The Holiday Season in Lewistown
Twinkling Lights and Every thing Bright
Beginning with the Country Christmas Craft and Gift Show in November at Fergus County Trade Center, activities and shopping opportunities highlight the holiday sea-son in Central Montana. Lewistown’s downtown specialty shops offer the finest in gift giving from the most luxurious to the absolutely hilarious.
Christmas magic kicks off the first Friday in December when Santa rolls into town for Christmas Stroll, riding his sleigh in the Parade of Lights. Bonfires in the street give people a place to warm their hands, while enjoying a variety of live entertainment and local cuisine.
Fabulous galas, such as the Christmas Memories and Home Tours event, Festival of Trees, Teddy Bear Tea with Mrs. Claus, the Art Center Cookie Contest and Polar Runs aboard the Charlie Russell Chew-Choo train will turn holiday weekends into treasured family memories.
Festival of Trees Lights up the Holiday Season
A magical wonderland of sparkling lights and theme-decked trees sets the holiday stage in early December in Lewistown, during the annual Festival of Trees.
Participants from throughout the community decorate Christmas trees and donate them to the festival, which is a major fund-raiser for the local Boys & Girls Club. More than 20 large trees are filled to the brim with so many presents, gift certificates and surprises that Scrooge himself could not resist feeling like a child just looking at the them all.
In the past, trees have included themes such as “HCR, Inc.’s Airplane Tree,” decorated with electric airplanes, roundtrip airline tickets from Big Sky Airlines, an antique prop, flying lessons and much more. Other trees have gotten their extra sparkle not just from lights, but jewels, like “Don’s Store’s Yogo Sapphire and Silver Tree.”
The Festival of Trees gala includes one day of free public viewing of the trees on Friday. Saturday afternoon wraps around the “Teddy Bear Tea” for little ones, with Mrs. Santa Claus as guest of honor. The Festival of Trees banquet and auction is held Saturday evening, when all of the live trees are sold and dozens of wreaths, décor and gift items go to silent auction.