Under downtown Bozeman’s signature ‘spider’ lights I sipped a decadent hot chocolate from Wild Joe’s during the annual Christmas Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 4. From 4:30-7:30 p.m. Main Street became a holiday wonderland, albeit without the snow. For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bozeman’s annual holiday celebration returned to normal, with one night dedicated to celebrating holiday cheer and showcasing local food vendors, artists, nonprofits and feeding attendees into the many shops and bars downtown. In addition to the delightful local vendors were acrobats from 406Cirque, a photo-op with Santa himself at the Baxter Hotel, live music acts and choral performances by six local high school, middle school and elementary school choirs. Among my favorite activities at the stroll was the opportunity to make the flame… flame on a hot air balloon in the middle of Main Street. With everything from fry bread to vegan delicacies and free hot cocoa, there was a great snack for everyone in attendance. Despite the fact that in my three years at MSU, this was by far the busiest I’ve ever seen the event, the overwhelming holiday cheer emanating from the crowd overshadowed the fact that I was shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers for three blocks straight, and there was a line out the door of most every bar. The annual Christmas Stroll is a great reminder of the community spirit of Bozeman, and is well worth every MSU student’s attendance.