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Yellowstone Christmas in August Could Include Actual Snow

Peeking ahead to the long-term Yellowstone weather forecast, it looks like snow is a possibility Monday — and what better way to celebrate Christmas in August than a few inches of slush?

Now, the chances are pretty good that if any snow falls in Yellowstone National Park over the weekend, it will happen at the higher altitudes. But with the traditional Christmas in August celebration set for Aug. 25, it certainly would be poetic justice if there was a dusting of snow in the Park.

If you’ve not been, Christmas in August is an annual tradition in the Yellowstone National Park hotels, with the lobbies decorated with holiday trees and free Christmas cookies given out to visitors. Legend has it that a blizzard hit Old Faithful Inn during the early days of the Park, and visitors responded by hanging decorations and singing Christmas songs. The date of August 25 was later affixed to Christmas in August.

And it is a festive time; visitors are usually surprised to see Christmas in August, especially when Santa Claus makes an appearance. The best place to celebrate Christmas in August, of course, is at Old Faithful Inn. (That’s where we will be celebrating.)

Best of all, there is free admission to Yellowstone National Park (as well as every National Park) that day, as the NPS celebrates its 98th birthday.

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