Winter Happenings in Western Montana

Winter in Western Montana is a magical time of year, with the landscape transforming into a winter wonderland and a host of exciting events and activities to look forward to. From sports showdowns to festive celebrations, here's a list of must-attend events that will make your winter season unforgettable.

Xplorer Maps Grand Opening (Nov. 17-19)

Kicking off the winter season, Xplorer Maps invites you to their grand opening event. Explore beautifully crafted maps that showcase the stunning landscapes of Western Montana and beyond.

Brawl of the Wild - Griz VS Cats Football Game (Nov. 18)

The rivalry between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats is legendary. Join the roaring crowds as they clash on the football field and experience the thrill of one of the most anticipated games of the season.

Helena Made Fair (Dec. 1-2)

Discover the creativity and craftsmanship of local artisans at the Helena Made Fair. This is the perfect opportunity to find unique, handcrafted gifts for your loved ones, making your holiday shopping a breeze.


Holidays on Higgins - Missoula's Tree Lighting Ceremony (Dec. 2)

Missoula comes alive with holiday cheer during the Holidays on Higgins event. Witness the grand illumination of the town's Christmas tree and enjoy a festive parade that will fill you with the spirit of the season.

Missoula Made Fair (Dec. 10)

For more holiday shopping and a chance to support local artists and makers, the Missoula Made Fair is a delightful stop. You'll find a wide variety of handmade items, making it easy to find the perfect gifts.

Garden City Ballet: The Nutcracker at U of M (Dec. 16-17)

Embrace the holiday tradition of watching "The Nutcracker" ballet at the University of Montana. This enchanting performance will transport you to a world of magic and wonder, perfect for the whole family.

Race to the Sky: Dog Sledding Race (Feb. 9-13)

The Race to the Sky is a thrilling dog sledding race that takes participants on a 300-mile journey from Lincoln to Ovando and Seeley Lake. It's not only a challenging race but also an Iditarod qualifier, drawing top mushers and dog teams from around the country.

Skijoring in Whitefish (Jan. 27-28)

Whitefish hosts an exhilarating Skijoring event that combines horseback riding and skiing. Spectators can witness skilled athletes being pulled by horses through a challenging course, making it a thrilling winter sport to experience.

Western Montana offers a wide range of winter experiences, from sports spectacles to festive traditions. Mark your calendar and immerse yourself in the enchanting winter happenings of this picturesque region. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, an art lover, or simply someone looking to embrace the magic of the season, there's something for everyone in Western Montana during the winter months.