Festival of Lights

Campbell County Recreation Foundation Board

The Campbell County Recreation Foundation is a non-profit foundation which promotes and encourages the advancement of parks and recreation opportunities in Gillette, Wyoming.

The foundation is governed by a board of citizens who will meet monthly. The board will promote the activities of the foundation, fundraise by providing a means for citizens to make donations to support the services, programs and facilities of Campbell County Parks and Recreation.

In the inaugural year, the focus will be the Festival of Lights and the Secret Santa program currently operated by the department. Any motivated individual who is a resident of Campbell County and would like to help grow the foundation is encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2.

Foundation Board Application (Fillable)

Foundation Board Application (Printable)

16th Annual Festival of Lights

Dates:  Friday, November 19, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022Telephone booth Christmas display

Fee: Free! 

The Festival of Lights has grown to become a regional destination and tradition for all to enjoy! Over 50 displays with more than 100 individual pieces and over 1,000,000 lights make up Wyoming’s largest holiday lights festival. Each year, Campbell County Parks and Recreation hosts this event which runs from mid-November through the first week in January. The parks staff prepares, sets-up, and choreographs the displays to a variety of holiday music making sure that all who visit ooh and aww to their heart’s content. Take a drive through Cam-Plex Park making sure to tune your radio dial to the holiday frequency to enjoy the Festival of Lights. (You can also enjoy an aerial view of the display if you fly into or out of Gillette.) Donations are gladly accepted at the yellow canister as you exit the one way loop in the park.

This event would not be possible without the generous contributions from our sponsors and community partners. (See the list below.) Some of the more popular displays are the Infinity Tunnel, Twelve Days of Christmas, the Nativity Scene, Santa’s Workshop, Penguins on Ice, Surfing Reindeer, Harley Santa, the Drummer Boy and sure to be the new favorite, our "Christmas Drive In." The drive in took the place of the Happy Holidays display in 2019!

See our Facebook page for the videos.

Cam-Plex Park, 2910 Doubletree Lane, Gillette WY 82718

To make a donation or become a sponsor, please call the Parks Shop at 307-686-5187 or Kevin Geer at the Recreation Center at 307-682-8527.  See our current list of displays and sponsors below.

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Santa's Mailbox

Drop your letter to Santa into the " Letter to Santa" mailbox at the WPA building by December 15, 2021. The mailbox will be removed early Thursday, December 16th to give time to the elves and helpers to read and respond to letters before Christmas.

*Please remember to put your return address on the envelope and Santa will send a letter back to you.

Festival of Lights Displays and Sponsors

Festival of Lights Display Names and Sponsors
Display Name Sponsor
Partridge in a Pear Tree Black Hills Energy Neil Simpson Complex
Two Turtle Doves Power Solutions LLC
Three French Hens Pasek's Accounting
Four Calling Birds Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Five Golden Rings Scott Brothers, Boarder States, MCM Contractors, Crum Electric, WESCO
Six Geese Laying Red Hills Veterinary Hospital
Seven Swans Swimming Cloud Peak Energy
Eight Maids Milking Aspire Counseling LLC
Nine Ladies Dancing First Northern Bank of Wyoming
Ten Lords Leaping Frontier Family Medical
Eleven Pipers Piping Powder River Construction
Twelve Drummers Drumming Kiwanis Club
Flipping Penguins Campco Federal Credit Union
Festival of Lights Monopoly Pieces (in loving memory of Christine Boisvert)
Elf Tree Topper Powder River Dental
Drummer Boy (5) Thunder Basin Ford, Powder River Construction, BKS Environmental Associates, Inc.
Santa & Reindeer Lift Off Powder River Construction
Snow Flake Tunnel  
Parachuting Gingerbread Man Wal-Mart
Candy Cane Lane Gillette Optometric
Candle and Holly Mayor's Art Council
Trumpeting Angel (6) Miller Exteriors, Envy Salon, Boothill Night Club, Deb's Bed and Bath Boutique (YTT Bridal & Floral), That Embroidery Place
Sliding Penguins AVAILABLE
Snowman Family ERA Priority Real Estate
Beachbum Santa Oasis Tans
Suring Reindeer Surf N Suds Internet Laundramat
Holiday Bells In loving memory of Jim Rodgers
Dancing Ballerina's Live 2 Dance
Snowball Toss South Fork Apartments
Harley Santa Deluxe Harley Davidson
Country Christmas (Tractor) AVAILABLE
Infinity Tunnel Gillette Chiropractic Center, First Interstate Bank, Pinnacle Bank, ReMax Professionals, ERA Priority Real Estate, Anytime Storage
Jumping Fish Wyoming Marine
Teddy Bear & Presents Greg's Welding
Poinsettia Spring Creek Design
North Pole Payground Sheehan Trucking/WY Welding & Trucking
Birth of Christ Marshall Jewelry
Toy Soldier Highland Property Management
Toy Factory Nick Carter Law Firm
Christmas Puppy Thunder Basin Propane
Polar Bear Keep Away K's Koffee & Deli
Christmas Drive In (Old Happy Holidays Display)