Every year a very small stretch of US 191 is closed in the city of Bozeman MT for their annual Christmas Stroll. This is an enchanting event for all ages with activities ranging from visiting Santa, shopping, listening to live music, and so much more that the downtown businesses of Bozeman have to offer.
For the 32nd year the city will block traffic and detour down the one way streets on either side of US 191/Main st. For those willing to travel, this is one of the best small town events in America. Each year offers different unique perspectives on how the Gallatin valley has changed and continues to provide an incredible community through quality people despite the growth.
During my college years at Montana State, the Christmas stroll was often seen as a last big night before having to save money to get home for Christmas or to get presents for loved ones. Often times the gifts were found while looking through shops windows walking with friends, while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa and peppermint schnaps. As we would walk the streets with friends, couples, families, and plenty of other smiling faces, everyone would fall back to simpler times when life wasn’t about technology, but about community. Caroling, meeting new people, listening to music, shopping, and being a part of something larger than the commercial aspect of Christmas.
This will always my favorite night to be in Bozeman. No matter the weather or the circumstance, the Christmas Stroll will always bring people from all over into one community no matter what their background may be, and that to me is worth the trip to go back as often as I am able.
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Bring the kids and sip eggnog, hot chocolate, or a hot toddy as Santa Claus sings Christmas carols and lights Bozeman’s holiday lights along with 6,000 locals and visitors at the annual Bozeman Christmas Stroll.
When: First Saturday in December, from approximately 4 pm to 10 pm.
Where: You can find the celebration in downtown Bozeman on Main Street
Details: Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, pictures with Santa Claus, a gingerbread house display, other family entertainment, holiday shopping, and holiday treats like caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn, cider and so much more!
Get some fresh air, throw a few snowballs (snow permitting!), and do some holiday shopping along Main Street during the Christmas Stroll while enjoying live entertainment at the Emerson Cultural Center and other businesses.