Downtown Holiday Happenings 2021 Connect to the Holiday Spirit in Downtown Missoula!

There are many ways to experience the Heart of Missoula, support local businesses, and connect to your community during the Holidays this year! You can find all the information you need to support Downtown’s small businesses and experience holiday cheer right here.

Get into the holiday spirit and come Downtown for these annual events! While they may look different this year, the Festival of Trees and Parade of Lights have pivoted to create safe, family friendly fun.

Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Take a stroll through Downtown and take in the holiday lights and displays created by our Downtown businesses. Vote for your favorites in five categories until December 15.

Small Business Saturday

This holiday season, all Missoulians are encouraged to support our local economy and small businesses by shopping and dining in Downtown Missoula during Small Business Season. Downtown businesses are extending hours of operation, offering special promotions, and providing personal touches and connections along the way. Downtown will hold two Small Business Saturdays in 2021: November 27, December 4

Downtown Carriage Rides

A holiday season favorite returns to Downtown! FREE carriage rides will be held December 4-5 and 11-12 from 11am-4pm. Located on E. Pine Street (near the Missoula Art Museum Art Park). Carriage rides provided by The Resort at Paws Up.

Festival of Trees

The 2021Festival of Trees will again feature a multi-space, multi-day Tour of Trees with opportunities to win one of 10+ designer-decorated trees this holiday season. Families can also purchase take-home Teddy Bear Tea Kits.

Parade of Lights

Grab take-home activity kits from some of your favorite annual Parade of Lights activity providers and then take a drive through Downtown for the Reverse Parade of Lights and Holiday Stroll.

Lighting of the Downtown Holiday Tree

November 26-December 5: the Lighting of the Tree will take place at 6:00pm on 10 consecutive nights, spreading out the opportunities for Missoula-area families to see the Tree Lighting in small groups.

And you may notice some other new additions to the holiday scene in Downtown. Ninety new strands of lights and garland were purchased last year and placed throughout Downtown alongside the decorations that adorn the top of the light poles. Downtown has come alive with the holiday spirit through thousands of lights!

Small businesses are the backbone of the Missoula-area economy, and many locally-owned small businesses have been drastically impacted by the pandemic. This holiday season, all Missoulians are encouraged to support our local economy and small businesses by shopping in Downtown Missoula during Small Business Season. Downtown businesses are extending hours of operation, offering special promotions, and providing personal touches and connections along the way.

Small Business Saturdays in Downtown: November 27 and December 4
Full listings of Downtown’s retail locations can be found HERE.

Small businesses are the backbone of the Missoula-area economy, and many locally-owned small businesses have been drastically impacted by the pandemic. This holiday season, all Missoulians are encouraged to support our local economy and small businesses by dining in Downtown Missoula during Small Business Season. Downtown businesses are extending hours of operation, offering special promotions, and providing personal touches and connections along the way.

Small Business Saturdays in Downtown: November 27, December 4
Full listings of Downtown’s dining locations can be found HERE.

Having trouble coming up with a gift for the person who has everything? Aren’t sure what to get your employees this year? Let them choose instead! The Missoula Downtown Gift Card is the accepted at 200 local businesses and is the most versatile gift in Missoula. Each year, over $275,000 is redeemed at our Downtown businesses thanks for the Downtown gift card. Put your money where your heart is and order your gift cards today!

Three safe ways to purchase Missoula Downtown Gift Cards:

  1. Purchase at the Downtown Missoula Partnership (218 E. Main) or at the Paddleheads Post (140 N. Higgins)
  2. Order online for contactless pick-up at the Downtown Missoula Partnership
  3. Order online and have your card(s) shipped directly to you or wherever you’d like them to go

Downtown Missoula is many things to many people, and the new Heritage Missoula Plan showcases the collective fabric that defines and distinguishes Missoula from other places. With the goal of enhancing Missoula’s Spirit of Place, the Missoula Downtown Foundation is focused on creating authentic Missoula experiences that help preserve our Spirit of Place.

Funds raised will help with implementation of the new Heritage Missoula Interpretive Trail, complete with bronze medallions and information kiosks that tell the unique stories of Missoula: past and present. Funds will also help with street décor expansion and improvements, including additional holiday lighting and boulevard banners.

More information can be found HERE.

While Downtown may be the Heartbeat of Missoula, our community is stronger when ALL of Missoula’s businesses thrive. For additional information on other businesses in Missoula and how you can safely support them during the holidays, click the link below.

Holidays at Missoula Businesses

Need more info about Missoula’s businesses? You can connect with businesses thanks to the following other organizations: