Whitefish Christmas Stroll 2023: A Festive Tradition in Montana
Whitefish, Montana – On December 8th, 2023, the charming town of Whitefish will once again light up with the joy and warmth of the Christmas season. The Whitefish Christmas Stroll, a beloved tradition for over three decades, is set to bring the community and visitors together for a night of festive cheer, unique performances, and holiday spirit.
The Festivities Begin
The evening kicks off at 5 PM with the enchanting sounds of the Alpine Bell Ringers Handbell Choir at the First Presbyterian Church, setting the perfect tone for the festivities. Following this, the sounds of harp music and the North Valley Music School Christmas Recital will fill the air, adding to the holiday atmosphere.
A Musical Extravaganza
At 6 PM, the Flathead Valley Community College Vocal Jazz and Chorale Ensemble will perform outside the O’Shaughnessy Center, offering a selection of beloved Christmas carols. The ensemble’s voices will undoubtedly captivate all who gather in Depot Park, creating a memorable musical experience.
The Lighting of the Tree and Menorah
A highlight of the evening is the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Menorah Lighting at 6:15 PM, hosted by the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Stockman Bank. This moment, symbolizing unity and the start of the holiday season, is a must-see event for every attendee.
Santa’s Grand Entrance
At 6:30 PM, the excitement builds as Santa Claus arrives in style via a Bar W Guest Ranch Wagon. Accompanied by the Alpine Theatre Project Elves, Santa will lead the way down Central Avenue to Huck’s Place, where he’ll be available for selfies and greetings with the children.
Throughout the evening, attendees can enjoy various performances, including a dance showcase by Whitefish & Bigfork Dance at 7:10 PM and the Vocal FVCC Ensemble at multiple times. Additionally, Merie Productions presents a selection from their “Winter Wonderland” show, ensuring there’s never a dull moment.
Activities and Entertainment
The Christmas Stroll is not just about performances. Visitors can enjoy:
- Wagon rides by Bar W Guest Ranch
- Fire pits for warming up along Central Ave
- Ornament making at Stumptown Art Studio
- The Great Whitefish Gingerbread Contest
- Tap dance performances by Feat by Feet
- Vendors offering crafts and delicious food
- Turkey Bowling with exciting prizes
- Stores decked out in holiday décor, many offering refreshments
- The Whitefish Winter Carnival Float and Royalty
- Encounters with gentle giants from Clydesdale Outpost
A Night to Remember
The Whitefish Christmas Stroll is more than just an event; it’s a testament to the community’s spirit and a celebration of the holiday season’s joy. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this event promises to fill your evening with wonder, joy, and the true spirit of Christmas.
Join us in Whitefish, Montana, on December 8th, 2023, from 5-9 PM along Central Avenue, and immerse yourself in a festive experience that you’ll cherish for years to come. The Whitefish Christmas Stroll is not just an event; it’s a memory in the making.