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Christmas Stroll (first weekend of December)
The annual event, held the first Friday and Saturday evening, draws an enthusiastic crowd of revelers to kick off the Winter Season. Six blocks of Broadway Avenue are closed to vehicular traffic. Merchants and nonprofit organizations set up booths, shelters and fire pits (warming stations) for the event. Caroling, horse drawn wagon and sleigh rides, the blade parade, Santa Claus, children running to and fro, numerous galleries and shopping are all part of the merry making. Free drink and food abound. From hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee and serious hot drinks to a variety of hors d’oeuvres, roasted chestnuts and desserts, there is something for everyone.
Valentine’s Day (February 14th)
Plan your romantic getaway to Red Lodge for St Valentine’s Day, an important anniversary, or first opportunity. Reserve a room with a spa tub, a cozy gas fireplace and more. Request flowers and a bottle of wine in your room. Stroll historic Red Lodge visiting its many galleries, unique shops and fine restaurants.
National Finals Ski-Joring Races (second weekend of March)
This extremely popular spectator sport is held at the fair grounds in Red Lodge. Teams of horseback riders pulling skiers must navigate a course of slalom gates at a very fast pace.
Winter Carnival (3rd or 4th weekend in February)
Starting with a Friday evening Float Parade through downtown Red Lodge, this fun filled weekend on Red Lodge Mountain is enjoyed by skiers and non-skiers alike. There are fun and games for the entire family. Just about everyone in town turns out at noon on Saturday for the highly competitive “Cardboard Classic” downhill event. Winter Carnival is held on the 3rd or 4th weekend in February each year.
St Patrick’s Day (March 17) in GREEN RED LODGE
The Leprechauns must paint the sidewalks while the town sleeps. Red Lodge was a true melting pot of European and Scandinavian cultures as a mining town dating to the late 1800s. While the annual Festival of Nations in August celebrates Red Lodge’s diverse cultural heritage, March 17 is reserved to celebrate being Irish. Locals and visitors alike fill the town’s drinking establishments to live music, green beer and more. Surely, they can’t all be Irish!
Other Winter Sites and Activities in Red Lodge, MT
Visit the wildlife residents of the BNC in Red Lodge. While the bears will probably be snoozing, there should be great photo opportunities for mountain lions, lynx, wolves, foxes, coyote, elk, bison, deer, numerous raptors and more.
Skiing (Downhill & Cross Country)
The Red Lodge area offers some of the best downhill and cross country skiing in the country, especially if you want the mountain to yourself.