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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas in Montana is magical. The snow covered mountains sparkle in the sun and Christmas lights twinkle at night with the stars.  From Whitefish to Missoula communities celebrate with parades, sleigh rides, tree lightings, live music and even fire jugglers!

Here are just a few of the events going on in NW Montana:


Saturday, December 02

(Photo credit Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook)

The Bigfork Holiday Parade of lights is held annually in downtown Bigfork to honor the season, our community, and the coming New Year. Bring the kids and family out to visit our local businesses, then grab a hot drink and enjoy the show!

Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in downtown Bigfork.

Line-ups will start at 5:30 PM in the school bus parking area (Grand Street side). Learn more…


Saturday, December 2, 2017

(Photo credit Destination Missoula)

Get in the Holiday spirit a the 15th Annual Parade of Lights! Family friendly activities & the parade down Higgins Ave starts at 6:00 p.m. Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting to follow! Learn More…


Friday, December 8, 2017

Event highlights:

4pm-8pm………….. Holiday Photos with your Pet – Tailwaggers
5pm………………… North Valley Music School Christmas Recital – First Presbyterian Church
5:30-7pm……………North Valley Music School Students – Montana Coffee Traders
6:15pm………………… Alpine Bell Ringers Hand bell Choir Concert – First Presbyterian Church
6-7:30pm……………Christmas Carolers – Strolling
6pm………………… Fire Jugglers – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:20pm…………….. Tree Lighting Ceremony – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm…………….. Santa Arrives via Wagon – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm……………..Whitefish&Bigfork Dance recital-Main Stage/Carnival Float!
6:30-9pm………….. Photos w/Santa – Stumptown Marketplace!
7:45pm……………..”WhiteFire” Fire dancers – Main Stage/Carnival Float
8:30pm…………….. Shopper’s Drawing Learn More…


Friday, December 1st, 2017

Come down and welcome Old Man Winter at Tamarack Brewing Co. Get your Blacktail Pass photo and they’ll buy you a pint! Get your gear waxed and listen to live music. Learn More…


Friday, December 1st, 2017

(Photo credit Flathead Beacon)

Columbia Falls’ Night of Lights Parade is a fun-filled annual community gathering in Columbia Falls. Individuals, local businesses, community groups, youth organizations and others get together to show off their Christmas spirit in the downtown area. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade and enjoy music and treats. There are also craft fairs at the Senior Citizens Center and Teakettle Community Room. Learn More…

Cancer Has Many Faces – Masquerade Ball & Bachelor/ette Auction

This is an event that you DON’T want to miss! Join Flathead Cancer Aid Services and Monarchs on a Mission for a night of dinner, dancing and fun.  Come dressed in your most glamorous attire – this is a night to go all out! A delicious catered dinner will be served and afterwards, the New Wave Time Trippers will turn up the tunes.

One of the highlights of the evening will be the Bachelor/ette Auction.  Local, Flathead Valley singles will be up for grabs in a fun auction-style showcase.  Each package will include an exciting, themed date.

Follow  us on FACEBOOK for updates about the event and more information about our Bachelors and Bachelorettes!”


Purchase tickets online HERE!


Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

Parkside Credit Union – Whitefish, Kalispell and Columbia Falls

Conrad Floral and J Scott Couture Bridal – Bigfork

More details & pictures of past events & FLATHEAD CANCER AID SERVICES can be found here.

Whitefish Mountain Resort Joins Attempt At World-Record Ski Lesson

Even if you aren’t Olympic skiing material, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of a world record.

Beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders are invited to join Whitefish Mountain Resort’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ski lessons held in one day, in coordination with ski resorts around the U.S. and Canada.

“It’s exciting just to be a part of it,” resort spokesperson Riley Polumbus said. “It’s a cool thing to say you were a part of the world’s largest record if we do indeed break that record.”

The event is set for Jan. 6 at 11 a.m., where all resort instructors will be on deck to take on 50 skiers and 50 snowboarders for a monumental ski lesson. Polumbus said the mountain has been coordinating with the National Ski Areas Association to schedule as many lessons across the country as possible at one time. The event will take place simultaneously across seven time zones.

