Christmas Stroll to feature firefighters, food trucks, Frosty and Santa

By: 
Samantha Hill

Livingston residents will kick off the holiday season Friday at the Livingston Downtown Christmas Stroll with new attractions and more activities.

The event, which starts at 4 p.m., takes over the downtown area on Main Street. Over the last couple of years, it has grown to include more businesses on Second and Callendar streets.

Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce Director Leslie Feigel said last year was her first year overseeing the Stroll and she is happy it has grown since then.

“I have heard so much about people talking about Bozeman’s stroll, but I think people are starting to recognize Livingston’s more,” she said.

Though the event has been going on for years, there are some new aspects of the Stroll.  The recently opened “The Cool Cafe” will have cookie decorating and Park County Rural Fire Distirct #1 will help light Callendar Street with its trucks to make getting around a little easier.

Another new attraction is a food truck established by Ambrosia Catering and Design.  

Grace Basirico, who owns the business, said she began the food truck as a way to make some extra money during the winter season.

Although the truck has been operating since Halloween, the Stroll is expected to grow its popularity. The business will sell tacos during the Stroll but offers other foods each week.

However, the Stroll will still have many annual favorites, such as the sled dogs, Santa and Frosty, crafts, hot drinks and shopping at open businesses. Children will have the opportunity to win prizes through activities.

With the recent snowstorm, colder weather is possible, but Feigel said she is not concerned.

“We have seen year after year that weather doesn’t keep people away, plus we have a lot of fire pits this year,” she said.

There will be six fire pits on the streets, along with a couple of heat lamps so that people can stay out longer.

Street closures begin at 4 p.m. and many of the events begin at 5 p.m., ending at 8 p.m. For a full list of activities, call the Chamber at 222-0850 or visit its Facebook page.

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