Top 5 (Lesser known) Winter Activities & Events in Southwest Montana

Winter is one of our favorite seasons here at the Gallatin River Lodge. Snow blankets the mountains and the valleys, bringing quiet days and starry nights. But that doesn’t quiet down the amount of things to do in Southwest Montana. Many guests hit the slopes for downhill skiing, or explore Yellowstone by snowcoach or snowmobile, but we have compiled some great activities and events that you might not be familiar with for your next trip. Here are 5 fun activities and events to add to your “winter fun list!"

Cross Country Ski in West Yellowstone (daytrip)
Rendezvous ski trails in West Yellowstone boasts 35 kilometers of gently rolling, groomed trails that are willing to please beginners and excite advanced skiers alike! Best of all, all the gear you need to rent is only a walk away at Freeheel and Wheel. You can call them at 406-646-7744. For more info on the Rendezvous trail please visit:

cross counry skiing

Explore  Lewis & Clark Caverns by candlelight
Experience the Caverns like the original discoverers! Lewis & Clark Caverns give tours by candlelight throughout December. Tickets go on sale Dec. 2nd- reservations are required. Coffee & hot cocoa provided at visitor center after tour! Check out their site at:

lewis and clark caverns

Go See the Nutcracker

Continue the holiday tradition by joining the Montana Ballet Company in their performance of the Nutcracker, December 1st & 2nd at 7pm. You can call MBC at 406-586-8702 or go online to buy tickets. For more visit:

Visit the Bozeman Winter Farmers Market
Take in the Montana experience with locally grown produce, baked goods and handmade arts, jewelry and crafts. The winter market is every second Saturday at 9am- 12pm in the Emerson Center Ballroom. To look up dates go to:

Get into the holiday spirit at the Bozeman Christmas Stroll

This season will mark the 37th Annual Bozeman Christmas Stroll December 2nd. Hang out with Santa, make gingerbread houses, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, go caroling & more! Events kick off at 12:30pm at the Emerson Center and stroll officially starts at 4:30pm and goes till 7:30pm. For more information visit:

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-Brianna Dudek, Reservations