Holiday Traditions: The Bozeman Christmas Stroll


Bozeman celebrates the season of festive each December with the annual Christmas Stroll. Every year on the first Saturday in December, residents, and visitors gather together to enjoy the events. From family-friendly activities to local wining and dining, there's a lot to explore as you stroll through downtown Bozeman.


You'll find plenty of activities for all ages at the annual Christmas Stroll. Here are a few of our favorites that the kiddos can get excited about.

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Pictures with Santa

It wouldn't be the holidays without that year's photo with Santa. Get the family dressed up and prep them to pose, perfect for the family Christmas card.

Cookie Decorating

Don't deny your sweet tooth this December. Cookie decorating booths put on by event sponsors are geared toward the little ones, and they make a great way to get the whole family involved in the holiday spirit.

DIY Craft Ornaments

Help them treasure the decorating tradition when you pick up a DIY craft ornament kit from booths at the stroll. With a new addition to the tree each year to look forward to, they'll love the Christmas Stroll craft time.

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Christmas Stroll Parade

The kids will be excited to see the fun in the parade, just before the downtown decorations get lit up for the season.

Holly Jolly Activities for All Ages

There's a little something for everyone, old and young, on the first Saturday of December in Bozeman. Here are a few of the activities and events to enjoy.

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Caroling and Live Music

Join in some caroling, or just enjoy listening to live performances of holiday favorites while you stroll. You'll find both on offer on Main.

Decoration Lighting

Following the parade, watch the ceremonial lighting of Downtown's Christmas decorations. Twinkling lights really make the magic of the season.

Wagon Rides

Take a horse-drawn wagon from the library to the heart of downtown. It may not be a sleigh ride, but it's about as close as it gets. And it comes with the same fun and festiveness.

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Gingerbread House Contest

Enter in advance to inject the season with a little healthy competition at the gingerbread house contest. Even if you don't sign up to compete, you can still enjoy seeing some of the impressive entries on display.

Sponsor Booths and Activities

The sponsor booths arranged up and down Main bring fun and educational activities you can all enjoy. Take a look and while away some time crafting and creating together.

Food Vendors and Strolling Local Businesses

Get your holiday shopping done as you stroll through the hub of Bozeman, going from shop to shop and investigating each vendor. By the time you're all shopped out, the smells from food stalls and trucks will be too much to resist, and you can dive into the gourmet mobile cuisine the town's creative culinary masters offer.

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How to Experience it All

You can pick up your $4 Christmas Stroll button at local businesses starting around Thanksgiving. The buttons themselves are a Christmas Stroll tradition, with designs that inspire the spirit of the season. This gives you the ultimate access to the festivities throughout the day on Saturday. Click here to see all the locations where you can pick up your button.

The Bozeman annual Christmas Stroll is well worth a trip for some holiday cheer. Get involved in this local tradition while you explore our mountain town.