It’s Christmas Tree Time!

Montana Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of year, especially in Montana, when the first flurries of snow start to fall down from the sky. The weather is not too cold and definitely not too hot, but perfect for a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows on top. Now that Thanksgiving has past, for many households it is time to put up the Christmas Tree. Pull out the Christmas Tree stand, find the tree skirt and all of the ornaments and of course purchase some more of the ornament hooks, where they go we’ll never know. So, in Montana, the real question is do you purchase a Christmas Tree or do you go and get your own?  

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree – Cutting Down Your Own

Before you head out to the parks and find the perfect Christmas Tree, you actually will need to get a permit. You can actually cut down up to three trees from Thursday, October 14, 2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021, if you get a Flathead National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. You can get your permit online – HERE – but it will cost a service fee of $2.50, but if you go to any National Forest Office, you can get a permit without the service fee. In Kalispell, you can go to the Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. Click HERE to see all locations.  

It is very important to make sure that you go to the right place to select your Christmas Tree. If you are unsure of the Forest boundary, maps showing ownership are available at Flathead National Forest offices – Click HERE. Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or existing tree plantations.

Did you know that you can actually help the forest by cutting down your own Christmas Tree? “Christmas trees cut to thin overcrowded stands can be beneficial. As young stands of trees mature, they are constantly competing for more space. By cutting your Christmas tree from dense groups around the more vigorous trees, the remaining trees will grow faster to make our future forest,” according to the Forest Service.  Tree species that are prohibited from harvesting for Christmas trees: whitebark pine, white pine, western red cedar. 

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Need to Know
Where to Cut Your Tree

  • Your permit allows you to cut Christmas trees on National Forest land in Montana and Northern Idaho.
  • Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or posted timber sales.
  • Please cut your Christmas tree from an overcrowded stand of trees in meadows.
  • Do not cut trees within 100 feet of main roads, streams, or recreation sites.

Selecting Your Tree
Each forest has limitations on the size of the tree you can cut and the species of trees that are permitted. See below to help you measure and choose a tree that meets your permit’s guidelines.

  • Tree Height: 12 feet maximum.
  • Stump height: 6 inches maximum. Remove and scatter all limbs from the portion of the tree you leave behind.
  • No cutting of 5 needle pines. (i.e. 5 needles in one cluster)
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree.

If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.

Learn more – HERE

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Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees - Kalispell

Are you ready for the Festival of Trees?

The Festival of Trees is BACK! The Festival will take place on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 5 until 9 pm at 333 S Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901. Guests will enjoy the beautify of decorated trees, drinks Free gift wrapping and more.  The event is open to all ages. The goal is to raise awareness and funds for the Nate Chute Foundation.  Please join us for this magical holiday event and give back!

Festival of Trees & Nate Chute Foundation

Festival of Trees Details

The Festival will take place on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 5 until 9 pm at 333 S Main St, Kalispell, MT 59901. It should be a lot of fun and is free to attend. The goal is to raise support and awareness for the Nate Chute Foundation. Learn more about the event – HERE

Nate Chute Foundation

The NC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was established in 1999 following the suicide death of Whitefish High School graduate Nate Chute. The Foundation provides financial support for a number of community and school based efforts. Suicide is epidemic in Montana. Montana has ranked in the top five for suicide rates in the nation for the past thirty years. For 2016, Montana had the highest suicide rate in the nation. Learn more – HERE

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The Great Whitefish Gingerbread Contest

great whitefish gingerbread contest

Attention all architects, structural engineers, painters, and artists! Are you good at Legos? Have you ever decorated cookies? How are your painting skills? In the end, all are invited to participate in the Great Whitefish Gingerbread Contest. Enter alone or with family, friends or coworkers! Help raise funds for Whitefish Affordable Housing while having fun, getting creative, and constructing to delight and impress. 

Contest Rules
The organizers for this great event want to encourage everyone to participate, so the restrictions to a minimum!

