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Friday, 12/7

ARTS

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Aiden Dale at Toucan Gallery

Works by North Carolina based artist Aiden Dale will be on display at Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., during the holiday ArtWalk on Friday. "I don’t simply want to create a beautiful object, but rather a complete organism that is alive and breathing that facilitates an experience with the viewer," Dale said of his his large-scale metal sculptures. 

ArtWalk: 5-9 p.m. Downtown. Artwalkbillings.com.

Holiday wreath sale/fundraiser: Moose Lodge, 131 Calhoun Lane. 24" wreaths decorated in variety of styles, available daily during business hours. Suggested donation $45, benefits fund for new Moose Family Lodge sign. Lodge memberships also available. 245-4991.

Registration open, “Oil Paint a Self Portrait” class with Coila Evans: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 26. Yellowstone Art Museum, 410 N. 27th St. $60 members, $80 nonmembers. Experience with drawing and oil paints recommended. Supply kit, $128, must be ordered through John Armstrong at Q’s Art & Frame Shop by Jan. 12, by calling 248-1102 or emailing qsartshop@gmail.com. Supply list is available upon request. Class registration: 256-6804, artmuseum.org.

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Winterfair at YAM

Attendees view a variety of handmade goods at a previous Winterfair at the Yellowstone Art Museum. The juried event takes place Friday, Dec. 7 during the Holiday ArtWalk. 

Winterfair: 4-9 p.m. Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St. Juried art show and sale includes pottery, jewelry, clothing, fine art. Free admission. 256-6804, artmuseum.org.

COMMUNITY

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Christmas Stroll

Christmas Stroll

For more than 24 years, businesses welcome the holidays with the downtown Christmas Stroll. In conjunction with the winter Artwalk, participants can visit downtown businesses from 6 – 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7, enjoying eggnog, wine, cookies and other goodies – not to mention photos with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides in the center of downtown.

Dec. 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Various locations

Christmas Stroll: 6-9 p.m. Downtown. Gift shopping, refreshments, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides. Downtownbillings.com.

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Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The intersection of Division Street and First Avenue North holds a special space in the hearts of many residents. Every holiday season, the community Christmas tree brings people together in an often unnoticed park. Hosted by the Billings Jaycees and Billings Parks and Recreation, families can enjoy free snacks and drinks as the tree lights up.

Dec. 1, 6 p.m.

Community Park

Community Christmas Tree lighting: 6-7 p.m. Community Park (corner of Division Street and First Avenue North). Central High choir performs, Santa visits, countdown to lighting of tree. Free.

Film, Warren Miller's "Face of Winter": 7:30 p.m. Alberta Bair Theater, 2801 Third Ave. N. $19. 256-6052, albertabairtheater.com.

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Warren Miller's "Face of Winter"

"Face of Winter," Warren Miller Entertainment’s 69th film, will be screened at the Alberta Bair Theater on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tim Hedin, owner of SkiBoot Rx, will emcee the event, which includes a raffle with items donated by area businesses to help raise funds for ABT.

Holiday tree raffle: Raffle of 12 themed trees decorated by MSUB staff senators and their departments. Trees on display at MSUB library. Raffle tickets, $1 each or $5 for six, available from Samantha Thatcher at MSUB library or Lu Barman at City College business office. Drawing Dec. 13. Winners need not be present. Benefits Tumbleweed.

Last Chance Christmas Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave. Crafts, collectibles, antiques, small-business vendors. Free admission, but donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children accepted.

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Kids wearing pajamas eat cookies and sip hot cocoa

Children in pajamas eat cookies and sip hot cocoa during the “Polar Express” event in 2012 at the Billings Depot. The “Express” roll in again this year.

“The Polar Express”: 6 p.m. Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. Kids dress in pajamas, receive hot chocolate and cookies, snuggle up on a large red rug surrounding the stage where local actors reenact scenes from the story. Santa arrives via train to visit, sings songs; take photos with kids. Other activities include crafts, a story, miniature train rides. Children receive Christmas book to take home. Recommended for ages 3-8, but all children welcome. $26 per child, $5 per infant age 1 year and younger; $18 per adult. Tickets: billingsdepot.org.

Santa’s Workshop: 5-9 p.m. The Post at Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. $10 admission includes milk and decorate your own cookies, letter for Santa, photo opportunity with Santa, Mrs. Claus or an enchanted character, and watch wood turners. $20 admission includes all of the above and make-your-own Christmas craft. $5 discount coupon is included in Polar Express ticket package.

WyoPoets 2019 Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest: Deadline Dec. 15. Details at wyopoets.org/contests.html.

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ZooLights

Clydesdales Bud and Wiser of Elk River Outfitters pull a wagon full of visitors through the ZooLights display at ZooMontana on Friday, December 8, 2017.

