Parade of Lights & Holiday Stroll Weekend
Kick off the holiday season with the Holiday Stroll Weekend. Festivities begin with the Parade of Lights on Friday, and Small Business Saturday the following day.
Stroll through Downtown Helena the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday decorations, caroling, and the parade. On Saturday, Holiday Stroll weekend continues with Small Business Saturday, where you will find that just right gift at one of our many downtown merchants.
Parade of Lights
The Parade of Lights is a Downtown holiday tradition to kick off the holiday season co-sponsored by the Helena Business Improvement District and Downtown Helena, Inc. This event gathers friends and families together to officially start the holiday season off with a parade, festivities and tree lighting. Although no longer able to be lit, the world’s only downtown Firetower, The Guardian of the Gulch, will be standing as a tribute and reminder of the men and women that serve to protect Montana from the devastation of wildfires. Businesses, clubs, school groups, teams, non-profit organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate by entering a float, ATV, motorcycle, car, truck, boat or even lighted dogs or people!
Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of all entries regardless of category.
PARADE ROUTE: The parade starts at 6 p.m. and goes from Fuller Avenue to Placer, turns right onto Last Chance Gulch, proceed through the Walking Mall past the Lewis & Clark Library and Pioneer Park. The parade will end at the Lewis & Clark Library with the tree lighting and awards immediately to follow.
Small Business Saturday
Looking for that just right gift? Downtown Helena has what you are looking for – Made in Montana, local hand crafted products, Fair Trade products, unique one of kind creations – you will find it all Downtown. While you are shopping, grab a bite at over 20 eateries, indulge in hand crafted chocolates and pastries, sip craft beer and locally distilled vodka, and enjoy performances and artworks. Meet family and friends in Downtown Helena this holiday season and create your own downtown holiday traditions.
Parade of Lights brought to you by Big Sky Gas
Thank you to our Gold Sponsor, Big Sky Gas, 2021 11th Ave. Suite #11. Community events are made possible by the generous support of business partners. We are proud to be sponsored by Big Sky Gas!
The Parade of Lights is a Downtown Holiday tradition to kick off the holiday season. Businesses, clubs, school groups, teams, non-profit organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate by entering a float, a motorized vehicle or walk.
Prizes will be awarded to the Best of Show.
First Place: $100 Downtown Helena Gift Card
2nd Place: $50 Downtown Helena Gift Card
3rd Place: $25 Downtown Helena Gift Card
$25 REGISTRATION FEE FOR ALL ENTRIES
PARADE ROUTE AND STAGING INFORMATION: Parade formation starts at 5:30 pm at Fuller and Placer Avenues (by Finstad’s Carpet One). Volunteers with orange vests will direct you to your line-up position. The parade starts at 6:00 pm and goes from Fuller Avenue to Placer, turns right onto Last Chance Gulch, proceeds through the Walking Mall past the Lewis & Clark Library and Pioneer Park.
- No alcoholic beverages on floats or consumed during the parade
- No throwing candy (or other items) from floats or cars. Candy can only be handed out.
Questions? Please email the Downtown Helena office or call 447-1535.