Parade of Lights

Update 11/18/21: The lighting of the Fire Tower will now take place around 7/7:30 pm. 

Santa Claus is coming back to town with the return of Helena’s annual Parade of Lights on Friday, November 26th!

Grab your warmest coat, a blanket, and possibly a cup of hot chocolate to watch our parade as it makes its way down The Walking Mall to Pioneer Park. Then hang around a bit longer to take in the lighting of the Fire Tower around 7/7:30 pm.

The annual tradition is coming back and we couldn’t be happier for this merry event. And better yet, the theme for this year is Candyland!

Finally, we partnered with Toys for Tots during the Parade. There will be two bins, one at Broadway and one at Anchor Park, as well as bins in front of participating businesses, for you to drop off your toys. So bring some toys with you!

Float registration for Parade of Lights is now closed.

Deck the Halls

November 26, 2021 - December 17, 2021

Downtown Helena’s 3rd annual Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest is happening again this year!

Downtown local businesses are asked to decorate their storefronts this holiday season, with full decorations up by Friday, November 26th, in time for the annual Parade of Lights. Please fill out the form below by Thursday, December 2nd. 

Voting will then start on December 3 and close on December 16, with the winner announced on Friday, December 17. The top three businesses as voted by Helena will receive free DHI memberships for 2022 at the following levels:

  • First Place: Helena Hero (Advanced) worth $500
  • Second Place: Helena Defender (Standard) worth $300
  • Third Place: Helena Pioneer (Basic) worth $175

Simply fill out the form below to submit your business:

2021 Deck the Halls

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    Please upload a photo of your store here for the contest.