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Montana Holiday Events and Traditions

Holiday events in Montana

No matter where you celebrate the season in Montana, it looks and feels like you just stepped out of a classic Christmas storybook.  The charm and enchantment can be found in settlements of yesteryear to year-round destination ski towns.

It’s where scenes of sprawling snow-filled ranchlands and craggy mountain tops are just the beginning of the magical moments that unfold from the Canadian border to the edge of Yellowstone National Park.

In addition to our natural wonders, Montana has some of the most treasured traditions during the Holiday season … from classic ballets to sparkling lights and sleigh rides into the night.

For generations, our family at Hollinger Real Estate has been keeping our own traditions alive, and we share them with you today.

Things to Do During the Holidays in Montana

Outdoor activities dominate December in our family.  If we’re not at one of our favorite ski resorts seeking a run with Santa, we may choose to head to the backcountry for a full day of snowmobiling or cross-country skiing right out our back door… and of course a vigilant eye on the ice for upcoming ice skating!

As for the BIG dinner display on Christmas Day? One may immediately think it’s all about the ham or turkey; yet here in Montana, it’s not uncommon to switch traditions and serve a well-marbled prime rib or slow-smoked venison roast.

Whether you choose to celebrate the season indoors or out, there’s a festive list of activities to be found.  Here are some highlights of activities that we encourage you to do and see in Montana during the Christmas and Hanukkah seasons. For a complete list of things to do in Montana during the holidays, visit

Classic Christmas Ballets In Montana

Ballets in Montana

The Nutcracker ~ Montana Ballet Company 
December 2, 3, 2023

The Nutcracker – Yellowstone Ballet Company
December 10, 2023

The Nutcracker – Garden City Ballet
December 15, 16, 17, 2023

Holiday Events In Montana

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Butte Christmas Stroll
Butte, Montana
December 1, 2023

The 27th annual Christmas Stroll will be held in Uptown Butte; shops, restaurants and attractions will be decked out in their seasonal finest. There will be a parade and tree lighting ceremony with an ice sculpting contest held across Uptown.

Holidays on Higgins
Missoula, Montana
December 2, 2023 

After nearly two decades known as the “Parade of Lights,” this annual “must-do-in-Missoula” is now Holidays on Higgins.  The festivities start at 11:00 am and continue through 7:00 pm.  See the full schedule of events for all details.

Festival of Trees
December 1, 2, 2023
Dillon, Montana

Take in the splendor of the season during two days in Dillon, Montana. On December 1, they host a Family Night and Silent Auction at the Elks Lodge. On December 2, it’s a fancier affair with their annual Gala and Live Auction, all to benefit local non-profit organizations.

Kalispell Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting
December 2, 2023
Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell vendors downtown offer shopping, snacks, drinks and music as well as a tree lighting and carrols at Depot Park at 7 p.m.


Great Falls Symphony & Choir Christmas
December 3, 2023
Great Falls, Montana

Enjoy this community’s annual kick-off to their seasonal festivities with the March from Babes in Toyland, Respighi’s Magic Toyshop, and music from Home Alone.

Gardiner Holiday Stroll
December 7, 2023
Gardiner, Montana

It’s a craft fair wrapped with everything ‘holiday’ including caroling, crafts, and a comedy show, too!

Victorian Christmas
December 7, 2023
Hamilton, Montana

Go back in time this holiday season and enjoy an enchanting evening of music, food, and decorations inspired by the Victorian Era.

Huntley Annual Christmas Tree Festival
December 9
Huntley, Montana

The Huntley Project Museum is hosting its Annual Christmas Tree Festival again this year. Go enjoy the glitter and gifts created and donated by local businesses.

White Christmas
Gallatin Gateway, Montana
December 14, 2023

This beloved musical that plays homage to the timeless songs of Irving Berlin is another family favorite during the holiday season.  With memorable songs like “White Christmas,” and “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” you will enjoy a full evening filled with the magic of Christmas.

Bozeman Symphony: Holiday Spectacular
December 15 – 17, 2023
Bozeman, Montana

Every year this organization strives to make their holiday concert more spectacular with gorgeous decorations, dazzling lighting, and music that will uplift your spirit to ring in the holiday season.

Winter Wonderland On Ice
Whitefish, Montana
December 16, 2023

Enjoy “all the magic of Christmas” with this beautiful series of ice-skating performances.  Meet Amie Miyagi, three-time US National Competitor and International Performer during this family-friendly event.

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From our family to yours, may you experience your own magical moments this Christmas season.   

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The Hollinger Team

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