Christmas traditions: Holiday light displays in Billings, MT

With the days until Christmas dwindling and families fully immersed in holiday madness, perhaps you’re looking for a way to add some magic to the season for your family. The answer might just be the long-standing tradition of piling the family into the car and seeking the best and the brightest Christmas light displays.

Now, you may have seen lists floating around guiding you to various holiday light displays in Billings, but we turned to two generations of the Thomae family of Laurel for their go-to hot spots of Christmas light awesomeness, which includes at least two homes that are worthy of your ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs,’ that Mama Thomae says are never on any lists she’s ever seen. Following we’ll highlight just a few of the homes that have extra happenings, but look below for a full slideshow - with addresses.

Josephine Crossing has once again brought their version of Whoville to the Billings Community.  Not only are the homes decked out in various Whoville themes, but they've also got the Grinch and a variety of Whos on hand collecting canned food items to be donated to the Billings Food bank.

Directions: Take Mullowney Lane to Elysian and take a left. Whoville lights will be visible all along Front Street. Cars can drive south on Front Street and follow Front to the right where it Ys, then turn left at the end of Front, take a left on Lone Pine to view more lights, and another left on Golden Hollow to exit the neighborhood.

(Directions via Kelly Smith of McCall Homes).

Rockin’ Christmas Light Display

Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 2013 @ 6pm-9:45pm

943 Kale Drive (off Bench and Wicks, past Bitterroot School)

You’ve seen the videos of Christmas lights “dancing” to music on YouTube, now you can experience the real deal live in Billings. This home, located in the Billings Heights, has the lights set to dance to the tunes of the Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Manheim Steamroller, and other artists. This particular light show is not only about providing entertainment, but raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Montana, according to Brenda Kelly.

4516 Stone Street is also collecting toys for Toys for Tots.

We invite you to take a 'stroll' through the bright and beautiful lights of Billings in our slideshow provided from the Thomae family's 2013 holiday light adventures. Did we miss any of your favorite spots? Head over to Simply Family Magazine's Facebook page to share your pictures.

Wishing you and yours a bright and beautiful holiday season!