Led by Ennis music director Andrew Scruggs (right) carolers traversed up and down Main Street and even entered businesses like Shedhorn Sports to spread some holiday cheer. A S’mores station — complete with fires for keeping warm and roasting marshmallows — proved to be one of the more popular additions to the Ennis Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 7.

Christmas kickoff

Ennis Christmas Stroll lights up Main Street

ENNIS—Adding to a long string of holiday festivities, Ennis hosted its annual Christmas Stroll on Friday, December 7, with a slew of festive activities and competitions.

Businesses around town offered specials and sales all day, but the real festivities got underway in the evening with caroling, an ice-sculpting competition, tree lighting all through Lions Park and a decoration competition amongst the Main Street businesses.

Kiddos at the Ennis Pharmacy got to tell Santa exactly what was on their Christmas lists, then went down to Lions Park to roast marshmallows for s’mores, supplied by the local chapter of the U.S. Forest Service. 

Vigilante Stageline gave free carriage rides all evening long and the Buckboard Mercantile hosted traditional decoration craft making, stringing popcorn and cranberry garlands—a festive decoration and a snack all in one, for some crafters. 

The climax of the evening was the voting on the ice sculptures that adorned Main Street: an open book at the Madison Valley Public Library; a mountain at the Gravel Bar, a nutcracker at Right Angles, plus three that made the voting very close.

“It was only a two-vote separation because they were all so good,” says Chamber of Commerce executive director Halley Perry. “It was such a great competition this year.”

The victor proved to be Jack Creek Preserve’s antler, a dead ringer for the preserve’s logo. A close second place went to Willie’s Distillery, who created a doppelganger for its historic still, complete with copper pipes. In third was a trout carved by the employees of ReMax real estate.

But ReMax came back strong, winning top prize for their Main Street lights and decorations. That honor was bestowed by the Ennis Cub Scouts, who presided as “secret celebrity judges.” 

In all, it was another successful Christmas Stroll, filled with festive songs, holiday goodies and lots of cheer. 

“It was one of the best years yet,” says Perry. “We really want to thank our sponsors as well: Madison Valley Bank, Fan Mountain Inn and the Pic-A-Nic Basket. We had a great turnout this year!”

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