Parade of Lights


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Get in the Holiday spirit at the 15th Annual Parade of Lights brought to you by the Missoula Downtown Association!

  • Family Friendly Activities throughout Downtown all day (Sign up to host an activity here!)
  • Arrival of Santa at Florence Building at 1pm, followed by photos with Santa!
  • Parade down Higgins Ave. starting at 6pm
  • Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting (Red XXXXs N. Higgins) after the parade.

Click here to enter the Parade!

Click here to host an Activity!

Stay tuned for the full schedule of events!

Interested in sponsoring this great community event?  Check out our sponsorship form here and email or call (406) 543-4238 for more information.

This list will continue to be updated so check back  before the event to plan your day!

2016 Saturday Highlights

Family Friendly Activities
Downtown Missoula
12 – 5 pm

Santa’s Arrival
The Florence Building
1 pm

Photos with Santa
The Florence Building
1 – 5 pm

FREE Downtown Carriage Rides Sponsored by Lithia Ford of Missoula
Pine & Pattee St.
1:15 – 5 pm

Parade of Lights
Higgins Ave.
6 pm

Lighting of the Tree & Caroling
The XXXXs on North Higgins
6:15 pm

Family Friendly Activities

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

Beaded Snowflake using Czech Glass Beads and Swarovski Crystal kiddos and their parents can make a beautiful beaded snowflake to keep, give to your teacher, or hang on your tree! Come and enjoy this fabulous Missoula tradition!
Bathing Beauties Beads
11am – 3pm $5

Cookie Decorating
Bernice’s Bakery
1-5 pm 1st Cookie FREE, 2nd Cookie $1

Parade of Cats Pop-Up Adoption Shop with the Humane Society
Betty’s Divine
12-2 pm FREE

Paint Your Own Cookie Plate for Santa with the ZACC
Black Coffee Roasting
12-3 pm $10

Braids, Bows and Buns Bar for Ages 2-10. Come See us for Some, Simple Holiday Style!
Boom Swagger Salon
12-3 pm $5 Donation to Watson’s Children’s Shelter

Snowman Craft & Free Admission All Day Sponsored by ALPS
Children’s Museum of Missoula
10am – 5pm FREE

You’re invited to join Community of Saint Columba in making Christmas cards, playing games, enjoying snacks and hot cocoa, and getting your face painted!
Community of Saint Columba
1-5 pm FREE

Hip Hop & Tap for Kids at 1 pm
Ballet & Creative Movement for Kids at 2
Downtown Dance Collective
$5/child or $10/family suggested donation

Face Painting & Ornament Decorating for Kids
Downtown Caroling from 5-5:45 pm
e3 Convergence Gallery
1-6 pm FREE

Agate Ornament Decoration
9am – 7pm $5

Lily’s Love Birds: Lily (6th grade) and Maizy (3rd grade) Miller create stuffed birds from scrap fabric and sell the love birds to fund girls’ education (empowerment) efforts throughout the world.
Green Source Smoothies
1-5 pm $9/bird or $25 for 3 birds

Wrapping paper & gift bag decorating
Candy Cane Bar 
Interim Healthcare
12 – 5pm FREE

Holiday Open House – Non-members receive 15% off and members receive 30% off their purchase.  Everyone can enjoy wine, snacks, and a globally handmade experience.
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center

Popcorn Stringing
11am – 5pm FREE

Glitter Ornaments & Pine Cone Christmas Trees
La Stella Blu
1-4 pm FREE

Face Painting
Liquid Planet Downtown
5:30-6:30 pm FREE

Holiday Felt Bags & Glass Lantern Decorating
Missoula Art Museum
1-3 pm FREE

DIY Insect Ornaments
Missoula Insectarium
12-2pm FREE w/ admission

Family Story Time at 11am
Drop in Crafts 1-4 pm
Missoula Public Library

Kids Holiday Movie Night in Caribou Corner.  Pillows, blankets, cocoa and classic holiday cartoons and movies for the young at heart!
Montgomery Distillery
6:30 pm FREE

Wild Gift Workshop
Montana Natural History Center
2-3 pm FREE w/ admission

Letters to Santa
Noteworthy Paper & Press
1-3 pm $1-$2 Donation

Custom Hot Cocoa Kit
Rattlesnake Creek Distillers
1-4 pm FREE

Adventures with Russian Fairy Tales
DIY Flip Comic Book
Ages 4-8
Shakespeare & Co.
3-4 pm FREE

Holiday Cupcake Decorating
Taste Buds Kitchen
2-4 pm FREE with non-perishable food donation to Missoula Food Bank

DIY Paper Garlands
The Dram Shop
2-4 pm FREE

Reindeer Bootcamp Obstacle Course & Healthy Snacks w/ YMCA
The Public House
2:30-5 pm FREE

Hands-on Science Activities w/ SpectrUM
The Public House
2:30-5 pm FREE

Classic Holiday Films
The Roxy Theater
1-5 pm FREE

DIY Upcycled Ornaments
12-4 pm $2

Christmas Card Making
2-4 pm FREE

Kids Holiday Movie Night
Montgomery Distillery
6:30 pm FREE

The Parade of Lights would not be possible without tremendous community support.  Thank you to our sponsors!




















A&E Architects, Advanced Litho Printing of Missoula, Axis Physical Therapy, Bathing Beauties Beads, Betty’s Divine, Boom Swagger Salon, Chris & Vickie Honzel/ERA Lambros Real Estate, The Green Light, Hide & Sole, Holiday Inn Downtown, Kornutopia, La Stella Blu, Missoula Federal Credit Union, MissoulaEvents.Net, Missoula Independent, Neptune Aviation, One Eleven, Scotty’s Table, TrailWest Banks


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Hey you! Get your friends together for a chance to win a $100 Downtown Gift Card at the Parade of Lights Saturday, December 3, 2016! Grab your phone, head Downtown and stop by any of our 20 activities throughout the day to pick up a list of all the places to take a selfie. Track down all the places on the list and snap a picture. To enter your pic, use the hashtag #ZootownLights16 to tag us. Don’t forget to come up with an awesome team hashtag to tag yourselves with! Different pictures are worth different amounts of points, so be strategic! Good luck out there!

Click Here on Saturday, December 3 at 9am for the full list of photo stops and points!

Or stop by Betty’s Divine, the MSO Hub, or The Green Light to pick up the list.