  • Kits and pre-made gingerbread are allowed. Just be sure to add your personal touch!
  • Graham cracker houses are permitted in the Family/Individual Division.
  • Houses must have been built within the current year.
  • Please build and deliver your house on a sturdy base measuring no bigger than 15”x15”.
  • Visible elements of the house should be edible. (Does not include base or architecture under visible décor.) Items in the environment of your house may be inedible.
  • Designs may be any structure: houses, businesses, public buildings, hotels, churches, etc. 
    Houses will be viewed from all angles.
  • Entries must be delivered to designated business by the end of business on November 30. We will contact you with your assigned business and associated contact information.
  • Entries must be picked up during the Christmas Stroll anytime after the announcement of the winners (starting at 6:30pm)

The Great Whitefish Gingerbread Contest

The Great Whitefish Gingerbread Contest Details

GINGERBREAD CONTEST SCHEDULE
November 5 – Entries Open
November 30 – Entries due to displaying business
December 4 thru 9 – Public voting
Morning of December 10, Entries Moved to WF Chamber Tent
December 10 – Winners announced at the Christmas Stroll

Family/Individual Entry: $20

Business Entry Level: $35

Learn more – HERE. 

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Whitefish Small Business Saturday 2021

Holidays in Montana – It is certainly the most wonderful time of year, especially in beautiful Downtown Whitefish. This year will be different than last year because things are starting to get back to normal which means Small Business Saturday 2021 will take place. On Saturday, November 27, 2021, the Small Business Season in Whitefish will take place and culminates with the Christmas Stroll on December 10, 2021. 

Whitefish Small Business Saturday 2021

The Whitefish Chamber and Park Side Credit Unit are sponsoring the Whitefish Small Business Saturday 2021. 

“If you shop in Whitefish, you won’t be disappointed. You won’t find hectic crowds, pushing-and-shoving to get at that $29.99 Ronco frying pan, but you will find one-of-a-kind gifts, great bargains, friendly storekeepers and personalized service … and enjoy beautiful downtown Whitefish in all its holiday finery!” ~ Chamber Executive Kevin Gartland

Whitefish Small Business Saturday 2021

Whitefish Small Business Saturday 2021 Specials

All of the business will have something special for shoppers to enjoy on this “Black Saturday” local shopping day. Some will offer discounts others will be giving free items away for the first shoppers. In addition to all of the wonderful bargains to be had in all of the Whitefish stores, Park Side Credit Union will be surprising 20 random shoppers with a gift of their own, picking up a portion of their shopping (or dining) tab … just for shopping small! And on top of all that, every purchase made in Whitefish from Small Business Saturday through the Christmas Stroll qualifies your customers for a shot at winning one of 10 amazing Prize Packages that’ll be raffled-off at the Christmas Stroll!

The most important part about shopping locally is that you are supporting your community. Not only are you supporting local business with your purchases, but the revenues raised go support everything you enjoy in your community from roads to schools. Thank you for supporting local. 

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Vintage Christmas Trees & Ugly Sweaters!

It is that time of year when the vintage Christmas trees and the Ugly sweaters need to be put on display. The Stumptown Art Studio in Whitefish, Montana, is hosting a Light Up The Night event on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 7:30pm until 9:30pm.  The party will feature a variety of holiday bisque to paint from light up vintage Christmas trees and vintage cars to a cactus or even a holiday sleigh or snowman.

Stomptown Art Studio Logo & Vintage Christmas Trees

Light Up the Night Party – Vintage Christmas Trees & Ugly Sweaters! Details

Each item is priced individually and must be pre-ordered before the event date. Retro holiday tunes, festive snacks, and beverages served and don’t forget your “ugly” sweaters (not required but, ’tis the season!) Your trees will be glazed and fired and ready for pickup one week after the party date. Tickets are $5 and are available online – HERE.

About:

As a community art center, Stumptown Art Studio takes pride in serving people of all ages and abilities, from professional artists to backyard artists, and to anyone seeking an artistic adventure. ART OUTREACH: Stumptown Art Studio provides art opportunities for kids and adults in our own classroom and off-site art instruction in area schools through field trips and off-site outreach classes. Our traveling art mobile, the Van Gogh…visits locations throughout the area; public and private schools, special needs organizations, youth enrichment programs, senior centers and more. For the past 20 years, S.A.S. has offered Art with the Masters classes, summer camps, guest-artist workshops, art treks, after-school art club and monthly gallery exhibits . The Studio also has a Clay Cellar with pottery wheels, slabroller, kiln, tools and glazes, all available for co-op members.

