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Enjoy the Holidays With These Fun Activities and Events!


The excitement felt by many people during the holiday season can be contagious and we’re starting to feel the infectious joy that the holidays bring so many people. It’s a season of giving, quality time with our friends and loved ones and a time to reflect on what we’re grateful for. This time of year also breeds, continues or adds on to the many traditions that surround the holidays. These traditions can be meals, gift exchanges, holiday parties or even activities and events to experience with our loved ones.

We thought sharing some of our favorite holiday activities and events with you all, as we get further into the month of December, would be a great way to kick off the month. Some may think that as the temperatures drop, the amount of experiences to be had drops as well. We’re here to tell you that there is plenty to do during the holidays!

Christmas lights are a big deal for many people in the Treasure Valley and beyond. There are numerous displays to choose from and it seems like we have more choices every year! If you haven’t already been to the Scentsy headquarters in Meridian, go check it out! They have wrapped 450 trees with over 43 miles of lights! On December 11th and 12th, next Monday and Tuesday, they are hosting the free Point of Lights Event from 6 to 8:30 PM. It will feature festive music, warm beverages and their mesmerizing light display, we heard Santa might even stop by for the young ones!

Winter Garden Aglow is also a wonderful tradition in Boise. Each year we go at least once to see the 380,000 lights, the Polar Express model train and to support a local nonprofit. The lights seem to envelop every plant, tree, shrub and bush at the garden which creates an atmosphere that’s sure to excite everyone, no matter who you are. We are currently giving away 4 tickets to Winter Garden Aglow, you can enter on our Facebook or our website!

Each year downtown Caldwell transforms into a winter wonderland, one we experienced for the first time last weekend. The lights in Caldwell were incredible to say the least, we can’t imagine how long it took to set up but we’re glad someone was willing to do that for our enjoyment! The best part of the lights in Caldwell, they’re free! It’s a great activity for a family on a budget or anyone that loves Christmas lights. You can also find a list of Treasure Valley Christmas light displays here.

If you have young ones that get excited about Santa, there are many opportunities for them to meet him this year. This Saturday, the 9th, our long-time client Edwards Greenhouse is hosting Santa at the greenhouse for pictures from 11 AM to 1 Pm. At First Thursday, this coming Thursday the 7th, Santa will be at Old Boise, 6th and Main, from 5 to 8 PM. Then on the 16th, next Saturday, Santa will be at Jordan’s Too. Pumpkins and Food Drive at 5360 W Overland, the Northwest corner of Overland and Orchard.

Many families have made seeing Ballet Idaho’s The Nutcracker each season one of their traditions. If you’ve never experienced this wonderful production, we highly suggest you buy your tickets fast because most sections are sold out! This year it will be on December 15th and you can buy tickets here. Another production is the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas which will be on December 21st, tickets can be purchased here.

On December 14th from 5:30 to 8:30 this historic Boise Depot is hosting the Holiday Open House & Toys for Tots. This is another free event that will be collecting toys to benefit Toys for Tots. Be sure to bring your kids and some blankets because at 6 there will be a story time reading of The Polar Express by the conductor himself! Be sure to reserve your spot for story time by clicking here.

For more events in our great community you can check out buildidaho.com’s list of events that list events each day! This is a truly wonderful time of year for many people, a time we cherish and look forward to each year. If you have any traditions or events you’re excited about we would love to hear them, comment below!

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