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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


Spending the holidays in Boise? I created a list of events in Treasure Valley that will bring some holly and jolly to your celebrations. From festive light displays to pet photos with Santa Claus, you are sure to find something of interest to add a little cheer to your year!

Take in the Lights

Enjoy a socially distanced winter market and light display at Idaho Bright Lights Festival! The Ford Idaho Center is transforming into a festive destination that includes a scavenger hunt, local vendors, light display, kid zone, and seasonal treats.

Step back in time at the Victorian Holiday Open Parlor at The Bishops’ House. Visitors can enjoy the historic home as it is decked out for the holiday season.

Some traditions are returning to Boise this year, such as the annual Winter Garden aGlow at the Idaho Botanical Garden. You can take a peek at Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus as they relax in the Garden Cottage, and then create a postcard to send to him. Grab a warm drink to enjoy while wandering along the lighted paths!

Winter Wonderland Festival at Indian Creek Plaza has become an institution for those in the Treasure Valley. You can ice skate, visit with Santa at a socially distant photo opp, check out the vendors, and take in the elaborate light display.

If you want a completely touch-free event, then head to the Christmas in Color drive-through. You do not even have to leave your car to enjoy the millions of lights that are synchronized with music! Use the discount code “ReadyForChristmas” to get 20% off admission when you buy your tickets online.

Shop Local

Not only does shopping local ensure that you are supporting our local economy, but it also means that you are sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts for those on your list. The annual Holiday Open House at Edwards Greenhouse will not occur this year due to COVID, but you can purchase plants and other greenery at the Holiday Shop.

There are several pop-up shops occurring throughout the Treasure Valley. Stop by the charming Lark & Larder to browse local artists’ creations. Both Barbarian Brewing and Lost Grove Brewing are hosting pop-up shops where you can quench your thirst with a cold brew after wrapping up holiday shopping.

For the Kids

Keep the kiddos in their PJs for the Children’s Museum of Idaho Pajama Party! There will be crafts, storytime, and a visit from Kris Kringle. Schedule a virtual visit for the princess-loving children in your life. This unique offering features a one-on-one Zoom between your child and either the rose princess or the ice queen.

Gather the family together (in the living room!) for a virtual viewing of The Hip Hop Nutcracker. This mashup of the traditional ballet is sure to be a fun experience for all.

And if your kid is four-legged and fluffy, make sure to stop by the Village of Meridian’s Paws & Claus Pet Photos event so they can visit with Santa.

No matter how you decide to celebrate the holidays, I hope you have a merry time with your loved ones.

If you ever have any questions about the ever-changing marketplace or know someone looking to buy or sell, please do not hesitate to reach out!

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