Friday, Dec. 1
• The Deer Lodge Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights starts at 4 p.m. The event includes Santa at City Hall, Christmas carolers, Christmas street band, characters from Christmas past, crafter's market, and food vendors. The parade is at 7:30 p.m. and includes the lighting of the Christmas tree. In addition, there is a free movie for kids at 7:30 at the Rialto.
• The 27th annual Butte Christmas Stroll is Uptown. The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse. At 6:45, the Children's Light Parade winds its way through Uptown Butte to Park and Main. In addition, there will be music and dancing performances at the courthouse rotunda and at the NorthWestern Energy auditorium at 11 E. Park St. From 5 to 9 p.m., vendors will be set up inside at 43 W. Park St. to show and sell their handmade crafts for holiday gifts.
The Science Mine, located below the Hennessy Market at 32 E. Granite St., will be open for the Christmas Stroll (free admission for all) from 6 to 9 p.m. Raffle tickets to win a drone will be available, science theme “toys” and experiment kits will be on display, and special rates will be be available for family passes - which make the best holiday gifts.
MOTHER LODE CONCERTS
On the night of the Christmas Stroll, the Mother Lode Theatre, 316 W. Park St., will play host to two free holiday concerts. At 7 p.m., the Montana Tech band's 13th annual Christmas concert will start. The band has 27 members and is directed by Peter Knudsen. Next will be Butte's own Highlands Brass at 8 p.m.
The Montana Tech Business and Information Technology Department will host speaker Paul Gladen, director of Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana, at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Student Union Building’s Copper Lounge.
December’s First Friday, which is from noon to 1 p.m. at the Butte Public Library, 226 W. Broadway St., will feature local musician Chad Okrusch. Chad will talk about the music scene in Butte and its history. Details: Shari Curtis at 406-723-3361 ex. 6302 or email at email@example.com.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
The 27th annual Festival of Trees will be at the Butte Elks Lodge, 206 W. Galena St., from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The gala begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, and includes a live and silent auction of the decorated trees. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. The cost is $25 per person and $40 per couple. For reservations, call 406-533-1024 or 406-490-8593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for participants can be found on the Safe Space website at http://www.safespaceonline.org/festival-of-trees.html.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
“A Christmas Story” will be staged at the Cutler Theatre in Deer Lodge through Dec. 17. The holiday classic will run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and may be reserved by calling the Cutler box office at 406-846-4096.