Why settle for just one day when we can celebrate the holidays and our community all month long?! The Belgrade Community Coalition is excited to bring you the 2021 Festival of Lights where there will be plenty of activities to last the entire month of December.
Saturday, December 11
Whether you watched it from your yard in front of your fire pit, along the route inside your vehicle, or across the country on YouTube, I think we all can agree the inaugural Belgrade Christmas Convoy was the talk of the season last year and we are excited to bring it back in 2021!
Get ready for over 75 dump trucks, semi trucks, garbage trucks, logging trucks, and more to be lit up and convoying through Belgrade neighborhoods along our over 7-mile-long route. Invite your friends and family over for a front row show if you live along the route or take a look at our convoy map which includes the best places to park and watch the fun!
NEW! Truck Village at the Gallatin Speedway
Friday, December 10
5:30pm - 10pm
While watching the convoy last year, did you wish you could get a closer look? The drivers wished they had more time to spend with you too! This year, we will have a special event on the eve of the convoy where you can come meet the drivers, check out the trucks in all their lit up glory, grab a bite to eat at a favorite food truck, get some holiday shopping done with local artists, participate in activities for the kids, and... watch the Gallatin Valley's biggest fireworks show of 2021!
Holiday Light Park
December 1 - December 31
Dusk - 11pm
Stroll through an outdoor winter wonderland around the walking path behind the Belgrade Senior Center each night in December from dusk to 11pm. The park will be filled with sparkling lights including the Memorial Light Tunnels and decorated with your favorite holiday inflatable characters such as Frosty, Rudolf, Clarice, and the Misfit Toys. Special nights at the Holiday Light Park include:
Countdown to Lights
Sunday, November 21 at 6:30pm
Usher in the Festival of Lights season by helping us count down to the official first night lighting of the park
Memorial Lights Night
Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm
See below for detail about the Memorial Lights program
Night of Lights
Friday, December 17 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Bring your family and meet your neighbors and friends for a fun night of lights at the park including carolers, food trucks, and photos with Santa
Senior Center Chili Feed
Tuesday, December 21 from 4:30pm-6:00pm
Everyone is invited to join in on the festivities and enjoy a bowl of chili before or after a stroll through the light park. Chili will be on a donation basis and served until it's gone.
6:30pm start, arrive at 6 if you wish to purchase a string of lights in memory of a loved one
Join us for a special night at the Holiday Light Park where we will remember our family and friends who are no longer with us. Here we will have a special celebration and a moment of silence before we invite you to walk through the Memorial Light Tunnels where an ornament with your loved one’s name will hang (for those who have purchased a string of lights). Local choirs will also be sharing the sounds of the season.
You do not have to purchase a string of lights to attend the Memorial Lights night on December 16th but if you would like to have an ornament with your loved ones name hung in the Light Tunnels, you can purchase a string at www.belgreatmt.org/memorial-lights or by calling The Belgrade Community Coalition at 406-624-3909.
9am check in begins, 10am race starts
Put on your winter running gear, grab your favorite ugly Christmas sweater, and lace-up your shoes for the fifth annual Festival of Lights 5k Jingle Jog! The jog is open runners, walkers, strollers, skippers, and hoppers of all ages and everyone is encouraged to wear your festive gear because you’ll automatically be entered into the Get Ugly Christmas Outfit contest after the race, starting at 11am at the Rhino.
The first 200 registrants will get a Jingle Jog stocking hat and a Belgreat string bag.
Prizes will be awarded to:
First overall participant (not to be included in the other categories)
Men’s first and second place
Women’s first and second place
Kid’s under 12 first and second place
Registration is $20 until Monday, December 6th and then increases to $25. All proceeds go towards the Festival of Lights.
11am start, 10:15am day of registration
Want to be crowned "Best Overall Ugly" for 2021? How about Most Festive Ugly, Classiest Ugly, or Best Ugly - Kid's Division? Then grab your favorite Christmas outfit and register for the inaugural contest... it's gonna GET UGLY!
Prizes will be awarded to:
Best Overall Ugly Outfit - $250 cash prize
Most Festive Ugly - $50 cash prize
Best Homemade Ugly - $50 cash prize
Classiest Ugly - $50 cash prize
Best Ugly - Kids Division (12 years old and younger) - $25 cash prize