If there was ever a year designed for the likes of both Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch alike, it's 2020. Three of our favorite events during the Christmas season have been cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Boise Holiday Parade

Originally planned for Saturday, November 21 the Boise Holiday Parade announced the cancellation of the 2020 parade via their Facebook page on July 24. They explained the decision was based on the advice of state government and health officials. In the cancellation notice, they confirmed that the date for next year is November 20, 2021.

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Downtown Boise Holiday Tree Lighting

Normally, the Downtown Boise Association welcomes the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony on the Grove Plaza on Black Friday. Traditionally that ceremony includes carols, candle-lighting, live music, food and drinks. This year, there will be no ceremony but the tree will be illuminated sometime on November 27. When you stop by to take selfies with your family, you will still be able to grab a Giving Tree gift tag off the tree. The tags benefit families at the Women's and Children's Alliance and can still be dropped off at the shelter or the ICCU branches on N 4th Street or Vista.

City Santa Visits

Unfortunately, the jolly old man in red won't be making the trip from the North Pole to the City of Trees this year. Instead, the Downtown Boise Association has arranged a Zoom Community Santa Sing-along on December 5 at 10 a.m. If you can't log-on for the event, Santa will also host one-on-one Zoom visits with Boise's good little boys and girls from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. the day of the sing-along and from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and two additional Saturdays, December 12 and 19. Screenshot photos with Santa are free and registration information will be released on November 16. If you'd like to make a donation to thank Santa for his time, you're encouraged to make a donation to the WCA.