Holiday Events

The City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a full slate of annual holiday activities as part of our Hometown Holiday Traditions. 

Annual Tree Lighting & Opening of Santa's Cabin

Kick off the holidays the day after Thanksgiving (November 24) at 5 pm. Events include the Pre-Tree Lighting Story Time on the steps of the historic Montrose County Courthouse, Welcoming Santa to Town, and the annual Tree Lighting, immediately followed by the opening of Santa’s Cabin for the season.

Santa's Cabin

Brought to you by the City of Montrose and the United Methodist Church Youth Ministries. Stay tuned for more information on Santa's schedule!

Parade of Lights

The traditional Parade of Lights illuminates Historic Main Street. Join us the first Saturday in December 2 at 5 pm. A fun, annual event designed to bring holiday cheer to the Montrose community, the Parade of Lights is brought to you by the City of Montrose, Montrose Police Department, and Montrose Lions Club. 

2017 Parade Theme: "Do you hear what I hear?"

2017 Grand Marshal

The Montrose High School Marching Band

Past Grand Marshals

  • 2013: VFW Commander Randy Leonard, DAV Commander Gary Gratton, VFW Commander Hal Emick
  • 2014: Office of Business and Tourism's TRAC Team (Tourism Retail Advisory Committee)
  • 2015: Black Canyon National Park
  • 2016: Public Lands Organizations: National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and other associations and organizations that provide community partnerships.
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Past  Parade Themes

  • 2012: A Wild West Christmas
  • 2013: 12 Days of Christmas
  • 2014: Christmas Stories: Portray a holiday story from a favorite movie, book, or song
  • 2015: Starry Nights, Holiday Delights (honoring Black Canyon National Park certification as International Dark Sky Park)
  • 2016: Winter, Land of Wonder
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