ZooLights: 6-9 p.m. ZooMontana, 2100 S. Shiloh Road. $10 per car, $15 per van, $20 per bus. Horse-drawn wagon tours by Elk River Outfitters also available: $12.95 ages 13 and older, $6.95 ages 12 and younger, free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations for wagon rides recommended: elkriveroutfitters.com.

MUSIC

Advent Recital Series: 12:05 p.m. American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave. Mike Everson, organ. Soup luncheon follows. Free.

Almeda Bradshaw, Jam at the YAM: 4-9 p.m. Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St. Free admission. 256-6804, artmuseum.org.

STAGE

Funky Bunch improv comedy: 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $8. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

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"Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play"

"Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play" features the acting and singing talents of Craig Huisenga, Kelsey Steffan, Dan Jurovich, Chloe Jurovich, Gus Belotta, and Maria Miller. Performances take place Dec. 7 - 8 and Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”: Doors 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. Moss Mansion, 914 Division St. $35. Reservations required: 256-5100, mossmansion.com.

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A Christmas Carol

Jalani Lee, left, playing "young man Scrooge", and Shayna Kersten, playing "Dick Wilkins", perform during dress rehearsal of NOVA's A Christmas Carol that opens Dec. 7.

Play "A Christmas Carol": 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $21 adults, $16 senior/military, $10 student. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

ELSEWHERE

ARTS

Livingston: Artist reception, “Queen of tHE ARTS.” 5 to 8 p.m. Green Door Gallery. 406-333-2330, wheatgrasssaloon.com.

COMMUNITY

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Haaland

Livingston: Book signing. 5:30-8 p.m. Elk River Books. With poets Roger Dunsmore ("On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems"), Tami Haaland ("What Does Not Return"), Chris La Tray ("One Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large"). Free. 406-333-2330, elkriverbooks.com.

Livingston: Christmas Stroll. 5-9 p.m.

Sheridan, Wyo.: Holiday Open House. 4-7 p.m. Trail End Historic Site. Tours, treats, live music (Alex Banks 4 p.m. Cathy Storm at 5 p.m., Cheryl Sinclair 6 p.m.). $2 adults, free for children (must be accompanied by adult). 307-674-4589, trailend.org.

MUSIC

Livingston: Montana Manouche. 6 p.m. Uncorked. 406-222-5418, thegourmetcellar.com.

Norris: Aran Buzzas. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

Sheridan, Wyo.: Concert, "Christmas Swing!" 7 p.m. Kinnison Hall, Whitney Center for the Arts, Sheridan College. Music by Sheridan College Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. Complimentary cocoa and cookies at intermission. Free. Sheridancollege.edu.

STAGE

Livingston: "Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza." 8 p.m. Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. $18 adults; $14 seniors and students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Powell, Wyo.: Musical "The Awesome 80s Prom." 7:30 p.m. Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium, Northwest College. $5, or $4 with nonperishable food donation to benefit Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes food bank. Nwc.edu/events.

Saturday, 12/8

COMMUNITY

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"A Christmas Story" with Longmire Author Craig Johnson

"A Christmas Story" with Craig Johnson — 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway. The "Longmire" author will read his special Christmas story, hold a Q&A with the audience, and sign copies of his newest book "Depth of Winter.:

Author reading, book signing: 5-7 p.m. This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway. Craig Johnson, “Longmire” author, reads a Christmas story he wrote. Free. Thishouseofbooks.com.

Bird Stroll: 8:30-10 a.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. Walk by river. Binoculars, guidebooks available. No registration required. $10 adults, $5 children and students, free for members. 294-5099, mtaudubon.org/center.

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Holiday Tour of Homes

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale hosts its 14th annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 8 at select homes around Billings, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. 

Holiday Tour of Homes: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets, map of tour available at Billings Symphony box office, 2721 Second Ave. N., Suite 350, 252-3610, billingssymphony.org. Tickets also available at all Gainan’s locations, The Base Camp, First Montana Title, Cricket Clothing Co., Wetzel's Quality Cleaners and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Floberg Real Estate. $25. Benefits Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.

Last Chance Christmas Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave. Crafts, collectibles, antiques, small-business vendors. Free admission, but donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children accepted.

“The Polar Express”: Noon and 4 p.m. Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. Kids dress in pajamas, receive hot chocolate and cookies, snuggle up on a large red rug surrounding the stage where local actors reenact scenes from the story. Santa arrives via train to visit, sings songs; take photos with kids. Other activities include crafts, a story, miniature train rides. Children receive Christmas book to take home. Recommended for ages 3-8, but all children welcome. $26 per child, $5 per infant age 1 year and younger; $18 per adult. Tickets: billingsdepot.org.

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Santa Paws

"Santa Paws" meets Tiffany and Boo during a fundraiser event for Billings Animal Rescue Kare on Dec. 2, 2017.

