Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Old West Holidays

From Independence Day to Christmas, people who settled the West enjoyed celebrations at holiday times.

Why and how Westerners celebrated holidays is an interesting glimpse into life in the Old West at various times and places. Christmases often were simple but heartily appreciated on the Plains and in the towns and settlements of the West. Just click on any of the article links below in our growing library of “Old West Holidays” articles to find out more about how Christmas and other holidays enriched and enlivened life throughout the American West.