry Christmas!