Denim & Diamonds

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, the 7th annual Denim & Diamonds gala takes off! Indulge in an evening of dinner, drinks, socializing, karaoke, dancing, and more as we come together to raise money for two deserving local nonprofits. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit MOR4Kids and the YWCA Missoula. Tickets are available for $65 per person and tables of ten are available for $650. Both can be purchased online at This event is presented by Clearwater Credit Union. 

Ken Little: Trophy Room

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the exhibit Trophy Room by Ken Little at the Missoula Art Museum, you’ve got twenty-eight days left to see it! Through December 28, observe the curio collection of taxidermy animals. Ken Little makes sculptures by piecing used leather products, dollar bills, and other found objects onto taxidermy forms to give new life to the traditionally stiff and lifeless animal trophy mount. Ken Little explains: 

“One day in the studio I was working on a rather weathered, old deer head mount that had been abused. The nose was rotted off, the eyes were missing, and the antlers were broken. I began to try to return it to some sort of grace or dignity, by rebuilding the eyes. I then ‘armored’ the whole thing in Lucky beer cans (for the hunters!). I repaired the antlers. And then, I started to use parts of an old leather shoe to replace the nose. AAH HA! I was returning the skin back to the animal; I was Dr. Frankenstein to this beast!”


Your favorite colorful characters from the world of Dr. Seuss come to life in this musical extravaganza. Through the narration of the Cat in the Hat, you’ll meet big-hearted Horton the Elephant. Horton’s faithfulness and loyalty lead him on epic adventures in egg-sitting and protecting a dust-sized Who world. He also befriends a disillusioned boy named Jojo, who, like him, feels “Alone in the Universe.” With spectacular music and lyrics by Tony Award-winning team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Fiaherty, you and your family will be transported and uplifted this holidays season! This musical is rated G. Show dates run December 5 though December 22. Visit for tickets or more information. 

Parade of Lights

Come see the lights from around the world on Saturday, December 7 between 1 and 7 p.m.! The Missoula downtown association kicks off the holiday season with a day of free family activities. Enjoy free and low cost children’s activities, holiday carolers, performers, hot cocoa, and cookies and then end the evening with a stroll through the brightly lighted streets of downtown Missoula. Spoiler alert, Santa will be at the new Missoula Mercantile Residence Inn by Marriott at 1 p.m., followed by photos with Santa! This year’s theme of “Lights Around the World” was chosen in celebration of all cultures and religions.