Santa Paws photo event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Big Sky Pet resort. Santa photos for pets with their owners, for donation (cash or check only) to Billings Animal Rescue Kare. 2019 BARK calendars available for purchase. 208-2454.

Santa’s Workshop: Noon-7 p.m. The Post at Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. $10 admission includes milk and decorate your own cookies, letter for Santa, photo opportunity with Santa, Mrs. Clause or an enchanted character, and watch wood turners. $20 admission includes all of the above and make-your-own Christmas craft. $5 discount coupon is included in Polar Express ticket package.

ZooLights: 6-9 p.m. ZooMontana, 2100 S. Shiloh Road. $10 per car, $15 per van, $20 per bus. Horse-drawn wagon tours by Elk River Outfitters also available: $12.95 ages 13 and older, $6.95 ages 12 and younger, free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations for wagon rides recommended: elkriveroutfitters.com.

MUSIC

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Midtown Men

The Midtown Men, featuring four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, will be ringing in the Christmas season with holiday hits on Saturday, December 8 at Alberta Bair Theater. 

The Midtown Men: 7:30 p.m. Alberta Bair Theater, 2801 Third Ave. N. Four original cast members of "Jersey Boys" perform '60s hits. $50, $39. 256-6052, albertabairtheater.com.

STAGE

“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”: Doors 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. Moss Mansion, 914 Division St. $35. Reservations required: 256-5100, mossmansion.com.

Play "A Christmas Carol": 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $21 adults, $16 senior/military, $10 student. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

ELSEWHERE

ARTS

Red Lodge: Cocktails 'n' Cups. 4-6 p.m. Red Lodge Clay Center. Ages 21 and older. $55. Registration: 446-3993.

COMMUNITY

Hardin: "Curl up With a Good Book" event. 1-3 p.m. Big Horn County Museum. Opening of vintage quilt show on display through December; book signing, meet & greet with authors Lorretta Lynde ("The Magpie Odyssey" series) and Donna Wald (“Women Who Influence"); refreshments. All ages. Free.

Joliet: Rebekah Christmas Crafts & Gifts Sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Rebekah Lodge. Blankets, hand-made gifts, woodwork, collectible plates, Christmas decorations, bake sale. Lunch available 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sheridan, Wyo.: Holiday Open House. 4-7 p.m. Trail End Historic Site. Tours, treats, live music (Just Harmony 4 p.m. Steve & Cathy Singalong 5 p.m. Patchwork Singers 6 p.m.). $2 adults, free for children (must be accompanied by adult). 307-674-4589, trailend.org.

MUSIC

Norris: Todd Green. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

Virginia City: Willson & McKee, potluck and jam. 6 p.m. Elling House Arts & Humanities Center. Bring a dish to share, instrument to play. Everyone welcome. $15 at door. 406-843-5507, ellinghouse.org.

STAGE

Livingston: "Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza." 8 p.m. Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. $18 adults; $14 seniors and students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Powell, Wyo.: Musical "The Awesome 80s Prom." 7:30 p.m. Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium, Northwest College. $5, or $4 with nonperishable food donation to benefit Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes food bank. Nwc.edu/events.

Sunday, 12/9

COMMUNITY

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales”: 6 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. Story read by Welshman and recently arrived Montana resident Dulais Rhys. Includes five-minute Welsh language lesson and presentation on events in life of author Dylan Thomas. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

Holiday Open Market: 6 p.m. Ebon Coffee Collective, 2712 Second Ave. N. Variety of local crafts and goods for sale.

Last Chance Christmas Sale: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shrine Auditorium, 1125 Broadwater Ave. Crafts, collectibles, antiques, small-business vendors. Free admission, but donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children accepted.

“The Polar Express”: 1 p.m. Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. Kids dress in pajamas, receive hot chocolate and cookies, snuggle up on a large red rug surrounding the stage where local actors reenact scenes from the story. Santa arrives via train to visit, sings songs; take photos with kids. Other activities include crafts, a story, miniature train rides. Children receive Christmas book to take home. Recommended for ages 3-8, but all children welcome. $26 per child, $5 per infant age 1 year and younger; $18 per adult. Tickets: billingsdepot.org.

Santa’s Workshop: Noon-4 p.m. The Post at Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. $10 admission includes milk and decorate your own cookies, letter for Santa, photo opportunity with Santa, Mrs. Clause or an enchanted character, and watch wood turners. $20 admission includes all of the above and make-your-own Christmas craft. $5 discount coupon is included in Polar Express ticket package.

MUSIC

Bellissimo! “A Downtown Christmas” concert: 3 and 5 p.m. First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St. Freewill offerings accepted.

Treasure State Sound “Holiday Harmonies” concert: 3 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W. With guests The Westwinds. Free, but donations accepted.

