On Saturday, December 2nd from 4:30 to 7:30 PM join the Downtown Bozeman Association and our gracious 2017 Christmas Stroll Presenting Sponsors; Bridger Bowl, First Security Bank, Bozeman Health, Bozeman Public Library Foundation, Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture and Alphagraphics as we proudly invite you to the 37th Annual Christmas Stroll in Historic Downtown Bozeman.
CLICK HERE for the 2017 Christmas Strol Poster, designer by Meta Newhouse also featuring all of our Presenting Sponsors above!
CLICK HERE for the 2017 Gingerbread House Contest Application - Deadline November 24
Join us for Bozeman’s most beloved holiday tradition and come kick-off the holiday season in Downtown Bozeman! Join us for fun activities, great food, and fun. Bring the whole family to ride on the horse-drawn wagons, get your picture taken with Santa Claus, watch the lighting ceremony of the downtown decorations, check out the gingerbread house contest display, sing Christmas carols, grab a bite to eat from one of over 40 non-profit food vendors or do some Christmas gift shopping. The Christmas Stroll is the place to find it all!
Below is a general schedule of Downtown Stroll activities (also refer to the center-spread map in the “Official Christmas Stroll Program” inserted into the Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Friday, Dec. 1 and available at www.dailychronicle.com):
Daytime “Stroll” activities include: Gingerbread House making at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture and live performances at the Bozeman Public Library (times vary, check separate schedules within program for more info)
*4:00 PM - A ONE-WAY Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride from the Bozeman Public Library to Rouse and Main Street.
4:00 to 7:30 PM - Sweet Pea Festival and First Security Bank host the 2017 Gingerbread House Contest entries and winners at the Jacob’s Crossing Lobby at 424 East Main Street.
4:30 PM - The Christmas Stroll Parade begins at the Emerson Center with the lighting of the tree on their north lawn. Then, Tate Chamberlin “2017 Master of Ceremonies” leads the lighting ceremony down Main Street from Grand Avenue to Rouse Avenue along with the help of the Chief Joseph Middle School Choir and the holiday spirit from the Bozeman Community.
4:30 to 7:30 PM - Main Street is filled with over 40 food vendors raising money for local non-profits organizations, live music, carolers and other festive activities.
4:30 to 7:30 PM - Visit Bridger Bowl located at South Bozeman Avenue to view ski films on a Big Inflatable Screen and to learn about what's new and what's planned for this year's ski season!
4:30 to 7:30 PM - Visit Bozeman Health located at North Black Ave. Enjoy a clementine (a healthy holiday tradition) and grab a holiday light to help you stroll.
4:30 to 7:30 PM – Main Street is also filled with various event sponsor booths who are providing an array of holiday cheer! Visit Nova Café and Endeavor Ballooning for live hot air balloon demonstrations. Stop by Jackson Contractor Group with homemade chili and information to support HRDC’s Fork and Spoon. Say “thanks” for supporting Bozeman’s most beloved holiday tradition, The Christmas Stroll. (refer to map for specific locations)
4:30 to 7:30 PM - Downtown Businesses feature live music, free cocoa and cookies, and holiday fun of all sorts (see “In-Store Activities” for more information)
*4:30 to 5:30 & 5:30-7 PM – Enjoy traditional holiday tunes performed by the Hawthorne School Choir & Kendra Noyes and Tristyn Fleming in the Baxter Ballroom while Ted’s Montana Grill and the Children’s Museum of Bozeman the help kids decorate cookies and create holiday ornaments while waiting for the moment with Santa.
*5:00 to 7:30 PM Santa Pictures by Muhlbradt Photography at the Baxter Hotel located at 105 West Main Street. Get one FREE picture through F-11 Photography
*5:00 to 7:30 PM ONE-WAY Hay Wagon Rides at Soroptimist Park (corner of Main and Rouse) to the Bozeman Public Library. While waiting in line, enjoy complimentary “Hot Dr. Pepper” drinks provided by Lehrkind’s Coca Cola and Venture Church.
*Denotes activities that require a 2017 Stroll Button for ONLY $4!
The Horse-Drawn Wagon rides are also a wonderful Christmas Stroll Tradition and (as indicated above) will be leaving from 2 “stops” located at Soroptimist Park and The Bozeman Public Library throughout the evening. An additional thanks to all of our 2017 Horse-Drawn Wagon Sponsors: Lehrkind’s Coca Cola, Jackson Contractor Group, Nova Café & Endeavor Ballooning, First Interstate Bank, Sweet Pea Festival, Little Stinkers, Sigma Nu Fraternity, T&E Cat Rental and Signs of Montana for providing this spirited activity!
The Christmas Stroll is a FREE community event that is 100% supported by our business sponsors and the sales of our timeless button souvenirs. You can support this great event by purchasing an “Official 2017 Christmas Stroll Button” for ONLY $4, which is not only your ticket* to enjoy many of the great activities including the Santa pictures at the Baxter Hotel, the hay wagon rides from Soroptimist Park (at the corner of Rouse and Main), kid’s activities throughout the day at the Emerson Cultural Center and more, it also allows us to put on this great event every year without requiring an entry fee to enjoy strolling Main Street during the event.
Buttons are NOW available for purchase at the following locations:
Owenhouse Ace Hardware
First Security Bank
Schnee’s Boots and Shoes
The Emerson Cultural Center
The Bozeman Public Library
Montana Gift Corral
ERA Landmark/Downtown Visitor Center
Community Food Coop Downtown
When you purchase your Stroll button, fill out a ballot for a chance to win one of 18 great prizes including Bridger Bowl passes, Downtown Dollars packages totaling $250, 3-Day Sweet Pea Festival Passes, Museum of The Rockies Passes and more. The winners will be contacted the week following the event!
For a list of ALL 2017 Stroll activities and times check out the “Official 2017 Christmas Stroll Program”, printed by and inserted into the Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Friday, December 1 and available electronically at www.dailychronicle.com
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