The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site is celebrating the season with a holiday light display it hopes becomes a local Christmas tradition, Cultural Recourse Specialist Renee Slider said.
“The day after Thanksgiving, we will flip the switch and get (the display) going until Dec. 31,” Slider said. “With this gift from us to the community, we want to give joy, make memories for families and become a holiday tradition for years to come.”
The lights at the territorial prison are synchronized to Christmas music playing on FM frequency 99.5, she said.
“Our lights on the front part of the site, we do Christmas lights and it is set to music,” Slider said. “We have about nine songs that rotate between 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. (and) guests are able to come sit in the parking lot, tune their radio to 99.5 (FM) and they can listen to the music in the car, have the heater running and have hot chocolate.”
She said the lights are the historic site staff’s way of showing the community the territorial prison site is still part of the Laramie community while the prison is closed for the winter.
“It is mainly to provide something for the community to let people know we are here all year, because we usually close the prison Nov. 1-April 1.” Slider said.
“By putting up the Christmas lights, we let people know the prison is still here and we are doing something for the community.”