With downtown Hamilton dressed up for holiday celebrations, the Hamilton Downtown Association is launching an exciting December full of activities, specials and community fun starting with events on Friday, Nov. 25.
HDA Executive Director Robin Pruitt said that the number of people attending the tree lighting last year inspired more activities for them to do.
“We’re bringing back some of the old things we have done and adding new,” she said.
The traditional Christmas Stroll and Tree Lighting will begin at 4:30 p.m. with caroling by Montana A Capella Society, shopping and burn barrels with s’mores Friday, Nov. 25.
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Twinkle lights were installed by the Trapper Creek Job Corps, the lamp posts are ensconced in snowflakes welded by the Hamilton High School welding class and installed by the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department. Susan Wetszsteon altered beautiful old banners to fit the displays.
New additions to the Christmas Stroll and Tree Lighting will include an Outdoor Christmas Market with local crafters next to Art City at 407 W Main Street. From 4-8 p.m. there will be a Lego display by a Montana LEGO group called 406Lug at the Creamery Building, 400 W Main St. The Elks Club will be offering brats at 203 State St. Boomtown Donuts will also be at the celebration and mulled wine, beer, adult beverages and hot cocoa will be available for purchase. Plus, there will also be free carriage rides.
The tree lighting ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. with a special performance by the Bitterroot Valley Chorus, and special guests Tuba Santas, Rockin’ RC Rodeo Royalty and Santa Claus.
Shop Small Saturday happens on Saturday, Nov. 26, and includes free carriage rides down Main Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pruitt said HDA has family-friendly activities and entertainment from 5 p.m. to 7 or 8 p.m. on Fridays in December.
Dec. 2 is the First Friday night event with Kids Christmas Crafts in local stores. Hamilton High School Key Club members will be at specific locations to help young children with crafts.
Dec. 9 will have a Hamilton Whoville celebration with Salon 21 doing creative and inventive Who hairstyles.
“We’ll have the Grinch,” Pruitt said.
Dec. 16 will have live window displays and live music in stores.
Enjoy the jolly fun and holiday events in downtown Hamilton.