According to the good folks over at Missoula Events, here are this week's family friendly holiday activities happening in Missoula. Don't forget to keep an eye on the ZACC as well, they typically have fun ornament crafting projects each Saturday.

Thursday, December 11th

"Winter Wonderettes" MCT Premiere Night

6:00 p.m. at Missoula Children's Theater

Those cooky Wonderettes--Missy, Suzy, Betty Jean, and Cindy Lou--are back facing a crazy new challenge...find Santa! Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and let the Wonderettes put a smile on your face and a song in your heart!

Friday, December 12th


7:00 p.m. at the Southgate Mall Clock Court

Tubas of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities celebrate our 25th year of this great local event. You won't believe your ears and eyes!

The Nutcracker - Garden City Ballet

7:30 p.m. at the University of Montana

Garden City Ballet, Missoula's Ballet Company, is pleased to present the 30th annual production of The Nutcracker, featuring the talent of Missoula area dancers, actors, and professional guest artists. Don't miss this holiday favorite full of intrigue and fantasy with a magical blend of Tchaikovsky's music and irresistible ballet. The Nutcracker is a Christmas season classic that will touch the lives of young and old alike. Missoula's very own Nutcracker, a seasonal treasure, will perform Friday through Sunday December 12th, 13th, and 14th. Show times are December 12th at 7:30 PM, December 13th at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM, and December 14th at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. All performances will take place in the Montana Theatre in the PAR-TV building on the UM campus. All seats reserved. Garden City Ballet is a non-profit organization.

Evening: $25. Matinee: $20 tickets available for purchase online at, by phone (406-243-4051 or 1-888-MONTANA), or from any of the following GrizTix outlets: Adams Center, Worden's Market, Southgate Mall, The Source in the UC, and MSO Hub. (Additional ticketing fees apply.)

To learn more, please visit

"Winter Wonderettes" will be on again at the MCT on Friday

Saturday, December 13th

Chief Charlo Holiday Craft Fair

9:00 a.m. at Chief Charlo Elementary School

Bring your children to visit with Santa, Saturday, December 14 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM and get your holiday shopping done at the same time! While visiting Santa, take some time to check out our local vendors from 9 am to 4 pm! Enjoy food, holiday music, kids crafts, and of course...SANTA! Come hungry! We are selling chili, pizza, hot chocolate, and apple cider. Chief Charlo Elementary is located at 5600 Longview Dr. We look forward to seeing you!

Christmas Tea and Treats

10:00 a.m. at the Old Flynn Ranch

Enjoy a day of tea and treats at the Old Flynn Ranch. Dec 13 and 14 from 10-5pm Reservations recommended 360-4870

Saturday Family Art Workshop: Starry Night

11:00 a.m. at the Missoula Art Museum

Starry Night with Barbara Morrison is free admission.

Learn to make beautiful star shapes with thread and yarn. Then use your creations as holiday decorations. Saturday Family Art Workshops provide a great opportunity for parents and children to make art together. Older children (7 and older) can also come alone to take part in the fun. All classes are from 11 AM - 12:30 PM. To be ensured a spot please be timely. These popular workshops fill-up quickly!

Christmas Psychic Reading Fair

11:00 a.m. at Water Lilies

Come on in and get your Christmas Stocking Stuffers. We have lots of little things for your Christmas gift ideas. We have Yule and Christmas Wishing Balls. The ornaments are filled with herbs and crystals for your wishing. You can hang them in your window or on your tree etc.. We also have Protection and Healing Ornaments as well.

Lots of goodies for your Holiday and for YULE!!

On Saturday, December 13th from 11am to ?? We will have 3 readers doing Christmas Psychic Readings.


Our readers will be:


Leatrice Sea

Sarah Reads the Tarot

Teri Curtis


Come on down and visit and get your Christmas wish reading and see whats in store for you during the holidays and then shop for your loved one or someone special.


Blessings to you all and hope to see some of you on Saturday.


~Debbie and Natalie

Cookies 'n Crafts at the Library

12:00 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library

Join MPL's Children's department for the annual holiday Cookies 'n Crafts session. Designed for the whole family to participate, with holiday-themed crafts and sugar cookies to decorate.

For more information, call the library at 721-2665 (BOOK) or visit


Kids Holiday Gift Making Workshop

1:00 p.m. at the Franklin Elementary School Gym

Is there anything better than a holiday gift hand-made by a child? The Franklin Elementary PTA is hosting a workshop! We will have all kinds of supplies, ideas and helping hands. Parents are welcome to stay and create with the kids, or drop them off and let us be the helpers.

Three full hours of crafting, stories and snacks!

Just $15 for one kid, $10 for each additional kid.

Sunday, December 14th

holiday MADE fair

11:00 a.m. at the University of Montana

Missoula's Holiday MADE Fair is more than your ordinary arts and craft market - and in its eighth year, it will be bigger and better than ever! The free alternative crafts fair, which will be held on Sunday, December 14, at the Adams Center, has expanded in size and scope, featuring handmade and artisan products from regional artists as well as family- and hipster-friendly activities.

More booths and participants than ever before: over 170 regional artists will attend.

More non-profit involvement than ever before.

More room to shop: two upper gyms have been added to the fun and the floor plan will be altered to maximize space and shopper comfort.

An extra entrance, behind Griz Stadium, and extra parking, in Lot W, will allow better and easier access.

Santa Claus will visit MADE Fair kids from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


The Winter Wonderettes show at the MCT and The Nutcracker with Garden City Ballet also continue through the weekend.
Wednesday, December 31st

First Night Missoula
12:00 p.m. all over Missoula

First Night Missoula 201521st Annual New Year's Eve Celebration of the Arts
Kids 7 and under are free, adults are $15 if you get your button in advance at more than 20 locations around Missoula, $18 on New Year's Eve day.