‘Tis the season for vacation time. All those late nights and hard-worked hours have come and gone and it is time to relax and take some time off for the holiday season.
Some might think summer is the only season filled with fun activities, but that simply isn’t true. There are many of Christmas and winter events right here in Montana and western North Dakota.
MonDak Christmas will be celebrated Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney. This relaxing afternoon will include a performance by the Liberty Christian Bell Choir, a fundraiser bake sale, refreshments and photos with Santa.
The afternoon is also a perfect time to shop for unique gifts by local artists in the MonDak’s gift shop where new books, art and new artists have been added in recent weeks. It will also be time to stock up on baked goodies at the MonDak’s annual bake sale.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors open 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Medora’s Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas
Want to get out of Montana for a few days? Then come and celebrate the 17th annual Old-Fashioned Cowboy Christmas in Medora, N.D. The event is Dec. 7-9 and every day is filled with fun holiday-themed activities.
It features a parade, a beer and wine tasting, a cowboy poetry reading, arts and crafts, ice skating, contests, dancing and the list goes on and on. If this sounds like a good time, head on over to your eastern neighboring state and join in the festivities this weekend.
Ho Ho Holter!
The artistic types should flock to Helena this month for the Ho Ho Holter Holiday Gift Sale. The Ho Ho Holter is an annual event held at the Holter Museum of Art. The sale has traditionally featured over 100 artists’ work including hand-blown glass, paintings, jewelry, crafts, ceramics etc. So for those not ecstatic about holiday decoration options, why not head on over to Ho Ho Holter and garnish your home with a new piece of artwork?
The Conrad Mansion
Those looking for a little luxury in their holiday season should head on over to the Conrad Mansion in Kalispell. The mansion originally belonged to Charles E. Conrad, a founder of Kalispell and was built in 1895. Now, the mansion serves as a historical site and offers a multitude of fun Christmas events. From Nov. 23 through Dec. 22, there will be tours around the mansion decorated in a holiday fashion. According to the mansion’s website, visitors will learn about the Christmas traditions of the Condrad family during the tour. Tours are on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. by reservation. The website suggests those interested should call and make a reservation beforehand and said tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for students and $4 for children. Prices and schedules could potentially change.
Free Christmas Carriage Rides
Admit it, who hasn’t thought about riding in a horse and carriage through central park? Okay, this event isn’t in New York, so save that dream for another day, but it can be a reality in Bigfork. Free carriage rides will be offered Dec. 8, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22 on Electric Ave. from 2 p.m., to 5 p.m., so bring your friends, family and some hot chocolate and hold on for the ride.
Nutcracker Christmas Tea
Custom Christmas Wreaths
If you can’t find spare time to spend in the Montana wilderness, then why not bring it right to your front door? Montanawreaths.com offers a variety of Christmas wreaths made in Montana. Those who live in Montana have until Dec. 20 to order a wreath and still have it for the Christmas Holiday. Customers can choose from a standard wreath, a deluxe wreath with a velvet bow, or a Montana select wreath with a gold lace bow. Check out montanawreaths.com for information on shipping and pricing.
Montana Christmas Strolls
If you really want to get into the holiday spirit, check out one of Montana’s many Christmas Strolls. The strolls feature hayrides, horse and carriage rides, roasted chestnuts and street vendors. Both Miles City and Billings will be holding their strolls on Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.