The Billings Jaycees and Billings Parks and Recreation will be hosting the 3rd Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting event for the city of Billings. In 1931, the official Community Tree was planted in Community Park by the Billings Garden Club. Donated by John Willett, superintendent of the City Water Department, it was transplanted from Poly Drive to that park because Central High School was, at that time, the children’s hospital. Due to vandalism, the tree “went dark” for 75 years. In 2007, however, Renee Christiansen with Billings Historic Tours, along with a few others, brought the Christmas Tree Lighting back briefly, and for the last few years the tree had simply been lit with no celebration. In 2017, the Billings Jaycees and Billings Parks and Recreation collaborated to bring back the historic celebration. Official lighting will be at 6:30pm. This FREE celebration will include:

• Presentation by Western Heritage Center

• Music by the Central High School Choir

• Moment of Prayer and Reflection

• Lighting by Mayor Bill Cole

• Free pictures with Santa

• Free candy canes and hot chocolate


  • Occurred Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm