Starting Your Helena, Montana Christmas Tradition

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by Heidi O’Brien

So much of what we love about the holidays is tradition. Some traditions have been with us for generations – going to a Christmas church service. Some traditions are rather new – think the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon. Sadly, some traditions have been left behind as people have moved further away from their families and their roots. Fortunately, there is always a chance to make a new tradition.

One of my favorite Helena, Montana traditions is to visit our Capitol building to enjoy all the trees. Every department of the State decorates a tree that lines the hallways of the Capitol. Montana’s Capitol is stunning, add in the Christmas trees and it’s a magical place. This year I brought the Helena Tourism Alliance’s Program Coordinator, Anna Strange, to the Capitol with me so that we could share the experience of enjoying the beautiful trees. Next week, I’ll bring my children and my parents.

You too can stop by Montana’s Capitol, head up to the main floor and stroll the corridors and celebrate Montana with all the festive trees.  We encourage Montana visitors and residents alike to make Montana’s Capitol trees part of your holiday traditions.  You’ll be sure to leave full of the Christmas spirit.

Capitol Hours: Open Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Capitol is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Here’s a little preview of a few of our favorite trees: