Have a Jolly Holiday in Bozeman

In the wintertime, Bozeman is frequently covered with a blanket of snow, creating an idyllic picturesque downtown perfect for celebrating the holidays. There are a handful of holiday traditions around Bozeman like the Christmas Stroll and Torchlight Parade, but there are also some fun holiday-themed activities around as well. Check out our list of ways to have a jolly holiday while visiting Bozeman this winter!



Ski Season Opening Days (Projected)
Big Sky Resort - 11/24
Bridger Bowl - 12/9

The opening of ski season in Montana is a huge event every year, as powder hounds anxiously await their chance to carve up the mountains for the first time this winter. These are the current projected opening days for both ski areas around Bozeman, but a lot depends on snowfall. Check their websites as the opening weekends get closer for the most up-to-date information. 




Christmas Stroll

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 
Downtown Bozeman

A long-time Bozeman holiday tradition, the Christmas Stroll is THE event of the holiday season in Gallatin Valley. Watch the Christmas lighting ceremony, visit Santa, and vote in the gingerbread house-building contest while enjoying the sights and sounds of downtown Bozeman. Explore the local and nonprofit vendors, as well as Main Street businesses offering specials for the event.




Winter Art Walk 

Friday, December 9th, 2022 
Downtown Bozeman

Do some holiday shopping from local artists while you enjoy the winter weather in Downtown Bozeman. Many galleries will feature artists’ openings and receptions and often provide hors d’oeuvres and complimentary refreshments. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take in some culture while reveling in the holiday spirit.




A Christmas Carol

December 9th - 22nd, 2022
The Ellen Theater

Throughout the month of December, The Ellen Theater invites you to join them for a much-loved holiday tradition as they put on a family-friendly version of Charles Dickens's classic tale. Montana Theatre Works presents a memorable holiday experience for the whole family at The Ellen Theater this holiday season.




Bozeman Symphony Presents: Holiday Spectacular

Saturday, December 10th, 2022 
Willson Auditorium

Enjoy an afternoon or evening out at the symphony and get into the holiday spirit at the Bozeman Symphony’s second annual holiday concert. Bring the family out to this one-of-a-kind Christmas concert celebrating the spirit and joy of the season.



The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 18th, 2022 
The Willson Auditorium

A holiday tradition for many, the Yellowstone Ballet company presents its production of The Nutcracker. Children get free admission with each adult ticket purchased, and kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite nutcracker character with prizes awarded during intermission. It’s an enchanting experience, that you and the little ones won’t want to miss.




Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Saturday, December 18th, 2022 
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas concert has been a holiday favorite for over 30 years, and they are coming to Bozeman to share the unique sounds of the season with Montanans. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.



Bridger Bowl Torchlight Parade

Friday, December 30th, 2022 
Bridger Bowl Ski Area 

After a day filled with shredding the slopes, stick around Bridger Bowl’s base area to usher in 2023 with the traditional torchlight parade and fireworks display. It’s a great way to get you excited for the following night’s New Years' Eve Celebrations! 


Whatever way you decide to celebrate, you are sure to have a jolly holiday season in Bozeman!


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