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Dec 21, 2011 12:13 PM by Brittany Wooley - KTVQ

Holiday fun in Billings

BILLINGS - Christmas is just days away, and Billings is buzzing with holiday activities.

Driving around to admire the Christmas lights that line Billings houses is a top holiday attraction. Dr. Brad Fuller and his parents started the tradition of decking out their house with lights when Fuller was growing up. Now, the light display at his clinic, Fuller Family Medicine, is one of several sights to see in Billings.

"I've seen quite a few neat displays in Billings over the years. It used to be out in Laurel, now the Heights, down here on the West End. I think people are embracing it all over," Fuller said.

A few housing communities have decorated their streets using a theme. These include: Candy Cane Lane on Avenue E between Rehberg Lane and 32nd Street West, Christmas Wreath Lane on Avenue D west of the West Park Plaza mall, and Misfit Lane on Glantz Drive. There are also several houses in the Heights that are worth a trip to see, including one using more than 42,000 lights on Alkali Creek Road.

If you are looking to stay indoors, a tour of the Christmas-filled Moss Mansion House Museum might be right up your alley. More than a dozen Christmas trees decorated by community volunteers and non-profits are spread throughout the historic 1903 mansion.

Several Billings churches are working to bring the spirit of Christmas back to its origin.
St. Bernard Catholic Church in the Heights is doing a re-enactment of the story of Bethlehem at their Christmas Eve masses.

A number of other churches are displaying nativity scenes outside including St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral and West Side Baptist Church.

More than 100 small Nativities from about 20 countries will be displayed Thursday and Friday nights at the LDS church on 36th and Monad from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Here is a link to the event on Facebook.

"Things get crazy, and this is a nice way to in a short time if you only have a short time, if you only have a short time, to pause, go in, soak up some of that spirit. It can kind of reset your emotional status to where you're enjoying the season and not just caught up in running around," event organizer Holly Beck said.

ZooMontana is celebrating the holidays with a drive-through light display.

And, what's Christmas without visiting Santa? He is at the zoo, Rimrock Mall, and West Park Plaza.

"He is a very good person. I like Santa because he gives presents," Megan Copple said.

So, during the next days, make a list of things to do before Christmas, and check them off once or even twice.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Q2.

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