DECEMBER 11, 4 - 7 PM, DEPOT PARK
The Livingston Tourism Business Improvement District is delighted to add a new holiday celebration to Livingston’s array of seasonal festivities. The inaugural Light Up Livingston Celebration is Saturday, December 11 from 4-7 pm in the Livingston Depot Rotary Park, 200 West Park Street, with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 pm debuting a densely lit new tree with a 3-foot Monrovian topper, thanks to Ace Hardware of Livingston. The goal is to bring a COVID-19 safe celebration to Livingston and our community after a tough few years, attract winter visitors to Livingston, and is an inclusive way for the Tourism economy to invest in the community. The Depot Park will be lit up through the New Year, thanks to the Holiday Lights Committee and donors, and Downtown is lit up with four-foot snowflake lights thanks to the Downtown Livingston Business Improvement District.
Light Up Livingston features fun for the whole family fun including:
* Holiday Carol singing and musicians from Park High School
* Candy Cane hunt and StoryWalk “Candy Cane Lane” from the Livingston Recreation Department
*Holiday Scavenger Hunt from LINKS for learning
* Chalk on the walk in the Depot Portico from Tourism Business Improvement District
* Special appearances from Elsa from Frozen, Frosty the Snowman from Sarah Skofield Insurance, and the Conductor of Polar Express from the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts.
* Santa will arrive at 5:30 pm to magically turn on all the holiday lights and then mingle with guests.
* The Depot Foundation will sell hot drinks and the Murray Bar will sell libations to adults to spike those hot drinks.
* Katabatic Brewing will be selling beer
* The Gourmet Cellar will serve sparkling and red wine outside of Uncorked
* LINKS for Learning will sell Christmas cookies
* Chef's Table Food Truck will have a menu of Gourmet Sausages, Mac-n-Cheese, Pretzels with Cheese Sauce, Vegan Chili, S'more bowls, and soft drinks. Nonprofits are subsidizing food costs and all food is $5 or less.
* Inside the Depot, the only activity will be family photos - please one family at a time for safety - photos will be taken in front of the Depot tree and families will receive one 4x6 print in a custom embossed card by Carla Racster to display on the mantle or to send to family and friends.
* The Livingston Model Railroaders will be running their model trains in the basement of the baggage building during the event, masks are required in this magical miniature train wonderland.
* The Livingston Tourism Business Improvement District will be giving away handwarmers, candy, safety reflectors, and handknit scarves from a generous donor to Park County Rural Fire District #1 cleaned by Persnickety Dry Cleaners.
* Holiday Lights of Livingston, a community-funded nonprofit that lights the Depot trees, will be in attendance.
Everyone is encouraged to shop, eat, drink and be merry at Downtown and area businesses. When you spend locally in Livingston, your dollars circulate seven times in the community, so we applaud everyone who supports Livingston’s small business economy.
We look forward to a bright and beautiful holiday season full of events and opportunities to support Livingston businesses. Also mark your calendars for ‘All is Bright Thursday Night’ when participating Downtown Livingston business will be open late for holiday shopping and dining December 2, 9, 16, and 23. Learn more and view a comprehensive slate of Livingston events at explorelivingstonmt.com/events
Light Up Livingston is a collaboration of the Livingston Tourism Business Improvement District, Livingston Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Downtown Livingston Business Improvement District (Explore Livingston Coalition), Holiday Lights of Livingston, the Livingston Depot, Livingston Parks and Recreation, LINKS for Learning, Ace Hardware of Livingston, Chef’s Table Food Truck, Katabatic Brewing, Murray Bar, the Gourmet Cellar/Uncorked, and Rural Fire District #1 with volunteer support from Rotary of Livingston.
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