Get ready to stroll

Stanford’s Christmas Stroll to host multiple events Dec. 8
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Nola Lawen joyfully greets Santa at last years’ stroll. Photo courtesy of Vicky McCray

The Christmas Stroll in Stanford is approaching and will take place across town starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Events include a Christmas craft show and chili at City Hall, a live nativity scene, fried treats, photos with Santa, a book signing, business open houses, the annual wreath auction and more. As an added bonus from Mother Nature, the weather is forecast to be in the 40s.

Christmas Craft Show at City Hall (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

The day starts off with a Holiday Craft Show at City Hall. This event features quality-crafted items made by local individuals as well as name brands. Additionally, free, homemade chili and cinnamon rolls will be served by the Stanford Ambulance Crew starting around 10 a.m. They can also check your blood pressure and answer basic medical questions.

There are over 25 vendors participating in the Christmas Craft Show. Homemade items include Johnny’s Candies by Doreen Caquelin, woodwork by Dean and JoAnn Roland, repurposed vintage items by Gail Ledbetter, baked goods, crocheted gifts and more. Also there will be several brands including Scensi, H2O Cleaning Supplies, Rodan and Fields and Usborne Borne Books and more.

There will also be a Kids’ Craft Table to help entertain little ones while parents shop. Mindy Claver will be there to help the kids make reindeer ornaments, which is a 15-minute project.

Book Signing at Prairie Collection (starting at 10:30 a.m.)

Samuel Phillips will be at Prairie Collection in the Basin Trading Post starting at 10:30 a.m. to sign his new book “By Unlawful Means: The Tragic Saga of Outlaw William ‘Bill’ Gay.”

Santa at the Wolves’ Den (1 p.m. – 2:30)

Santa is coming down from the North Pole to the Wolves’ Den to sit for photos and hear Christmas wishes.

Santa will arrive at the Wolves’ Den at 1 p.m. and be there until 2:30. There will also be free coffee and ‘stroll-icious world-famous sugar cookies.’

Live Music at the Library (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

The Judith Basin Free County Library will host live music from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with Jerome Kolar on the keyboard, Dr. Ron Neal on guitar and Jordan Jensen, a vocalist for the Great Falls Symphony, on vocals. Hot cider and cookies will be served.

Live Nativity Scene (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

A new addition to the Stanford Christmas Stroll this year is a live nativity scene in the small park on Central Ave. next to Basin Trading Post. To celebrate the birth of Christ, Basin Bible Fellowship will be there with a goat, sheep and maybe even a donkey, as well as three wise men, Mary and Joseph, shepherds and an innkeeper.

Open Houses at Businesses

Up and down Stanford's main street downtown and beyond, businesses will host open houses with drawings, door prizes, treats, specials and more. Stop in each to find out what prizes and

treats they offer.

The hours vary slightly, but treats will be available across town morning and afternoon.

Downtown bussinesses' open houses include the Judith Basin Press (3 p.m. - 4 p.m.), Andy's Barber Shop and New Image Salon (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.), B's Boutique (all day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.), D's Grocery (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.), Guitars of Montana (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.), Dauna's Deli (all day), Pioneer Hardware (12 p.m. - until the crowd fades), Stockman Bank (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.), Prairie Collection (all day), Mid State Artist's Gallery (all day), the Waterhole (all day), 4Gs Tire and Repair (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.).

Additional businesses also hosting open houses are RPM Ag (2 p.m. - 4 p.m.), which is on Central Ave. just across the railroad tracks, and Double B's (all day, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.) at the entrance to Stanford on Highway  87, which would make a great stop before the craft show or before the wreath auction.


Stampede Club Free , Fried, Finger Food (1 p.m. 4 p.m.)

Between Stockman Bank and the Forest Service Building, the Stampede Club will be frying up and giving away finger foods to warm strollers' fingers and bellies.

These include jalapeno poppers, onion rings, cheese sticks and more.


Wreath Auction (around 5-30 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

The Stanford Wreath Auction, benefitting the Stanford Beautification Committee, will take place at at the Waterhole Saloon after the Stanford Christmas Stroll, around 5:30 p.m.

The Wreath auction will be followed by free, live music from the Drew Laundry Band.


Editor's note: The Fit JB Fit Club is taking a break from the stroll this season.