The seasons have officially changed here and now is the time of year that we see a change in decorations around town too! Boise is such a great place to be during the Holiday season and what better way to celebrate that by taking part in some of the Holiday fun around town. There isn’t a better way to kick off the festivities than by grabbing your coat and stopping by many of the Boise events happening soon to help get you in the Holiday spirit.
Boise Holiday Parade 2015 – Downtown Boise
Saturday, November 21st at 9:45am
For almost 70 years, The Holiday Parade is a Boise tradition and a source of pride for our community. Bring the family to this year’s parade to celebrate The Joy Of Giving with Grand Marshal Robert Krueger. The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes.” This years parade starting point is at Jefferson St. & 10th St. For more information and this years Boise Holiday Parade route visit: Website
Capital Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Idaho Capitol Building
Monday, November 23th at 5:00pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Idaho Capitol Building. The festivities kick off at 5pm with the 25th Army Band, while guests enjoy complimentary hot chocolate or hot cider and cookies. The public is invited to attend and it will be a great time had by many. The Governor and First Lady will be lighting the tree around 5:30pm. The event is free to the public and refreshments will be served.
Guests are invited into the Capitol after the Christmas tree is lit. Music will continue and free books will be given to children in attendance, compliments of First Lady Lori Otter and Scholastic, Inc.
Festival of Trees Boise, ID – Saint Alphonsus
Wednesday, November 25th at 5:00pm
This is the time of year where the Boise Centre gets transformed into a complete winter wonderland. With hundreds of lavishly decorated trees, not only will you be able to enjoy these festivities indoors, but maybe walk away with a little decoration inspiration of your own. This year, proceeds will benefit the Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Center. Website
General Admission- $7 Adult or $4 for Children payable at the door.
Black-tie Gala – Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 5:30pm
General Admission – Wednesday, November 25, 2015 until Sunday, November 29, 2015
Hours: 10am to 9pm, except Thanksgiving, 2pm to 9pm
Fashion Show – Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11am to 2pm
Winter Garden aGlow, Boise – Idaho Botanical Garden
Thursday, November 26th at 6:00pm
The Idaho Botanical Garden is known for its gorgeous blooms during the warm months, but during the Holidays is transformed into a lighted magical garden. The 19th annual Winter Garden aGlow with over 300,000 lights, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages alike. Special include guests Santa and Prancer. Local choirs will fill the air with music on select nights. Website
|Sunday – Thursday Pricing: Adults: $8
Youth (ages 5-12): $4
Children (4 and younger): Free
Garden Members: $4
|Friday – Saturday Pricing: Adults: $10
Youth (ages 5-12): $6
Children (4 and younger): Free
Garden Members: $6
November 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016 (Closed on Tuesday, December 1)
Gates open at 6 p.m. – Last admissions at 8:45 p.m. Open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Open rain, shine, or snow.
Downtown Boise Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony – The Grove Plaza
Saturday, November 28th at 5:00pm
Join Boise Mayor, Dave Bieter for the official lighting of the Giving Tree at the Grove Plaza. Over 2,500 tags decorate the tree with Christmas wishes or needs from those at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in Boise. This event is free to the public and the community in encouraged to stop by to sing carols and take part in the candle lighting ceremony.