Treasure Valley Christmas Calendar
You don’t have to look very far to find Christmas cheer in the Treasure Valley in the weeks leading up to Santa’s big day! From tree lightings and parades to Christmas movies and ice skating, there’s something for everyone!
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Santa arrives at the Boise Towne Square Mall on November 10th and will be available for photos daily through Christmas Eve. Want to experience more than just a visit and photo with Santa? Come for one of the special themed nights like Grandparents night, PJ night or Ugly Sweater Night.
Whether you’re spending your evening on the ice as a romantic date night or a fun night with the family, The Village is the perfect spot to lace up your skates. Warm up by one of the Village’s multiple fire pits or with a warm drink from Village Coffee afterwards. The rink is open, weather permitting, through January.
For some unknown reason praying for snow to blanket Bogus Basin and drinking craft beer just seem to go hand in hand with each other. Over 40 breweries, Boise Curling Club, Ranch Club and The Shed team up to take over the corner of 6th and Grove from 12-8 p.m. In addition to enjoying the latest winter ales, the fest also includes a rail jam, live DJ and more!
Join 107.9 LITE-FM as we pour out a little cheer at Lost Grove! From the time they pull the first tap handle until the time the lock the door, 50% of all the money they make this evening will be donated to LITE-FM’s Christmas Wish! Christmas Wish is our way of giving our Treasure Valley neighbors who’ve fallen on hard times at the holidays a hand up and a little hope during this magical season. Last year we granted 84 wishes and know that with your help, we’ll be able to do even more in 2017. Can’t make it on Tuesday night? Visit Lost Grove any time during the remainder of the week and ask which tap handle is benefitting Christmas Wish! $2 of every pint they sell of that beer will also help us out.
Our Facebook friend, Stacey Cornwall Martinez, said it best. In a time where it seems like the world is full of hate and destruction, we welcome the sounds of Christmas more than ever. She says it helps her remember there is still love, hope and a want for a peace. Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant beautifully express that every time they perform a Christmas song and invite you to experience all the feels of the season with them at the Idaho Center! They’re joined by Jordan Smith, the winner of The Voice and a full symphony orchestra! r
Santa arrives to light as the giant Christmas tree in Fountain Square lights up at the Village at Meridian. BYU’s Vocal Point warms you up with the sounds of the holiday season. The event begins at 6:00 p.m.
The annual Boise tradition is back along Bannock and Jefferson Streets. This year’s “A Storybook Christmas” themed parade has a very special grand marshal, Leslie Patricelli, a prolific children’s book author. The parade begins at 9:45 a.m.
The Boise Centre on the Grove turns into a winter wonderland November 22-26! The showcase of trees, wreaths and holiday decor benefits the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center. Get tickets early for the black tie Gala that kicks off this year’s festival on Tuesday, November 21st or come watch the big finale at the fashion show on Monday, November 27th
Over 380,000 twinkling lights bring the Idaho Botanical Garden to life daily 6-9:30 PM. Over the holiday season the display includes special visits from Santa, his reindeer pal Prancer, local choirs and more. The gardens will be closed November 29th, December 5th and December 7th for exclusive parties.
Once you wrap up your shopping welcome Friday, November 24th from 5:30-7 p.m.. The Downtown Boise tree will be lit up on the Grove during a celebration with carols, candle-lighting, live music, food and drinks. You’ll also have a chance to pay it forward to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance by grabbing a wish tag off the giving tree.
The 2C’s winter showcase is more than just a gallery of Christmas trees. The Ford Idaho Center transforms into a winter wonderland of custom-designed trees, centerpieces, wreaths and decorations. The event also includes a special breakfast with Santa! New this year? A Christmas themed Paint N’ Sip night!
Nov 25: Nampa Christmas Tree Lighting
Nampa welcomes the spirit of the season at 12th Avenue and Front. Join outgoing Mayor Bob Henry as he flips the switch on this year’s tree.
Spend Thanksgiving weekend with Buddy the Elf at the Egyptian. Boise Classic Movies will host two showings of the Will Ferrell Christmas classic. The showings are scheduled for 3 and 7 p.m.
Admit it, watching Kevin battle those Christmas Eve baddies is something your family has loved doing together for years. Bring the family together again for this special screening at the Egyptian at 7 p.m.
When you hear the words “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” you almost immediately hear them in Bing Crosby’s voice. Relive this Crosby, Kaye and Clooney classic at 7 p.m. Come prepared for a spontaneous sing-along to break out like it has in years past!
