Fun things to do in Billings in December, 2017
Through December 4
One of Billings’ most popular holiday events happens at the Billings Depot. Bring the family to enjoy “The Polar Express.” Tickets typically sell out quickly so buy yours now, online, here.
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2
Festival of Trees
There is so much to do at this year’s Festival of Trees. Bring the little ones and seniors to a special viewing from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Then, at 1 p.m. you can enjoy Tea in the Trees. When that ends, at 3 p.m., get geared up for the Craft and Gift show. Finally, at 5 p.m. it’s Family Fun Night. See the entire schedule at metrapark.com.
Winterfair is back, along with the Holiday Artwalk and Christmas Stroll. Get free admission to Yellowstone Art Museum on Friday from 4 until 9 p.m. and enjoy raffles and more. Get details online at YAM’s website.
Friday, December 1
Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Get to Community Park on Division street before 6 p.m. this evening to witness the Community Tree Lighting ceremony. As long as they last, candy canes and hot cocoa are free. Santa will be there, by the way.
Holiday ArtWalk Downtown Billings
Celebrating 23 years, the Holiday ArtWalk in Downtown Billings is back again this year. Meet the artists and enjoy the music and refreshments. You will find a map of venues online at artwalkbillings.com.
The annual Christmas Stroll is the ideal way to get into the holiday spirit here in Billings. Head downtown and spend some time with Santa, choose your Christmas tree, shop and enjoy refreshments. Get the details online, here.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters: Winter Tour 2018
Thirty years and they’re still touring! Big Head Todd and the Monsters are taking to the stage at the Pub Station tonight (2502 1st Ave N). Buy tickets online, here.
Saturday, December 2
It’s time to take that icy plunge in Billings and it’s the ideal way to support Special Olympics, Montana. Get to Lake Elmo by 11 a.m. for the check-in for the 1 p.m. plunge. Get details online at firstgiving.com.
Family Fun night with 4-H Clubs of Yellowstone County
It’s carnival time at MetraPark! Games, food, raffles, a silent auction and more. It’s sponsored by the Yellowstone County 4-H and it happens from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Head to metrapark.com for the details.
If you missed last Saturday’s Community Dance, have no fear – you can bust your moves tonight to live music from Smokecreek. This alcohol-free, family-friendly event happens at the Billings Community Center, and it helps raise funds for Billings Senior Citizens Inc. It’s only $4 to get in if you’re a member and $5 if you’re not. Get to 360 N 23rd St. by 7 p.m. so you don’t miss any of the fun.
Sunday, December 3
The Messiah Festival
Alberta Bair Theater is once again the scene of the annual Messiah Festival and it’s the perfect way to spend time with the fam. The curtain rises at 3:30 p.m. Alberta Bair Theater is located at 2801 Third Ave. N in Billings. Learn more online at albertabairtheater.org.
The Wizard of Oz
The classic American film, transformed into a musical, comes to the stage at MetraPark arena tonight at 7:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Get details online at metrapark.com.
December 8 and 9
ZooLights Wagon Rides
Go dashing through the snow in an open sleigh while you view the spectacular ZooLights at ZooMontana. You’ll need to make reservations so learn how at zoomontana.org.
December 8, 9 and 10
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Billings Studio Theater
Another classic motion picture turned musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has all the elements of an amazing children’s story that’s just as fun for the grown ups. It happens at Billing Studio Theatre (1500 Rimrock Rd.). Learn more online at billingsstudiotheatre.com.
Last Chance Christmas
Get some holiday shopping done at the Shrine Auditorium (1125 Broadwater in Billings) during the Las Chance Christmas event. More than 70 vendors will be on hand, selling antiques, collectibles, crafts and more. It opens at 10 a.m.
December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23
A Celtic Christmas
The Nova Center for the Performing Arts is presenting the holiday music of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Enjoy sing along songs, stories and more. Get details and buy your tickets online at novabillings.org.
Foo Fighters in Concert
It’s the Concrete and Gold World Foo Fighters Tour and you’re invited to help celebrate. Learn more and purchase tickets online at metrapark.com.
Winter Wonderland at Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center
Get some of that holiday shopping knocked out this weekend at the Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center. Shop from among more than 40 vendors for just about everything you can think of, including handmade items, books, art, food, cosmetics, jewelry and more. The doors open at 9 a.m.
Holiday Tour of Homes
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale is proud to present again this year, the Holiday Tour of Homes. See the gorgeously decorated homes around Billings. You’ll find a list of homes on the tour online at billingssymphony.org.
Billings Symphony Presents Holiday Pops
Speaking of the Billings Symphony, don’t miss the Holiday Pops performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Alberta Bair Theater. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 252-3610.
Santa’s Workshop Craft Sale
Get those last-minute gifts at the Santa’s Workshop Craft Sale today at Al Bedoo Shriners (1125 Broadwater Ave.) Doors open at 10 a.m.
Charley Brown Christmas
Join Charley Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they take to the stage at the Alberta Bair Theater. It’s a must-see holiday show. Buy tickets online at albertabairtheater.org.
Parents Night Out
Perfect timing for parents who need to pick up those last-minute kids’ gifts, Parents Night Out at the Y will keep the little ones occupied while you do your thing. They’ll watch a movie, have dinner and then play some games and get involved in arts and crafts. Registration is required, so get on the phone now — 294-1618.
The High Country Cowboys
It’s the Cowboy Christmas Show tonight at 7 p.m. at Alberta Bair. Get your tickets online, here.
If you’re getting the impression that the Alberta Bair Theater is the place to be in Billings this holiday season, you’re right. Tonight, ring in 2018 with the Kingston Trio. Get details and buy tickets online, here.
Zoo Year – A Noon New Year’s Eve Celebration
Here’s an idea: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the kids at the zoo this morning and then you’ll have guilt-free, adult time this evening. You and the kids can participate in crafts, meet some animals, watch the ball drop and more. If it’s snowing, there will be sledding, so bring yours. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. and you can learn more online at zoomontana.org.