Cheyenne, Wyoming | To prepare for a Christmas visit from their daughter’s family in 2010, the Kelley family decided it would be nice to decorate some trees outside their home. Their granddaughter suffered from seizures so badly that she needed to have brain surgery, known as hemispherectomy. The Kelleys thought it would be a nice idea to decorate a tree for every child in the hemifoundation database who has undergone the surgery. When they found out the number – 400 – they didn’t get discouraged. Instead, they found community members and their local energy company wanting to find out how they could help!
In 2015, 633 trees were lit over 4.5 acres, and the 2017 event is sure to be even bigger, delighting visitors through the winter. Aside from the lighted Christmas trees, there is a water feature, outdoor displays, and free gifts. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, you can enjoy indoor displays, hay rides, hot chocolate, and more. The lights are on from October 15 through the end of February! Be sure to visit and find out how you can help the Hemi Foundation, giving kids hope for a better future.