Great Northern Carousel animals taking “vacation” for renovations

Posted at 6:48 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 20:55:07-05

HELENA – “After 16 years of work, the animals of the Great Northern Carousel are finally taking a much needed vacation,” said Great Northern Carousel Spokesperson Kiki Moses.

The Carousel will be temporarily closing their doors beginning January 1, 2019 for renovations and remodeling.

To celebrate the occasion the Carousel will be offering free rides on New Year’s Eve from 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Staff see this a way to say “thank you” to everyone that has enjoyed the Great Northern attraction through the years.

Moses said the community has really made the carousel their own and staff are asking for input from the public as to what they’d like seen at the Carousel.

“We’re hoping that they’ll keep an eye out on social media as well so they can be a part focus groups in input and tell us what we can do to make their carousel that much better,” said Moses.

The renovations also coincide with the departure of longstanding manager Kathy Mortimore.

The Great Northern Carousel’s owner and developer, Alan Nicholson, is grateful for the years Mortimore has invested in caring for the Carousel and its guests.

If anyone is interested in managing the Carousel they should contact

The Carousel would like to thank the public for their patience while they make some improvements and look forward to continuing to serve the community for years to come.

To keep track of the progress that is being made on the renovations you can follow the Carousel’s social media here.

All season passes, free ride passes, and punch cards will be fully honored upon reopening.

Renovations are anticipated to last into April 2019 depending on weather and how construction goes.