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  • Writer's pictureJenna King


It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Boise—the holiday season! I can’t promise you snow, but I do promise that you’ll find plenty of magical ways to celebrate in the Treasure Valley. I’ve gathered a few of my favorites here for you!

Catch a performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Morrison Center

There’s nothing more spectacular than watching Clara’s nutcracker comes to life to defend her against the evil rat king. Ballet Idaho’s rendition of the famous ballet is breathtaking with more than 100 children from the local Ballet Idaho Academy taking the stage alongside the professionals.

This is a performance the whole family will enjoy! The ballet runs 95 minutes, with one 20 minute intermission. Tickets are on sale now, with performances taking place December 19 through December 23 at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts.

Enjoy a classic holiday movie at the Egyptian Theatre

Boise Classic Movies showcases a few fan favorite movies at the iconic Egyptian Theatre every month, but during the holiday season, you’ll find a plethora of famous movies to enjoy. This December, you can watch: “A Christmas Story,” “Home Alone,” “It’s a

Wonderful Life,” “Love Actually,” and “Christmas Vacation.”

It’s important to note, a Boise Classic Movies showing isn’t your normal viewing experience. Here you’ll find dedicated fans who cheer, boo, and sing along. Bring the whole family or make it a date night, but make sure to stock up on the popcorn!

Tour the lights at Winter Garden aGlow

The Idaho Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland for the Winter Garden aGlow.

Keep warm with complimentary cocoa and cider while strolling through the 14 acres bedecked with more than 550,000 energy-efficient lights. You can grab a photo with Santa (though his last day at the Garden is December 24, the man does have a job to do!), enjoy live music, or check out the Holiday Express Model Train Display.

Winter Garden aGlow is occurring from now until Saturday, January 4th from 6 pm to 9 pm. There are a few special dates to make the event even more special. Celebrate the Winter Solstice Weekend, the shortest and darkest day of the year, from December 20 to December 22 with fun activities like performances by fire dancers.

Those ages 21 and over can enjoy Wine Wednesdays in the upper gardens on December 11 and 18. Don’t forget KTVB night on December 17! Visitors can enjoy Winter Garden aGlow for only $7 thanks to KTVB NewsChannel 7.

Drop me an email or a comment if I left out one of your favorite Boise holiday traditions. I hope you have a lovely holiday season however you decide to celebrate!

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