In order to legitimize the event, Polumbus said an official Guinness World Records witness will be on site to document the number of people participating.

Last January, approximately 6,000 people took a beginner lesson at resorts across the U.S. While the reported numbers reached world-record level, lack of documentation kept the event from posting with the Guinness World Records organization.

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(View from Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty exclusive ski in/ski out Mountain Retreat 116 Ridge Top Dr.)

This year, Canadian resorts will join the event through the Canadian Ski Council.

The current world record for largest ski lesson with the Guinness World Records is 594 skiers at a Switzerland resort in February of 2008. According to the Guinness World Records website, the lesson was 1,300 meters long and took just 16 minutes. The event took place in once place, at the Swiss-Snowport School at Sarn-Heinzenberg, Switzerland. One man led the lesson, although the school provided additional instructors for every 20-30 people to ensure the lesson was being followed correctly.

Signing up for the event gets skiers and snowboarders a two-day package, which features two half-day lessons, two front-side day passes and two days of rentals.

Lessons are open to skiers age 7 and older.

Registration for the event ends Jan. 4. To sign up or get more information, call 862-2909.

Reporter Seaborn Larson may be reached at 758-4441 or by email at slarson@dailyinterlake.com

View full Daily Interlake article here.

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It’s Tamarack Time in Bigfork

Warning: This blog may compel you to experience a gastronomical delight!

It’s Tamarack Time in Bigfork and as the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to crunch under foot, Northwestern Montanans turn their thoughts to food! In Bigfork, the little village on the bay, that means bringing out the chefs and gourmands who cook and bake up their best recipes all the way from Peggy’s Pumpkin Fudge to Denise’s Pumpkin Chili and everything in between. There‘ll be about 200 different dishes in 14 categories. From appetizers to main dishes and pies to pickles, it’s like an old fashioned harvest festival, a county fair and a friendly food competition all wrapped up in one big eating extravaganza that promises to be (as it always has been) a gastronomical delight.

Each category will receive awards for the tastiest entries but the best part is that the tasting is open to anyone who shows up and pays $5 (children under 5 are free). With that, you can sample any and all of the entries to your heart’s content. The proceeds go to help support Bigfork, an unincorporated community that functions through a dedicated group of citizens who continually volunteer their time and resources

“This will be the 28th year for Tamarack Time Food Festival, originally the brain child of the late Elna and George Darrow who spearheaded it to create a sense of community among the local residents and a way to celebrate our beautiful falls in Bigfork,” says Gretchen Gates, owner of Eva Gates Fudge.

Tamarack Time is family-friendly with pumpkin carving, hay bales, free apple pressing (bring your own ½ bushel or more and a container), live music, all-day specials at the Bigfork Merchants and every kind of fall fun imaginable. Plus, it’s a great photo op for friends and family.

The tasting begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 and it’s all located all up and down Electric Avenue in Bigfork Village. Eat, play and have a ton of fun, then stick around for the Oktoberfest celebration at the Garden Bar where you can get free beer and brats (if you can possibly eat any more) for Customer Appreciation starting at 2pm. For more information visit the Bigfork Chamber site.

We’ll see you there, Saturday, October 8th in Bigfork on Electric Avenue. Who doesn’t love the comfort foods of fall, right?

A little homage to fall in Northwestern Montana:

For those of you who don’t know about Tamaracks. They are tree native to Canada but spread down to the northern US. The name “tamarack” comes from the Algonquian word meaning “wood used for snowshoes.” What is unique about the Tamarack is that it is a deciduous “evergreen.” In the fall, the needles turn a bright color of deep yellow and bronze and then drop before winter, but not before exploding into a glorious vista across the mountains and valleys of western Montana, particularly in the Flathead Valley. A fall drive to see the Tamaracks is surely worth it!

Photo from available property 68 Rivers Bigfork, Montana