Country Christmas in Montana - Celebrate the Christmas Season in Missouri River Country

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It's the time of year when snow flies outside while inside hearts are dancing with excitement at the beginning of the Christmas season. Montana's Missouri River Country comes alive with good, old-fashioned Christmas festivities and events that are sure to spark your Christmas season. Seven charming communities open their doors and invite you to join in all the festivities the area has to offer this November. With all the season’s greetings and a warm welcome from the locals, you’re sure to feel like part of the town.

Missouri River Country offers a unique experience for visitors of every age. This holiday season offers you and your family a chance to experience an old fashioned Country Christmas. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime. And, don’t forget, most of these events are free to the public.

A brief round-up of the celebrations and festivals includes:

  • Malta hosts the Festival of Trees – an Old Fashioned Christmas as an ongoing event. Between November 10 and December 3, stop by the Phillips County Museum to view beautiful Christmas trees, wreaths and centerpieces. Visitors can bid on the arrangements or just vote for their favorite. The belle of the ball is an open house on December 3. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served, and the silent auction winners will be announced. The Malta Community also hosts a Parade of Lights on December 7.
  • Sidney welcomes you to kick off the Christmas season at the Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights. On November 27, bring the entire family to a magical Christmas evening, chock full of activities. There will be food booths, arts and crafts for sale and entertainment. All of the stores join in with extended business hours and colorful window displays. Children will love “Santa’s Workshop” where they can do hands-on crafts and visit with Santa.
  • A stunning display of lights to brighten up the start of the Christmas season will be held in Scobey on November 28 during the Parade of Lights. There will be magically floats and the area stores will stay open late so you can find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.
  • Visitors to the town of Culbertson will be delighted to find a special Christmas Light Display along Highway 2. Area businesses each decorate a section to create a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas. The display lights up on the weekend of November 28 and 29 and runs throughout the holiday season.
  • The Wolf Point community starts the holidays with a Christmas Parade of Lights on December 4. This enchanting evening features a parade where all the floats are filled with light. Santa is the master of ceremonies and will visit with children after the parade. This event will help you remember what Christmas looks like though the eyes of a child.
  • Circle gears up for the season on December 5 with Santa Day. Santa visits with children of all ages from 10 am to noon. And his gift shop is open for shopping by youngsters looking for Christmas gifts for their family. All items are donated by the area’s senior citizens and priced under 50 cents. Gift wrap is included. There will also be sleigh rides, weather permitting.
  • Glasgow enjoys a daytime Christmas Stroll on December 6. Santa comes to town at high noon and will visit with the children at a local store. A matinee will keep the kids busy while parents shop for the perfect gifts. And make sure to stop by the Pioneer Museum for an old fashioned Christmas complete with a Victorian reception, music and holiday food. There will be group activities throughout town for all ages to enjoy. And when the sun goes down, the Parade of Lights moves through town.
  • Plentywood lights up the darkness of night with a Parade of Lights on December 6. The main street lights are turned down to allow the floats to really glow. There will be holiday music, Christmas caroling, and a few surprises along the way.
  • Fairview offers a unique holiday feast with the Silver Bells on December 12. This quaint community lights up the silver screen with a free movie plus popcorn and drinks. Santa will be there along with Christmas carolers. There are also custom-made collector ornaments and a bazaar.

Missouri River Country offers a unique experience for visitors of every age. This holiday season offers you and your family a chance to experience an old fashioned Country Christmas. You’ll make memories to last a lifetime. And, don’t forget, most of these events are free to the public.

For more information on Montana’s Missouri River Country and a complete listing of activities, please visit missouririver.visitmt.com.

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