The Parade of Lights at 6 p.m. will bring bring the Christmas Spirit into Stevensville Friday evening, part of the weekend of activities throughout the town.

The First Friday events will include the usual open houses for many of the Main Street businesses and galleries, including The Rivers Mist Gallery and Lutzenhiser Jewelry. But, there's more.

During the day, St Mary's Mission Museum and Gift Shop on the west end of 4th Street will have a Nativity and St Nicholas exhibit and the gift shop will be open. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the historic Mission will have an open house. The museum and gift shop will also be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Montana Country Christmas Arts and Crafts Show will be throughout downtown Stevensville from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Also Friday, The North Valley Library will have ornaments, cards and fudge for sale starting at 5 p.m. Charla Bauman will sing in a free concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Bitterroot Valley Model Railroad Club will be in the basement of the Kohl Building from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The United Methodist Brass Ensemble will perform at Valley Drug and Variety from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Annual Parade of Lights will start at 6:30 p.m. from Veteran's Park on the north end of Main. Bring your flashlights and dress for the weather. The parade will end at 3rd and Main, with a Nativity scene and tree lighting. Santa will arrive and will be taking your Christmas requests from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Valley Drug. Dan has a special area set aside for the jolly old elf.

The Stevensville Playhouse will have the live performance of "The Littlest Angel" Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Wagon rides - a popular event - will run Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m., loading at Mountain West Coop-Cenex.

Tony Incashola, director of Salish Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee will speak on the "The Salish Indians in the Bitterroot Valley" Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Stevensville School Multi-Purpose Room, 300 Park Street. It's a free presentation, courtesy of the Stevensville Historic Museum.

"Splendor on Main" is the Main Street Association holiday gala at the Rocky Mountain Bank, 220 Main, Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30pm with fine wines, hors d'oeuvre buffet, a live auction and more. Admission is $25 per person.

Enjoy Stevensville this weekend!