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Christmas comes to downtown Missoula

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MISSOULA - Many Missoulians are getting into the Christmas spirit on Saturday with the streets of downtown busy with folks taking advantage of all the events taking place.

Red and green were out in full force as the annual holiday celebrations in downtown Missoula kicked off. Christmas trees adorned local businesses, and many hosted events that welcomed children of all ages.

One organization, in particular, was certainly feeling the spirit of giving. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows took to the sidewalk to out free beverages and snacks to passerby.

Odd Fellows Grand Secretary George Hill said they want to give back to the community so that people can see all the work they do for local charities.

“Our mission statement is to work with others, to help the the underprivileged, to work with Special Olympics. I think you should donate because a we can give back to the community, we can help," Hill said.

Just down the street, the Super Grizzly Dip was well underway, where Special Olympians and law enforcement raised money and awareness for the Montana Special Olympics.

“I feel very honored... I feel very happy... just all the cops that I have known here in Montana have helped me and they showed me the way to go to be positive and to be a positive role for the kids," Special Olympian Frank Zepeda said.

Last but not least, Santa touched down outside the Florence building and made his way inside, with an accompanying band of young guitarists.

As kids took photos with Old Saint Nick, dozens of musicians in the Childbloom Guitar Program played the holiday hymns that echoed through the central chamber.

The day was capped off with the Parade of Lights and the lighting of the Christmas tree by the Red Xs on North Higgins.

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