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Holiday Extravaganza 2021

Christmas Extravaganza

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet…have you even started?  The Holiday Extravaganza is coming to the Majestic Valley Arena from Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14, 2021. There will be over 100 vendors selling a wide variety of items including jewelry, photography, pottery, skin care products, fine art, western ware and lots of great food. Get your Christmas shopping done early and more importantly locally. 

Holiday Extravaganza 2021

Holiday Extravaganza 2021 Details

The Holiday Extravaganza will take place November 12-14, 2021, at the Majestic Valley Arena located at 3630 Hwy 93 N. in Kalispell. Vendors from across Montana and beyond are coming to showcase their hand crafted items and lots of great food. Learn more about the event – HERE

The Majestic Valley Arena opened in 2002 and has hosted concerts, large banquets, trade shows, expos, rodeos and of course the Holiday Extravaganza. Learn more about the Majestic Valley Arena – HERE

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Keller Williams Realty Trunk or Treat

Keller Williams Trunk or treat 2

What does Keller Williams Realty Northwest Montana and Halloween have in common? ….. Trunk or Treat of Course. 

On Friday, October 29, 2021, from 5:30 until 8pm, Keller Williams Realty will host a trunk or treat at the Southfield Tower Parking Lot located at 1830 3rd Avenue East in Kalispell.  Guests are invited to wear a fun Halloween Costume and get some candy from your favorite trunks. There will also be a food truck on site as well. The event is free, but guests are asked to bring a donation of socks, gloves or hats to help support the Warming Center. Learn more – HERE.

Keller Williams Trunk or Treat Pumpkin

About The Warming Center

The mission of the Flathead Warming Center is to save lives and encourage dignity through low barrier access to a warm safe place to sleep for anyone in need throughout the coldest months of the year. We provide seasonal, low barrier access to night shelter services regardless of an individual or family’s personal barriers to housing security. The Flathead Warming Center is founded on Christian principles. “We love because He first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19. It really is that simple. We are called to love and care for those in need. Everyone needs shelter and it is not our mission to judge who deserves shelter and who does not, because we understand that we do not get what we deserve either. It is because of our faith that we support the mission of the Flathead Warming Center. Learn more – HERE.

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Trunk or Treat – Kmart Evergreen

Trunk or Treat Kmart Evergreen

Attention Trunk or Treaters….there is blue light special in the Kmart Evergreen parking lot……

On Saturday, October 30, 2021, starting at 2pm and ending at 5pm, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse will be at the Kmart Evergreen parking lot for a little Halloween fun. First responders, local businesses and community partners will all be coming together to celebrate in a fun and safe way for the holiday. So, put on your costume or just your Halloween spirit and come out and enjoy this wonderful community event.

Trunk or Treat – Kmart Evergreen & Sheriffs Posse

About the Sheriff’s Posse

Today’s Sheriff’s Posse works closely with Flathead County Sheriff’s Department and is made up of volunteers who care about and want to serve their community. The primary objectives of the Flathead County Sheriff’s Posse are the following:

To support the Sheriff in his service to the citizens of the county.
To preserve crime scene evidence.
To aid in natural disasters and evacuation efforts for protection of the public.
To provide security at the Northwest Montana Fair.
To provide crowd control at large community events.
To provide security at High School Sporting events.
To support other Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Flathead County such as Kalispell, Bigfork, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls.

Learn more – HERE.

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Trick or Treat at The Springs

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Get ready…..Trunk or Treat is coming to The Springs at the Whitefish Parking Lot on Friday, October 29, 2021, from 4pm until 6pm. The vehicles will arrive and set up their trunks for treating. There will be prizes for most creative trunk and best costume. Trunk or Treat Guests will enjoy music, photobook and tons of fun. Bring the kiddos and enjoy good old fashioned Halloween fun!

Trunk or Treat

About The Springs at Whitefish

Imagine your life with more support, more free time, and more energy to pursue the things that bring you joy each day. That is exactly what you will find at The Springs at Whitefish. Our Assisted Living and Memory Care apartment homes in breathtaking Whitefish, Montana, offer a warm, neighborly atmosphere that surrounds you with a sense of familiarity and belonging from the moment you arrive. Our attentive caregivers make it easy to manage the tasks of everyday living, while our on-site amenities and activities keep you busy in the best way. Learn more – HERE.

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