Christmas Stroll activities kick off holiday season


Holiday decorations are going up all around Miles City, and even though the community is without snow, it’s starting to look like Christmas.

On Friday, the Christmas Stroll will kick off the month of December. Events are scheduled around the community from 5 to 8 p.m. Many stores will be open for shopping until 8 p.m. and there will be street vendors selling holiday treats, according to a news release from the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Horse-drawn wagon rides, courtesy of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, will begin and end at in the 800 block of Main Street. The FFA members at Custer County District High School will also have vehicle-pulled hayrides on Main Street.

The evening will include a lighting ceremony of the community Christmas tree starting at 5:30 p.m. at Big Sky Smile Center, 2600 Main St., followed at 6 p.m. by a lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree at Veterans Memorial Park in the 600 block of Main Street. At both ceremonies Santa will stop to visit with children, the Custer County District High School Chorale will provide vocal music and refreshments will be served by local 4-H club members. The Barn Players, Inc. cast of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” also will give a sneak preview of the play at the Veterans Memorial Park ceremony. 

The Tenacious Dames motorcycle riding club is sponsoring photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Main Street Grind from 5:30-8 p.m. The annual Festival of Trees by Grounds For Change, a Girl Scout chili feed, the Range Riders Reps’ Chocolate Confectionery, a scavenger hunt, mini sessions with Santa and a booth with holiday items by the Miles City Garden Club will be set up at Vintage and Rustics.

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Miles City Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Montana starts with registration at 5 p.m., followed by plunging at 6:30 p.m. on the corner of 8th and Main streets.

There also will be caroling along Main Street by the CCDHS Choral, the CCDHS Band will perform inside and there will be more holiday activities throughout the evening.