It’s a magical time of year, and many historic mansions in Montana are celebrating the holidays in several unique ways.
Anthony Schrillo, with the original Governors Mansion in Helena, tells Yourbigsky there will be open house tours on December 10 from noon to 3 pm. And, of course, the mansion will be decorated beautifully for the holidays. The Helena Conservatory will also have musical performances from the Dulches and the Treblemakers. Schrillo also mentions that the Montana Historical Society will have a special exhibit featuring historic Christmas items. Learn more about the rich history of Montana’s Capitol by clicking here.
The Moss Mansion Museum in Billings celebrates the holidays with at least 15 Christmas Trees scattered throughout the home. Each one is decorated by a local nonprofit or sponsored business. Guests that visit the mansion can vote on their favorite tree. Other categories include Best in Show and the People’s Choice winner. The winner of the contest gets 150 dollars to give to a charity of their choice. The theme this year is Wild about Christmas so expect to see trees decorated with animals. Holiday self-paced tours of the mansion are from noon to 3 pm every day except Tuesday with special holiday admission. Additional evening tours begin on the last three Thursdays and Fridays in December from 5 pm to 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or call 406-256-5100 for private tours.
The Daly Mansion in Hamilton, Montana, is throwing a community Christmas party at this historic home. The part begins December 17 from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be a live performance from the Bitterroot Community Band and the Bitterroot Vallet Ragtime Society. Hot cocoa and cider will be served as well as tasty holiday treats. Guests will have a chance to tour the mansion themselves and see it decorated for the season.
Brit Clark with the Conrad Mansion Museum in Kalispell says the home was built in 1895, so they try to stick to Victorian Era Christmas decorations. The Conrads loved Christmas and would hold community events in their home for the holidays. Clark says they would invite orphans over to celebrate Christmas because they wanted everyone to be merry during this time of year. The mansion keeps the spirit of the Conrads and Christmas very much alive. They have their Christmas Tea and Tours event on December 17 and also have Candlelight tours of the mansion on December 15, 16, 22, and 23. Clark also adds they will have a radio production of a Christmas Carol on December 2 – 3 at 7 pm and on December 3 – 4 at 2 pm. The local radio station, KGEZ, will take one of the recordings and air it on Christmas for all to enjoy.
Check out these historic homes to get into the holiday spirit! Traveling to these homes would also make for a great Christmas memory.