Whitewood Transport was chosen to haul the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree based on the reputation their drivers have in the trucking industry. Larry Spiekermeier, who has 1.6-million accident free miles with the company, was selected to make the drive from the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana on a custom Kenworth T680 Advantage, which will haul a trailer specially designed for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour. Larry was named Motor Carriers of Montana “Driver of the Year” in 2009 and 2015 and hauling specialized equipment with a payload of 100,000 to 130,000 pounds is second nature for him. Larry will be joined on the road by his wife Mary Ann for the first 900 miles. A second Whitewood truck driven by Grant Coleman with 70 smaller trees and eight pallets of Made in Montana ornaments will also make the trip. At each stop, Larry and his crew will visit with those attending the event about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Larry’s also got a few surprises to hand out to the kids at each stop. So, make sure to join us on our journey and Look for Larry when he comes through your town! Monday, Nov. 13: •Eureka, MT 11:00 a.m. | Eureka Town Hall | 11 Dewey Avenue •Whitefish, MT 2:30 pm | Don K Whitefish Dealership | 6219 Highway 93 South Tuesday, Nov. 14: •Libby, MT 9:00 a.m. | Libby High School | 150 Education Way •Troy, MT 11:30 a.m. | Troy Museum | 141 St. Regis Haul Rd. •Trout Creek, MT 3:30 pm | 11 Park Street Wednesday, Nov. 15: •Thompson Falls, MT 10:00 a.m. | 809 Main Street •Missoula, MT 6:00 p.m. | Southgate Mall | 2901 Brooks St. Thursday, Nov. 16: •Helena, MT 11:00 a.m. | 1301 E 6th Ave between Montana Ave | Roberts Street •Great Falls, MT 6:00 p.m. | Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center | 4201 Giant Springs Road Friday, Nov. 17: •Harlem/Fort Belknap, MT 11:00 a.m. | Tourism Office | 143 Assiniboine Avenue •Glasgow, MT 3:00 p.m. | Valley Event Center | 54141 Highway #2 Saturday, Nov. 18: •Glendive, MT 8:00 a.m. | Albertson’s parking lot | 307 Harmon Street
November 13, 2017 - November 18, 2017
A Billings Thanksgiving weekend tradition of more than 30 years, Tchaikovsky’s enchanted Nutcracker Ballet is sure to get you into the holiday spirit! For information about this concert or to purchase tickets, visit the Symphony's website at www.billingssymphony.org or call (406) 252-3610.
November 25, 2017 - November 26, 2017
During November, West Yellowstone, Montana comes alive in color! The early snow brings cross-country skiers from around the world to learn and train on the superior Rendezvous Trail System, in fact seven international teams have used the Rendezvous to prepare themselves for the Olympics. Residents of this small mountain community eagerly await this season each year - looking forward to greeting old friends and meeting new ones. Plenty of lodging choices, some with kitchens and some with full training table meal plans, are available. Many restaurants are open to cater to this special crowd, as well. Thanksgiving week, as always, will feature kids and adult Nordic ski clinics, manufacturer's exhibits, motivational talks, wax clinics, racing events and an overall warm feeling of camaraderie. Everyone is welcome from novice to expert. It is important to note that Yellowstone National Park is not open during this period of time. Clinic and race headquarters are based in the Holiday Inn.
November 21, 2017 - November 26, 2017
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park offers candlelight tours in December, weather permitting. See the cave as the original discoverers did, by candlelight. The tour covers two miles. 1 1/4 miles of this is outside and may require walking to and from the cave through snowy conditions. Dress for walking in snow, wind and cold temperatures. Coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be available at the visitor center. Candles will be provided. For safety reasons, the first (upper) half of the caverns will be shown with the lights on. The lower half of the cave will be by candlelight. Parents need to use their own judgment if children will be comfortable in the darkness of the cave. Young children will not be given a candle lantern. Children 5 and under are discouraged from attempting the tour. Reservations are required. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for children. Candles and lanterns are provided with the cost of the tour. Reservations accepted starting December 2nd, at the park office (406) 287-3541. Dec. 13, 20, 21,22, 27, 28 Times of the tours will be 10:00, 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 2:45.
December 16, 2017 - December 30, 2017