Your Monthly Guide to Missoula: December 2022

Your Monthly Guide to Missoula: December 2022

Wintertime in Missoula is nothing short of a wonderland, especially in December. Why this month? Well, it's perfectly positioned between late fall and late winter. So, one moment the sun could be shining against a robin-egg blue sky, and the next moment, that sky could be transformed into a whirlwind of soft, fluffy snowflakes. Because of this enchanting behavior, some of the best hiking (or strolling) around Missoula actually takes place in December—making it the perfect time for holiday pop-up markets, horse-drawn carriage rides, and tons of downtown activities for the whole family to enjoy. And for those of you looking for warm indoor gatherings, there are plenty of musical and theatrical performances to keep you happy (and toasty!) all month long. Check out our hand-picked list of exciting December events below, and don't forget to view the rest of our jam-packed events calendar.

What's Up in December

1-24: Santa Claus Visits @ Southgate Mall

1-11: MRT Musical: Hearst, a Yuletide Tale @ UM Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center 32 Campus Drive

2: Annual Holiday Open House @ The ZACC 

2-4: Missoula Symphony - Holiday Pops! @ UM Dennison Theatre PARTV

2: Little Red Truck's European Christmas Market @ Missoula Fairgrounds 

2: First Friday: Holiday Gift Pop-up and Open House @ Montana Natural History Center

2: Planetarium Show @ UM Payne Family Native American Center, Room 013 Basement

2-4: Hello Winter! Performance @ West Side Theater

2-18: Harry Connick Jr.'s The Happy Elf @ MCT Center for the Performing Arts

3: Kids Activities Throughout Downtown @ Downtown Missoula

3: Photos with Santa Claus @ The Missoula Public Library

3: Parade of Lights Events & Holiday Village @ Downtown Missoula

3: Tree Lighting Event @ the XXXX's Downtown

3-4, 10-11, & 17-18: Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides @ Missoula Art Park

7: DIY Holiday Wreaths @ Highlander Brewing

11: Missoula Holiday MADE Fair @ The Adams Center

15: Tell Us Something: Live Storytelling @ The Wilma

17: Revival Comedy Benefit @ The ZACC

22: Reggie Watts @ The Wilma 

31: Missoula On Main @ Downtown Missoula 

31: The Lil Smokies @ The Wilma

31: Shakewell & Desperate Electric @ Top Hat

Local Missoula band "Shakewell" performing at the Top Hat. Photo by Brian Rapaport.

Recurring Events

Tuesdays: Open Mic Night @ Cranky Sam Public House

Wednesdays: Karaoke @ The BadlanderTrivia and Karaoke @ The Eagles Lodge #32

Thursdays: Jazz Night @ The Old Post

Fridays & Saturdays: Live Music @ The Jack Saloon

First Friday of Every Month: First Friday @ Downtown Missoula

Second Friday of the Month: Missoula Makers Market @ Oi! Yoi! Studio 308

Saturdays: Missoula Valley Winter Market @ Southgate Mall

If you're giving dry a try this month, Missoula has plenty of spots for mocktails. Check out some of our favorites

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