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December 14, 2019


The Festival of Lights is a community event put on by the community, for the community, and supported by the community. This means there are multiple ways YOU can help!


Volunteer - we are always looking for volunteers leading up to the festival or the day of. Whether you are an individual, family, or group - we need your help! Check out our volunteer needs and sign up by clicking here.


Donate - this event wouldn't be possible without our donors and sponsors. Please help keep it going by donating here.

Honor the memory of a loved one this holiday season by purchasing a string of lights in their name. This string will help us light up downtown Belgrade during this year's event and in years to come.

Your loved one's name will also be listed on the memorial tribute area on our website, at the Special Events Center, and in a special honor section of the Belgrade News before Christmas.

Memorial Lights

Our vision is to grow the number of memorial light strings in the town each year. This year, the memorial lights will be hung on the trees lining Main Street in front of the City of Belgrade parking lot and on our new Memorial Light Tunnel. We hope all of you will join us in thinking of the angels who are watching over us during the holidays and always when you take in these special lights.

Memorial lights are $20 per person and each person will be represented by a string of lights during the Festival of Lights. If you purchased lights previously and would like to sponsor in memory of the same person again, there is a discounted continuation price of $10 per string. Purchase your Memorial Lights by clicking here.

Churches and Nonprofits

Churches & Nonprofits

We know no community event is complete without the organizations that serve the community.

Each year we invite local churches and nonprofits to be the focus of our downtown festivities. 4-H clubs, youth groups, service organizations, many of our local churches, and more set up booths and provide complimentary refreshments such as warm drinks, soup, cookies, bars, popcorn, or other tasty snacks.


If your group is interested in participating, please let us know by clicking here to fill out our registration form. We look forward to having you join us! Questions? Email us at


Light up belgrade!

Help “Light up Belgrade” at the 2019 Belgrade Festival of Lights!

Be one of four people who will “flip the switch” as Santa leads the crowd in our count down to the lighting of the trees, and downtown Belgrade, during the Festival of Lights on December 14!

Fill out this form to nominate yourself, or someone else, by noon on December 3rd by telling us why you think the nominated person should fill one of these coveted spots.

Gingerbread House Contest

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Registration is now open for the third annual Festival of Lights Gingerbread House Contest! Enter in one of these categories for your chance to be the 2019 champion:

  • Littles (preschool through age 7)

  • Kiddos (ages 8 through 12)

  • Teens (ages 13 through senior in high school)

  • Adult (post high school)

Registration is free but must be completed by end of day on Wednesday, December 11th. For a full set of rules and to register, click here.

One Stop Holiday Shop

One Stop Shop

Get your shopping done early and support local artists, crafters, businesses, and more during the 12th annual One Stop Holiday Shop! For a full list of vendors, click here. Questions? Email

Jingle Jog

Jingle Jog

Start off the Festival of Lights morning right with a fun 5K for runners and walkers alike!

After the fun run, stick around for the Kiwanis breakfast, vendor shopping, live holiday music, and much more.

Race entry is $20 and the proceeds go to the Festival of Lights. 
Racers are encouraged to dress festive for an opportunity to win prizes. 

​To register, click here.

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Calling all lovers of holiday music! Whether your a school music class, a team who loves to sing, girlfriends getting together, or anyone in between - We need YOU!

This year, we have two opportunities for you to share your voice during the Festival of Lights!

Option 1 (FULL): Showcase your group on stage at the High School Special Event Center while the audience wanders through the vendor booths, visits with Santa, or votes on their favorite gingerbread house. 

Option 2: If your idea of holiday music is bundling up and strolling the streets caroling your favorite holiday songs, then we would love to have you join us downtown! Call or text Jane at 406-581-5141 to let her know you are interested.

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