7 Winter Festivals In Montana That Are Simply Unforgettable
You might think that winter in Montana means months of hibernation… but everyone who lives in the Treasure State knows that it’s just another season to celebrate. In fact, we’ve got a few festivals coming up that will make you forget all about the cold weather (or at least embrace it).
1. Deer Lodge Christmas Festival
Every year, the Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation sponsors this annual Christmas celebration, which is on December 2nd this year at the Pen Convention Center. The event includes a visit from Santa, Christmas carolers, a crafter’s market and tree lighting.
2. ZooLights, ZooMontana, Billings
Starting on December 2nd, ZooMontana hosts the annual ZooLights festival. Cars and buses can drive through a section of the zoo from 6-9 PM and check out all the lights while listening to festive music.
3. Holiday MADE Fair, Missoula
Since 2007, the Missoula MADE Fair has been a much anticipated event during the holiday season. This year’s date is December 11th from 11-6. With over 150 local and regional artists setting up shop, it’s a great time to find the perfect gifts.
4. Whitefish Winter Carnival and World Skijoring Championships
This year’s winter carnival, which will be held from February 3-5, is a tradition that is now 58 years old. The mostly free, family-friendly festival is an old-fashioned celebration of the beautiful season of winter. Trust us when we say that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
5. Montana Winter Fair, Lewistown
Lewistown’s Montana Winter Fair is a celebration of agriculture, livestock, and our Western way of life. The next one, which is January 27-29, will be the 72nd fair.
6. Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races, West Yellowstone
On December 17th, the two-day Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races event takes place in West Yellowstone. If you go, get there a couple of days early so you can enjoy the West Yellowstone Christmas Stroll and the town tree lighting.
7. Winter Carnival, Red Lodge Mountain
Save the date: March 4, 2017. Red Lodge Mountain’s Winter Carnival is the best party of the season, complete with a theme, live music, and a torchlight parade.
These winter festivals in Montana can really help you get through the harsh winter. And before the end of the year, you should definitely try to check out some of our
beautiful Christmas towns.
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