Holiday Events

When the snow is falling, hot cocoa is steaming, lights are glistening, and bells are ringing, the City of Montrose is ready to celebrate with you. Each year, the Montrose Office of Business and Tourism hosts a festive schedule of events that includes the annual tree lighting, Montrose Bucks, 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

The city kicks off the holiday season each year with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, held on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Participants gather at the Historic County Courthouse to enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, caroling, and the exciting countdown to lighting Montrose’s festive Christmas Tree. Following the tree lighting, the crowd joins Santa on his carriage ride to Santa’s Cabin for family fun and activities.

Santa's Cabin

Bring the holidays to life with a visit to Santa’s Cabin. Located at Demoret Park, Santa’s Cabin opens for the season on the day after Thanksgiving following the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Parade of Lights

A "highlight" of every holiday season is the Parade of Lights when cleverly crafted parade floats light up the night. Judges select winning entries from among the participants, each designed to incorporate the parade theme for the year. 

Letters to Santa

Need to ask Santa for something special? Write a letter and drop by Santa’s Cabin! Beginning right after Thanksgiving and continuing until a week before Christmas, Letters to Santa are accepted in the mailbox attached to Santa’s Cabin. Make sure to leave your return address to hear back before Christmas. 

Montrose Bucks & Small Business Saturday

Looking to stretch your holiday spending cash a little further? 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. A limited amount of funds are reserved for this special off so be sure to act quickly to get your Bucks before they sell out.

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