The holidays are creeping up on us, and they’ll be here before you know it. If you have family coming “home for the holidays” make sure you take them to experience our great town with all the holiday festivities happening. Maybe you have children coming to visit from college, or relatives from out of town, either way, there will be plenty to do. I am going to share with you some of the popular Thanksgiving and Christmas events happening in our town during the months of November and December. Of course, these are all great events to attend whether or not you have family coming into town for the holidays.


1.Turkey Trot

Don’t miss out on all the fun Thanksgiving morning. This year the Turkey Trot is on November 22nd at Oak Grove Elementary School. The race starts at 9:00 am with registration from 8:00 – 8:45 am. This year the “trot” has two courses that will be marked. One course will be 2 miles, and the other being 4.2 miles. Both courses allow you to go at your own pace, including walkers. This fun, family event is only $5 per person, or $15 per family, and will allow strollers and dogs on leashes that are well behaved. Don’t miss a fun way to get your exercise in before filling up on all that delicious Thanksgiving food.



2.Annual Tree Lighting

Be dazzled by the lighting of the giant “Christmas tree” in front of the historic downtown Montrose County Courthouse. The Annual Tree Lighting will be held the day after Thanksgiving (November 23rd) and starts at 5:30 pm. You can enjoy the holiday spirit with complimentary hot cocoa, live music, a reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas, and Christmas carols. This event will also welcome Santa Claus to town, and let you take a short walk with him to his cabin. Santa’s cabin will officially be open for the season after he arrives. Welcome Santa to Montrose, and enjoy this merry night.


3.Santa’s Cabin

Santa’s Cabin is located in the Uncompahgre Events Plaza, downtown Montrose. Santa visits this tiny house in Montrose each holiday season and is open the day after Thanksgiving, and every weekend in December. The cabin is open for kids and families, and you are able to take complimentary family photos with Santa.



4.Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights illuminates the Historic Main Street of Montrose. Enjoy holiday cheer with beautiful floats, music from the Montrose High School Marching Band, candy being passed out, Christmas carol’s being sung, and more!


I hope you enjoy the holidays with friends and family as well as the joyful events Montrose has to offer. If you happen to fall in love with this warm little town as I have, I’d be more than happy to help you find your new home here. Happy holidays!