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An Old-Fashioned Holiday

Every November, community volunteers known as the Bigfork Elves head into the forest and to the local tree farms to cut fresh evergreen trees.  Others twist, test and turn more than ten thousand colored lights while nimble fingers tie hundreds of bright red bows.  It all comes together on the Saturday before Thanksgiving when the Elves gather to decorate Bigfork with fresh evergreen garlands and those trees, bows and lights.  Their efforts create a background for an old-fashioned Christmas celebration known for good food, great music, art and, of course, Santa Claus.

Starting with that first Saturday, every weekend contains activities inside and out.  There’s the Art Walk where visitors can stroll through galleries and shops before heading for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.  But before the lights go on, there are candy canes for the kids, traditional carols and the traditional recitation of “The Night Before Christmas”.

The first weekend in December, Bigfork welcomes Santa with the annual Holiday Parade immediately followed by a “Touch of Christmas” in the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts.  The Center also hosts performances of the Nutcracker and the Bigfork Summer Playhouse Children’s Theatre delights audiences with their version of “A Christmas Carol”.

When the snow falls, many take to the slopes for downhill skiing at Blacktail Mountain or Whitefish Mountain Resort. The Flathead National Forest welcomes cross-country skiers, and snowmobilers. For a slower pace, some venture out on snowshoes or a simple winter hike on the Swan River Nature Trail.  There’s skating on frozen ponds and ice fishermen hunker down over their favorite fishing hole.

Bigfork in the winter becomes a magical place where families and friends can enjoy their time together.  It’s no wonder that this village on Flathead Lake has become known as Montana’s Christmas Village.

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