DECEMBER 11, 4-7 PM, DEPOT PARK
BRIGHT NEWS: Livingston's Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), in partnership with Downtown Livingston Business Improvement District (LBID) and Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) (collectively called the Explore Livingston Coalition) have teamed up with the nonprofit Holiday Lights Committee who have labored tirelessly to light up Livingston for years, Livingston Depot Center, Livingston Parks & Recreation and generous donors and partners to present a NEW holiday event intended to complement beloved holiday events including the Holiday Stroll, Polar Express viewing, Holiday Market and Craft Fairs, and other Livingston classics.
The goal is to safely celebrate Livingston after a tough few years, draw winter visitors to spend time and money in Livingston, and is an inclusive way for the Tourism economy to invest in the community. Light Up Livingston Celebration will take place Saturday, December 11 from 4-7 pm at the Depot Park and debut a new, densely lit Christmas Tree, thanks to Ace Hardware, that will be lit for the first time at 5:30 pm. While the Downtown Snowflake Lights and Depot Holiday Lights will have already been turned on by Thanksgiving, during the day of the event lights will be temporarily off so that in a magical moment, all Livingston Holiday Lights will come on at once!
Light Up Livingston will feature: family fun including Carol singing and musicians from the High School, a candy cane and holiday scavenger hunts, StoryWalk, chalk on the walk, holiday cookie kits from LINKS, and beloved holiday characters for photos. Hot drinks will be served and the Murray Bar will sell libations to spike the hot drinks for adults, Katabatic Brewing will be selling beer, and the Chef's Table Food Truck will have a menu of Gourmet Sausages, Mac-n-Cheese, Pretzels with Cheese Sauce, Vegan Chili and S'more bowls. Tourism Business Improvement District is subsidizing the food costs this first year so that food is $5 an item.
We encourage all Downtown and area businesses to be open during the event, as the Snowflakes will also draw people downtown and we are deliberately not shuttling participants to the area with the intention that they may park downtown to encourage shopping. If your business would like to offer any specials or promotions in conjunction with Light Up Livingston, let us know and we will help promote it along with the event.
Light Up Livingston in its first year is a pilot event and the goal is to grow it into a larger event, with vendors inside the Depot when we are post-pandemic, that will draw guests from far and wide to boost Livingston's slower winter economy.
NOTE: Livingston's Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), in partnership with Downtown Livingston Business Improvement District (LBID) and Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is collectively called the Explore Livingston Coalition and all are funded by downtown district property or hotel bed taxes to support Livingston's business and tourism economy. This group is not a membership-driven organization so serves all Downtown and hospitality businesses in Livingston and does not charge for their services, but rather provides services, projects, marketing, and grants supporting events that bring tourism dollars into Livingston's economy. Learn more at https://www.downtownlivingston.org/ and https://www.explorelivingstonmt.com/ or email email@example.com with any questions.
Event presenters Tourism Business Improvement District; sponsors of marketing, event fees and insurance, subsidizing food costs, giveaway tent with Livingston tumblers, candy, hand warmers, and hand-knitted goods cleaned by Persnickety Dry Cleaners.
Holiday Lights of Livingston, a community-funded holiday project; Depot Lights
Livingston Depot; Family Holiday Photos by the Livingston Depot Foundation & Hot Drinks
Livingston Parks and Recreation; Candy Cane Hunt & StoryWalk
Ace Hardware of Livingston; NEW densely lit Christmas tree with Monrovian topper
Links for Learning; Holiday Scavenger Hunt, selling Christmas Cookies
Chef’s Table Food Truck; selling warm food & cool soft drinks
Katabatic Brewing; local beer made just down the block!
Murray Bar; select liquors to spike hot drinks. Visit the Murray Bar across the street for other cocktails.
Rural Fire Department; safety and assistance, donation of knitted goods
Rotary Club; volunteers