Holiday

Santa Set to Make His Usual Stops Tonight in Southwest Montana
Santa Set to Make His Usual Stops Tonight in Southwest Montana
As long as kids across Southwest Montana secured a letter in the mail to Santa or at least told their parents, aunts, teachers, or siblings their desired wish list, then it's certain that Ol' St. Nick has "gotten word" and will be making a trip to their homes in record time late this evening with many presents in hand. Even if "stockings aren't hung by the chimney with care," Santa will definitely be making his rounds, especially since he knows not everyone has a chimney. He's magical that way and has his own system of ensuring each boy and girl receives something special this Christmas! They just have to believe! With a jolly laugh like his, you know he wants only the best for everyone on his list. Naughty or nice, Santa cares about each child around the globe and here in Southwest Montana!
'Home Alone' Performance at Cutler Brothers is through Dec. 23rd
'Home Alone' Performance at Cutler Brothers is through Dec. 23rd
To completely fulfill the holiday season, local theatre is a nice added touch! Since early December, Cutler Brothers Theatre in Deer Lodge has brought to the stage the production of Home Alone II, Lost in New York. Cutler Brother's presentations know how to "bring it", and you may even recognize an actor or two during the performance. According to Cutler Brother insiders, after a successful run of the original Home Alone in December of 2021, theatre directors and producers knew the stage adaptation of John Hughes' Christmas comedy sequel would be a hit on the Cutler Brothers' stage. As a result, many of the same scenes and characters portrayed in the film are front and center for the LIVE theatre version in Deer Lodge.
Adult Children's Love for Sweet Potatoes...Still
Adult Children's Love for Sweet Potatoes...Still
All families have different entrees that garnish their tables during the holiday season. What might be traditional to one family may not be to another. Dinner entrees and dishes such as turkey, prime rib, ham, pasta, asparagus, green beans, broccoli, and sweet potatoes were standard choices for our family growing up. However, if it were up to my adult children, they would list SWEET POTATOES as their number one pick OVER any meat entree or green vegetable. Technically, my girls have been heck-bent on "sweet potatoes this and sweet potatoes that" since they were five years old, every holiday, and basically any time of the year. My son, however, the oldest of the bunch, definitely leans more towards the carnivore and greens aspect of grazing during the holiday and probably wouldn't even notice if sweet potatoes were on the table.
Philipsburg Fundraiser "MEATS" this Saturday
Philipsburg Fundraiser "MEATS" this Saturday
Don't be fooled by the quaintness of Philipsburg, Montana. The community's level of innovation and drive undoubtedly surpasses the majestic beauty of its scenic mountains and vibrant downtown. Philipsburg always has something in the works and this holiday season is no different. The non-profit organization Montana Grit Outdoors and countless volunteers have come together for several years to help put food on the table for families in need with their annual "Meat and Greet" event! No, it's not a typo, as this spectacular fundraiser is indeed premised on "meat"! The idea behind it allows ranchers and hunters to donate beef, pork, or venison to not only families in the area but also to the Southwest Montana Veterans Food Pantry in Deer Lodge.
Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll; A Local Favorite
Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll; A Local Favorite
Throughout the Mining City, every resident has their own set of traditions and period of time when they "plan" to start celebrating the holiday season. Many customarily start decorating and buying gifts for Christmas at the onset of Thanksgiving. Some have been ready since last summer, while others wait a few days before December 25th to get into the spirit. Then, there are those who have key events that help gear them up for the holiday. One popular and inspiring event in the community that has done just that for so many is the Uptown Butte Christmas Stroll! Like clockwork, it all happens tomorrow night (December 2nd) for everyone in the community and the surrounding area to enjoy! Butte's Stroll has been the leading festive gathering in the area to full-heartedly welcome the December month for decades! Its nostalgic and festive appeal is what keeps people coming back for more.
Anaconda Christmas Stroll is this Friday, November 25th
Anaconda Christmas Stroll is this Friday, November 25th
Tis' the season for a variety of amazing events, including this year's Anaconda Christmas Stroll! For decades, the stroll has been a breathtaking community gathering that commences the day after Thanksgiving. This year's stroll, hosted by Discover Anaconda, will begin with a festive lighted parade down Main Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. From there, everyone is welcome to join together at Kennedy Common (corner of 4th & Main Street) for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Then, leading to the aha moment, rumor has it that Santa will make an appearance with the help of the Anaconda-Deer Lodge Fire Department at 6 p.m. From atop one of their pristine fire trucks, children will get a chance to see Old St. Nick greet the community. LIVE music will then fill the air leading to the grand moment of the tree-lighting ceremony, followed by the drawing of $1,500 to one lucky winner! Anyone can participate for a chance to win by purchasing stroll buttons prior to the Christmas Stroll at several businesses in downtown Anaconda. Also, this year virtual buttons are available by visiting discoveranaconda.com. You must be present to win with "stroll button" physically or digitally displayed. A list of participating businesses is also available on Discover Anaconda's website.
Ladies Night Out is Coming Soon to the Area
Ladies Night Out is Coming Soon to the Area
Exactly one week from Thanksgiving, on December 1st, women in the surrounding area will have the chance to enjoy a post "season of giving" treat! That's when Ladies Night Out will take place at the Anaconda Elks Lodge at 223 Main Street! The Copper Village Museum and Arts Center annually hosts the event to raise funds for their non-profit organization. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with wine and appetizers, followed by a LIVE auction at 7 p.m. All attendees are asked to bring a beautiful, unique, or one-of-a-kind holiday ornament or gift as part of admission, along with a 10-dollar entrance fee. All ornaments and gifts provided will be part of an exchange during the event.
Anaconda VINTAGE Christmas Market is Coming Soon
Anaconda VINTAGE Christmas Market is Coming Soon
Once you've completed your Black Friday journey, take time the following day to enjoy a day of shopping in an entirely different way. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 26th, Anaconda's First Annual Vintage Christmas Market will take place in the former JC Penney's building at 113 East Park Street in downtown Anaconda. The event, hosted by Blacksmith Coffee Co., will feature creative and unique gift ideas, including vintage home and holiday decor, outerwear, furniture, and more. It's a great feeling when you can find one-of-a-kind gifts for the holiday. Plus, a trip to Anaconda's First Annual Vintage Christmas Market the day AFTER Black Friday is a nice break from the norm.
Black Friday or Cyber Monday; Which One Suits You Best?
Black Friday or Cyber Monday; Which One Suits You Best?
The countdown is on to Black Friday and Cyber Monday! So, which holiday shopping experience do you prefer? For several years now, Cyber Monday has been a popular staple as it allows the luxury of shopping online from the comfort of your home or anywhere by laptop, PC, or phone. On the other hand, there are still some die-hard shoppers out there that like the hustle and bustle of browsing on foot! Many love the idea of going store to store for great deals on Black Friday! Then, of course, some like to do a little of both. It all comes down to technique, no matter what the case may be. To participate in Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, consumers need to know precisely how much they plan to spend and have a list or a general idea of what they want to purchase. There's no sense defeating the purpose of Black Friday or Cyber Monday if your outing online or on foot turns into chaos and leaves you strapped for cash for the remainder of the holiday season.

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