Christmas on Broadway

The dynamic duo of Nicolas and Desiree returns to Billings for an evening filled with song, dance, skits, and holiday cheer. Not to be missed, this inspiring concert will feature a range of classic to pop holiday songs, backed by the Billings Jazz Orchestra (aka, the Billings Symphony) under the baton of guest conductor and arranger Scott Jeppesen.

  • Posted on: October 30, 2023

The Nutcracker Ballet

Billings’ favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition captures the wonder of Christmas when a mysterious gift sparks an extraordinary journey. Over 100 local and international performers—on stage and in the pit—bring Tchaikovsky’s magical score to life in this charming, lighthearted interpretation of a holiday classic the whole family will love.

  • Posted on: September 28, 2023

38th Annual Holiday Parade

2023 Parade Theme: Home for the Holidays

The Holiday Parade is a long-time tradition for the Billings community to usher in the holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. With families gathered for the weekend to eat and shop, the Holiday Parade is a great way to celebrate the season by joining the community to see over 75 holiday floats decorated for the holiday theme with Santa riding as the parade finale. Broadcasted live on Community 7 Television

This year’s parade is presented by our team at the Downtown Billings Alliance and TDS Fiber and supported by Faithful Disaster Restoration, Community Seven Television, Bravera, White Heating & Air Conditioning, Valley Credit Union, Classic Hits, My 105.9, 96.3 The Zone, Planet 106.7 , and KSKY 94.1. ⁠

  • Parade Kicks off at 6:30pm
  • FREE Pre- Parade Photos with Santa at 4:30pm to 6:30pm – Hosted by TDS Fiber & Valley Credit Union at Valley Credit Union’s 2nd Ave branch (3100 2nd Ave. N. near Wise Wonders & the parade starting point ). 

2023 parade line-up

Application deadline: Nov 14, 2023 4:00pm (MST)/ 6:00 pm (EST)

All entries are required to decorate for the holiday theme. Avoid any plain vehicles or trailers from being part of your parade entry. DO NOT include a Santa in your entry as the one and only Santa in the parade sits on the float that closes the parade each year.

parade safety message – please read!


Resources

A new parade route was introduced by the City of Billings in 2021, the route DOES NOT cross N. 27th St for both the Holiday Parade & St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The route begins at 2nd Ave. N. and N. 32nd St. (near Granite Tower) and then heads East on 2nd Ave. N. (toward Skypoint), turns North (left) on N. Broadway, and turns West (left) in one block onto 3rd Ave. N., ending at N. 32nd St.

The float staging are takes place on streets just west of the parade starting point (between Division and N. 32nd St.). View a detailed map of the staging area in the Participation Packet info below.

Parade Route Map

Details below will be made available the week prior to the event!

  1. Route Map
  2. Detailed Participant Instructions 
  3. Parade Line-Up 
  4. Parade staging area map
If you are available to lend a hand from 4:45pm to 7:30pm before the parade email the Events Director at lexiem@downtownbillings.com!
If you are interested in sponsoring the Downtown Billings holidays happenings email our Community Communications & Outreach Director, Lindsay at LRichardson@downtownbillings.com and she can share current sponsorship opportunities.

2023 – Home for the Holiday

  • Best Overall Entry – Engel & Völkers
  • Best FloatBillings Federal Credit Union
  • Best Musical Entry – Young Life
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – For the Blank
  • Best Costumes – Magic City Witch Dancers
  • Best performers – Harvest Church
  • Most Original Entry – City of Billings Met Transit
  • DBA Staff Favoritelil’ Market Groceries

2022 – Holiday Movies

  • Best Overall Entry – Advanced Employment
  • Best Float – American Medical Response, Billings
  • Best Musical Entry – Plenty Coups High School Indian Club
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Cunningham Family
  • Best Costumes – For the Blank
  • Best performers – Magic City Majorettes
  • Most Original Entry – Montana State University Billings
  • DBA Staff Favorite – City of Billings MET Transit

2021 – Cartoon Celebration

  • Best Overall Entry – Light the World
  • Best Float – Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge
  • Best Musical Entry – Caledonian Pipes & Drums
  • Best Interpretation of the ThemeAltana Credit Union
  • Best Costumes – City of Billings MET Transit
  • Best performers – Plenty Coups High School Indian Club
  • Most Original Entry – Optimist Clubs of Yellowstone County
  • DBA Staff Favorite – Auto Recovery Towing

2019 – Let it Snow

  • Best Overall Entry – KTVQ – Q2 News
  • Best Float – Light the World
  • Best Musical Entry – New Life Church Children’s Choir
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – KTVQ- Q2 News
  • Best Costumes – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
  • Best performers – Movement Montana
  • Most Original Entry – White Aspen Ranch
  • DBA Staff Favorite – Big Sky Country RC Addicts

2018 – Holiday’s Around the World

  • Best Overall Entry – Santa’s Sleigh, Darwin & Theresa George
  • Best Float – Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge
  • Best Musical Entry – Crow Fair, 2019 Crow Royalty
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Pioneer Oil
  • Best Costumes – Troy’s Grooming
  • Best performers – Movement Montana
  • Most Original Entry – Rivers Ridge Landscaping Co.
  • Posted on: August 7, 2023

Downtown Trick or Treat 2023

Downtown Trick-or-Treat, is hosted by the Downtown Billings Alliance, and has been a popular and safe Halloween alternative for the Billings’ community for 21 years.  This free community event brings thousands of children in costume downtown to trick or treat at over 50 participating businesses that offer candy, healthy treats, and unique Halloween themes or activities.

