Best Christmas Lights in the Bozeman Area
One of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions with my family is to look at neighborhood Christmas lights. There's something magical to me about the whole experience. Everyone dressed in comfy clothes and fuzzy slippers, travel mugs of huckleberry hot cocoa in hand, and a well-curated playlist of Christmas jams on the radio. Much to the annoyance of my younger brother, this is a Christmas tradition I refuse to give up and I look forward to it every year when my family comes to visit Montana. The great thing about Bozeman is that there's a crowd-sourced Google Map that shows all the best Christmas lights displays in the area! That's why I love living here! :)
So, I forced my family into the car on a freezing cold night and drove them around to look at all the neat Christmas light displays. Here are some of our favorites!
Keystone Drive - Belgrade
This house has consistently been a favorite of mine for the past couple years. Firstly, it's close to my home and easy to drive by after work, but it also seems like they keep adding cute little blow-ups and lighted scenes year after year. From front yard to back, these Christmas lights include Disney references, Star Wars highlights, and lots of other fun characters! Definitely worth the drive to Belgrade!
Pine Street Avenue - Manhattan
If you make it over to Belgrade, you might as well travel on down the road a ways to Manhattan! Honestly, on our little adventure, it was fun to take a trip over to Manhattan. There are quite a few homes that are well-decorated all over town, and the big "Seasons Greetings" banner spread across their main intersection gives me the warm fuzzies. This house on Pine Street is great because it's set to music on a radio station! I love that! We sat there for about 10 minutes just enjoying the ambiance of this house!
Powder River Avenue - Bozeman
Speaking of cool music-themed Christmas displays, this one on Powder River is so neat! My favorite part of this house was that the lights went from all white to all colors of the rainbow as the music changed! That makes my Christmas heart so happy! This house is very near the Gallatin Valley Mall, so it's a fun one to drive by after you've done a little shopping at our store in there!
West Babcock Street - Bozeman
Oh man, this was a fun new house for me to see this year. Apparently the "Bah humbug" part of this display stays up all year round, but I was absolutely blown away by the number of lights on this little house! I mean, on at least three sides of this house they have plastered lights on every empty space their siding has to offer. Once I'd taken in this visual delight, I looked to the right and saw a huge reindeer blow up! Seriously, I didn't even see it at first and when I did, bam! These people are doing Christmas lights and displays right!
Shadow Glen Drive - Bozeman
Okay, I saved this house for last because, well, it is the Christmas house. I am not kidding. You can see this house from the road. You want Christmas blow ups? They've got them in spades. You want Christmas lights? This place lights up their entire block. This is what my mom would call a Christmas explosion! These folks even keep their garage open and filled with decorations. You can get out of your car and walk through their garage to see their backyard. Plus, part of the time the homeowners are out there giving out candy canes to kids. If that doesn't say Christmas cheer, I don't know what does!
Bonus: Montana State University
I really appreciate the Christmas lights on Montana Hall on campus. They are simple and subtle, but it's fun to see the Christmas cheer for all the students on campus! Go Bobcats!
Written by: Cassi Miller