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2018 Christmas Stroll in Downtown Bozeman

Join us for Bozeman’s most beloved holiday tradition and come kick-off the holiday season in Downtown Bozeman!

This year's Christmas Stroll will take place Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4:30pm - 7:30pm.


Bozeman Christmas Stroll

Image courtesy of Bozeman CVB.


Join us for fun activities, great food, and fun. Bring the whole family to ride on the hay 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!


To help you celebrate the holiday season, we're offering 10% off everything over $100 (in-store only) at our downtown location!


Red Lodge Christmas Stroll

Red Lodge Christmas Stroll in 2006. Image courtesy of


The Horse-Drawn Wagon rides are a wonderful Christmas Stroll Tradition. Two Wagons rotate between 2 “stops” located at Soroptimist Park and The Bozeman Public Library throughout the evening.


Below is a FULL 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, November 30).


Daytime “Stroll” activities:

  • 8am - Day-of Registration & 10:15am – Race Time for the Santa Run Hosted by the Bozeman Schools Foundation
  • 12:30-4:15pm - Gingerbread House making at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture
  • 2-6pm - Live performances and Festive Activities at the Bozeman Public Library  


Downtown Bozeman Christmas Stroll:

  • *4:00 PM - A ONE-WAY Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride from the Bozeman Public Library to Rouse and Main Street to help bring peopel to the Parade. 
  • 4:00 to 7:30 PM - Sweet Pea Festival and First Security Bank host the 2018 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, Dave Wooten, our “2018 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.
    • To Join the Stroll Parade: Please meet us at Grand and Main or at any of the 4 lighted "Spiders" at the 4 Main Street intersections. 
  • 4:30 to 7:30 PM - Main Street is filled with over 40 Food Vendors offering a variety of festive fare (CLICK HERE for menus and locations) and over 40 more Activity Vendors raising money for local non-profits organizations and providing; live music, carolers and other festive activities (CLICK HERE for activities and locations).
  • 4:30 to 7:30 PM – Main Street is filled with our Event Sponsor Booths who are providing an array of holiday cheer!  Say “thanks” for supporting Bozeman’s most beloved holiday tradition, The Christmas Stroll. (CLICK HERE for map with locations and activities)
    • Visit: Bridger Bowl, Bozeman Health, Bioscience Laboratories, Profile by Sanford, Once Upon a Child, Jackson Contractor Group (to support Fork and Spoon), Bethany Lenz with State Farm Insurance, Dr. Chisdak’s Office, Billion Auto Group, Mammut and Kudos’s
  • 4:30 to 7:30 PM - Downtown Businesses feature live music, free cocoa and cookies, and holiday fun of all sorts. The Stroll is a great chance to get get a few holiday gifts checked off your list (CLICK HERE for more info and locations). 
  • *5:00 to 7:30 PM Santa Pictures at the Baxter Hotel located at 105 West Main Street
    • Enjoy traditional holiday songs performed by The Bridger Mountain Harmony and Montana Manouch
    • Once Upon a Child will be handing out DIY craft ornaments and candy canes. We will also have some free kids apparel as giveaways while supplies last.
    • Photos are taken by 406 Photo. Get one FREE picture through F-11 Photography.
    • Children’s Museum of Bozeman and Motion Athletics Blaze Cheerleaders help kids decorate cookies and create holiday ornaments while waiting for the moment with Santa. This activity is hosted by Ted’s Montana Grill.
    • Travel Café, Montana’s Travel Agency is hosting hot drinks inside the Baxter Ballroom.
  • *5:00 to 7:30 PM ONE-WAY Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides at Soroptimist Park (corner of Main and Rouse) to the Bozeman Public Library and back. While waiting for the wagons to arrive, enjoy complimentary “Hot Dr. Pepper” drinks provided by Lehrkind’s Coca Cola and Venture Church.


*Denotes activities that require a 2018 Stroll Button for ONLY $4!

CLICK HERE for the 2018 Christmas Stroll Button Sales Locations.

CLICK HERE for the 2018 Christmas Stroll Poster Design by local artist and designer, Seth Neilson





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