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.

This year’s parade is presented by out team at the Downtown Billings Alliance and TDS Fiber.

 

Parade Registration Coming Fall 2022

 

Parade Theme

2022 theme TBD

The 2021 Parade theme was “A Cartoon Celebration”

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 no longer takes place east of N. 27th St. The new staging area will take place on streets just west of the parade starting point (between Division and N. 32nd St.) A detailed map of the staging area will be emailed to each entry. Each entry is to be assigned a staging location prior to the parade start time.

Route & Staging Map

  1. Detailed Participant Instructions
  2. Route & Staging Map
  3. Parade Line-Up COMING THE WEEK OF EVENT
If you are available to lend a hand from 5:00pm to 6:45pm before the parade please 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.

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: November 25, 2022

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Fieldhouse

Ring in the New Year at Fieldhouse! We’re welcoming 2022 in style with an incredible dinner and drinks. Dress up and bring your friends for an unforgettable meal before you head out on the town ’til midnight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a buffet-style meal served between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale December 4th for $55 each, so don’t wait to save your seat for NYE!

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  • Posted on: December 31, 2021

Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite

A Highlight of the Holidays as members of The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective present the Nutcracker Suite, an arrangement by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. Also, vocalist Amy Schedel singing Christmas carols arranged by Scott Jeppesen.

  • Posted on: December 4, 2021

AG Collective: First Friday Happy Hour

This happy hour event will be open to the public so you have a chance to checkout the space and see what it is all about. Have one on us. This is a family friendly event. We will have dream planning activities in the warehouse for the kids!
  • Posted on: December 3, 2021

Vintage Clothing Pop-up!

Join Irene’s Back Pocket, Jack Foster & Brady & Montana 406 Vintage for a holiday pop up featuring pre-loved vintage finds that will make any 90’s kid smirk with nostalgia.  Levis, jackets, hats, tees and more!  All pieces are pre-owned and have minor wear or flaws (we love them anyway!).  All sales are final and we encourage you to try on before buying.  Bring a friend, stop in an say hello, and shop some amazing, one of a kind finds!

  • Posted on: December 3, 2021

36th 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.

Parade Theme

“Cartoon Celebrations”

There is an abundance of holiday cartoon classics and this theme offers you a chance to share your favorites with the community; whether it’s Charlie Brown & Snoopy, Frosty, Rudolf, Elf, etc.

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

There is a NEW parade route, the new 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 no longer takes place east of N. 27th St. The new staging area will take place on streets just west of the parade starting point (between Division and N. 32nd St.) A detailed map of the staging area will be emailed to each entry. Each entry is to be assigned a staging location prior to the parade start time.

Route & Staging Map

Volunteer Sign-up link! If you are available to lend a hand from 5:00pm to 6:45pm before the parade please email Frontdesk@downtownbillings.com!
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  • Posted on: November 26, 2021

Trick or Treat 2021

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 19 years.  This free community event brings thousands of children in costume downtown to trick or treat at over 60 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 


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 frontdesk@downtownbillings.com
  • All participating business will need to provide their own candy/treats to hand out. 2,000 pieces is the suggested minimum.
  • Pick up your 2 helium balloons at the DBA office between 10am and 12pm on Friday, October 29th to place outside of your business as a guide for Trick or Treaters to come your way.

Highly Encouraged COVID-19 Precautions:
For the safety of your staff, the attending families and young community members please consider the following for this event.

  • Mask-up
  • Use low-touch/no-touch candy distribution methods (ie: candy shoots, grab-n-gos, controlled/limited entry, outdoor distribution, etc). If you need ideas our team has a handful.

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
  • 2 helium balloons for each participating business to pick up at the DBA office between 10am – 12pm on Friday, October 29th.

Important Note: To have your business location listed on printed list of participating locations you must have your application submitted before Oct 27th. 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.
  • Join kids under age for trick-or-treating.
  • If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Posted on: October 29, 2021

Holly Days with Aspinwall

For Holly Days we are bringing back our famous “Spin the Wheel”. Each morning we will spin the wheel to choose a deal for our online shoppers… and if you shop in the store we will spin the wheel for you! Check our website daily or follow us on social to see the daily deal! During this event, we will also have Hot Apple Cider and Beer for FREE to sip while you shop…plus all 3 of our local artists will be showcasing their work all weekend.

  • Posted on: December 6, 2020

MT Soul Sisters @ The Post at The Depot

Holiday Shopping 🛍, Cheer 🥂 and so much more!!
Bring your friends and family.. Let’s have a good time and leave the stress behind.

  • Posted on: December 6, 2020

Holly Days with Sassy Biscuit featuring JOOK: A Chicken Joint

Dinner and drink specials.

  • Posted on: December 5, 2020