The holiday season officially kicks off downtown with the arrival Santa Claus, a full day of family friendly activities, the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree and Uncle Johnny passing out from too much eggnog. Okay, maybe that last one just happens at our house. The rest of it -- and a ton more -- happens at the Parade of Lights throughout downtown Missoula, starting at 9 AM and culminating in a parade and tree lighting. Visit missouladowntown.com for a full schedule. Free.