There is something so festive about driving around town on a winter evening checking out Christmas light displays. Put holiday tunes on the radio, bring some hot cocoa and take a drive through Bozeman while getting into the holiday spirit. Here's a list of the best places to see Christmas lights in Bozeman. Scroll to the bottom for a map of all the places on this list!
1. Downtown Bozeman
For the classic Christmas display experience, a drive down Main Street is a must. The stores are decorated, the lampposts have lights strung and of course the four spider lights at each intersection. For locals, the downtown lights give a nostalgic feel of old Bozeman. Make sure to go to the corner of Main and Rouse to see the big pines lit up in the Soroptomist Park. Stay in the downtown vicinity and drive through the historic neighborhoods (especially Willson Avenue!) to see the beautiful homes and light displays.
2. Westridge Subdivision
This neighborhood has a very special tradition on Christmas Eve, the largest luminaria display in town! Westridge Subdivision is southeast of Kagy and S. 3rd and it is quite a sight to see the street glowing with votive candles inside paper sacks. The tradition in Bozeman began in 1967 when a couple lined their sidewalk and driveway on Highland Court in remembrance of a young Billings boy they knew. It has grown over the decades and now the majority of the neighborhood participates. If you can't make it on Christmas Eve, some are lit in the days leading up and it's still a great area for holiday light displays.
3. 8670 Fowler Lane
This one basically feels like Santa's workshop. There are so many lights and inflatables as you drive through. Keep an eye out for the Grinch!
4. 313 Powder River Ave
For the past several years, this has been a go-to stop for Christmas lights! You can see the flashing lights as you turn on to the street. Once you have a good spot, tune into the radio station they show you in the yard and watch the lights dance to the holiday music. Definitely, one not to miss! In fact, you'll probably end up staying at this one for a few songs.
5. 4486 Shadow Glen Drive
This has to be the best-decorated house in Bozeman, or at the very least the most decorated house! Seriously, there isn't one square inch of the yard that isn't filled with a holiday inflatable. The house is covered in lights, as is the roof. That's not all! The inside of the garage looks like Santa's workshop. This house is a must-see for Christmas!
6. Baxter Meadows and Baxter Meadows West Subdivisions
There isn't a specific home in these neighborhoods that are decorated. There are several throughout that are tastefully decorated and have the classic Christmas vibe. On Ferguson Avenue there are fun inflatables for the kids and as you wind around the streets there are lots of lights.
7. Sundance Springs and West Meadow Subdivisions
Like the previous suggestion, there isn't a specific home in these neighborhoods. In general, they both tend to have nice Christmas light displays throughout and are a good one to drive through on the south end of town.
8. Montana Hall
The center of campus glows with the lights on Montana Hall. You can drive by and get fairly close to see the lights, but this is also a good spot to stretch your legs and a walk up to see it closer.
It's worth the drive to a few Belgrade subdivisions to check out Christmas lights. Landmark, Countryside Estates and Cobblestone Subdivision have houses with good displays. Some places to make sure you go to while you're in Belgrade are 121 Keystone Drive and 527 Red Barn Drive.
10. Emerson Cultural Center
Okay, this one isn't a huge Christmas display but there's something about the big pine tree in front of this historic building all lit up that feels so festive! If you've got some extra time, go inside to the Emerson Grill for a drink because the inside of the building gives you all the Christmas feels.