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Head to Uptown Butte tonight, Friday, Dec. 6, for the annual Christmas stroll, which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m.

NorthWestern Energy has been named grand marshal. Representatives of the company will help turn on the lights during the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., on the steps of the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse. An added bonus is Santa Claus will be making an appearance.

At 6:45, they will lead the Children’s Light Parade, which winds its way through Uptown Butte to Park and Main.

To add to the festivities, there will also be music and dance.

Treats will be served at the courthouse and in NorthWestern Energy’s general offices.

In addition, join the Rotary and Interact Clubs of Butte in singing Christmas carols and lighting the Rotary community tree at 5 p.m. at Victory Circle, corner of Park and Arizona. There will be a special visit by Santa at this jolly occasion.

Also, there will be a winter craft market from 5 to 9 p.m. at 66 W. Park St.

The Science Mine, located in the basement of the Sears Building at 36 E. Granite St., will be open (free admission for all) from 5 to 9 p.m., for cookies, hot beverages, and fun! Science theme toys and experiment kits will be on display, and special rates will be available for family passes.

Holiday events numerous

The Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll is just the beginning. There are so many more events during the holiday season, including the ones listed below.

Tech’s holiday concert tonight — The Montana Tech Band's Holiday Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, during the Christmas Stroll at the Mother Lode Theatre. This concert will also feature the saxophone group, The Coppertones and the Highlands Brass. This concert is free and the public is invited. This year the band will feature a variety of holiday music including classics like "Sleigh Ride,'' Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmas Time,'' and "Polar Express.'' The band will also have fun with Waltz Time for Christmas and Secret Agent Santa. As always, the Montana Tech Band will round out the performance with nostalgic Christmas medleys. Performances by The Coppertones and the Highlands Brass will follow.

Safe Space to host Festival of Trees — Butte’s annual Festival of Trees is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Elks Lodge, 206 W. Galena St. Hosted by Safe Space, all proceeds will benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Gold Hill’s holiday dinner festive — The annual festive holiday dinner of lutefisk, lefse, and Scandinavian meatballs will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Gold Hill Lutheran Church, 934 Placer St. Other menu items include boiled potatoes with white cream gravy, pickled herring, pickled beets, cooked carrots, Scandinavian cookies, and fruit soup. The cost is $14 for adults, $8 for children. Details: 406-723-4242.

Reindeer make a stop at Ace Hardware — Jolly Old St. Nick’s reindeer will be at Butte’s Ace Hardware, 2607 Harrison Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Cookies will be served, and kids can write their letter to Santa.

Guild hosts Holiday Home Tour — The Butte Symphony Guild’s annual Holiday Home Tour is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $15 or two for $25, and are on sale now. The event supports the Butte Symphony, Montana’s longest playing symphony orchestra, which is celebrating its 70th year. Tickets can be purchased from any guild member, or at Keenan’s Jewelry in the Butte Plaza Mall or Books and Books.

Santa Paws at the Butte Plaza Mall — Butte Spay Neuter Task Force will have its Santa Paws fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at the Butte Plaza Mall. Photos may be with pets and Santa Paws or with people, pets, and Santa Paws. Pets large and small must be on leashes or in pet carriers. The pet owner will receive two 5x7-inch photos for $16.

Two-day craft show at Front Street Station — “It’s a Butte-iful Christmas” craft show and Christmas festival will be Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at the Front Street Station, 800 E. Front St. The two-day event includes vendors with handmade goods, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, food and beverages, carriage rides, and live music. Admission is free.

Annual Tech bazaar at the MAC — Montana Tech’s annual Society of Professional Engineer’s Bazaar and Trade Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Maroon Activities Center, 55 E. Mercury St. Vendors from all over Montana plan to participate. If you would like to register, call 406-496-4197 or 406-370-0256.

Swim at the YMCA for the holidays — Family fun for the holidays is planned for Friday, Dec. 13, at the Butte YMCA. Join the family holiday swim and watch a movie on the big screen! A visit from Jack Skellington, along with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the movie in the pool from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy swimming, hot cocoa, cookies and a movie. The cost is $5 per child. Details: 406-782-1266.

Ice sculpting contest in the works — The annual Ice Sculpting Contest is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Uptown Butte. Details: Corey Gransbery, 406-529-4795.

Wear your ugly Christmas sweater to church — In the Spirit of "Rejoice Sunday", the third weekend of Advent, St. Patrick Church will have a special blessing of "Ugly Christmas Sweaters" on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will begin at 4.30 p.m., with a procession of the "Ugly Christmas Sweaters" followed by mass. Those attending are asked to bring their holiday joy by wearing their boldest and brightest holiday colors.

Christmas concert planned at Mother Lode — A holiday concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Mother Lode Theatre, 321 W. Park St. On stage will be the Butte Symphony, along with the Butte and Anaconda High chorales .The orchestra and chorales will perform holiday-themed music from around the world. For ticket details, call 406-723-3602.

Community Nativity Festival Dec. 14 — The public is invited to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by attending a free Community Nativity Festival. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the church building on Mount Highland Drive. There will be live musical performances, as well as activities for the younger children. Details: Richelle Monson, 406-494-2951.

Santa coming to the carousel — Jolly old St. Nick is paying a visit to the Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel at Stodden Park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Santa will be visiting with children and collecting their wish lists.

OGCT to present ‘Babes in Toyland’ — The Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre will present the classic “Babes in Toyland” at 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 21. Directed by Elizabeth Crase, “Babes in Toyland” is an operetta composed by Victor Herbert with a libretto by Glen MacDonough, which wove together various characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes into a Christmas-themed musical extravaganza. Crase helps to take the audience on a journey to Toyland as the classic characters try to save Christmas. Tickets are $15 for adults/students/seniors and $10 for kids 10 and under. Sunday, Dec. 15, is the Special Spotlight Performance (a performance geared at young artists and community members with Special Health Challenges, as well as younger artists and families to enjoy the show however they see fit). Spotlight performance tickets are $5 off per ticket in advance (when two tickets or more are purchased). Standard ticket prices apply at the door. Tickets are available at www.orphangirl.org/tickets or by calling 406-782-5657. The Orphan Girl Theatre is located at 316 W. Park St, with the patron entrance located on the Galena Street side of the building.

Christmas Stroll at Big Sky — The Big Sky Senior Living Christmas Stroll, with over 40 trees, is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3701 Elizabeth Warren Ave. Refreshments will be served and there will be photos with Santa.

Santa’s reindeer to pay Murdoch’s a visit — Experience the magic of Christmas at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, 3939 Harrison Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Santa’s reindeer will be there for the children to visit, and photos are encouraged.

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