Winter Traditions in Bozeman for the Family

When winter hits in Bozeman, Montana, many activities come with it to celebrate the season and community spirit. Beginning with the Christmas Stroll on Saturday, December 2, you’ll find a string of traditions the whole family will enjoy.


Christmas Stroll

Saturday, December 2, 4:30-7:30 pm

Downtown Bozeman

The 43rd annual event begins with Holidays at the Emerson on Friday, December 1. Explore local artist’s work at the Holiday Bazaar, then enjoy Holiday Noir, a saucy variety show. Saturday, follow Santa in the parade down Main Street for the lighting of the Christmas decorations. Merchants stay open late, food vendors line the streets, carolers perform, and photos with Santa take place at the Baxter Hotel. Stop in at the Lewis and Clark Hotel and admire the nutcracker collection, with over 900 nutcrackers on display in the lobby.


Winter Art Walk

Friday, December 8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Downtown Bozeman

Bozeman is full of art galleries, and the art walk is a great way to admire new work, meet local artists, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary refreshments. Plus, it’s an excellent opportunity to do some holiday shopping.



art walk in downtown bozeman



Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market

Weekly, except for Dec. 9, 23, 30, and Feb. 24, 9 am-12 pm

Gallatin County Fairgrounds

Each week, you’ll find over 30 vendors selling various produce. Area farmers have worked hard to expand their offerings of fresh greens and a variety of vegetables. You’ll also find meat and fish, cheese, eggs, artisan bread and baked goods, fermented vegetables, blended teas, preserves, yarn and wool, body products, and locally sourced coffee. Plus, hot breakfast items and live music! 


The Nutcracker Ballet

The Willson Auditorium

December 2, 2023 – 2 pm & 7 pm

December 3, 2023 – 12 pm & 4 pm

The Montana Ballet Company presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker. Each year, audiences are delighted by one of the most significant artistic collaborations in the region with accomplished dancers, local and national level choreographers, guest artists, live musicians, seasoned stage technicians, lighting and costume designers, and a host of dedicated volunteers.


Belgrade Christmas Convoy and Truck Village

Dec. 8-9, 5-9 pm

The Belgrade Christmas Convoy has become one of Gallatin Valley’s favorite traditions. One hundred trucks, tractors, and trailers elaborately decked in lights are on display until Saturday night when they convoy through the streets of Belgrade.






Belgrade Festival of Lights

December 9. 2023

Celebrate the season exploring Holiday Light Park, the Jingle Jog 5K Fun Run, an Ugly Christmas Outfit contest, and the Holiday Market.


Bridger Bowl Torchlight Parade

December 30 begins at dusk

Stick around after a day of skiing for a spaghetti feed and live music, followed by the torchlight parade and fireworks. It’s a beautiful display of lights and a fun time for the whole family.


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