Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Get in the Holiday spirit at the 12th Annual Parade of Lights brought to you by the Missoula Downtown Association! This all-day family event includes numerous children’s activities and projects, the arrival of Santa Claus at the Florence Building, and concludes with the Parade of Lights and the lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree at the Red XXXXs on North Higgins Avenue.

Parade – 6pm

Tree Lighting – 6:30pm


Parade starts at 6pm at 4th and Higgins and travels up Higgins to The Crossings (the XXXXs) for the lighting of the tree and bonfire at 6:30 pm.

Family Activites

Hip Holiday Market
Lowell School 10am-5pm $1 donation

Story Time
Missoula Public Library 11am-Noon FREE

Tour of Trees
Governor’s Room at the Florence Hotel
11am-5pm $2 or diaper/wipes donations

Kid’s Holiday-Styled Braids, Bows and Buns
Boom Swagger Salon (Ages 3-12)
12-3pm $5 Donation to Watson’s Shelter

Caroling & Photos with Santa
Florence Lobby 1-4:30pm FREE

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Pine & Higgins 1-5pm FREE

Chromatography & Neuron Making
spectrUM Discovery Area Downtown
1-5pm FREE

Classic Holiday Films
The Roxy Theater 1-5pm FREE

Cookie Decorating
Bernice’s 1-5pm First Cookie FREE

S’more Making
A Carousel for Missoula 1-5pm FREE

MASC Fire Art Artisans
Betty’s Divine 5-9pm FREE

Family Yoga
Hot House Yoga 2-2:40 FREE

Holiday Dance
Missoula Senior Center 2-4pm FREE

Hip Strip Warming Station w/
DIY Wrapping by The Roxy
509 S. Higgins Free

Arts & Crafts

Beaded Snowflake
Bathing Beauties 12-2pm $5

Christmas Card Making
Zootown Art Community Center
12-3pm FREE

Reindeer Craft
Children’s Museum 12-4pm FREE
(Museum Admission FREE All Day)

Drop In Holiday Workshop
Missoula Art Museum 1-3pm FREE

Popsicle Stick Ormaments
La Stella Blu 1-3pm FREE

DIY Ornament
Upcycled 1-5pm FREE

Furoshiki: Reusable Gift Wrap Art
w/ Sustainable Business Council
Liquid Planet 1-5pm FREE

Letters to Santa
Noteworthy 1-5pm FREE

Make & Take Craft Time
Missoula Public Library 1-5pm Free

Handmade Dreidel Workshop
w/ Har Shalom
Missoula Public Library 3-4pm FREE

Santa’s Cookie Plate Painting w/ Zootown Arts Community Center
Corkscrew 3-5pm $10

Parade of Lights Film Squad Camp

Register now for the Parade of Lights Film Squad Camp


Day 1:     Friday 12/5 – 4-6 pm: Pre-production team and story development.
Day 2:     Saturday 12/6 – 4-8 pm: Out shooting in the community!
Day 3:     Sunday 12/7 1-4 pm: Post-Production

Course registration is $50.00
Ages 9-14 recommended.

Title Sponsors:

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Special Thanks To:

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5 on Black, A&E Architects, ABC FOX Montana, Axis Physical Therapy, The Badlander, Blackfoot Telecommunications Group, Boom Swagger Salon, Hide and Sole, Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown, La Stella Blu, One Eleven

Betty’s Divine, Cloth and Crown, Chris & Vickie Honzel, Estep & Weber Capital Management, Hot House Yoga, KornUtopia, Missoula Copy Center, MissoulaEvents.Net, Penny Nord of Choices Counseling, Plonk, Scotty’s Table, Weyeka’s

When the kids are tuckered out after a full day of holiday cheer, join the adult crowd for Light Up the Night, beginning when the Parade of Lights concludes. This collection of Parade of Lights after parties will feature holiday-themed live music and entertainment, special food and drink selections, and other nightlife attractions at Downtown bars and restaurants. Stay tuned for the full slate of Light Up the Night events, and plan to make it a date night, family night, or fun night out with friends.


Light Up the Night events will be announced soon.