Yellowstone Chamber Players: 3 p.m. Cisel Hall, MSUB. Seasonal favorites featuring Mark Fenderson and Aaron Roberts, trumpet; John Dutton, horn; John Roberts and Aaron Schendel, trombone. $10 adults, $5 students.

STAGE

“Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”: Doors 1 p.m. Show 2 p.m. Moss Mansion, 914 Division St. $35. Reservations required: 256-5100, mossmansion.com.

Play "A Christmas Carol": 2 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $21 adults, $16 senior/military, $10 student. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

ELSEWHERE

COMMUNITY

Sheridan, Wyo.: Holiday Open House. 4-7 p.m. Trail End Historic Site. Tours, treats, live music (Bells of the Big Horns 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sam Hoffman 5 p.m. Terry Garrison 6 p.m.). $2 adults, free for children (must be accompanied by adult). 307-674-4589, trailend.org.

MUSIC

Norris: Rod Morrison. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

STAGE

Livingston: "Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza." 3 p.m. Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. $18 adults; $14 seniors and students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Tuesday, 12/11

COMMUNITY

Nature Nuts: 10 a.m. Montana Audubon Center, 7026 S. Billings Blvd. Ages 1-4, with adult accompaniment. $6 per child, $40 for eight weeks, free for members. 294-5099, mtaudubon.org/center.

Story Night: 7 p.m. Montana Gallery, 2712 Second Ave. N. Open-platform storytelling night offering attendees opportunity to practice sharing, being vulnerable and listening to one another. All ages. Public welcome.

Taste of Honey contest: 6:30 p.m. Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill, 2203 Montana Ave. Public welcome to taste honey from area honey producers, vote for favorite.

ELSEWHERE

ARTS

Sidney: Class, "Walk-In Holiday Art." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. $15-25. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

COMMUNITY

Livingston: Livingston Film Series, "Coco.” The Dulcie Theatre at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. Reception 6:30 p.m. Screening 7 p.m. Free, but donations to the center accepted. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

Wednesday, 12/12

ELSEWHERE

ARTS

Sidney: Class, "Walk-In Holiday Art." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. $15-25. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

Thursday, 12/13

ARTS

Holiday Latte art competition: 6 p.m. Ebon Coffee Collective, 2712 Second Ave. N. 406-431-4522.

ELSEWHERE

ARTS

Sidney: Class, "Walk-In Holiday Art." 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MonDak Heritage Center. $15-25. 406-433-3500, mondakheritagecenter.org.

COMMUNITY

Livingston: Book signing. 7 p.m. Elk River Books. With children's authors Janet Fox ("Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone"), Allen Morris Jones ("Montana for Kids: The Story of our State"). Free. 406-333-2330, elkriverbooks.com.

Friday, 12/14

COMMUNITY

MINT Christmas party: 7 p.m. Ebon Coffee Collective, 2712 Second Ave. N. Drinks, food, Christmas movies, dancing to music by DJ MINTy fRESH (aka Brian Murnion).

Santa’s Workshop: 5-9 p.m. The Post at Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. $10 admission includes milk and decorate your own cookies, letter for Santa, photo opportunity with Santa, Mrs. Clause or an enchanted character, and watch wood turners. $20 admission includes all of the above and make-your-own Christmas craft. $5 discount coupon is included in Polar Express ticket package.

ZooLights: 6-9 p.m. ZooMontana, 2100 S. Shiloh Road. $10 per car, $15 per van, $20 per bus. Horse-drawn wagon tours by Elk River Outfitters also available: $12.95 ages 13 and older, $6.95 ages 12 and younger, free for ages 3 and younger. Reservations for wagon rides recommended: elkriveroutfitters.com.

MUSIC

Advent Recital Series: 12:05 p.m. American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave. Wendy Bickford, clarinet. Soup luncheon follows. Free.

Contradance Billings: Cedar Hall at MetraPark. Beginners workshop 7:30 p.m. Dance 8-11 p.m. No partner required. $8 members, $10 nonmembers at door. Memberships ($15) also available. Squaredancemontana.com.

Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale Holiday Pops: 7 p.m. Riverside Middle School. Featuring Diane Penning, coloratura pops soprano. Free. Billingssymphony.org.

STAGE

Livingston: "Holiday Vaudeville Extravaganza." 8 p.m. Shane Lalani Center for the Arts. $18 adults; $14 seniors and students; $10 youth. 406-222-1420, theshanecenter.org.

ELSEWHERE

MUSIC

Livingston: Bob Bramblett & Scott Boehler. 6 p.m. Uncorked. 406-222-5418, thegourmetcellar.com.

Norris: Dave Provost. 7 p.m. Norris Hot Springs. 406-685-3303, norrishotsprings.com.

STAGE

Play "A Christmas Carol": 7:30 p.m. NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave. $21 adults, $16 senior/military, $10 student. 591-9535, novabillings.org.

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