Meridian based running shop, The Pulse, is hosting the Candy Cane Stroll in conjunction with the Meridian Winter Lights Parade! The 1.25 mile fun run sends you down the parade route before the floats. Make sure you wear an ugly sweater, because race participants who go all out will have a chance to score some great prizes on stage at the finish line!
The Meridian Winter Lights Parade is back for it’s fifth year on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 PM. Watch over fifty lighted floats, trolleys, dance teams and bands walk through a Winter Wonderland! After the parade, the city of Meridian lights their Christmas tree at Generation Plaza.
You’ve watched the movie at least one hundred times! Now see Buddy the Elf, Jovie and rest of the crew come to life at Morrison Center! “Elf” the Musical is here as part of the Broadway in Boise series and will have a limited engagement four show run, so don’t miss out! Get ready to sing along since “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”
Get out of the cold and warm up with the hot, holiday sounds of the Meridian Symphony! They’ll be performing festive sounds of the seasons ranging from classical to pops pieces! Centennial High School’s combined choirs will be joining them on stage for a special surprise for the audience!
2C! Saturday, December 2nd is your night to enjoy a holiday parade as over seventy floats make their way down Blaine Street in Caldwell. Join Santa at the fire station before the parade from 3-5 p.m. to tell him what’s on your Christmas list this year. This year’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” themed parade is one of the biggest night light parades in the region and will begin at 6 p.m.
It’s the 20th year of this great Idaho Steelheads tradition! If you’re attending their game against the Tulsa Oilers on December 2nd, bring a new, stuffed, unbreakable toy with you. Instead of the traditional fish thrown on the ice after the Steelie’s first goal fans can throw those toys on the ice. They’ll be collected for our local chapter of the Marine Corps’s Toys for Tots Programs. Don’t have time to grab a toy? The Steelheads Booster Club will be selling them in the CenturyLink Arena Lobby.
Bill Murray becomes an 80’s version of Ebenzer Scrooge in this holiday classic. Murray plays Frank Cross, a TV station executive who doesn’t appreciate the Christmas spirit or his station’s plan to air a live adaptation of the Dicken’s Christmas classic. The Egyptian hosts the screening at 7 p.m.
We triple dog dare you to miss the 7 p.m. screening of A Christmas Story at the Egyptian! Relive your favorite memories of Ralphie’s Red Ryder BB gun, decoder ring, bunny PJs and the family leg lamp!
There’s nothing that screams Christmas music more than the sounds of the symphony backed by the Philharmonic Master Chorale. The Holiday Pops concert brings carols and sing-alongs to Nampa on Friday night and Boise on Saturday.
The new Meridian Boys & Girls Club is transforming into the North Pole for a very special day for the kiddos! Stop by for pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, toy building, reindeer games and more!
This is one that flew under my radar last year, but as a former two mile district champion…they’ve got my attention now! Held in conjunction with Downtown Eagle’s Christmas tree lighting, this second year race sends you on a two mile jolly jaunt through Eagle. There will be cookies and hot cocoa to warm up with afterward!
Ballet Idaho presents the beloved tale of Clara, her beloved Nutcracker doll and vivid dream set to Tchaikovsky’s classic “Nutcracker Suite” during a short weekend residency at the Morrison Center.
This is a run my friends from Team Run Boise were talking about over the weekend! I have to take my fiance to the airport at stupid o’clock in the morning that day…so I figured why not? If my injured hip is feeling better I’m down for this 5K! Wear your ugly sweater and get moving to help benefit the Junior Olympics, Nike NXN and FootLocker Cross Country events!
Mannheim Steamroller is almost as iconic as Christmas music itself! Grammy winner Chip Davis’s show of beloved Christmas music and multimedia effects comes to the one of the most intimate venues in the Treasure Valley!
Join 107.9 LITE-FM for the 35th Annual YMCA Christmas Run, starting from Boise High! As a runner, I love this one because it’s one of the only races in the Treasure Valley that’s NOT on the Boise Greenbelt. The six mile course takes you up a pretty brutal hill but gives you one of the most incredible views of the city as you cross Highland View Drive onto 8th Street. There’s also a less challenging 2 mile run and 1 mile reindeer dash. Plus, you’ll see the best holiday costumes, carolers, Santa and LITE-FM on the course!
To be honest, if your legs are still up to it after the YMCA Christmas run…it’s worth doing at least the 5K at Ho Ho Ho Hustle, too! This is the only race in the Treasure Valley that will send a couple hundred Santas running down the Boise Greenbelt. How do we know that? Because your Santa suit complete with a hat, coat, belt and beard are included with your registration! The first race starts at 1 p.m., so it is possible to do both the YMCA race and Ho Ho Ho Hustle!