Holiday Events

Snow is falling, hot cocoa is steaming, lights are glistening and bells are ringing! Holidays in Montrose are here and we can’t wait to celebrate with you. Join us as we jingle through this holiday season of friends, family, and fun.

Each year, the City of Montrose hosts a festive schedule of events that includes the annual tree lighting, Montrose Bucks promotional sale, Small Business Saturday, Parade of Lights, Santa's Cabin, and Letters to Santa.

Go to to view a calendar of community events that are scheduled to occur throughout the year.

Tree Lighting

This year’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 24, at the Historic County Courthouse. Participants will enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, caroling, and the exciting countdown to lighting Montrose’s festive Christmas Tree. Following the tree lighting, the crowd will join Santa on his carriage ride to Santa’s Cabin for family fun and activities.

Santa's Cabin

Bring the holidays to life this year with a visit to Santa’s Cabin, located at 526 East Main Street, east of Brooks & Brooks, LLC, in the vacant lot north of the Centennial Plaza parking lot. Santa’s Cabin will open for the season from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 24 following the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Historic County Courthouse and the following dates:

  • November 25: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • December 9: 4 - 6 p.m.
  • December 16: 4 - 6 p.m.
  • December 22: 4 - 6 p.m.

Letters to Santa

Need to ask Santa for something special this year? Write a letter and drop by Santa’s Cabin! 

Starting November 24 through December 17, Letters to Santa will be accepted in the mailbox attached to Santa’s Cabin, located on Main St., east of Brooks & Brooks, LLC, in the vacant lot north of the Centennial Plaza parking lot. Make sure to leave your return address to hear back before Christmas. 

Parade of Lights

Cleverly crafted parade floats light up the night during the city's 2023 Parade of Lights to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, under the theme, "Holly Jolly Wrangler". The registration window for participating in the parade closed on November 28.

View the Parade Route and Staging Maps

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Montrose Bucks & Small Business Saturday

Looking to stretch your dollars a little further this holiday season? The city promotes Small Business Saturday on the first Saturday following Thanksgiving and adds extra buying power to the occasion by sponsoring the annual holiday Montrose Bucks promotion.

The annual Montrose Bucks holiday promotion began on Saturday, November 25. The 2023 allotment of special promotional Bucks is SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who took advantage of this annual promotion. For those who missed out, regularly-priced, dollar-for-dollar Bucks are available year-round at the Downtown Visitor Center. 

Learn more about Montrose Bucks

*The Montrose Bucks Gift Card is issued by Pathward, National Association, Member FDIC