Downtown Missoula is kicking it up a notch this holiday season by offering free holiday gift wrapping the first three weekends in December. Folks can bring their gifts to the MSO Hub at 140 North Higgins on Fridays from 4-7 p.m .and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Wrapping, bows and tags are free, and tips will be donated to three Missoula-area nonprofit organizations:
- Ronald MacDonald House Nov. 30-Dec. 2
- Ride For Tanner Dec. 7-9
- The Parenting Place Dec. 14-16
Sponsored by the Missoula Downtown Association and the Downtown Business Improvement District, the free gift wrapping services will be staffed by volunteers supporting the efforts to improve the quality of life in our community and beyond.
“This is a great service that shoppers really enjoy, and it provides a fun and community-oriented way of supporting Missoula-area nonprofits,” said Todd Frank, owner of the Trail Head and Vice President of Advocacy for the Missoula Downtown Association. “I love that our downtown business owners are getting creative about the quality customer service you find downtown.”
Located at the corner of Higgins and Main, the MSO Hub is just across the street from the Central Park Parking Structure, where parking is always available and the first hour is always free. Additional parking is expected to be available in the new parking structure – Park Place – at the corner of Front and Pattee and will be free throughout the holiday shopping season. Additionally, all parking downtown is free evenings and weekends!
In addition to free parking and gift wrapping, downtown Missoula is hosting the Festival of Trees, Santa’s Arrival and the Parade of Lights, in addition to MCT’s “Miracle on 34th Street” and the Missoula Symphony’s holiday Pops Concert the weekend of
Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
The following weekend features downtown Missoula’s Holiday version of First Friday Gallery Night on December 7, which always offers exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment options throughout the evening. One of the highlights will take place at the MSO Hub where Glacier Country Montana will introduce “Flow State,” Warren Miller Entertainment’s 63rd release, and will host an autograph session with two of the film’s professional skiers. This ski film features a tour of the world’s most striking mountains, including those in Norway and Switzerland, and opens at the Wilma Theater Friday night at 8p.m..
That Holiday Shopping Weekend – December 7-9 – also features the incrediblypopular Missoula MADE Fair, held at the Holiday Inn-Downtown at the Park on Sunday from 11a.m.-6p.m.. Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) will offer gift wrapping there for a small donation. That evening at 8:30p.m. Sufjan Stevens, a talented singer-songwriter from Michigan, will perform at the Wilma Theater.
The third weekend of the month – December 14-16 – will showcase exceptional entertainment with “The Nutcracker“ performing at the Montana Theater on campus and “Pinocchio” at the Wilma Theater.
As you can see, Downtown Missoula is the hub for shopping, entertainment, dining and more this holiday season. Downtown Missoula is locally-owned, incredibly creative and unique with exemplary customer service, and lots of made-in-Montana products. These are things that will make this holiday season better than ever!
Downtown Calendar of Events
MCT’s Miracle on 34th Street
Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 5-9
First Friday Gallery Night
Friday, Dec. 7
Warren Miller’s Flow State
Friday, Dec. 7
Holiday Shopping Weekend
Sunday, Dec. 9
Sufian Stevens in Concert
Sunday, Dec. 9
Garden City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 16
Downtown Missoula Connecting Our Community!
For more information, call the Missoula Downtown Association (543-4238) or the MSO Hub (543-3300).