This fun event has grown over the years and has become a popular event for day cares, schools, and families.

The Downtown Billings Alliance office at 116 N 29th St., Suite A operates as headquarters for the event and provides maps of the route and trick or treat bags for the children.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

DIGITAL MAP OF TRICK OR TREAT LOCATIONS


Resources

submit downtown trick or treat location details

What you Need to Do:

  • Click the button above or view the printer friendly participation document linked below and either drop it at the DBA office or email it to lexiem@downtownbillings.com
  • All participating business will need to provide their own candy/treats to hand out. 2,000 pieces is the suggested minimum.
  • Day of, swing over to the DBA office between 10am and 12pm on Tuesday, October 31st for a bundle of balloons and strings (non inflated) for you to use as identification markers for Trick or Treaters to come your way.

The DBA provides:

  • The marketing for the event.
  • DBA office will give out free Trick or Treat bags and printed list of participating locations to the children & families.
  • Digital google map of the participating locations available the day of on downtownbillings.com
  • A bundle of 3 balloons and strings (non-inflated) for each participating business to pick up at the DBA office between 10am – 12pm on Tuesday, October 31st. We no longer provide helium balloons due to the global helium shortage.

Important Note: To have your business location listed on printed list of participating locations you must have your application submitted before Oct 25th. All participating locations will be listed on the online accessible google map. 

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Always walk on sidewalks.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • This event is for kids 12 and under, all trick or treaters must be accompanies by an adult.

  • Posted on: February 1, 2023

37th Annual Holiday Parade

The Holiday Parade is a long-time tradition for the Billings community to usher in the holiday season on the Friday after Thanksgiving. With families gathered for the weekend to eat and shop, the Holiday Parade is a great way to celebrate the season by joining the community to see over 60 holiday floats decorated for the holiday theme with Santa riding as the parade finale. Broadcasted live on Community 7 Television

This year’s parade is presented by out team at the Downtown Billings Alliance and TDS Fiber and supported by Community Seven Television, White Heating & Air Conditioning, Classic Hits, My 105.9, 96.3 The Zone, Planet 106.7 , and KSKY 94.1

Graphic for Billings Holiday Parade on Friday, November 25 2022. 37th Annual parade is presented by Downtown Billings and TDS Fiber. The event details and registration is on downtownbillings.com event page

Click for printable Parade Line-Up 

 

Parade Theme

2022 theme: Holiday Movie

All entries are required to decorate for the holiday theme. Avoid any plain vehicles or trailers from being part of your parade entry. DO NOT include a Santa in your entry as the one and only Santa in the parade sits on the float that closes the parade each year.

Parade Safety Message – Please Read!

Resources

A new parade route was introduced in 2021, the parade route no longer crosses N. 27th St. The new route begins at 2nd Ave. N. and N. 32nd St.(near Granite Tower). The route heads east on 2nd Ave. N. (toward Skypoint), turns north (left) on N. Broadway, and turns west (left) in one block onto 3rd Ave. N., ending at N. 32nd St.

The float staging are takes place on streets just west of the parade starting point (between Division and N. 32nd St.). View a detailed map of the staging area in the Participation Packet info below.

Parade Route Map

If you are available to lend a hand from 4:45pm to 7:30pm before the parade please click here or email Frontdesk@downtownbillings.com!
If you are interested in sponsoring the Downtown Billings holidays happenings email our Community Engagment & Events Director, Lindsay at LRichardson@downtownbillings.com and she can share current sponsorship opportunities.

2022 – Holiday Movies

  • Best Overall Entry – Advanced Employment
  • Best Float – American Medical Response, Billings
  • Best Musical Entry – Plenty Coups High School Indian Club
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Cunningham Family
  • Best Costumes – For the Blank
  • Best performers – Magic City Majorettes
  • Most Original Entry – Montana State University Billings
  • DBA Staff Favorite – City of Billings MET Transit

2021 – Cartoon Celebration

  • Best Overall Entry – Light the World
  • Best Float – Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge
  • Best Musical Entry – Caledonian Pipes & Drums
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Altana Credit Union
  • Best Costumes – City of Billings MET Transit
  • Best performers – Plenty Coups High School Indian Club
  • Most Original Entry – Optimist Clubs of Yellowstone County
  • DBA Staff Favorite – Auto Recovery Towing

2019 – Let it Snow

  • Best Overall Entry – KTVQ – Q2 News
  • Best Float – Light the World
  • Best Musical Entry – New Life Church Children’s Choir
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – KTVQ- Q2 News
  • Best Costumes – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
  • Best performers – Movement Montana
  • Most Original Entry – White Aspen Ranch
  • DBA Staff Favorite – Big Sky Country RC Addicts

2018 – Holiday’s Around the World

  • Best Overall Entry – Santa’s Sleigh, Darwin & Theresa George
  • Best Float – Sons of Norway, Jotunheimen Lodge
  • Best Musical Entry – Crow Fair, 2019 Crow Royalty
  • Best Interpretation of the Theme – Pioneer Oil
  • Best Costumes – Troy’s Grooming
  • Best performers – Movement Montana
  • Most Original Entry – Rivers Ridge Landscaping Co.
  • Posted on: January 11, 2022