It’s the first weekend in December, 2017 and there’s SO much to do this weekend in Billings – get out there and have some fun!
Through December 4
The Billings Depot is the scene once again for “The Polar Express,” one of the most popular holiday events in town. In fact, last we checked, tickets were selling out quickly so jump over here to buy yours now.
Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2
Festival of Trees
It’s a packed schedule for this year’s Festival of Trees. A special viewing for kids and older adults happens from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., then it’s Tea in the Trees from 1 until 3, the Craft and Gift Show and public viewing of the trees from 3 until 8. Family Fun Night and live entertainment begins at 5 p.m. And that’s just what’s happening on Friday. See Saturday’s Schedule online at metrapark.com. Your participation and patronage help fund child abuse prevention programs at The Family Tree Center.
Winterfair coincides with the Holiday Artwalk and Christmas Stroll. Friday, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. you’ll get free admission at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Going on Saturday? Pay only $1 to get in and shop from among more than 20 artists for crafts and artwork. There will be raffles and more. Check out the list of participants on YAM’s website.
Friday, December 1
Holiday ArtWalk Downtown Billings
The Holiday ArtWalk is celebrating 23 years in Downtown Billings. Stop by and meet artists, see new works, enjoy refreshments and music, Galleries, studios, museums and other “art-worthy venues” in downtown Billings open their doors to the public. Get a map at artwalkbillings.com.
We love the annual Christmas Stroll here in Billings. If you’re new to the area, head downtown this evening at 6 p.m. and enjoy shopping, refreshments, Christmas trees for sale, photos with Santa and more. It happens in conjunction with ArtWalk. Learn more online, here.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters: Winter Tour 2018
Three decades of making music – that’s what you’ll celebrate tonight at the Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert. That, and their eleventh studio album, New World Arisin’. They take to the Pub Station (2502 1st Ave N). Buy tickets online, here.
Community Christmas Tree Lighting
Get to Community Park on Division street before 6 p.m. this evening to witness the Community Tree Lighting ceremony. Enjoy free candy canes and hot cocoa, visits with Santa and lots of holiday music.
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 cut the rug tonight to live music from Smokecreek. It happens at the Billings Community Center, it’s alcohol-free so suitable for the whole family and, best of all, it’s a fundraiser for Billings Senior Citizens Inc. Admission is $4 for members and $5 for non-members and it starts at 7:00 p.m. The Billings Community Center is located at 360 N 23rd St.
Mayflower Church Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon
This annual event offers shopping opportunities, yummy baked goods and more. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the salad luncheon begins at 11 a.m. The church is located at 2940 Poly Dr. in Billings.
Sunday, December 3
The Messiah Festival
Saving your cash for Christmas gifts? That doesn’t mean you can get out and have some fun this weekend in Billings. The Messiah Festival returns to the Alberta Bair Theater again this year. It’s a great way to introduce the kids to Handel’s masterpiece. It starts at 3:30 p.m. at Alberta Bair Theater, 2801 Third Ave. N in Billings and it’s a benefit for Meadowlark House. Get details online, here.
The Wizard of Oz
Creepy flying monkeys, a witch with a water allergy and a talking scarecrow — it’s no wonder the “Wizard of Oz” is a classic American film. If your kids haven’t seen it yet, what better way to do so than to witness it set to music? Dorothy, Toto and the rest await you, just over the rainbow at MetraPark Arena. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Get details online at metrapark.com.